AKROGIALI this name is indeed right for this tavern that abstains only 5 meters from the beach. It is the oldest tavern in the region of Kato Zakros, the building that was built in 1898 and had the name, Maria.

In 1991 Nikos Perakis and his wife, Tania, undertook the tavern and since then they offer with love and taste to their customers genuine traditional Cretan and Greek cuisine.

They give big importance to the quality and to all the materials that they use, taking into consideration always the local production and chastity. The oil is from the olive trees of Nikos, the vegetables from the farmers of the region as well as the meet from cattle-breeders of the region. As long as the fresh fish, it is daily provided by the captains Manolis, Giorgos and Kostas that is given to us straight from their caiques.

In the summertime, you can see celebrations for marriages and christenings or other feasts that take place with traditional live music and dance up to the morning. This way is given the possibility to the visitor to know the hospitality and the customs of our place.

Here, next to the sea, you will find us ready to serve you from early in the morning to enjoy your breakfast or coffee and as the day rolls we serve you refreshments or fresh juice and for the older people a cold beer or ouzo with chosen titbits.

While you are enjoying the crystal waters under the boiling hot helium we prepare for you the lunch as you wish escorted with an abundant wine of your choice.

In the afternoon you can enjoy your ice-cream while you enjoy the immense light of the blue sea and in the dinner the west of helium that is magic.

Nikos can provide you with a lot of information as he speaks 4 languages (English, German, French, and Italian). At the same time, he owns the rooms CORAL and is responsible for the apartments "the apartments DIMITRA, ALKIONI, BEACH FRONT and the maisonette TANIA, all located in the area of Zakros and Kato Zakros, all in a short distance between them.


Taverna Akrogiali is sponsor of the famous Sitia Geopark. Learn more about Sitia Geopark from Unesco or visit their site.


A wonderful place on seaside with real Cretan Hospitality

When we're on tour in Crete we dont't miss to go for lunch to the Akrogiali Taverna because Food, especially fish fresh from the catch, meat from the grill and local specialities, are all excellent and the staff is exceptionally amiable - so we'll go there again and again and again!


Great place, excellent food!

I have tried different tavernas in Kato zakros and this one proved to be the best. I ordered the local grilled fish and greek salad which were excellent. The service was very nice and helpful!

Karol B.

Wonderful people in a wonderful place

We want to thanks Nikos for his help and for his sympathy and kindness and we thanks all the staff of Akrogiali too, they manege their work in a very friendly and kind way and we appreciated them very much, we wish them all the best and hope to meet them again in the future.

Renzo C. Italy


Really enjoyed the food here. Lamb chops and pork on the grill especially good. Great service from georgiou and nicos the owner.Nice ambience on the seafront.

Stephanie K. United Kingdom

Nice place, good food

Superb location, traditional Cretan cuisine, very generous portions, friendly staff, just on the beach, you can use their sunbeds for free: what else?

Umberto Italy

Amazing place

We liked the taverna very much! Great food, fair prices and amazing staff. The location is very beautiful, we enjoyed the view!

Alina V.

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