Meet with your guide in Heraklion’s Eleftherias Square in the late morning. You’ll get your food exploration started with jolt, thanks to a stop for a strong cup of ‘ellinikós kafés,’ the traditional Greek-style coffee. Drinking a daily coffee is practically a national religion in Greece, and you’ll learn about the history of this much-loved practice from your guide.
For your next culinary surprise, stop to sample some ‘bougatsa,’ a Heraklion specialty. This unique pastry is filled with layers of cheese, semolina custard, minced meat in between flaky-thin ‘Phyllo’ dough. The eatery where you’ll enjoy your bougatsa has been in business since 1922.
Continue your food adventure by heading to one of Heraklion’s markets. As you wander the aisles of this culinary smorgasbord, stop for tastes of delicacies like cheese, rusks, and olives, chatting with local vendors as you go. You’ll also get to savor some of the island’s famous locally-produced olive oil.
If you’re not already full from all the snacking, your trip continues with more mouth-watering tastings. Stop to sample a local meat dish, and (if you’re brave enough) munch on a fried snail, an island favorite. Finish the trip by sipping on some locally-produced wines from a family-run shop. You’ll end your walking tour at the Venetian Port.