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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”.


  • 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 in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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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.

Things to do (optional)

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.

What's included

  • 4 hands-on cooking classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Apron
  • Recipes

How to get there

Arrival by airplain

The closest airport is Heraklion International Airport

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • 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.
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