Tiered into the slopes of the Harakas mountain, Piskopiano is one of the oldest villages in this region of Crete. So old in fact, it’s got basilica ruins dating back to the 6th century. It sits snugly halfway between the hillside village of Koutouloufari and the seaside town of Hersonissos. And in staying true to its historic roots it’s kept things about as traditionally Greek as you can get. Whitewashed walls, sky-blue shutters and wrought-iron balconies sit hip-to-hip along slender climbing streets. Add a smattering of bougainvillea that blushes rouge against crumbling paintwork, and it’s Mamma Mia all over again. But it doesn’t stop there. Its 16th-century church of Aghios Ioannis and the Museum of Rural Life provide injections of culture, while rickety blue tables and chairs prop up against whitewashed houses, and views coast down over terracotta rooftops to the sea. And then there’s the tavernas. In September you can catch restaurant owners – and anyone who’ll help – clearing tables and chairs to make space for grape-pressing. When that’s all over and done with, these same restaurants draw the crowds for a totally different reason – their food. From laid-back and informal places to more sophisticated eateries, Piskopiano bursts at the trouser buttons with good restaurants. Mezes, stifado and moussakas - they’re all served up here.
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