Akrotiri is a circular shaped cape to the east of Chania. The area has an old and rich history, many monuments and even more beautiful natural attractions. There are many nice beaches most of which are protected from the strong Etesian winds and are very close to the city of Chania (10-15 kilometers). The airport is also located in this area situated on a large plateau.
There are many attractions in the area. Travelers can visit some of the many traditional villages one of which is the village Stavros where the famous movie "Zorba the Greek" was filmed, based the novel written by Nikos Kazantzakis.
The old and historic Monasteries in the area are also worth visiting, such as the Monastery of the Holy Trinity of Tsangarolon – approximately 20 kilometers from Chania, the Monastery of Her Lady of Angels of Gouvernetou – approximately 25 kilometers north of Chania and 4,5 kilometers south of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, the Monastery of Saint John the Hermit that is more to the north and is considered the oldest monastery in Crete. Built on a steep canyon one can reach the monastery after a 385 stair climb. The monastery's Catholicon is etched in rock. It is believed that Saint John the Hermit lived in a cave nearby.
In the same area between the two monasteries is the impressive cave of Arkoudiotissa or Arkouda (bear). The name comes from a stalagmite that is shaped like a bear. Today there is a small chapel there dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
One of the most important attractions in the area are the Venizelos graves. The significant Greek politician and prime minister (early 20th century) is buried here (1864-1936) as is his son Sophocles Venizelos.
Festivals are held every year at the Monastery of Saint John on the 29th of August in the village of Kounoupidiana and, on the 8th of September in Sternes dedicated to the Virgin Mary and on the holiday of the Holy Trinity.
At some of the beaches you can enjoy water sports. The northern shores in particular are ideal for windsurfing thanks to the Etesian winds.