Culinary trips around Chania

February 23, 2019

Many of my friends and neighbours in Sweden rent their own car and travel around Crete. And often they ask about greek food and where we eat during our holidays. So here are my best food trips around the area of Chania. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the area if you are fond of the gastronomic culture. Cretans love their soil and produce everything from wine to honey…

Greek food

Did you know that Cretan cuisine differs from the rest of Greece? If you plan to visit Chania this year and love greek food do not miss to do some nice food trips while you are there.
A Swedish travel agency listed the list of ten popular Greek meze in their last campaign about Greek holiday dreams. And yes there are many options to choose when you are at the Greek restaurant….

  1. Manouri med koukounari Greek cream cheese with pine nuts.
  2. Fasolakia Cutting beans braised in tomato, onion and olive oil.
  3. Saganaki In short, a piece of deep-fried cheese. Measuring!
  4. Midia Green mussels on a rice bed. Grilled with garlic butter.
  5. Dolmathakia Wine dolm filled with rice, nuts and various spices. Also works to eat hot and cold.
  6. Feta med meli Filo dough filled with feta cheese, topped with honey and sesame seeds.
  7. Taramosalata A spread made of fish rum, olive oil, lemon and potatoes or bread. Perfect to put on a piece of bread.
  8. Pantzaria Citrus marinated beetroot with feta cheese and roasted sesame seeds.
  9. Gigantes Beans in tomato and olive oil.
  10. Saligaria White wine Sautéed snails filled with garlic butter.

Culinary trips

Chania town

Leave your hotel or accommodation and walk in the old town and the port of Chania. Old town with its charming Venetian style. Here you will find a good offer with restaurants with a lot of Greek food. My husband and I were delighted with a small fish restaurant at the harbor. At Stelios Psarotaverna, Akti Enoseos, you will find fish and seafood on the menu.

Visit a winery

Manousakis Winery, Vatolakkos Chania. In the village of Vatolakkos you will find the wonderful vineyard Manousakis. This is the story of Theodore Manousakis who leaves his village as 11-year-old for America. However after many years away from Crete he returns 50 years later to plant his first vineyard in Vatolakos. And the rest is history. Book a tour to learn and taste the vines and enjoy the food in the restaurant.


Milia restaurant, Vlatos, Chania. Another amazing story about the medieval village Milia which once was abandoned and now refurbished to a mountain retreat. Here they cultivate and harvest organic products. Further more the restaurant serves Cretan dishes such as organic vegetables, baby goat and lamb dishes. The village is located near the village Topolia.

Olive oil tour

You see olive trees everywhere in Crete. And a lot of olive oil is produced here. We visited TerraCreta’s facility in the Kolymbari area. In addition you can book a tour and learn about olive oil and taste the different varieties, for just olive oil I didn’t know much about until we visited the facility.

Elos village

Elos village, located 60km from Chania, on the way to Elafonissi, is known for their chestnut trees. During October you can buy nuts at the village stores and they make tasty dishes with chestnuts as well. Probably the best village in the area, it has the best restaurants and food according to me.

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  • Reply Elwira Kotowska March 24, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Hej Anna,
    Elwira från Husigrekland här (vi följer varandra på Insta:)). Jag undrar om du skicka till mig länken till den svenska resebyrån som publicerade artikel om de grekiska maträtterna? Tack på förhand!/e.

    • Reply admin March 25, 2019 at 10:48 am

      Hej Elwira!
      Ja, det var en annons bilaga som Vingresor hade för några veckor/någon månad sen i Svenska Dagbladet. Osäker om den finns på nätet.
      Om du mailar till Vings info adress borde dem ha koll på det!

  • Reply Antonia April 28, 2019 at 5:27 am

    My favourite Greek recipe sis fasolakia, and I love its taste cooked with olive oil. I can’t wait to visit Crete.

    • Reply admin April 28, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      Hello Antonia and Xronia Pollà!
      Fosolakia is one of my favourite dishes too and is very healthy.
      Crete is the destination for you,if you love greek food.
      Thanks for commenting and I hope you find my tips useful!

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