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8 Days Vegetarian Cooking Holidays in Greece

Cooking Vacations in Greece

Join this intimate cooking workshop and get to the heart of authentic Greek vegetarian food, ingredients, techniques, history, and flavors. This culinary holiday has been designed for lovers of traditional Greek cuisine and all that it represents: the charming medieval village, the centuries old traditions, the people and their culture, and of course, the great food and wine! Spend a week dedicated to the secrets and traditions of vegetarian Greek cookery, perfect your cooking skills, and learn traditional recipes passed down through the family.


  • Hands-on cooking sessions
  • Learn about the healing properties of herbs
  • Bake homemade bread with the use of a wooden oven
  • Prepare your own cosmetic products with ingredients from your pantry
  • Taste the dishes prepared during your cooking class
  • Invite the neighbors to join you for mezedes
  • 7 nights accommodation


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The Centre's main building is a large guest house located at the edge of the village, about 8 kilometers from the seaside. The house is embraced by a magical garden, which has roses, hydrangeas, jasmine, rosemary, lavender, and many other species. The climbing vines offer a natural cooling environment, and the view looking over the Aegean from the balcony is spectacular.

The yurt, with a diameter of 4 meters, provides a group space for small workshops and retreats. This yurt is used for staff meetings, 1 on 1 treatment sessions, and contains one massage table. The main space for workshops and retreats is a reciprocal framed roundhouse with a diameter of 7 meters. Its bamboo sides and waterproof roof combine the intimacy of an inside room with the fresh sea breezes and filtered sunlight of an open space.

A separate building houses a well equipped kitchen and laundry room. Between the main building and the kitchen building, a shaded patio provides the dining area for the meals, and which, out of eating hours, is set up for art workshops. Also, the Kissos sanctuary, overlooking the estate and the sea, is open 24 hours for quiet contemplation.

The house has seven rooms; one single, two ensuite twins, two non-ensuite twins, a triple, and an ensuite quadruple. Another six twin rooms are located at the next door neighbors house. Accommodation supplements, which may vary with the season, apply for these village rooms and usually also for singles and twins in the center's hotel.

Six tents and tent spaces, located on the upper extended terrace, are also offered. Provided that you bring your own sleeping bag, towel, and pillow Kalikalos offers a discount for tent occupancy, which is 5% to use one of their tents and 8% if you bring your own tent. Comfortable foam mattresses are provided for the tents.


This is a week dedicated to the secrets and traditions of vegetarian Greek cookery and participants will spend many hours perfecting the skills of Greek cooking, with hands-on cooking classes. The secret for Greek cookery are the fresh products, seasonal fruit, and vegetables that make the base of all tasty dishes.

During this holiday, you will learn the healing properties of herbs and how to make your own natural cosmetics with ingredients available in the pantry. You will also be making your own homemade bread, baked in a wood oven, sun drying tomatoes, rolling out fyllo pastry, and making some mainstays of the Greek vegetarian cuisine, such as mousaka, as well as some less usual dishes, such as vine leaves with bulgur and mint.

One evening per week, you will invite your local Greek neighbors to join you for mezedes. The meal served on that evening will be part of the yearly open da,y when Kalikalo's patio becomes a taverna and the locals get the chance to meet with you, while also learning a bit about the Kalikalos Center..

A typical day in Kalikalos center

  • 07:30 - 08:05 Qi Gong, Yoga, Tai Chi
  • 08:05 - 08:30 Morning sanctuary led meditation
  • 08:30 - 09:05 Buffet breakfast
  • 09:05 - 09:30 Breakfast cleanup, where everyone helps
  • 09:30 Staff meeting attunement and community meeting on Saturday
  • 09:30 - 13:30 Workshop session; usually with a coffee or tea break midway
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Buffet lunch and picnic boxes for the beach
  • 14:30 - 17:30 Beach / free time
  • 18:15 - 20:00 Guests and staff work together in kitchen, gardens and office
  • 20:00 - 20:45 Dinner
  • 20:45 - 21:30 Dinner cleanup
  • 21:30 - 23:00 Visit the village pub or café, watch a film, healing circle, circle dance, or campfire
  • 23:00 - 08:30 Ashram mode; quiet time until the breakfast bell

Included excursions

  • Visits to the nearby beach
  • Visits to the nearest village


This holiday will take place in Kissos, Greece. Set in a lovely hillside area, overlooking the Aegean sea, Kissos is a village of fruit trees, flowers, and greenery, carved out of the forest above the seaside.



