There is no shortage of places to eat in Paleochora and since 1995 having spent each summer here in Paleochora, we've eaten in every restaurant/ taverna here. For traditional Greek cooking, in our opinion, Maria's Restaurant is easily the best. (previously called Manolis Restaurant and has been run by the Gentekakis family since the 1970s I think). All the food at Maria's Restaurant is freshly prepared by Maria on the premises every day from the very best ingredients. The traditional dishes like Stifado, sousoukakia (meat balls), mousakka are truly outstanding. Likewise the souvlaki - chicken or pork - is melt in the mouth and flavoursome having been marinaded. We've also eaten outstanding fresh fish there. In all the meals we've eaten there, we've never been disappointed.
Prices are also very reasonable and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxing with a most beautiful view over the port and the mountains towards The Crocodile. Some days the island of Gavdos is clearly visible and at the time of the full moon, nothing beats sitting at Maria's eating her wonderful food watching the moon appearing up as if from the sea, like a huge red ball. It is an indescribable sight to behold.
This is the very best example of a welcoming family run traditional Greek taverna.
Additionally, rooms and apartments are available above the restaurant ... these are excellent value for money and the ones at the front have balconies with stunning sea views. Waking up in the morning to the sight of the clear blue sky and the blue sea and across the mountains is just fantastic ... you can even see the sun rising over the mountains without even getting out of bed!
If you fancy a wonderfully relaxing holiday in Crete, far from the Madding Crowd and the hustle and bustle of the north coast, try coming down to Paleochora and staying at Maria and Manolis and while away some of your evenings eating the wonderful food ... you won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the Libyan Sea and the mountains of Southern Crete, next to the pebble beach and 5 minutes walk from the sandy beach, all our rooms have bathroom, refrigerator & air con; most have balcony with sea/mountain view. Our restaurant was established in 1968. Our passion for traditional Cretan cuisine using original family recipes combined with fresh food and high quality ingredients makes Maria’s Restaurant the ideal place to savour Cretan cuisine at its best ... more less
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- Maria & Manolis Restaurant & Apartments Paleochora, Crete, Greece