Dounias Traditional Cretan Food


There are some "secret" places in Crete that they are known just from the locals and of course now ... for our good friends of family.

Dounias eatery located in Drakonas Village on the foot of the unspoiled White Mountains of Chania, at 600 metres altitude, the traditional taverna is a centre of gastronomy and slow food.

The famous Cretan diet, long-known for its health-giving properties, is followed to the letter by the owner Stelios Trilirakis, who uses only locally produced raw materials (vegetables etc.) and cooks in wood stoves, yes you can see them.

Vegetables, fruits, olives and the virgin olive oil come from the family’s groves, and meat and poultry are sourced from their own farm. Herbs such as oregano, dittany and chamomile are picked from nearby slopes of White Mountains, giving a special aroma to traditional dishes such as Greek salad, rabbit casseroles, lamb with honey and meat dishes with pilaf rice.

Slow food, be prepared to wait, however it worths every minute! Authenticity cannot be judged, it can only be appreciated and supported, what do you think?

Even the view of the trip to get to Ntounias is half of the attraction especially if you are new to Crete. Make sure to leave with enough sunlight to enjoy the mountain road and to enjoy the view from the restaurant. The food is all home grown and home cooked and the owner and his husband very proudly tell you of the process they go through for each, and are even more proud of their home made wine and home made raki (the raki is brilliant).

Please call ahead to let them know you are coming as it is a small place. The food is good, but the magic of the evening is more the ambiance, view, and the friendliness of the hosts.

Dounias has been awarded with the Quality Label of Cretan Cuisine.

Dounias, Main Road
Drakona, Crete

Tel: +30 28210 65083

  • Type of Cuisine:
  • Cretan

  • Good for:
  • Child-friendly
    Local Cuisine
    Outdoor Sitting
    Value for Money

  • Dining options:
  • Dinner


Dounias, Main Road, Drakonas Village, Crete

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