Buried in the cobbled streets of Rethymno, AVLI is a secluded establishment created by Katerina Xekalou, for those who demand more from their holidays.
Domes, Venetian arches, fountains with running water, cool cellars, comfortable sofas, antique furniture, elegant utilitarian objects, paintings and works of art, linen handicrafts, porcelains and crystals all set the scene in the gourmet restaurant, wine bar, cafι and lobbies. Nestled under the clear Cretan sky, AVLI's courtyard is home to wonderful vine canopies and harbors a fusion of floral scents, providing the perfect setting for those wishing to savour exceptional gastronomic delights.
AVLI is set in a Cretan villa with Venetian and Turkish elements which date back to 1530. Drenched in 500 years of history, the AVLI site has been home to a Venetian lord and has witnessed many events marking the passage of time. It was rebuilt in 1987 by the architect Kostas Iliakis and decorated with articles from abandoned factories, windmills and ancient villas. The grinding wheels, antiquated metal fixtures and farming tools create a magical atmosphere reminiscent of years past and years gone by.
AVLI Raki Baraki:
Raki Baraki is our new possession and little jewel.
It is our very own, personal version of the classic Cretan Raki place.
With tables that, in the summer, lie in a cool backstreet of the town, under vines and bougainvilleas, it invites you to experience unique moments of our pleasure and relaxation.
Immerse yourselves in the traditional low sofas with the thick cushions and enjoy your cup of coffee or ice cream in the mornings.
Taste traditional spirits and rare Cretan delicacies, as well as delicious dishes by our cookγs very hands, in an environment full of the images, the music and the fragrances of Cretan tradition.
The classic Cretan Raki place through our own eyes.
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