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4 Day Traditional Vegan or Vegetarian Holiday with Cooking Classes on Island of Syros, Cyclades

Villa Maria, Ydras street 42, Ermoupolis, Syros, Cyclades, Greece

Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine Holiday in Greece

Discover vegan and vegetarian treasures of the Greek cuisine! This holiday highlights the fascinating variety of traditional Greek vegan and / or vegetarian dishes. Two cooking classes will give you a full insight into the long culinary tradition of various Greek regions. You will sample local specialties and get to know one of the most charming Greek islands, Syros. This holiday can also be fully vegan upon demand!

Meet the instructors

Elisa
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Highlights

  • 1 lunch and 1 dinner after classes
  • 2 cooking classes with extensive use of herbs
  • Learn traditional vegan or vegetarian Greek recipes in your classes
  • Use of healthy, organic, local, and seasonal produce and sample local specialties
  • Go on a local market tour and enjoy the unique atmosphere
  • 3 nights accommodation in a historical mansion
  • 3 breakfasts and 1 welcome dinner
  • Airport transfers

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Greek
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Syros Island National Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Villa Maria is a listed 19th-century neo-classical mansion. Built by a local factory owner in 1873 at the height of Ermoupolis’ prosperity, it is a fine example of the architecture of the period. In restoring it, all the original features such as wooden floors and ceilings, marble bathrooms, decorative moldings as well as used antique furniture have been preserved to give it a comfortable but authentic feel.

The villa has two apartments and four studios that can be rented separately or in any combination. The second-floor balconies and the roof terrace have panoramic views over the town, the port and across to the neighboring islands. Behind the villa is a courtyard with plants, built-in seating and a shaded dining area.

The villa is on a pedestrian street right in the middle of town, yet a haven of peace and quiet. It is two minutes' walk from the main square and market, and five minutes' walk from the Vaporia. This is the town’s ‘Little Venice’, a lido with cafes and crystal-clear water for swimming.

Program

Day 1

Arrival and orientation. If arriving in the morning, you will have a free afternoon to explore or swim in Vaporia, there is an excellent swimming spot less than 10 minutes' walk from the villa.

Enjoy welcome dinner with mezze, and introduction.

Day 2

Enjoy breakfast with homemade bread, cakes, granola and jams, fresh fruit.

At 10 a.m., you will have a morning cooking class. The class will last for 3 - 4 hours and will be hands on. It will be mostly focused on recipes with stuffed vegetables and pulses. You will prepare 5 - 6 different dishes plus a dessert.

Afterward, enjoy your lunch which will be a feast with the dishes you have prepared. The afternoon rest follows.

You will have a free evening to explore the magnificent town of Ermoupolis, or visit the medieval settlement of Ano Syros.

Day 3

Start your day with breakfast. Afterward, you will have a free morning to visit museums, swim in Vaporia, or visit a nearby village or beach.

At 4 p.m., there will be a cooking class. Today, you will focus on salads, pies, dips, and bread. Enjoy your dinner which will be a feast with dishes you prepared, accompanied by local wine.

Day 4

Today too, start your day with breakfast. There will be a market tour that follows. You will explore the local market and you will have the chance to sample and buy local specialties to take with you.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy your lunch in a local taverna, but this is entirely optional. Departure will be with the afternoon/evening ferry.

Included excursions

You will go on a market tour in the local market. You will be able to sample and buy local specialties such as sun-dried tomatoes, capers, olives, pickled rock samphire and artichokes, the famous local thyme honey, almond nougats and loukoums, pastelaries (dried figs with sesame and cinnamon), pastelia, and much more.

Instructors

Elisa Mavropoulou

Location

Syros is a 3.5-hour ferry ride or a half-hour plane ride from Athens. It is the capital of the Cyclades and is well-connected to the other islands in the archipelago. It is a small island which falls into three distinct parts: the main town of Ermoupolis, one of the most beautiful in Greece, the wild north of the island, a paradise for walkers, and the more domesticated south with its villages, tavernas, and beaches.