  • Cooking classes
  • Swimming


  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio


  • Car rental nearby
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet


The saying that “Mediterraneans live to eat while the rest of the world eats to live” still rings true today. During this holiday, besides trying delicious vegetarian dishes, you will be making your own homemade bread baked in a wood oven, sun drying tomatoes, rolling out fyllo pastry, and some mainstays of Greek vegetarian cuisine, such as mousaka, as well as some less usual dishes, such as vine leaves with bulgur and mint.

Things to do (optional)

  • Camp in Choreto or Agios Ioannis
  • Make independent excursions
  • Stay an extra night in Volos

What's included

  • 6 evening meals
  • 7 buffet breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 snack lunches
  • 20 hours of workshop sessions
  • Daily lift to and from the beaches at Agios Ioannis; except Friday
  • Tasting of the dishes prepared during the classes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation

How to get there

Driving directions from National Road Athens - Thessalonica

  • Take the Volos / Velestino exit; not the exit Volos - Neo Anchialos
  • After 13 kilometers (10 minutes), you will meet the Volos ring road, with an entry sign to Portaria
  • In 6,3 kilometers (6 minutes), on the traffic light, turn left; there is a sign for Portaria - Hania
  • If you come from Neo Anchialos, in order to avoid traffic inside Volos, make a left in the entrance road and in 2,3 kilometers, you will find the ring road to Portaria
  • Follow the route to Portaria (15 minutes), continuing on to Hania (another 15 minutes)
  • Departing Hania, follow the road toward the ski resort; do not bear left toward Zagora
  • After 1 kilometer, the road spilts left for Kissos and there is a sign
  • Continue down the mountain for about 20 minutes, passing under the ski lifts
  • Pass outside Kissos and turn left at the stop sign at the builder’s yard
  • After 1 kilometer, the road splits, continue straight ahead toward Agio Ioannis

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH), Thessaloniki Airport (SKG), or Nea Anchialos National Airport (VOL).

Arrival by bus

From the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG), bus number 78 departs every half hour and goes to the main intercity coach station, where intercity KTEL buses leave for Volos. In the high season (beginning of July), the 11 a.m. bus will allow you to reach Volos at 1:30 p.m., in time to catch the 2 p.m. local bus out to Kissos, with a cost of 6 EUR.

Before July and in September, you will have to catch the 8:15 a.m. bus, as the local bus to Kissos leaves Volos at 1:30. The 3:15 p.m. bus from Thessaloniki, is the latest bus, allowing you to get to Volos in time for the 5:45 p.m. Friday afternoon pickup. The train from Thessaloniki is not recommended because the journey takes twice as long as the bus.

To get to Kissos from Volos, you also have the option of taking a local Pilio bus, which leaves daily at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. It takes a scenic route around the mountain peninsula before arriving at Kissos, two and a half hours later. Note that the best day to arrive, for workshop participants, is Friday; giving you time to settle in before the workshops begin, on Saturday.

If you must fly to Volos on Thursday, please plan to spend the night there. If you plan to do this, and will arrive in Volos on the same day that you would like to arrive at Kalikalos, be sure to take the bus from Athens by 9 a.m., or the bus from Thessaloniki by 10 a.m., in order to arrive in Volos in time to catch the local Agios Ioannis (Kissos) bus.

Arrival by taxi

Another option is to take a taxi for about 225 EUR from the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG), a practical option for 3 or 4 people.

There's also the option of taking a cab from Volos for about 50 euros. Tell the driver to take you to the Kissos Platia (village square). Kalikalos is 40 meters up the road from there.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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