Without a doubt, the “gastronomy” factor is a big part for someone who is thinking of visiting Crete. Cretan food is part of the Mediterranean cuisine, and we could say that is the pinnacle of the Greek diet. Our hotel in Chania will pinpoint the top traditional food options you should try when on vacation in Crete.
Cretan dishes: A balanced nutrition option.
Crete is famous for its top-quality fruits and vegetables, being grown in many fields and farms in Chania alongside the countryside of Chania. Cretan food is all about taking advantage of those healthy quality ingredients. Not only they will supply you with the essentials needed in order to enjoy your vacations or other activities in Crete but they will also maintain a healthy manner, without any excess fat or calories.
Dakos: An all-time Classic.
Guests should try the famous Cretan “Dakos” and the traditional Greek salad with original traditional products of the Cretan land. Tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and many more combine a full healthy nutritional meal. All of the above can be tasted in local traditional taverns during your night out, but one can also prepare them by someone who knows basic kitchen stuff.
Bougatsa: A must-try on your vacation in Chania.
A very common Cretan delicacy is “Bougatsa Chanion”, a pie with traditional Cretan cheese called mizithra . This particular product can be found in only two special shops in the Chania center, and in very close distance from Agora (Market) square. Our hotel is only 20 minutes away from Chania center, and we definitely insist that you choose “Bougatsa Iordanis” or “ Bougatsa Chanion” shops, for a healthy and nutritional and Traditional breakfast on Crete.
Friendly locals will help you find those shops, and this tasting experience can be easily combined with a stroll around our town’s places of interest around the Venetian port– which is in close distance.
Cretan food and meat: A big chapter in our diet.
Crete is an island with vast mountain ranges and vast livestock production. Needless to say that we tend to consume meat and by-products of meat (like milk and cheese) on a daily basis. Excellent taverns all over Crete are offering commendable foot choices and special delicacies for those who love meat.
Referring to those who seek something different we suggest that you taste the “antikristo” meat, which is meat but baked/cooked in a special way that gives it a very distinctive taste.
Another nice alternative is tasting the famous Cretan “Staka” which is a local dish based on sheep’s milk and cannot be found elsewhere. It has a creamy texture and can be applied to bread and be eaten as a starter dish.
Crete: Many vegan food options too!
We already referred to how famous Crete is when it comes to meat. However, our island is a place with flora- with hundreds of them being endemic- and our ancestors have successfully made recipes out of greens.
Vegan tourists in Crete can enjoy numerous pies, as well as boiled greens which are extremely healthy and a famous choice even by non-vegan people.
Especially, during your summer vacations, there are many seasonal greens you have to try. “Vlita” is an excellent choice for boiled greens with a mild pleasant taste. Likewise, the famous Spinach pies can be also found everywhere, and other famous traditional Cretan food options are “Marathopita”, and “Boureki”, a special pie that you can only find on your vacation in Chania- as it is a local specialty.