Resort: Koutouloufari is a lovely little village, busy but not in a commercial, touristy in your face way. About a 20 - 30 min walk from Hersonissos which is where you go if you want some action.
Beaches: Hersonissos has a couple of beaches, but they\'re small and usually crowded. We went up to Malia, Sun beach next to the Palace of Malia ( the archealogical dig site).
Food: Koutouloufari has no shortage of restaurants, Pegasus is fairly good value for money, and Gallini has been touted on these boards before - but seeing it, it didn\'t appeal to me. Almost too busy & crowded. Stay away from the chinese rest., not very good I\'m afraid.
THE BEST, and I mean the ...
best place to eat in the village is at Emmanuel Tavern, in the village square. Run by Manos and his family, he offers top quality food and top service, he and his waiters are charming, attentive and always smiling. The food is what I call for want of a better expression \" Modern Greek cuisine\". What I\'m trying to so is that the menu includes things like Gyros, mousska etc, all \"traditional\" greek dishes, but Manos serves them in a contempory way that puts his place way above the rest.Read More
His lamb dish for instance, in Rose wine and bay leaves, cooked in the 18th C woodfired oven is a classic, but my wife had a fish dish - Perka, kind of a Perch - that was out of this world, one of the best fish dishes I\'ve seen anywhere in Greece or the UK.