Trip to Greece: Its culinary identity

On a trip to Greece it is essential to try the delicacies that the Greek culture can offer. In addition, each group of Greek islands has its own culinary identity that reflects its history and geography. Many Ionic dishes are based on pasta, a legacy of the Venetian occupation; those of the rocky Cyclades exhibit intense flavours; and cooks from the Dodecanese and North-eastern Aegean islands take advantage of the abundance of the waters that wash their shores. But of course, the "sea food" dishes are widely used on the Greek islands and very affordable in economic terms.

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Besides, on a trip to Greece, you should not miss out on visiting the island of Crete, which is marked by the long Turkish occupation and which left a legacy of strongly flavoured and spicy dishes. Its culinary tradition, though, goes further back in time to the Minoan period, as the beautiful kitchen utensils and unique ingredients uncovered by the archaeologists bear witness to.

Cretan cuisine, wines and cheeses

Cretan cuisine features numerous exclusive dishes from the island. Pork, for example, a legacy of antiquity, is consumed more here than in the rest of Greece.

At the same time, you should not miss out on trying its elaborate cheeses: various kinds of delicious sheep, cow and goat cheeses, always according to local traditions. And, certainly, its wines. The three wine regions of the islands are the Ionian, Crete and the Aegean. Greek specialties include retsina (wine flavoured with pine resin), “xima” or on-tap draught wine, aniseed ouzo and dessert wines from the northern Aegean. For breakfast you usually have a nice cup of Greek coffee.

And another key point: Greece is like any other southern European country. Here you can go and eat out at midnight. Do not hesitate at all, it is normal in Greek culture!

On a trip to Greece shopping around the islands can be very enjoyable, especially if you buy directly from the producer. Many of the townspeople live on the sale of their handicraft products and in the smallest, it is still possible to watch embroiderers, lace makers and potters working at their craft in front of their house doors. Various other products, except for local food and drinks, are usually imported, and therefore quite expensive.

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