A landscape like the finest artwork
Bathed in clear sunlight most of the year, there is definitely something creative in the way the Cretan landscape reveals itself.
Sharp, rugged massifs stretching across the island have lavished the island with fertile valleys filled with olive trees, magnificent gorges with wildlife, rugged canyons, extensive plateaus, magnificent caves, flowing rivers and endless kilometers of a golden coastline with pristine white-sand beaches and sand-dunes!
A botanical paradise per se
The Cretan land has one of the richest ecosystems in Europe; a botanical paradise per se counting about 1700 plant species with 160 endemic herbs growing on its steep mountains known since antiquity for their exceptional therapeutic properties. Nowadays, their medical use is limited but you will definitely be tempted to drink a ‘Malotira’ tea or taste the local ‘Dakos’ with fresh oregano.
A priceless culinary heritage
The Cretan authentic cuisine is more than just tasteful and healthy dishes; it is the epitome of a whole philosophy of life where century-old cooking art reigns, a heritage of the Minoan civilization that has influenced cultures through the passage of time. So incredibly powerful is the culinary tradition that it has survived centuries of occupation by the Arabs, the Venetians, and the Ottomans.
Cretan Diet, the soul of the Mediterranean Diet, proven to be the healthiest of all
The modern creative version of Cretan culinary tradition focuses on eating simple, organic and natural as a common secret of longevity using exceptional quality, pure products of the blessed Cretan earth.
Fruits, vegetables, pulses, and aromatic herbs and on top of all the extra virgin local olive oil are delightfully fused with goat meat and seafood and, accompanied with local ‘raki’ and wine, create unique tantalizing tastes.
Then, if you feel inspired, you’ll be able to discover the secrets of one of the world’s finest range of culinary arts in taking part in one of the friendly cookery workshops we’ve selected for you; a great way to go to the deep of Crete, a land of welcoming and generosity.