Pano Stalos(Upper Stalos) village is a place where nature is paired with Geek traditions and Cretan hospitality, an area where you can enjoy the beauty of Cretan nature, as the mountainous part of the village is built on the lush hills of olive and orange trees.
Enjoy the stunning and breathtaking view, of olive trees, mountains, sea, ocean and Kato Stalos beach.
Kato Stalos (Lower Stalos) is a beachside tourist village located 7km west of the historic city of Chania (Xania). The pristine, sweeping sandy beach has been awarded the prestigious EU Blue Flag every year since 1999, and is well organised with good facilities for relaxing and having fun. There are plentiful cafes and restaurants along the main street and many more right on the beach, as well as numerous supermarkets and places to purchase traditional Cretan produce.
According to Cretan mythology, Stalos village received its name from Talos, the gigantic ancient robot. Appolodoros reports that Talos was Crete’s guard and defender against all enemy attacks and had its home in the region where Stalos is found today.
However, a more recent view claims that Stalos got its name from the time of Turkish occupation when the Turkish land concentrated their sheep under the tress of the region in order to take them to Galatas and milk them.
Nowadays, Stalos has a population of 500 who are divided between the upper and lower parts of the village. Despite the fact it is only 9 km away from Chania, the upper part of Stalos still remains much of the old-fashioned charm of a traditional Cretan village. Its houses are typical for the island’s agricultural classes. They are simple with tile roofs and front and back garden for vegetable plantation and for family animals. There are three taverns, two cafes and two mini markets in the village. The majorities of villages are olive tree farmers and have the reputation of being warm and hospitable.
First time visitors to Crete often go for the beaches and then are captivated by the mountains and it invariably takes a number of visits to discover what really makes the island tick. It’s true, that the beaches are fantastic and the scenery breathtaking, but surely you wouldn’t go there for the food? Or would you?
The answer is yes, of course you would, if you knew the right taverns to eat and a stay at our Orestis Hotel provides the opportunity to sample the delicacies of two of the best village taverns in Crete, almost without getting out of bed!
Kafeneion ‘Miglakia’, Levendis, and Matigis. One of the secrets of eating well in Crete is not to choose one large main course but to share lots of small plates of appetizers, known in Greek as Mezes.
The west of Crete and Chania in particular is a popular tourist destination due to the fact that it combines excellent beaches and high mountains. Visitors may profit from scuba diving, trekking and mountain climbing, bird watching, countryside with several traditional villages, gorge crossing and visits to renowned archaeological sites. People of Chania are known for their hospitality and their unique cuisine, generally regarded as one of the healthiest in the world.
Chania town has a quite unique medieval part, a Venetian port and several old neighborhoods, like the Jewish, Topanas and Splantzia where one can sense the passage of time and the crossings of several historical people. The old town has numerous narrow and winding streets where one can discover small restaurants, lovely cafes and picturesque facades.
The west of Crete is an ideal departure point for excursions as it offers plenty of choices. Indicatively we propose:
Therissos gorge and historical village, an area of great natural beauty and lots of traditional taverns, Zourva on the top of the mountain, Meskla and the villages surrounded by orange groves.
Apokoronas villages (Maheri, Fres, Tzitzifes, Vafes, Vamos, Gavalohori) and Kourna lake.
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Distance in kilometers:
Chania 8 km
Chania airport 23 km
Suda bay 15km
Heraklion airport 120 km
Rethimnon 53 km
Heraklion 115 km
Agios Nikolaos 172 km