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One of the most beautiful experiences in Greece is the dining and the cuisine. The atmosphere in Greece ensures that tastes are amplified. The freshness of the food means that each meal, no matter how simple, is delicious and remembered well after your holiday in Greece.
So, here is how to bring that Greece food back home to your table, where ever you are in the world...open a bottle of wine...invite some friends over, and Opa! you have a Greek feast.
These Greek recipes show you how to recreate the nourishing,
healthy Greek diet. Most cities in the world will have a good market
where you can find authentic Greek merchandise, or if not, in these days
of online shopping, you can order organic products direct from Crete or Greece.
Proudly, Crete now has one of the highest registrations of organic
produce in all of Greece, which is a wonderful way of continuing land
practices unchanged over centuries and ensuring healthy eating and a
healthy planet. In addition to tasting great, Greek olive oil is rich in
monounsaturated fats and can decrease the risk of heart disease.
A Cretan favourite is water drizzled dakos ντάκος rusk dowsed with olive oil, sprinkled with fresh oregano picked from the garden, accompanied with olives on the side and of course a glass of dopio local wine or icy cold ouzo.
The Cretan diet is famous the world over for its life-giving properties - the longevity
recorded on the island in Crete is well known. How do you live a long
and healthy life? Well, to start with, don't diet!
Cretan Cooking: The Miracle of the Cretan Diet, The Most Wholesome Cuisine in the Mediterranean with 265 recipe.
Greek food is great for vegetarians. Many of the central dishes of both Cretan and all Greek food are vegetables and there is a variety in the style of the cuisine - epitomised by the meze - lots of little plates of various flavours all passed around the table. Olive oil, fresh fruit, fresh garden vegetables and nuts are all central to the cookery of Crete.
Diane Kochilas shares many great recipes in her vegetarian Greek cookbook.
The Mediterranean Diet has become very famous as a healthy daily approach to food and well being. Live as long as the author's grandfather - 99 years old!
Dakos is a family favourite - see our recipe here.
Made with fresh ingredients, this is a tasty snack at any time of day.
Quality Label of Cretan Cuisine
Where to Taste Olives & Olive Oil in Crete
While visiting Crete, take some time to enjoy culinary experiences in our towns and villages. Discover the fresh food, olive oil and fruits, be treated to locally made white spirits, and dine together with new friends.
Food Odyssey, A Historical Culinary Tour of Chania - join a local gourmet and experimental archaeologist - a 'food historian' who will blend the intricate and rich cultural history of this place into the food found here. Promising to be a multi-sensory experience, this is one for the true foodies.
Small Group Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon - treat yourself to a 4 hour gastronomic exploration of this cosmopolitan town, with food and beverage tastings, hidden spots not in the guidebooks all through the old zone. 4 hour walk.
In the Lasithi region visit the 'Cretan Olive Oil Farm' near Elounda jus 3 km from Agios Nikolaos. You can experience the following for very low fees as this is a family friendly farm
sure you give plenty of notice if you intend to visit for a pottery or
cooking lesson, contact prior to visiting. See the donkey and chickens,
sample home-grown vegetables and local honey. See the making of raki or tsikoudia, a strong clear spirit made from grapes.
Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.
Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.
More on flights and ferries below.
Car hire in Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.
When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and an easy online booking procedure. We are sure you will be well looked after by the team. Choose from hybrid or non-hybrid vehicles.
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