Avli is a combination of all-suites hotel with restaurant, wine cellar and a shop with traditional products. Avli was created 25 years ago, in 1987, in an effort to optimize and upgrade the historic center of Rethymnon. Avli is housed in a cluster of beautiful Venetian buildings of the 16th century offering the visitor a real acquaintance with the life of Crete.
Avli features a unique blend of traditional Cretan architecture with modern luxury and aesthetic.
The same approach characterizes the kitchen. We prepare what we call Creative Cretan cuisine.
This is a truly authentic dining experience with the Cretan cuisine, using raw materials of indisputable quality combining a contemporary culinary concept and design with the renowned hospitality of the Cretans.
Apart from the beach, perhaps the ancient ruins, there is another method of getting to know an area, that of gastronomy.
Local dishes teach us much about the geophysical and climatic conditions, the local economy, even its history.
AVLI, for 25 years, constantly searches and suggests dishes from Crete and the Mediterranean to unprejudiced, adventurous and willing palates. In a Venetian mansion built around 1600 that continues to “live” until today, a group of young people is trying to reconcile memories of yesterday and materials to the eating habits of today.
We cook for you and preserve, as much as possible, the authenticity of the culture and tradition that surrounds us.
Wine gladdens the hearts and our cellar is one of the largest in Greece, with over 460 different wine labels.
Choose Greek wines from large and small producers, and keep them under perfect conditions - temperature humidity - to ensure their quality.
You will find the perfect wine to accompany the delicious dishes prepared for you to spend enjoying a glass of wine and listening to great music or even have a business meeting in a beautifully decorated and civilized place.
Overall, the Cretan cuisine and nutrition is the basis of the Mediterranean diet.
For the Cretans, the secret of good health and longevity is simple. Eat what the rich land produces! Lots of olive oil, fruits, vegetables, herbs, pulses, dairies and bread accompnied by a glass of raki or local wine. It is recorded that over 500 different types of greens and herbs are used raw in salads or cooked in small and large pies and various ways.
Seasoned with wonderful herbs, we prepare sweets with natural materials such as honey and molasses. The only fat in the diet is the excellent Cretan olive oil consumed without processing, that adds a healthy nutritional value to the meals. The Cretans do not eat meat often or until a few decades ago.
The Cretan cuisine is famous for its unique taste, which differs from other cuisines because it does not try to mix flavors. Each material has its autonomy, has identity and taste, is simple and unique, without lots of spices or flavor enhancements, but very tasty. Through simplicity comes the invention of any inspired cook who carries the experience of past centuries.
The Cretans may eat greens or vegetables daily but they do not eat the same food every day. We find ways to create different flavors out of the same materials.
Historically, looking back to the roots of Cretan cuisine from the ancient times until now, you will not find any significant changes since only few materials have been added to the dishes used by the ancestors of modern Cretans.