Eating Out in Hania

If your eating out in Hania, stay away from the high season hustlers and touts in the Outer Harbour side restaurants (we all know what an omelette looks like). The following are some of my tried and tested establishments in the Old Town. Order the village wine (Hemma), but if you want something different, anything bottled by the Boutari Brothers is reliable and well priced.

Apostolis. Fish restaurant located in the Inner Harbour. Good views to the light house and preferred by the well healed locals.

Manos. Fish restaurant in the port of Nea Chora (west of the Outer Harbour). Open all day - laid-back and reasonably priced.

Portes. Portes (or 'doors') offers Greek food with a difference. Located in Portou (with old doors propped against the Venetian fortification); outside and inside tables. Susanna and Lefteris are as friendly as ever. Open all year. Outside tables usually busy in the Summer. The 'house wines' are excellent.

Tamam. A no frills reliable taverna open all year, with tables set in the plunge-pool of a Turkish bath (Hamam) or outside on Zabeliou Street. Always busy. Well worth a visit. No need to book.

The Well of the Turk. A great restaurant offering a delicious selection of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern specialties cooked by Jenny, to be enjoyed to the sounds of a great collection of Middle Eastern music. Set in a historical building in the center of the Turkish district of Splantzia, with its labyrinth of narrow streets and two remaining minarets. You can't beat the chicken and bacon souvlaki. Closed during the winter and on Tuesdays during the Summer.