Koukos Taverna in Pylos

Just down the street from our one-night accommodation at the Karalis City Hotel in Pylos, Peloponnese we came across a colorful, old-fashioned Taverna called Koukos (Cuckoo). While we didn’t have a chance to dine at Koukos, we enjoyed viewing the owner’s creative use of Venetian colors on the building’s facade, and authentic, as well as, faux architectural details. The green door immediately caught my attention. It wasn’t until later, looking at the photo, that I noticed the red door by its side.



The Taverna’s signage displays a Koukos or Cuckoo, a medium-sized long-tailed bird, typically with a gray or brown back and pale underparts. Cuckoos are known to lay their eggs in the nests of small songbirds. A humorous addition to the decor is an unexpected faux Cuckoo clock hung on a utility box on the side of the building.

The dining area at the front of the Taverna overlooks the Bay of Navarino. Next time we find ourselves in Pylos, we will be sure to give Koukos a try.



About Pylos:

Pylos is a small seaside town located on the bay of Navarino in the Messinia region of southwestern Peloponnese.


Inspiration: Thursday Doors.

27 thoughts on “Koukos Taverna in Pylos

    1. Hi Debi, It’s just down the hill from the Karalis City Hotel and not too far of a walk from the plaza. I wish we had time to have a meal at Koukos. We ate at a taverna near the waterfront the only night we were in town. Definitely check it out the next ime you are there. 🙂

      1. That’s quite a day trip! The National Roads make travel in Greece a pleasure. It’s so much easier to travel in Peloponnese and mainland Greece these days. Hope you had a good time!

      2. Just back from Pylos area, but didn’t actually get into the town. Our friends there say Koukos is very good and one of the few restaurants in town open in the winter. Sounds like a place to investigate next time…

      3. Good to have a recommendation from your friend. We’ll give it a try next time we are in Pylos. We’d like to spend more time in Pylos and the Messinia region. On this trip, we got a small taste of that region. 🙂

  1. What a delightful post, Donna! I remembered while reading your story that during my teens my parents had a cuckoo clock that made its sound every half hour! Have a fun weekend, Jesh

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