Gastronomy in Crete
Highlights will include but will not be limited to:
- A full-on experience of every aspect of the local gastronomy and its evolution since the Minoan times.
- Greek cooking workshops, to take home new skills.
- Visits to artisan producers where you will get a taste of life in rural Crete, to help you appreciate why it is so centered around food and socializing.
Greek cooking workshops and meals:
The experience includes hands-on cooking sessions based on Cretan cuisine, the gastronomic heritage that holds the secrets to longevity. During the workshops you will get a chance to sample a selection of Greek wines with some produced by local varieties. All your meals have been specially selected and organized so that you can experience the real flavors of Greece with award winning, fresh and seasonal local produce.
Visits to artisan producers:
Honey, wine, olive oil and local cheese. Four products that will be on daily menu – so visiting the people behind these products is essential. Scattered in different villages in the area a beekeeper, a wine producer, an olive oil producer and a cheese maker will welcome us to their production units and offer a bit of their knowledge. Honey will no longer be just honey! And you will never look at a goat the same way again.
Nature and sites of Archeological importance :
In addition to getting to know the culinary heritage of Crete you will have the chance to enjoy Crete’s outstanding nature sites, during our visits to wonderful beaches and Natura sites, nature reserves well known for their unique biodiversity. Alternatively you may choose to visit famous sites of archaeological importance like Knossos and the Cave Ideon Andron, allegedly the birthplace of Zeus.
Accommodation can range from small traditional cottages to a medium size hotel. All accommodation is located in and around the towns of Heraklion and Chania.
Note on Itinerary
From time to time itineraries may be modified for operational reasons. Please note that some changes may occur in our itineraries due to weather and common seasonal changes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
Food in Crete
When in Crete be sure to try all these tasty dishes of Cretan cuisine, world-known famous for blending traditional and Mediterranean flavors enriched with locally produced olive oil, promising physical health and mental clarity.
Whichever Cretan village you may visit, don’t miss to try their own signature cheese usually made from goat or sheep’s milk, or even a combination of both. Must-try cheeses in Crete are, among others, the hard cheese graviera, the sweet and creamy anthotyro and the fresh cheese myzithra.
Furthermore, by visiting the local taverns and seaside restaurants in Crete you will taste some of the most remarkable Cretan dishes, always accompanied with Raki, the ever-popular local - and very strong -drink which is for Crete what is ouzo for the rest of Greece.
The must-try dishes of Crete are literally endless, but some of the most remarkable are:
Dakos, a delicious Greek salad with rusks soaked in water or local olive oil and topped with fresh tomatoes and creamy myzithra.
Fried Snails, another popular dish in Crete consisting of snails fried with flour and hot olive oil and then doused with local wine.
Gamopilafo, meaning the ‘the wedding rice’, this is one of the most traditional dishes in Crete! Meat and poultry are boiled together for hours and then accompanied by rice cooked with butter and lemon.
Wine Tasting in Crete
Being the oldest wine-producing area in Europe, wine lovers visit Crete to discover the island’s wine tradition that is more than 4000 years old. Local Cretan wine is served everywhere in Crete, while, some hotels even produce their own exceptional wine! You will find Crete’s wine producing regions at Heraklion and Chania, although you will find local wine in every village in Crete!
Day 1 / Arrival
Day 2 / Introduction to Cretan Gastronomy – Central Market
Day 3 / Honey bees – Olive oil Soap
Day 4 / Local winery