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Join Cook&Taste’s unique cooking classes in Kritsa, a traditional village in Greece, and discover the secrets of Greek traditional cuisine! After breakfast, you will discuss the day program for cooking and optional activities on your free time. With your host and cooking teacher, Mrs. Argyro, you will visit the market and suppliers to buy ingredients. In the village, walk through the narrow roads, mix with the locals, admire handcraft work, and enjoy sightseeing. Then, go back and learn to cook some of Cretan’s authentic and typical dishes such as Greek salad, Dakos, dolmadakia, fava, meze. There will be a special cooking class on “Katharo plateau”.
Offering free Wi-Fi and free parking, Dyalinas, the family-run property features air-conditioned rooms with sea-view balconies or terraces. The rooms are further equipped with a TV and mini fridge, as well as a private bathroom with shower. Room cleaning is provided every second day and fresh towels, blankets and sheets are supplied.
Istron is a unique community of people with their own cultural progression, tradition, and local dialect. Their locality rises gradually from a place where the sun shines on the sea, to the highest peaks of the Dikti. The subtlety of the natural climatic changes of the area, and its high altitude shape the soul of its people; a soul that is rough-hewn, yet hospitable; a soul of the mountains, unwrought and fearless, like that of an eagle and exposed; a soul also of the plain, with refinement and reverence; a soul akin to the calm blue and restlessness of the foam of the Mirambelo seashores.
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The Cretan diet is not just a variety of dishes laid on the table. It comprises a whole philosophy of life and represents the lifestyle of the Cretan people. In the Cretan culture food plays a central role. The unique Cretan Diet is a healthy and tasty diet with centuries-old recipes and modern creative versions, which are always cooked, of course, with the same top quality pure products of the blessed Cretan earth. This diet is not just a variety of dishes presented on the table; it embodies a whole philosophy of life, the quality way of life of the Cretan people. The lucky ones that will visit the modern restaurants in the cities or the small taverns and cafes in the country will have wonderful experiences, participating in the life of the local people.
Visitors in Crete can relax or discover the beauties of the island. The mountains and the sea, the towns and the country side. Feel free to discover Crete by yourself or you follow Crete Experience's recommendations on very interesting activities and beautiful places to visit.
Grab your swimming costumes, towels, sunscreens, and even your fishing rods and head off to Chrissi Island. You will board on our friend’s boat about 10:00 from Ierapetra town and head to the beautiful sand-dune island off the southern coast of Crete, jumping into the water wherever and whenever you fancy, assuming your captain agrees! The crew will cook for you on board and even prepare your own fish if you are lucky to catch one. I bet the captain will oblige to tell you all about the wealth of life of the Mediterranean Sea, the fishing traditions and local fishy recipes. (Subject to availability.)
Not that you need encouragement to discover the beauty of eastern Crete, but Crete Experience can put together an itinerary for you to discover hidden gems, from monasteries to museums, from spectacular blue flag beaches to places to eat, from lookout points to shady caves. Let them put together for you an itinerary that fits your interests and appetite.
Known as “To Nisi” by local people or "the island" by those who have read the best-selling English novel “The Island” by Victoria Hislop. Unpack the layers of Cretan history through time. A 15-minute boat trip of the coast of Plaka at Elounda will take you to what was once a Cretan peninsular. The island was carved out of the coast for defense purposes during the Venetian occupation and has faced key transformations through time. In addition to the abandoned leper colony and the fortress, Spinalonga is known for its small pebble beaches and shallow waters.
Stay for lunch at Plaka Bay and enjoy the holiday buzz. Let Crete Experience recommend some tasty hang outs in the area and go on and take your pick on what your fancy. On the way back, they suggest a visit at Kritsa village. The village is packed with local character and goodies. Women of Kritsa were famous for their weaving, lace making, and embroidery skills and it is still possible to buy handmade items. In light of the many hours work in handmade pieces you might think these items are expensive, but most people these days are content with more commercially produced items that are also available.