Just 15 minutes drive from Chania airport, there isn’t a lot to the little village of Sternes, set on a hillside above the blue waters of Souda Bay – it is atypical Cretan – a true living village and not just another tourist hot spot where you are more likely to be eating with the locals at either of the tavernas (one of which offers mouthwateringly gorgeous gyros amongst other delights) or shopping at the small minimarket.
It is true to say that this is a relatively undiscovered holiday destination with a wonderful choice of sandy beaches, and with Chania harbour a short drive away – your holiday can begin within minutes of leaving the airport.
Just about as Greek as it gets, Marathi beach is 5 minutes drive away with its sandy beach, gently shelving waters and beachside tavernas offering fresh fresh caught by local fishermenand. Over the years this has become the place in summer to swim and eat for Chaniotics in the know, that is. There’s also beautiful little harbour where the bobbingfishing boats make a great photo with the White Mountains in the backdrop.
The neighbouring little beach at Loutraki has a small cantina amongst the trees at the back of the sands.
A little hidden gem, which has recently gone viral on instagram, is the picture perfect inlet at #Seitan Limania – you’ll need to take your own picnic but the water is such a perfect turquoise and the sand so soft that the extra effort is paid back in spades.
Situated on the south side of Souda Bay the beaches in this area are always protected, even when the sea becomes rough on the north coast.
Shallow sandy beach, brilliant for children, great tavernas, can you get busy on weekiends with locals.
Tiny cove with canteen very sheltered.
To Tylixto Restaurant, Stylos, Crete
+30 2821 063410
Ftoxiko Restaurant, Stylos, Crete
+30 695 307 5910
Awesome homemade food, great portions.
Patrelantonis Restaurant, Stylos, Crete
+30 2821 063337
Excellent seafood, good prices, very fast service.
+30 2821 066239
Very nice point overlooking the bay of Loutraki. Several choices in Greek cuisine.
5 Λεπτα Cafe
Beach 3 kms
Tavernas 700 m
Mini Market 500m
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania Airport 5 kms
Heraklion Airport 147 kms
Ferry Port Souda 12 kms
Ferry Port Kissamos 55 kms