Historically, it has never had to court tourism, unlike its better-known neighbors, as its particular history meant that its wealth was derived from trade and shipping. The result is a beautiful, friendly, unspoiled island with fantastic beaches, excellent walking and fascinating history, which tourism has yet to discover.

Ermoupolis

The capital is undoubtedly one of the island’s main attractions. It was built in the 19th century by the merchants who settled here and got rich in Syros’ heyday as Greece’s biggest port. At its center is the magnificent Plateia Miaoulis, which sets the tone for the city as a whole. From there, streets of neo-classical houses spread along the waterfront and up the stepped streets behind.

The town boasts three large churches, one of which has an icon painted by the young El Greco. Other places of interest are the Archaeological Museum, the Industrial Museum, the Apollo Theatre, and the old shipyards.

In the summer the town has something of a cosmopolitan feel as it hosts several festivals: the Syros International Film Festival (SIFF), the Akropoditi DanceFest, the Hermoupolis Guitar Festival and the Syros Accordion Festival in July, the International Festival of the Aegean (Opera) and the International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades in August, Animasyros - International Animation Festival in September and Syros Jazz Festival in October as well as numerous concerts and art exhibitions.

The rest of the island

A single road leads to the north of the island, known as Ano Meria, or the ‘Upper Part’. It first passes Ano Syros, the original capital of the island, a traditional white-washed Cycladic settlement perched on a hill just above Ermoupolis. Beyond this is wild country - just steep, terraced hillsides, rocky paths, and deserted beaches. And incredible views across to the neighboring islands. It is a walker’s paradise in spring and autumn; and in the summer its pristine beaches, only accessible by boat or by foot, are blissfully quiet.

There are two sites of historical interest in Ano Meria: the prehistoric citadel of Kastri, impressively situated on a rocky outcrop in the north-east of the island, and in the extreme north-west is Grammata, where you can see sailors’ inscriptions from as early as the 2nd century BC. Both of these make good destinations for walks.

The south is where most of the island’s villages are, as well as its most accessible beaches, which are all within 30 minutes of Ermoupolis. The villages of Kini, Galissas and Finikas all have well-protected beaches and a choice of tavernas, while Poseidonia, Chroussa, Parakopi and Piskopio boast several magnificent mansions, built in the 19th century as summer retreats by wealthy Ermoupolis families.

Distances

  • Athens - 3.5 hours by ferry, 2 hours by fast ferry, or 30 minutes by plane
  • Main square - 2 minutes' walk
  • The Vaporia - 5 minutes' walk

Food

During this holiday, you will be served local, seasonal, and mostly organic meals. Fruit and vegetables come from small local producers. For vegetarian dishes, eggs and dairy come from small local farms.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, Villa Maria’s Kitchen can arrange for you:

  • Yoga classes
  • Thai massage
  • Greek language classes
  • Sailing excursions
  • Hiking with a guide

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 1 welcome dinner
  • 2 cooking classes
  • 1 lunch and 1 dinner after the classes
  • 1 market tour / light lunch
  • Coffee / tea / herbal teas
  • Taxes

What's not included

  • Plane and ferry tickets
  • Transport to other places on the island
  • Meals / drinks not mentioned above

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). From Athens airport, there is a daily flight to Syros Island National Airport (JSY). From this airport, a transfer is included in the price. Villa Maria team will pick you up at the airport.

Arrival by ferry

From Piraeus, the main port of Athens, there are two ferries a day-one in the morning, one in the evening all year round, and more ferries, regular and fast ones during the summer months.

Syros is an hour by ferry from Mykonos, which is well served by international flights.

Airport: Syros Island National Airport Airport transfer included: Syros Island National Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below. This holiday can be tailor made to suit your group. Depending on the season, Villa Maria’s Kitchen may be able to offer low season discounts.

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