Discover the locally beloved culinary hubs of Crete and savor traditional Cretan flavors away from the masses.
Explore the charming city of Heraklion and taste the best ‘bougatsa’ in town, a luscious cream pie that will make your mouth water. Wander around the old market and pop in the best place to try Cretan cheese, while learning all about the cheese tradition in Crete from the mouth of an expert food guide! Put a sweet taste in your mouth by visiting a small honey shop that will introduce you to the art of beekeeping. There, you will get to taste two different kinds of local aromatic honey and even buy some to take home with you!
Of course, no exploration of the food market would be complete without a visit to a traditional Cretan bakery full of luscious and buttery local pastries, such as ‘kalitsounia’ and ‘ladokouloura’. Stop by an intimate herb shop where you will come upon thousands of different Cretan herbs and savor a reinvigorating tea from the Cretan mountains, and continue your tour by indulging in the cult-classic Greek dessert of ‘loukoumades’ and traditional pie-bites.
Following your city wanderings, sit in a homey restaurant by the Venetian Harbour of Heraklion, and delve into delectable local dishes, such as ‘dakos’, ‘dolmadakia’ and first-class seafood followed by a delicious dessert and accompanied by pungent ‘raki’.
By the end of your food tour, you will have tasted the best of what Heraklion has to offer, having gained insight into the Cretan culture and everyday life along the way. What’s there not to love?