There are many reasons for coming to Piskopiano for a few hours. On the one hand the typical Cretan village with its old houses is worth seeing. These are much more beautiful than the modern concrete buildings down on the coast. From up here you also have a great view of the sea, the towns and the surrounding beaches. Above all, there are about a dozen good taverns in Piskopiano. Most visitors to the village combine the excursion with lunch or dinner in one of the restaurants.
The village is only 1-2 kilometres from the coast. The walk from the beach Cersonissos to Piskopiano takes barely more than half an hour. Some of the route is steep. Several roads and footpaths lead to the top.
Piskopianoa has now been assembled with the neighbouring village of Koutouloufari. A narrow, often clogged road parallel to the sea connects the two villages. To find a parking place in the centre of Piskopiano is a matter of luck. 200 to 300 meters outside, parking should not be a problem during the season.
Among the regular guests in Chersonissos who often visit the village on the mountain, there are different opinions which tavern in Piskopianoa is the best.
Our favorite is the Taverna Aposperida. Everything is just right here. Good food, large portions, very nice and helpful tavern host who speaks very good English. We especially like the salads. The restaurant Aposperida is directly on the through road on the northern side (towards the valley).
If you go uphill in the centre of Piskopiano in the narrow streets of the village, after a short time you will find the tavern Kostas, which is also worth a visit. At Kostas it is also very cheap. Tasty Kalamaris cost for example only 7 euros as main course, pork fillet in a sauce with Ouzo and fennel only 8.90 euros. An interesting starter are the grilled mushrooms for 3.50 euros (prices summer 2017).
Overnight stay in Piskopiano
If you find the hustle and bustle under the sea too big, you can look for a room and apartment in Piskopiano. Here it is especially at night when the day-trippers are gone, much quieter than down in the mega resorts of Hersonissos, Gouves and Malia. There are several hotels, small guesthouses and room rentals. Many are still typical Cretan family businesses. We counted at least 20 accommodations.
In Piskopianao there are several souvenir shops, jewellery shops and the like.
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