Dakos. The most famous & distinctive appetizer in Western Crete is actually a treat offered in taverns all over the island. It’s called dákos and contains three ingredients identified with the city’s culinary tradition. No way you leave Chania without having a face-to-face with this cute local concoction of simplicity.


The juicy & tasteful local tomato, its brick-like and twice-baked paximádia (kind of rusks that the locals prefer more than fresh bread) & the unique cheese of mizíthra, a creamy bliss of a goat cheese found only in Crete. The three ingredients are supplemented with some of the island’s fresh oregano, sea-salt & extra virgin olive oil that will make this seemingly plain bite one you will not forget.