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“Perfect place for a lunch with a view”
Review of Aravanes Taverna

Aravanes Taverna
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Thronos
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Greek
Description: Traditional family cretan taverna situated in a picturesque village called Thronos. Heartbreaking view on mountains and on Amari valley. Delicious homemade food, raki and wine. Genuine Cretan hospitality by the sisters Maria and Eleutheria and their family who run the place!
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Description: Traditional family cretan taverna situated in a picturesque village called Thronos. Heartbreaking view on mountains and on Amari valley. Delicious homemade food, raki and wine. Genuine Cretan hospitality by the sisters Maria and Eleutheria and their family who run the place!
Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

We had a fantastic lunch at this Taverna. The food is simple, authentic Greek cuisine cooked perfectly. The host was exceptional and made us feel so welcome. The views of the mountains and the valley were breathtaking.

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

Sit down here and enjoy the view! The people working here are very friendly and the view is one of the best I've seen while enjoying a glass of home made wine and good mezes.

There are a lot of things to do at this place, such as helping pick grapes and hiking up the mountain.

We spent 22 euros on wine and a very big lunch of 4 dishes and tzatziki (too big perhaps). We definitely recommend this place!

Date of visit: September 2016
1  Thank WillemvZ
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Reviewed September 16, 2016

Authentically Cretan, generous quantities, mostly from the farm. Dinner eaten together with host presiding any many toasts drunk.

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed August 7, 2016

You'll need a car to get here but if you're touring Crete or just want a few days away from the hordes of tourists - here's your answer. It almost defined the Cretan tradition of hospitality. fantastic views, good food, lovely local produce which they sell & make their menu from. Free parking and some unusual excursions - if you're their at the right time. How about a guided moonlight walk to the summit of the local mountain on the next full moon - not my thing, but you don't get that offered by Shazza & Wayne spotty reps for 'suntours' do you? There is also a great feel in the village. Mel (I think that was what she called herself) will come out of her little cafe & show you the incredible frescoes in the 14th Cent chapel for free (couple of euros in the offering box is welcome but better than Knossos in my opinion) & then serve you Greek coffee, homemade cheese & sweet bread (like brioche) in the cafe. She'll probably try to sell you embroidery, olive oil, honey or any number of local produce too - but there's no problem saying no.
Fabulous place.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Today, on a journey into the centre of the Rethymno region of Crete following a map suggested in Lonely Planet's Crete we arrived in the mountain village of Thronos. We stopped and saw a scrappy sign pointing down to Taverna. The lane did not look promising but we continued and saw Taverna painted vertically on a telegraph pole. And then we found Aravanes. The forecourt is welcoming and there is car parking beside it but the real surprise is the way a cool shaded interior opens out into one of the best views I have ever seen.
We were welcomed warmly and given time to explore a large patio garden area perched over a verdant valley surrounded by spectacular mountains. In the patio garden are chickens rabbits and goats, a working bread oven and a small play area. But this is not an area overrun with tourists. It is a small taverna with ambitions to provide excellent and varied hospitality. The dish of the day was delicious.
Aravanes has an interesting programme for such an apparently quiet rural village including hikes by the full moon and guided tours in the local villages and mountains.
Nearby, quite by chance, we happened to meet an old lady who wanted to show us the local church - which turned out to be a 14th century Byzantine church with frescoes that would put those in the Roman forum to shame. Quite astonishing.
Thronos and Aravanes are specks on a map but don't miss it.

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank JAKEdinburgh
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