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Diomataris’ Tavern

Hello everyone!

I would like to make some important introductions! This is Diomataris, our best man, a pure son of Crete and one of the most original people I know.

A father of three children, he used to work for years in the municipality of Chania. Two years ago, he decided that this was very restricting for him. He had grown up on the mountains of Southern Crete, he knew the land and felt he was a part of it. He was trapped in a city’s life and conventions. He felt blocked by the rhythm that his life had and more stressed every day (sounds familiar? :)) .

So he decided to go back to his village, Rodovani. A wonderful spot, in between Palaiochora and Sougia, on the top of a mountain, overlooking a wonderful gorge, with a breathtaking view, unspoiled by tourism. He got a small place and started cooking small stuff that he would find around his small restaurant. He baked his own bread, made his own honey, had his vegetables and eggs, knew his butcher veeery well (Manousos is the butcher, another huge story of his own), gathered his own snails at 4 o’clock on the few rainy summer nights and had a full house almost every day. Who would say no to the best cooked meal made with the most preciously gathered material? Who would say no to this cliff-hanging view?

This year he moved to an even better spot in the middle of the village. A fantastic place he almost made again from scratch and almost alone. His menu includes only traditional plates, really home-made. Pork with feta cheese, Tsigariasto (you find this only in Crete), small black eyed peas, fresh hand cut french fries, pies and of course traditionally made bread and raki and many, many others.

If you find yourselves in this part of Crete don’t miss it. It is not in a guide yet, but it is one of the very few, most valuable secrets still remaining unrevealed in this blessed place. It is called the Tavern of Diomataris (Η ταβέρνα του Διοματάρη) and this is its facebook page. Also the tavern has a phone, +30 28230 051043. If you arrive in the summer you don’t need to call. He is there from 10 in the morning till late at night. If you arrive in the winter and in the beginning of the week, just double check first. In any case don’t miss it!! Apart from the food that is better really than what you would find in a five star restaurant, Diomataris himself is an experience you cannot afford to miss…



How to find the house of your dreams in Crete : Part I


Caminada, is located on the hill above the village of Anydroi. Anydroi is 5 klm NE of the cape of Palaiochora, 70 klm (more or less South of Chania).

Caminada is a project that we actually started more than one year ago. We were on a 20-day road trip on Crete, and after a series of short stays in many beautiful spots on the island (Crete can brag for having plenty of those), we ended up to the village of Anydroi (the short, funny story about how we ended up there will soon follow). We had planned that the last 4 days of our vacation would be spent in one place, so that we could relax and enjoy the sun and the sea (I found very useful this site for the sea of Anydroi by the way).

We were not at all looking for a house at the time but just out of curiosity, the very last day of our stay, we asked the kind couple that were renting us their small apartment, how much the land costs in that area. Their answer was basically an enthusiastic 2 min drive on what you can definitely call a bad road, and a deserted house, hidden under piles of rubbish and dead plants. But it was a charming place nonetheless. On the top of a hill, in between two gorges, with a beautiful breeze and birds twitting, with goats and sheep strolling free, squeezed into big, old olive trees, with a view to the sea and only one neighbor. The owner was an old guy, who married a second time a few years ago, and since his wife had a house in the middle of Greece, he followed her there.

The price  at the time was kind of out of our budget and when we first got in contact with the owner we understood that titles of ownership was something really exotic in this part of the world. So a year and not less than 40 different papers later (this is another interesting story that will follow in a later post), we were able to say that Caminada was ours.     

There are a lot more that we want to share with you about what has become the house of our dreams, short and longer stories, but all in good time 🙂


For the time being, check out a few pictures from what a few corners of the house look now and please leave us a comment and follow if you would like to know more about it !

Greetings from Brussels!!

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