Welcome to Theriso
Two tavernas vie for top billing. Leventogiannis Taverna has a lovely courtyard under a giant canopy of plane trees and makes a delicious and sizeable kreatotourta (local meat pie). Antartis has excellent mezedhes and Cretan food like staka, a goat’s-milk sauce over juicy cubes of goat meat.
Just past the village on your right, the small Museum of National Resistance chronicles Crete’s resistance movement from 1941 to 1945. It has a monument outside paying tribute to a female resistance fighter. The millstone on display was used by Turkish occupiers in 1821 to crush Chrysi Tripiti to death in the local olive press.
A steep and winding road takes you through rugged mountain terrain and around an ever-changing landscape of plane, olive, orange, eucalyptus and pine trees through the villages of Zourva to Meskla and Lakki, where you can continue to Omalos or head back to Hania.