Crete is Greece’s largest island and one if it’s most beautiful. Rich in history and breathtaking beaches, it is no wonder that throngs of visitors head here each year for year-round holidays.
Crete has an interesting mix of city and nature which makes it possible to spend a morning ambling in charming streets of shops and restaurants followed by an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling or diving in a remote cove.
Even if you’re not a history lover you’ll find yourself entranced by the scores of ancient remains across Crete. With the sun beating overhead and the Mediterranean stretching as far as the eye can see, it’s easy to feel as though you have been transported in time.
Of course, you can’t overlook the wonderful Cretan cuisine which you can savour during your break. The following pointers will help you on your visit to the taverna.
One of Crete’s most famous and popular dishes is known as Dakos. Served as a meze or loads of little dishes, these bite-sized delights are made of bread rusks moistened with water and covered with fresh tomato, feta cheese, olive oil and oregano.
These fill a hole nicely while you are out and about enjoying the sights of the island during your Crete holidays with Thomas Cook. Washed down with a glass of ice cold ouzo, they near culinary perfection!
This is one of those delights which is easy to make once you go back home, taking a little a bit of Greece with you.
You need to be feeling daring to sample this dish but it really is worth it. Kohli Bourbouristi means ‘Popping Fried Snails’.
Seasoned with rosemary, which grows in abundance around the island, this dish is a classic Cretan delicacy so worth a try with a glass of local wine.
Nobody does sweets like the Greeks do. Whether you have them with a Greek coffee or as a dessert, they are utterly satisfying and are actually quite healthy as they are prepared with natural ingredients.
Xerotigana are honey-dipped spiral pastries which are fried quickly in hot oil then dipped in honey syrup before being sprinkled with walnuts, cinnamon and sesame seeds.
Filled with a light, sweet dessert cheese, Myzithropita are little pies which are excellent with a hot or cold drink to give you a boost while exploring Crete.