Join the Cretan hospitality! Cretans says that we have the finest gastronomical, tasty and healthy solutions proved and signed by the medical science society. Wild green pies, spinach pies, Raw veggies salads, Veggies in the pot or in oven Cretan traditional way, cooked a way only Cretans do, and much more. Enjoy food and cooking class that blend all the secrets particular of Crete and let you enjoy and learn about them first-hand alongside the locals. In Crete, a meal is not only a celebration but also a culmination of various events. Enjoy culinary explorations that blend all the secrets particular of the region of Crete and let you enjoy and learn about them first-hand alongside the locals. Going from one region of Crete to another changes not only what you eat, but how you eat it, how its prepared, and what accompanies it. Each region is a mystery unto itself. Immerse yourself in the fantastic flavors and mouth-watering smells of regional Crete.
Airport transfer included: Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport
Greece abounds with comfortable and characteristic accommodation, and particularly in Crete, you will receive a traditional warm welcome that only grows warmer the longer you stay.
Villa Kerasia is a registered villa in Crete and offers a wide range of quality services. It is featured in some of the most popular magazines and ranks among the most exclusive destinations in the area, in terms of design and aesthetics, location, character and services. Experience has shown that guests who have enjoyed a proper “villa experience” in Crete or abroad, never go back to hotels for their holidays. The villa has two rooms at the ground floor and five rooms at the first floor.
This retreat will take place on the beautiful island of Crete, in Greece.
Cretans believe that the most authentic way to experience and understand the heritage of Cretan culture, nutrition, history, way of life, and its people is in the company of a local scholar, walking through streets which are alive with religion, art, and history, immersing in the architecture, learning about the life, traditions, and customs of Cretan people, past, and present. You will sample some of the finest meals as well as fruit and vegetables in the world. You will drink selected spirits (ouzo, raki, liquors) and wines that will elevate your spirit and help you relax, and relish the excellent traditional cooking in some of the less obvious restaurants that we will point you out.
Follow Porto Club Vegetarian lead, come on a route of adventure, travel and wonder as you explore the mysteries, flavors, and customs particular to various Cretan regions on our unique and authentic Cretan vegetarian food holiday.
All of the ingredients you will use are bought each morning from local open market and so, you will be working with fresh fruit and vegetables in season. Throughout your cooking, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditions around the dishes. You will learn the passion of the Cretan kitchen and, importantly, have a lot of fun and enjoyment doing it. George will introduce you to the philosophy of local cooking and its traditions. You will learn about the history of Cretan cuisine and how it was influenced by its occupation for more than 2000 years.
You will learn the inspirations behind the Cretan dishes, the methods employed by local producers, how to make a variety of Cretan dishes from simple ingredients you can find back home, how very few ingredients can be the basis for 6 or 7 dishes. You will learn how to prepare traditional Cretan dishes adapted to vegetarian requirements but never compromising on flavor as well as the cooking techniques and methods used to create the dishes.
Cretans eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables. The fat they use in the cooked food and salads is mainly olive oil.
A traveler in Greece when goes for lunch or dinner can find a huge variety of vegetarian and vegan meals in Estiatorion (restaurant). In these restaurants, they present their specialties in show tables so guests can view the meals and choose one of them. Estiatorion is restaurant that operates mostly for local people. They always supply a big number of free-meat dishes we call them Ladera. You can find them at taverns or other kind of restaurants but Estiatorion is the ones I always suggest.
For many Greeks, especially in the countryside and islands, five days a week their meal is vegetarian or vegan. Yes, Greeks are meat and dairy eaters, but because such a large percentage of our diet consists of pulses, vegetables, greens and fruits, a vegan or vegetarian visitor will not have any difficulty in finding a huge variety of vegetarian food all over Greece. You don't have to apologize or explain why you don't eat meat.
Taste the healthy Cretan and Greek Mediterranean meat-free delicacies and our fine wine. You shall feel strong humanity, away from the stress of our daily life. You shall feel the warmth of Greek and Cretan company. You shall be captured by the place, perhaps because you think that time has stood still or because they welcome you with a shot of Tsikoudia with Cretan rusks and fresh tomato or a tsipouro or an ouzo.
Please book your flight to arrive at Heraklion International Airport (HER). Porto Club Travel Services will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.