Nearby Places to Eat
Taverna Veronica in Exantis
Taverna Veronica is the only taverna in Exantis. It's in the center of the village and it is the place where the villagers get together for a coffee or a drink. Kostas and Veronica are running the taverna. They will be happy to prepare you a meal of traditional Cretan dishes.
The Taverna in Melidoni
The neighbouring village of Melidóni (approx. 4 km from Exantis) is a little bigger. Here, on the square you'll find several kafeneions and a taverna. If you come for a drink or a meal around 9 - 10 in the evening you'll find the little 'plateia' to be a very lively place packed with locals.
Places to Eat in Pánormos
There are several taverns and restaurants in Panormos. The little fishing village at the coast about 5 km from our holiday villa. 'Captain's House' is right at the seafront with a beautiful view over the harbour and the sea. On the menu is a variety of traditional courses as well as seafood.
Another possibility situated near the harbour with a beautiful view over the sea is the Family Tavern 'Barba-Andreas'. But there are many other options in Panormos.
The 'Geronimo Taverna' or 'To Steki Tou Sifaki' both in the old centre of the town are other nice places to go. And there are many more
When you're in Panormos you could look out for 'Haroupomylos'. It is a mill built in the 1930'es that used to process locust beans which are the seeds from the Carob Tree used for as different purposes as animal fodder, cosmetics or as a a thickening agent. There are many such trees in the area. Today, the place is used as a cultural exhibition and convention centre run by 'Epimenides', the cultural society of Panormos. They sometimes stage concerts, theatre performances and other cultural events there.
Places to Eat in Bali
Bali is a small coastal resort located around four little coves at the bottom of a valley and with a magnificent mountain backdrop. It lies just 5 km east of our holiday villa. Bali attracts larger crowds than neighbouring Panormos so in the high season the package tourism of Crete is more evident here than elsewhere along this stretch of the coast.
Around the middle cove is the original fishing village. Here there is a small harbour around which you'll find several tavernas. If you want a more lively night you can go downhill and visit the larger bars and restaurants there.
All the tavernas basically offers the same variety of food, but there is definitely a lot to choose from, the quality is usually good and the prices are very reasonable. Some of the places which have been praised by several guests are 'Akrogiali Taverna' by the harbour and 'Panorama' also overlooking the harbour. It is the village's oldest taverna. There are regular performances of traditional music and dance. From time to time performed by the local Greek guests themselves.
'Taverna Karavostasi' is another recommendable choice at the westernmost end of Bali.