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Learn the art of Cretan cooking and experience our traditional way of life, in our house at a village based in the heart of Crete.

Operates every day from April 1st to December 31st

Duration of the cooking class: 10:00 - 16:00

The departure times depend on the pick-up location. Below you will find all the indicative pick up and drop-off times, according to each location:

  • Chania (08:30-17:30) / 25 euro per person
  • Georgioupoli (09:10-16:50) / 20 euro per person
  • Rethymno (09:30-16:30)
  • Bali (09:15-16:45) / 20 euro per person
  • Fodele (09:00-17:00) / 25 euro per person
  • Agia Pelagia (08:45-17:15) / 25 euro per person
  • Heraklion (08:30-17:30)
  • Gouves (08:15-17:45) / 25 euro per person
  • Hersonisos (08:00-18:00) / 30 euro per person
  • Stalida (08:00-18:00) / 30 euro per person
  • Malia (07:45-18:15) / 30 euro per person
  • Agios Nikolaos (07:30-18:30) / 30 euro per person
  • Elounda (07:15-18:45) / 30 euro per person
  • All other locations are upon request.

If you are interested in Cretan cuisine, Greek food, or you are just crazy about cooking, we invite you to join our traditional cooking lesson at the house of the hostess of the Cretan Spiti. Although this activity highlights the traditional factor of the Cretan lifestyle, on the other hand a “traditional” description of its “programme” hardly does it justice. This may sound vague, but during these 6 hours (approximately) you will experience the traditional Greek way of life, the culture, the Greek art of cooking. It is not what you will do, it is mostly how you will do it. During this time you will learn traditional tips and cooking methods that have made Cretan Spiti, Crete and Greece, loved by its friends and visitors, but most importantly you will instill the hospitality and the everyday lifestyle of a traditional Cretan family.

To become a bit more specific, after you are collected from your hotel (or the port or the location you prefer) and transferred to Cretan Spiti at Vatos Village, our hostess, who was born and raised in a Cretan Village, bears all the knowledge of her family, and will share it with us, with love and integrity and will wholeheartedly invite you into her traditional Cretan home and create a unique atmosphere that will turn this visit into a highlight of your trip. You will first taste a fresh baked bread from a traditional oven. The hostess will teach you about Cretan culture and history, share stories about her family’s life and make you feel just as if you are visiting close relatives or friends. She will share stories about Cretan true lifestyle and chat with you while you will taste and enjoy some Cretan meze snacks, wine and Cretan raki. All the dishes are made of genuine pure Cretan products such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine…and of course all the ingredients are fresh and local. In addition, useful information about the herbs, olive oil and other in gradients is given, together with explanations of their nutritional value and usage. You will wander through “ sohoro” her vegetable garden and olives, and learn about local organic farming and enjoy a wonderful time.

And then onto the kitchen where we you will make tzatziki, traditional gemista (with stuffed tomatos, zucchini, peppers) cheese pie, lamb with stamnagathi (a local herb), and spoon sweet with yogurt. Everything in our Cretan Spiti’s traditional menu. All guests, will be supplied with protective equipment (aprons) from the Cretan Spiti estate. Most cooking ingredients will be readily available in special bowls in the kitchen area ready for the menu preparation. Our hostess will guide you through the whole procedure, giving the opportunity to everyone to master their cooking skills. There is a small intermission between the preparation and the tasting stage, which can be used for a short period of relaxation and to enjoy the company of those around you, but after that lunch starts, where you can consume as much as your belly holds. There are many other details to the “class” that we could share with you but the essence is that as you can see, this is much more than learning to cook a fabulous Greek meal. It is also about family, conversation, food and culture and becoming a member of a family that perhaps you didn’t even know you had. It is quality time in the home of someone close to you, finding yourself in their kitchen helping to cook, enjoying the experience of meeting new people and honouring us by becoming a part of our family.

    • "Cretan Spiti" exclusive cooking class.
    • Transfers to and from the "Cretan Spiti" and your hotel's location (Rethymno & Heraklion)
    • Lunch - house wine, drinks, soft drinks are free.
    • Local treats during, Free small bag with local products at the end.
    • Personal protective equipment for kitchen.
    • Commemorative photo shots.

    • The procurement of traditional products and cookbooks from the venue's market.
    • The consumption of alcoholic beverages beyond those included in the fixed menu.
    • A custom menu and decoration of the property (special order).
    • Anything that is not specified in the program as included.

 

Menu

FRIED CHEESE PIES 
TRADITIONAL GEMISTA (STUFFED TOMATOS, ZUCCHINIS, PEPPERS)
TZATZIKI
LAMB WITH STAMNAGATHI (LOCAL CRETAN HERB) / Main Dish 
SPOON SWEET WITH YOGURT / Dessert

Upon request:

There is a possibility for the menu to be modified in case a guest has food allergies or any other special dietary needs.

 

2020

Adult Child 4-13,99years old
Cooking Class 120€ 60€
Optional Supplements per reservation
Privacy assured 250€

We accept VISA, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express, Diners & Discover. Payments are taken securely online through Viva Payments services.

Upon receiving the online payment notification, which will be send via e-mail, you would be redirected to Viva Payments's site where you can make your payment. At present, all payments are in Euros.

For Bank Transfer payments:

For Bank Transfer payments:

Name: Yourtransfer.gr Ltd

Account Number: 41647018286

Bank Name: National Bank of Greece S.A.

IBAN: GR5001104160000041647018286

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Bank Address: Mykonos Island, 84600 Greece

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please email your SENDER'S FIRST and LAST NAME, SENDER'S ADDRESS and COUNTRY, and SENDER'S PHONE NUMBER to: info@cretanspiti.com after you send your payment through Wire Transfer.