7 Days Authentic Culinary Vacations in Crete, Greece

  • Kritsa, Crete, Greece 72051

Cretan Cooking Vacation

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”.

Highlights

  • 4 hands-on cooking classes
  • Discover the secrets of Greek traditional cuisine
  • Experience Cretan culture and modern lifestyle of the locals
  • Option to join wine tasting
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Apron and recipes
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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The apartment complex is located in Istron Kalo Chorio Lasithi Crete and is 10 kilometers from Agios Nikolaos. It is built in a lush green landscape. The nearest awarded with blue flag beaches are at 250 meters, Agios Panteleimonas and Karavostasi. The complex has 7 fully-equipped apartments are with area of 45 to 60 square meters, renovated in 2015. It offers free wifi, free parking and is fully air-conditioned.

Istron Kalo Horio is just 10 kilometers from the cosmopolitan town of Aghios Nikolaos in the Lasithi region of east Crete. Surrounded by lush vegetation, with many olive and citrus groves and allotments bursting with produce, it's a real working Cretan village, characterized by gentle tourism, and there are several attractive beaches within easy walking of the village of Kalo Horio.

Most of the Taverna owners in Istron are also farmers who have small market gardens and allotments around the village. They grow and tend their crops and then serve them up in their Tavernas. Most of the produce are olive oil, wine, Raki and fresh fruits and vegetables. Some also keep chickens and other livestock so you can be assured that you will have fresh, tasty and organic food in the restaurants throughout the village of Istro.

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.

Chrissi Island tour

Grab your swimming costumes, towels, sunscreens, and even your fishing rods and head off to Chrissi Island. You will board on a boat at 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.)

Discover East Crete excursion

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.

Spinalonga island sightseeing

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.

  • 4 hands-on cooking classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Apron
  • Recipes
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 161 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Verified BookCulinaryVacations.com reviews

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    Review by Tracey Wild from Australia

    PROS Pros: The authentic food which was delicious. The people were amazing, so friendly and accommodating, I left feeling like I was leaving family. The beaches were beautiful and an easy walk and the overall experience far exceeded my expectations !

    Organizer response: We would like to thank you for your kind words. You positive energy alowed to yourself to enjoy the authentic cretan hospitality and friendship beyond the Culinary lessons. We wish you to stay strong and healthy to come back next year. We waiting for you, Thank you Tracey!!

    2017-Jul-17 19:35:39

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "We have had many lovely holidays in Istron. Everyone in the local shops and tavernas are very welcoming. Some great places to eat and not a tourist trap. Has not got nightclubs and stuff like that so is perfect if you enjoy good food, great weather and beaches without all the tacky touristy bits."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Crete Experience organized for us a custom trip to Spinalonga Island: one of the most interesting places in Crete, so full of beauty and tragedy at the same time. "

    "It also helped that it arranged for us the best tour guide we had on the island that really managed to captivate our group with the sad story of the leper colony on the island. A real must for tourist interested in the in depth version!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This is a very beautiful place with many unspoilt quiet places to be found; busy beaches if you want them. There are lots of Greek taverns to eat and experience Greek hospitality. There are lovely little shops and trinkets. Access to the east of Crete is the ideal base for seeing the island."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Very beautiful place with many unspoiled quiet places to be found. Busy beaches if you want them. Lots of Greek taverns to eat and experience Greek hospitality. Lovely little shops and trinkets. Access to the east of Crete is the ideal base for seeing the island. "

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks to Lydia and her husband for their friendly and warm hospitality in taking us to the village of Kritsa, a little out of Agios Nikolaos, for a culinary adventure with Kyria Argyro (Mrs Argyro)! An afternoon was spent underneath the vines at this white-washed village hotel where we cooked with Mrs. Argyro stewed chicken with potatoes and carrots in a red wine sauce and also Cretan-style tiganites (mini-fried pancakes). Mrs. Argyro also treated us to plenty of Cretan raki, local wine and mezzedes with her homemade fava beans, trahana (Greek wheat) and dolmades. It was an afternoon spent in the sun, under the vines, without a care in the world - reminiscent of what it would have been to have lived in the 1950s - in touch with soil, with nature and with the things in life that are wholesome and essential. I would definitely do it again and recommend it to all of you! Thank you to Lydia and Christos!"

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Elizabeth F. from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I love everything about Crete!! From the north to the south and the west to the east, Crete has so much to offer - the food, the weather, its ambience, the people, the history, the list is enldless!!! I have been visiting the island for the past 5 years, most times twice a year and every time I discover a new wonder of this island!!!"

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Elizabeth F. from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I love everything about Crete! From the north to the south and the West to the East, Crete has so much to offer the food, the weather, its ambience, the people, the history, the list is endless! I have been visiting the island for the past 5 years, most times twice a year and every time I discover a new wonder of this island!"

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Josie from United States
    10 out of 10

    "People at the winery were very friendly and knowledgable which pleased our group since we are members of the Dionysian Society, International."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks to Lydia and her husband for their friendly and warm hospitality in taking us to the village of Kritsa, a little out of Agios Nikolaos, for a culinary adventure with Kyria Argyro (Mrs Argyro)! An afternoon was spent underneath the vines at this white-washed village hotel where we cooked with Mrs Argyro stewed chicken with potatoes and carrots in a red wine sauce and also Cretan-style "tiganites" (mini-fried pancakes).Mrs. Argyro also treated us to plenty of Cretan raki, local wine and "mezzedes" with her homemade fava beans, "trahana" (Greek wheat) and dolmades. It was an afternoon spent in the sun, under the vines, without a care in the world - reminiscent of what it would have been to have lived in the 1950s - in touch with soil, with nature and with the things in life that are wholesome and essential.I would definitely do again and recommend to all of you! Thank you to Lydia and Christos!"

    Trip Advisor website, edited

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