7 km west of Chania, the village of Lower Stalos fringes a long, sandy beach with the island of Theodorou, said to be a petrified sea monster, rising from the sea just a short distance off shore. There are numerous small pensions and apartments as well as half a dozen convenient little mini-markets and an excellent little patisserie, selling delicious fresh baguettes and croissants. There are also a number of waterside tavernas with shady terraces overlooking the sea and teenagers can chill out at one of the atmospheric palm thatched beach bars. 1km inland the small village of Upper Stalos nestles serenely on the hillside amidst a patchwork of vineyards and olive groves.
Here you will find a slower pace of life as well as a couple of the best local tavernas in the area, both certainly worth a visit or two.
Sandy beach, plenty pf tavernas, parasailling. Beaware of currents. Very busy in peak season.
Dionysos Music Restaurant, Stalos, Crete
Family business with Dad on bouzouki & the son on the keyboard, mom in the kitchen & daughters waiting on tables – a real family place! Very good pizzas & grilled meat dishes with good hospitality.
Kosmas Taverna, Stalos, Crete
Serving genuine Greek food with good hosts. Lovely back garden so quite a nice atmosphere despite being on the main coast raod. Try the onon pies! Play area for children is also useful entertainment.
Moved to the main coast road next to the Dream Hotel, and set on 3 terraces. The same theory applies as the old taverna . Wonderful traditional Greek food, as well as menu to choose from you get to visit the kitchen area and see the huge variety of Greek dishes. It’s a family run taverna & the staff are very welcoming & helpful.
Maria’s Taverna, Stalos, cRETE
+30 2821 068888
This family owned taverna offers a wide range of authentic dishes as well as such standbys as pizzas in addition the portions are usually very generous. Situated just off the coastal road on the corner ath the Upper Stalos turning. They also have a delivery service. Portions are huge & everything comes with chips so be warned when ordering!!
Kymatogi Taverna, Stalos, Crete
+30 2821 060996
Lovelly location, right on the beach, so you can either go during the day from the beach, or in the evening & listen to the waves. Very good selection of food & always a special of the day. Very relaxed environment.
Bruschetti Restaurant, Stalos, Crete
+30 2821 038080
This new restaurant with an open kitchen to view what is going on serves Greek food & Italian, all with a bit of a twist and an interesting presentation . Very modern & slick design.
Amethistos, Stalos, Crete
+30 2821 068758
Family run taverna – opposite Rouladina. We have had a very good reports from clients who have stayed at Rouladina & the family who run it are very welcoming.
Beach 500 m
Tavernas 400 m
Mini Market 350 m
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania Airport 27 kms
Heraklion Airport 187 kms
Ferry Port Souda 15 kms