We welcome you to Koukouvaya!

We are grateful for our Cretan heritage and the gift of grandfather Aristides’ country home. The deserted house we inherited was known to the locals as Koukouvagia, “the owl”, the name of its last occupant. We felt the name also reflected the bird’s eye view of this place, which was used as a German observation post during WWII.

Koukouvagia was established in 1997 and has since become a landmark, together with the neighbouring Prophet Elias church and the Venizelos statesmen family graves. Only a ten-minute drive from the center of Hania, “The Owl” offers panoramic views of the old town and its Venetian harbor, the bay of Hania and the majestic White Mountains.

Enjoy generous portions of snacks, salads and desserts produced daily in our kitchen, using fresh local ingredients. Feast on our mouthwatering desserts, the outcome of subtly refined family recipes. We are open throughout the day, for sunny breakfasts, breathtaking sunsets and drinks overlooking the moonlit sea.