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Sweet Greece: delicacies for every taste

Greece ● 10 September 2017
 

The culinary experience in Greece is abundant. Sweets for every taste are waiting for you to welcome you in a gastronomic paradise. Each place of Greece has its own delicacy with its special taste and aroma of this unique place.

Karydopita, which is walnut cake with semolina, cinnamon and cloves, is considered to come from Athens, but this dessert may be found everywhere in Greece, in different variations: with and without syrup, with chocolate or served with ice cream. Famous are the versions of karydopita in Pilion Volos and Ioannina.

Baklava holds a prominent place among Greek sweets and is strongly associated with traditions in various places. On the island of Karpathos, brides offer baklava to their future husbands, while in Lesvos they offer it to their mothers-in-law on the eve of the wedding.

Baklava

Bougatsa, made with filo pastry and filled with sweet cream, comes from Istanbul, but today, Thessaloniki and Serres are considered its hometowns with many delicious variations and ingredients.

Bougatsa

In Milos, visitors enjoy karpouzenia, also known as karpouzopita, a dessert made with watermelon, honey and sesame. The same delicacy can be found in Messinia known as karpouzalevria, and in Folegandros, where it is also called karpouzenia.

Most of the Cycladic islands as well as the Saronic Islands are renowned for their amygdalota, which are baked cookies made from ground almonds mixed with rosewater, egg whites and sugar.

Kaltsounia, also known as kalitsounia and lychnarakia, represent the famous Cretan confectionery. They are small, tart-like sweets of various shapes and filled with myzithra cheese and honey.

Syros has an important reputation for its loukoumi. This delicacy comes from Turkey and reached Syros with the first refugees from Minor Asia in 1922.

Loukoumi

Diples, also known as xerotigana, are thin dough strips fried in oil, saturated with honey and sprinkled with walnuts and cinnamon. They are popular in Crete as well as in Peloponnese and are offered in feast and celebrations, such as at Christmas.

Revani is made with semolina, yoghourt and syrup, and it is the traditional sweet of Veria.

Pasteli is a sesame and honey bar, which is mentioned in many ancient and Byzantine texts. You can find it especially in Kalamata and in Rhodes, where it is known as melekouni.

The ancient Greeks made oinouta, a sweet with grape must, which was prepared also during Byzantine times with the name moustopita and pastellos. This sweet has today the name moustalevria (=grape-must pudding), whose modern recipe has been enriched with nuts, sesame and cinnamon. It is served as a dessert especially during the harvest period. 

Where to Stay

Hotel & Appartment in Rethymno, Greece Elina Hotel Apartments
Elina Hotel Apartments
153, Kountouriotou Ave., 74100 Rethymno, Greece

Elina Hotel Apartments is situated in a central location in Rethymno, just a 2-minute walk from the long, sandy beach. The port of Rethymno is a 6-minute walk away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Olympion
8.6 10
Olympion
10, Lorentzou Mavili str., 13671 Athens, Greece

Located 100 m from the suburban station of Kato Acharnes, connecting to Athens city centre. El. Venizelos International Airport is 35 km away from the hotel.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Arethusa Hotel
8.6 10
Arethusa Hotel
6-8, Mitropoleos Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Located in Athens, right next to scenic Plaka, Arethusa Hotel is just a 3-minute walk away from Syntagma Metro Station. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is a 40-minute drive away.


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