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Top Greek Islands for foodies

Crete ● Mykonos ● Naxos ● Santorini ● 04 July 2017

The word foodie first appeared in the book "The Official Foodie Handbook" by Paul Levy, Ann Barr, and Mat Sloan, which was a remarkable success. Since its release in 1984 foodies started to pop up, and today they have become the gourmet  "hunter" next door! A foodie is that mysterious neighbour or friend who does not just love food but is very passionate about it. A foodie really cares about food. Always knows what he or she likes, and has a reason for it. 

For those wondering what the word foodie means, let’s just say that a foodie is an amateur lover of taste; a person that loves food and has a thirst for learning everything about different cuisines. A foodie is always searching for new culinary experiences. Food is seen as a hobby and not simply as the means to meet nutritional needs. How can someone recognise such a person online? One look at his Instagram account is enough since it is full of perfectly shot gourmet dishes. 

The Greek cuisine is famous for its rich ingredients, pure tastes, the delicacy, and the benefits of the Mediterranean diet are the key factors to the creation of those enjoyable recipes. If you are looking to combine your vacation with an elite foodie experience, then Greece is the place for you. A quick list follows with interesting traditional dishes and products  for you to try.


You should choose Santorini if you are into wine. This island is distinguished for its superb view of the caldera, the stunning sunset, its picturesque grapevines, and the fine wine Vinsanto. Even though it is a petite island, its cuisine is unlike any other. A cooking delight you should order is the traditionally made fish dish (cod with tomato sauce) called ''bradada''. Get a taste of the ''chloro'' cheese; a milder version of feta, and do order a plate of "domatokeftedes"; it is like meatballs but now “tomato balls” sweet cherry tomatoes. In Santorini, you will find plenty of restaurants that offer a gourmet experience of many stars. Oh, put in your top priorities to try the "Fava" recipe as well, and also the "Saganaki" (fried cheese). Yummy...


Crete is one of the top foodie destinations in the Mediterranean. Locally sourced ingredients, only high-quality, are used for every dish. The menu majors in sustainable fresh seafood, the very best tasting, and caught in the surrounding waters. You can also try dishes with free-range local cattle. The vegetables and herbs used to spice up the cuisine are all grown nearby. The Cretan wine has a long history since it was certainly being made by the Minoans  from as early as the Bronze Age. The above gives you one more reason to visit. The following are a must try "dakos" salad, "paximadi" (rusk), Cretan cheeses like “graviera”, “mizithra”, “anthotiros” and “kefalotyri”. Don't miss traditional cheese pies like “kalitsounia” and “sarikopitakia”. If you dare to, do try the fried snails... 



This is the biggest island of the Cyclades group. Some traditional ethnic dishes you ought to treat yourself with; if you are into meat that is, are the wine stewed chicken “rosto” and the stuffed lamb “patudo”. Apart from the traditional gastronomy, Naxos offers unique dishes of sea foods and plenty of choices on Italian cuisine and winery. Naxos is also famous for its cheese choices, with “arseniko” being one of the most distinct in flavour. Cooked in a small frying pan with the traditional recipe called "saganaki" will be the perfect bite, that will go perfectly with your wine or ouzo. Traditional home-style cooking prepared with local ingredients is the clue. Do try dishes with fish, freshly delivered straight from the island's boats. The potatoes of Naxos are famous, and so are its dairy products which are consumed throughout Greece. 


An island synonymous with luxury. The most popularly known destination in the Cyclades complex. Mostly due to its summer party atmosphere. Mykonos is a fanciful destination with exceptional shopping and dining facilities. The island offers lovely accommodation in deluxe hotels and villas, at prices affordable for every traveller. Its spectacular beaches and remarkable landscapes will leave you fully satisfied. The food experience is unmatched, as many celebrities have chosen Mykonos for their summer retreat. Spend your time there while enjoying the local cuisine. The island's gastronomic trademark is “kopanistí”, its basic ingredients are soft cheese seasoned with pepper. Ask upon arrival to learn more about the delicious local cheeses, sausages, and the famous sun-dried tomato. Try the prodigious fresh salads and the traditional Mykonian cheese pies. A very popular dish during the summer high season is the freshly grilled octopus. There is a special technique that the locals have mastered in order to give that splendid taste when you get your bite…

Where to Stay

Appartment in Agios Nikolaos, Greece Kavousanos Apartments
Kavousanos Apartments
Istron, 72100 Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Family-run Kavousanos Apartments is located in the village of Istron, approximately a 15-minute drive from Agios Nikolaos. The nearest beach is Agios Panteleimonas beach, a 15-minute walk away.

Hotel in Chania , Greece Hotel Idramon
8.4 10
Hotel Idramon
Mitropoleos square, 73100 Chania , Greece

Hotel Idramon is set in a traditional building in the historic center of Chania, just 500 meters away from the Venetian Port and 15 minutes walk from the sandy beach of Nea Chora. Chania International Airport is 17 km away.

Studio & Appartment in Hersonissos, Greece  Korifi Suites & Apartments
Korifi Suites & Apartments
John Ritsou Str., Piskopiano, 70014 Hersonissos, Greece

Korifi suites & Apartments is located in the scenic village of Piskopiano, close to Hersonissos and 2 km away from the beach. Hrakleion city and Heraklion Port are approximately a 30-minute drive away. Heraklion International Airport is 23 km away.