"Drive further, you can't miss the signs. It's Milia...of course you will find it" the white haired, weathered man pointed down the dirt road. We never did see any signs, but we did find the village after zigzagging deep, then deeper and deeper into the chestnut studded mountains in Western Crete above the Topolia Gorge.
We came for the food. Far from the ocean, we were seeking a rustic, authentic experience, and traditional countryside life.
It delivered. The best food I had in Crete - roasted goat, lamb sausage, handmade cheese, lentil salads, freshly baked bread and mountain tea. There is not a menu. The food is seasonal and depends on what the ladies in the kitchen have prepared.
Abandoned for the majority of last 500 years, this historic settlement was once a hideout during WW2. The fifteen or so farmhouses have been restored into an amazing eco-friendly resort literally built stone by stone into the mountainside.
Simple and cozy. No modern luxuries. Expect wild goats and chickens, magnificent scenery, nature, stillness and plenty of relaxation. Milia is what life was like here in the past.