There are some amazing restaurants in Crete that visitors can look forward to. An island of incredible beauty, diverse landscapes and stunning beaches, Crete is known for its traditional dishes and local raki drink. From fresh vegetables and herbs to the hearty meat dishes and excellent cheeses, Crete is an amazing culinary destination. Here are some of the best restaurants you will find in the main cities of Chania and Rethymno. Avgo tou Kokkora (The Rooster’s Egg) An all-day restaurant-cum-bar,…
In the wineries of Crete, the tradition of winemaking is still handed down from generation to generation. With a history that spans more than 4000 years, Crete is one of the oldest wine-producing areas in Europe. Drinking, in general, is considered a social activity and often accompanies all main meals or gatherings with friends and family. A good glass of wine compliments the food it is served with and gathers people around the table for lively discussion and celebrations.
Rethymno is one of the regional units of Crete island, nestled between Heraklion and Chania. It is an ideal holiday destination, with fantastic beaches, a charming Old Town and major tourist attractions, whether you are looking for culture, history, nature or a combination of everything.
The region of Lassithi on eastern Crete is one of the most remote and undiscovered by domestic and international visitors. It is an unspoilt paradise with stunning beaches and a great place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds.
The region of Heraklion on the island of Crete has some of the best-regarded and most prolific wineries on the island. Wine lovers or those simply curious in exploring the tradition of winemaking in Crete will be spoilt for choice. Winemakers are organized in a network and have set up road signs advertising the “Wine Roads” in the region. Most wineries are located in the areas of Archanes, Peza and Dafnoneno, further west the route also passes through Moires and…
The most important wine-producing areas of the prefecture of Chania are located in the northwestern part. The “Wine Road” traverses the areas of Kissamos, Kolymbari, Mousouroi and Voukolies, passing through beautiful landscapes and historic sites. Wine-lovers have the opportunity to get to know the modern products of wineries in the Chania area at the Cretan Wine Festival held each year, usually in spring. Karavitakis vineyards The winery of Karavitaki Vineyards is located in Pontikiana in the area of Kolymvari in…
Cheese is consumed in Crete at any hour of the day – from morning to midnight – as an accompaniment or as the main ingredient, as an appetizer or for dessert. At a formal gathering or the family table, no Cretan meal is complete without cheese. Cretans will take their watermelon with feta, their honeydew with graviera and consume mizithra with honey!
Botanical studies show that Crete has one of the richest and most interesting ecosystems in Europe, with a huge number of endemic (native only to Crete) plants. For example, Malotira (Siderites syriaca) and Diktamos (Oreganum dictamnus), the latter known in antiquity for its antiseptic properties.
In the Minoan period, Crete had already emerged as one of the most important wine-growing regions, with quality products and a healthy production of famous grapevine varieties.
Olive oil, apart from its great nutritional value, contains natural antioxidants (substances that protect our bodies from the harmful effects of free radicals). The properties of olive oil were already appreciated in antiquity when great physicians like Hippocrates and Galen discovered its beneficial effects on humans.
The Cretan diet is an extension of an almost sacrosanct approach and mindset the Cretans have towards hospitality. The traditional dishes and style of eating habitually enjoyed in Crete come from what their soil so generously produces: oil, wheat, wine, honey, wild greens and aromatic herbs; these are the basics of the Cretan cuisine.