A luxury Greek holiday would be incomplete without a stay in Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. It is the fifth-largest in the Mediterranean Sea and 88th-largest in the world!
Also one of the most populous Greek islands. Crete is well-known for playing a significant part in Greece’s economy and cultural heritage.
The locals have managed to retain their own cultural traits. Their architecture, their melodious music, and poetry. More importantly, their cuisine, above all, are signs of this. In fact, Crete is to food just as Santorini is to the island’s blue-domed churches!
Eating your way through this picturesque island’s gastronomically delightful offerings makes an important part of any luxury cruise holiday.
Marinated and Picked Vegetables
Not a main dish per se (or even appetizer), visitors must sample the freshness of selected vegetables.
However, for these fresh offerings from the island. The locals simply love dousing them in local olive oil, salt, and lemon to make this dish. From sharp tasting onion bulbs to salty olives and vibrant looking artichokes. Eaten with a side of Crete rice and slow cooked barbecued lamb meat.
Dakos is a typical Cretan dish, and you will easily find it almost everywhere. Sold by vendors on busy street corners and cafes with indoor seating and a great view.
Dakos are a great appetizer or go-to snack. Made from a rusk of hard dried bread, baked several times? This mouthwatering delicious offering is top with grated tomato, olive oil, oregano and of course, cheese. Ideal for munching in the evening with tea, Dakos is light and full of flavour. You have got to try!
Traditionally offered at Cretan weddings and other special occasions, Gamopilafo is one of few rice-based dishes in Greece.
These days you will find this dish on the menu of many Cretan taverns. Gamopilafo is immensely popular with both locals and tourists. It is very much like a deluxe risotto. Cooked in a creamy and delicious meaty broth (goat, lamb, or rooster) for a long time. Adding lemon juice brings a zesty and unique flavour to the rice.
Stakovoutiro is a type of butter made from the top layer of cream collected by boiling fresh goat’s milk. It has a high-fat content and provided energy to the old Cretan farmers.
Cuttlefish with Fennel and Olives
Furthermore, the beautiful island of Crete is ripe with different kinds of seafood. You will find delicious freshly caught seafood dishes in upscale restaurants or hole-in-the-wall quaint cafes, anywhere you wish.
Cuttlefish with fennel is aromatic, and incredibly delicious when eaten as it is. This dish is definitely a Cretan speciality usually cooked during Lent.
In any event, do not undertake adventures on an empty stomach! Make the most of your luxury cruise holiday in Greece. While island hopping, you can try these Cretan dishes is some of the local Tavernas. Finally, Cretan cuisine will ensure that your stomach won’t be disappointed.