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Food Lover's Guide to Crete

By Viator, January 2018

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With fertile soils, fresh ingredients, and traditional recipes passed down from generation to generation, Greece is a food lover’s dream destination. Here are a few popular dishes for foodies to look out for on the sun-soaked island of Crete—Greece’s largest island.

 

Must-Try Dishes

Traditional dishes including moussaka, layers of lamb and eggplant flavored with bechamel sauce, and souvlaki, skewered meat or fish kebabs, feature on menus across Crete and stand high on the must-try list. Spinach pie is a popular vegetarian treat wrapped in filo pastry, and dolma is a Greek speciality with vine leaves stuffed with onions, peppers, rice, and zucchini or eggplant. Koulouri, donut-shaped bread encrusted with sweetened sesame seeds, is the perfect accompaniment to local cheeses or fresh olives. And sweet treats like halvah—made with cinnamon, semolina flour, raisins, and nuts—have been keeping hunger at bay on Crete for centuries.


Must-Do Experiences

  • Master the basics of Mediterranean Greek cuisine in a cooking class, then sit down to enjoy your food with a couple of glasses of Cretan wine.
  • Follow a guide on a food tour through the Old Town in Chania, Heraklion, or Rethymnon, and sample the diverse culinary treats on offer.
  • Delve into the Cretan countryside and sample regional cheeses, olive oils, and wine with a local family.
  • Explore the olive grove and wine orchards for which Crete is famous, go wine tasting, and learn about Greek food’s role in Cretan history and culture.

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Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Samples of Raki and Mezedes, Chania, null
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Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Samples of Raki and Mezedes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Experience the real Crete with a walk through one of its most picturesque cities. Chania is a kaleidoscope of different elements: ancient ruins, strong local ...  Read more

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.16
Crete Wine and Olive Oil Tour, Chania, Food Tours
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Crete Wine and Olive Oil Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Wine tour to family wineries, olive oil factory and magnificent places to admire the nature’ s miracle…

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.80
Wine, Olive Oil, and Terroir Small-Group Tour of Heraklion with Tastings, Heraklion, Wine Tasting & ... 
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Wine, Olive Oil, and Terroir Small-Group Tour of Heraklion with Tastings

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Take a  full-day wine tasting, olive oil tasting and terroir tour in Heraklion, Crete with an English-speaking guide on this small group tour. Enjoy lunch at ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.94
Olive Oil & Wine Tasting - Jeep Safari Tour, Chania, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Olive Oil & Wine Tasting - Jeep Safari Tour

Touch the oldest olive tree in the world which is 3000 years old, taste olive oil and have a unique winery experience, walk through a gorge and enjoy the ...  Read more

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.55
Heraklion Bites and Sights Morning Small Group Tour, Heraklion, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Heraklion Bites and Sights Morning Small Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Bypass the concrete and head straight for the heart of Heraklion. Hit the backstreets and hidden pathways, checking out the highlights, sampling local treats, ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.00
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The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion, Heraklion, Food Tours
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The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

This Oenotourism activity is perfect for the wine lover however it is not necessary to be a wine expert to appreciate and enjoy the day! In a small and ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.94
Crete Bohemian Sunset Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Dinner, Chania, Wine Tasting & Winery ... 
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Crete Bohemian Sunset Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Dinner

If wine is your thing, you’ll be glad to know there’s plenty of it in Chania! As well as good food, strong spirits, and mythical tales hidden down back ...  Read more

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.82
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Full-day Cretan Culinary and Cultural Tour with Cooking Class, Heraklion, Dining Experiences
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Full-day Cretan Culinary and Cultural Tour with Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Get a real glimpse of life for Cretans as you immerse yourself in their culture and traditions. Meet with locals from this picturesque village as an ...  Read more

Location: Malia, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.35
The Olive Oil Experience, Chania, Private Sightseeing Tours
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The Olive Oil Experience

Cretan diet is the fundamental of Mediterranean diet , well known for the simple and natural ingredients along with health,happy and long living. Based ...  Read more

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.62
The Real Cretan Cooking Experience, Chania, Cooking Classes
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The Real Cretan Cooking Experience

Join us and live an incredible journey through the Cretan cuisine and culture...  Tour Highlights Introduction & welcome drink Vegetable ...  Read more

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.80

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