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The amazing culinary experience in Crete: what to eat

Chania ● Crete ● Heraklion ● 06 April 2017
 

If you love trying new recipes and cuisines and want to live an unforgettable culinary experience, then Crete is the place to be. Cretan cuisine, which is part of the famous Greek cuisine, which is also part of the healthy Mediterranean cuisine, is distinguished and traditional. It is tasty, creative and includes a variety of dishes, made from pure products of the blessed Cretan earth. In the restaurants of Heraklion, Chania and the villages around them, you will eat delicious seafood as well as appetisers and main dishes with meat and vegetables.

Don't leave Crete without trying the signature cheeses of the Cretan villages. They are made from sheep or goat's milk and are produced in harder (like graviera) or softer varieties (like pichtogalo or myzithra). The most popular dish in Crete, a combination of salad and appetiser, is dakos. Barley rusks, which are soaked in water or olive oil to get softened, are topped with fresh tomato and cheese, feta or myzithra. Salt, oregano, pepper and Cretan olive oil give dakos an excellent taste.

Dakos

Fried snails (chochlioi) is a dish that you can find not only in French but also in Cretan cuisine. Fried with flour and hot olive oil, doused with wine and sprinkled with wild rosemary, chochlioi is a special delicacy you should not miss. If you want something more familiar, you can try the Cretan cheese pies (kaltsounia), filled with Cretan cheese, sprinkled with rosewater and topped with honey, combining the sweet with the savoury.

Try also lamb with stamnagathi, a recipe that many awarded restaurants serve. Stamnagathi is a wild green vegetable with extraordinary taste, which has become trendy in Greece lately. The lamb is sautéed is hot olive oil and accompanied with stamnagathi and a sauce of fresh lemon. Gamopilafo, literally means the rice of weddings, is traditionally served in Cretan weddings. It is a deluxe risotto with meat, lemon juice and butter from goat's milk. In thin slices and cold, is served the smoked pork (apaki), which you can find only in Crete and is an amazing ingredient of salads and sandwiches.

Tsikoudia

Part of the Cretan cuisine are of course the drinks that are offered by the hospitable Cretan people. Raki or tsikoudia is the local version of the famous Greek brandy, tsipouro. It has no anise or herbs, unlike ouzo, is drunk from shot glasses, with no water added, and Cretan people usually accompany raki with mezedes or dakos.

For more delicious Greek dishes, read here! 

Where to Stay

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Park Hotel
Park Hotel
19, Evrou Str., 71303 Heraklion, Greece

Park Hotel is located in Heraklion, close to Ammoudara Beach and only a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Heraklion Port is 4.8 km away and Heraklion International Airport is 7.7 km away.

Appartment in Agios Nikolaos, Greece The Traditional Homes of Crete
The Traditional Homes of Crete
Mavrikiano, 71202 Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Combining rustic and modern features, The Traditional Homes of Crete are situated in the peaceful village of Mavrikiano, just a 5-minute walk from the center of Elounda and from Elounda Beach. Nikos Kazantzakis International airport in Heraklion is at 70 km. The port in Agios Nikolaos town with a ferry connection to Piraeus, Athens is at 10 km.

Hotel in Chania, Greece Halepa Hotel
9.4 10
Halepa Hotel
164, El. Venizelou str., 73133 Chania, Greece

Halepa Hotel is located in the well know, quiet area of Halepa, just 1.5 km from the city center of Chania. Koum Kapi Beach is at 700 m. Chania International Airport "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" is a 15-minute drive away, while the port of Souda connecting Chania with Piraeus, Athens is at 7 km.


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