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Food Lover's Guide to Crete

By Viator, January 2018

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With fertile soils, fresh ingredients, and traditional recipes passed down from generation to generation, Greece is a food lover’s dream destination. Here are a few popular dishes for foodies to look out for on the sun-soaked island of Crete—Greece’s largest island.

 

Must-Try Dishes

Traditional dishes including moussaka, layers of lamb and eggplant flavored with bechamel sauce, and souvlaki, skewered meat or fish kebabs, feature on menus across Crete and stand high on the must-try list. Spinach pie is a popular vegetarian treat wrapped in filo pastry, and dolma is a Greek speciality with vine leaves stuffed with onions, peppers, rice, and zucchini or eggplant. Koulouri, donut-shaped bread encrusted with sweetened sesame seeds, is the perfect accompaniment to local cheeses or fresh olives. And sweet treats like halvah—made with cinnamon, semolina flour, raisins, and nuts—have been keeping hunger at bay on Crete for centuries.


Must-Do Experiences

  • Master the basics of Mediterranean Greek cuisine in a cooking class, then sit down to enjoy your food with a couple of glasses of Cretan wine.
  • Follow a guide on a food tour through the Old Town in Chania, Heraklion, or Rethymnon, and sample the diverse culinary treats on offer.
  • Delve into the Cretan countryside and sample regional cheeses, olive oils, and wine with a local family.
  • Explore the olive grove and wine orchards for which Crete is famous, go wine tasting, and learn about Greek food’s role in Cretan history and culture.

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Wine, Olive Oil, and Terroir Small-Group Tour of Heraklion with Tastings, Heraklion, null
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Wine, Olive Oil, and Terroir Small-Group Tour of Heraklion with Tastings

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Take a  full-day wine tasting, olive oil tasting and terroir tour in Heraklion, Crete with an English-speaking guide on this small group tour. Enjoy lunch at ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.27
Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Samples of Raki and Mezedes, Chania, Wine Tasting & ... 
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Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Samples of Raki and Mezedes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Experience the real Crete with a walk through one of its most picturesque cities. Chania is a kaleidoscope of different elements: ancient ruins, strong local ...  Read more

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.39
Full-day Cretan Culinary and Cultural Tour with Cooking Class, Heraklion, Food Tours
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Full-day Cretan Culinary and Cultural Tour with Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Get a real glimpse of life for Cretans as you immerse yourself in their culture and traditions. Meet with locals from this picturesque village as an ...  Read more

Location: Malia, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.64
Crete Wine and Olive Oil Tour, Chania, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Crete Wine and Olive Oil Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Wine tour to family wineries, olive oil factory and magnificent places to admire the nature’ s miracle…

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.44
Crete Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon Including Food and Beverage Tastings, Chania, Wine Tasting & ... 
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Crete Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon Including Food and Beverage Tastings

Taste your way through the old city of Rethymnon on this evening food tour that uncovers the hidden spots not found in guidebooks. Eat and drink the best ...  Read more

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.78
Crete Food Tour of Chania Old Town, Chania, Food Tours
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Crete Food Tour of Chania Old Town

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Explore Chania Old Town with a local food lover on a 3-hour food walking tour, on a route that covers the atmospheric backstreets and little-known cafes that ...  Read more

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.87
Heraklion for Foodies Private Tour: A Wealth of Cretan Gastronomy, Heraklion, Food Tours
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Heraklion for Foodies Private Tour: A Wealth of Cretan Gastronomy

Experience the wealth of Cretan gastronomy and indulge in a chorus of earthy flavours with our Heraklion for Foodies Tour! Wander the streets and hidden ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.88
Crete Bohemian Sunset Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Dinner, Chania, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Crete Bohemian Sunset Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Dinner

If wine is your thing, you’ll be glad to know there’s plenty of it in Chania! As well as good food, strong spirits, and mythical tales hidden down back ...  Read more

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.16
Cretan Night - Live Music and Dance, Heraklion, Dining Experiences
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Cretan Night - Live Music and Dance

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The Cretans express their feelings not only in words; This wasn't even allowed during the many periods of occupation. The most convincing way for Cretans to ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.76
The Real Cretan Cooking Experience, Chania, Dining Experiences
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The Real Cretan Cooking Experience

Join us and live an incredible journey through the Cretan cuisine and culture...  Tour Highlights Introduction & welcome drink Vegetable ...  Read more

Location: Chania, Greece
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.44

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