Top things to do in Kritsa

Top Choice Church in Kritsa

Church of Panagia Kera

The tiny triple-aisled Church of Panagia Kera shelters the best-preserved Byzantine frescoes in Crete. The oldest part of the church is the 13th-century central nave, but most of the frescoes date from the early to …
Greek in Kritsa

Taverna Café Platanos

A taverna-kafeneio halfway along Kritzotopoula, Platanos has a pleasant setting under a giant 200-year-old plane tree and vine canopy. There’s a tasty menu of grills, stifadho (lamb stew) and mayirefta (ready-cooked…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Kritsa

Olive Wood

At the start of Kritzotopoula, which branches off right just uphill from the main square, is Olive Wood, a friendly little shop full of authentic handmade olive-wood spoons, bowls and candleholders, as well as gypsy…
Greek in Kritsa

O Kroustas

The popular O Kroustas has Cretan food, including a superb lazania (twisted handmade pasta also called stroufikta) cooked in stock with anthotiro (a dry, white cheese) and rusks made in the wood oven.
Food & Drinks in Kritsa


The owner of this shop is a food technologist and supports local farming by selling nicely packaged gifts from producers of honey, wine and olive oil, as well as raki harvested from herbs on the mountain.
Cafe in Kritsa

Cafe Bar Massaros

A pleasant cafe-bar just up from the main square with internet access (€1 per half hour) and wi-fi. It also serves toasties, crêpes, salads and pizza.
Cafe in Kritsa

Saridakis Kafeneio

An excellent little cafe, this place makes for a cool stop in the shade to grab some homemade honey and yoghurt or a fresh orange juice.
Shoes in Kritsa


At the venerable shoemaker Detorakis you can buy a fine pair of Cretan sandals for adults (€25) and kids (€18).