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. Your guide will show you the culture of Crete, the vegetarian principles and nutrition during the drives, tours, and all visits on the island. You shall find the true picture of Greece and Crete, not only in its magnificent monuments and tradition, but in its nature as well. You shall feel the magic of the clear skies, the smell of the aromatic plants, the full moon nights.
The House of Kourites is an authentic stone built lodging, dating back to 1750 a.d. Restored with respect to its history, the house is located in an unparalleled natural setting, blended with historical and cultural heritage. This hospitable house is suited for holiday makers, gatherings and a meeting point with the tradition, culture and agriculture of Crete. The house offers accommodation facilities for 23 persons and can be used as center for a variety of fieldwork activities on culture, agrotourism and education. Each room of the house has its own personality.
In the ground floor there is the oven-house, Dimitra, which includes an entrance-living room with long abbey-type table, ceramic earthenware jars, an apartment with two beds and a fireplace, a show-room with ceramic artifacts, and a double room with a traditional-textiles textiles showroom. There is also a room with two stone beds. In the first floor, there are four traditional rooms with antique beds and furniture. Each of these rooms is for three or four persons. Each room has a name of a Kouritis. Kouritis were the inventors of the agriculture and curators with herbs and dance. Each room has TV, refrigerator and couch.
There is a Cretan traditional lounge, in which you can taste homemade cake and traditional sweets or herb decoctions. In the library, you can find books related to the cretan tradition. In the external areas there is an amphitheatrical area for several events, and there is also a botanological garden with several plants in big ceramic jars.
Thalori guesthouses are an integral part of the residential complex of Kapetaniana. These traditional houses are renovated with respect to their Cretan architecture, maintaining the fortress and monasterial elements associated with the history of the settlement. At the same time, special care was given to the preservation of the distinct identity of each house and guest room. Stone and wood remain the dominant materials of the guesthouses whilst the natural rock is integrated harmoniously even in their indoor areas.
The wooden loft, the stone arches, the utilitarian recesses in the walls, and the stone-built fireplaces are still some elements of the traditional Cretan architecture which you will find here. This authentic Cretan atmosphere is complemented by the woven and embroidered carpets and fabrics, the handmade curtains and the traditional decorative objects. At the same time, Thaloris guesthouses are endowed with modern amenities such as flat screen TV, sound system, kitchen, personal care items in the bathroom. Thalori offers double, triple, quadruple and quintuple guesthouses ideal for couples, groups of friends and of course, families.
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. There are five double rooms and two suites.
This retreat will take place on the beautiful island of Crete, in Greece.
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 yourself 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.
It is believed 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 Porto Club will point you out.
Follow Porto Club's 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 your unique and authentic Cretan vegetarian food holiday. Porto Club can promise you that you will not be part of any tourist trail or the sheep following mentality. Their aim has always been to offer quality not quantity, so Porto Club remains small but perfectly formed. They offer a unique opportunity to experience at first hand the authentic Cretan regional cooking techniques and recipes that have been developed and handed down over generations.
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 sessions, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditions around the dishes. You will learn the passion of the Cretan kitchen and, most importantly, you will have a lot of fun and enjoyment doing it. Your week in Crete will be as much a hands-on cooking experience as a cultural one. 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.
Simple, basic, without over spicing and without a distortion of taste, and quite delicious. A Cretan housewife never counts out of weighs ingredients. If you ask her how much flour is needed to make a certain dish, she will reply "as much as needed". Cretan cooking has its roots way back in Ancient Minoan times. We know that Minoans used olive oil just as Cretans do today. Porto Club knows that they stored their cereals and they enriched their meals with the pure wine just as Cretans do today. Olive oil, fresh vegetables, wild greens, and fruits are the elements of the Cretan Mediterranean diet with a beneficial action which Cretans are in the habit of purchasing and consuming fresh. The freshness of these products guarantees the quality of the foods and viability of the vitamins and physiochemical substances they contain.
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.