About the Beach and Village of Zorba the GreekThe village of Stavros is located at the northern part of the Akrotiri Peninsula. It is a fishing village famous for the Sirtaki dance from the film Zorba the Greek, where Anthony Quinn dances on the village shore. The film was released in 1964 and was based on a 1952 book by Nikos Kazantzakis, a Crete native.
The film tells the story of a man who meets a mine worker full of zest for life and leads him to a significant change. Kazantzakis was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature and lost it to Albert Camus by the margin of a single vote. That year, Albert Camus died, claiming that Kazantzakis was worthy of the prize and not he.
Incidentally, not many people know that the Sirtaki dance that was immortalized in the film is not a traditional folk dance, but a dance that was invented especially for the film. Following the film's success, the dance became popular all over the world and in Greece itself. It is a unique folk dance created in the cinema.