Taverna Iliomanolis

Cretan in Plakias

At the top of Kotsifou Gorge, the mountainside Taverna Iliomanolis makes the trip worth it in itself. The hearty homestyle Cretan food is superb and, while there’s no menu, you’ll be invited into the kitchen to peruse the tempting array of stews, casseroles, soups and local specialities prepared daily. Meat, wine, olive oil, cheese and raki all come from the family farm. You can also buy bags of local herbs and mountain teas.