Rethymno Gastronomy tour

Details

DURATION

3 - 4 hours

DIFFICULTY

Easy

GROUP SIZE

2 - 6 persons

SCHEDULE

Every day except Sunday

TYPE

Small group

PICK UP TIME

10:30

PICK UP PLACE

Four Martyrs Church, Gerakari 6, 741 00

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Highlights

  • Discover the impressive old town's narrow streets, the stone built Venetian old houses 
  • Dive into Rethymno's magnificent culture
  • Enjoy a greek coffee in a small and quiet "kafeneio"
  • Explore the genuine flavors of Cretan gastronomy and all the superb sweet delicacies
  • Visit a local's workshop of "baklava", "kantaifi" and other phyllo pastry
  • Taste the famous thyme honey of Crete
  • Feel like a local for a day, by tasting the delicious homemade raki and the extraordinary mezedes
ITINERARY

Every Stop a Unique Experience

1st Stop

A quiet "kafeneio"

Starting off, we will visit a beautiful "kafeneio” located in a unique spot inside the old town of Rethymno. This small, unfrequented square with its running fountain will be our first stop. There, we will enjoy an authentic Cretan breakfast, which consists of a traditional Greek coffee or juice and a handmade cheese pie (as we called it "sfakianopita") covered with organic thyme honey. We will start by discussing the main points of our visit; an introduction to the historical imposing monuments, traditions, customs, and the connection to Cretan Gastronomy will follow, as we all enjoy our Cretan breakfast in the calm atmosphere of this quiet cafe.

1st Stop

A quiet "kafeneio"

2 nd Stop

The workshop of Mr. Hatziparaschos

2nd Stop

The workshop of Mr. Hatziparaschos

After that, we will be able to see right through the heart of Rethymno; a Venetian mansion of the 17th century houses “Yorgos Hatziparaschos” phyllo workshop, the oldest of its kind. He is famous for making phyllo for more than 63 years now. Traditional phyllo is an essential ingredient for traditional syrupy sweets, such as kantaifi and baklava. While the ingredients are simple - flour, water and some salt - the proportions according to Mr. Hatziparaschos took years of testing. If we stand lucky, we will observe the master on the job! A fluid mixture falls into a special machine in the back room, where butter aromas fill the air; in the meantime, Mr. Yorgos' hot copper pan doesn't stop turning. Above the flames, hundreds of thin and baked strings of kantaifi are created. Sprinkled with the right balance of cinnamon and chopped walnuts, kantaifi is one of the most favorite sweets of the Greeks. The taste cannot described with words; you just have to try it!

3rd Stop

Thyme honey tasting

After a short walk, we will head to a small shop with Cretan natural products so as to try the taste of genuine Cretan thyme honey and learn the history as well as the process of collecting honey. Mr Matheos, who owns this little traditional shop, will assist us in his own kind way. We can taste some types of honey, while we are in the shop; keep in mind that it is produced in the mountains; this element makes the taste so much different from the other kinds. Especially when these mountains belong to a truly unspoilt environment, away from the urban pollution, in a local ecosystem of extremely dense aromatic flora of endemic, self-sown flower plants, trees and shrubbery.

3rd Stop

Thyme honey tasting

4 th Stop

Enjoy handmade "loukoumades"

4th Stop

Enjoy handmade "loukoumades"

After the honey tasting, the following stop is the most appropriate place to continue our tour! We will visit a small pastry shop, with the best ''loukoumades'' in the whole city! These little bite-sized fluffy sweet honey balls is essentially the Greek version of donuts, which are deep fried to golden and crispy perfection. Incredibly crunchy from the outside, but so soft inside, sprinkled with honey, sesame and cinnamon powder...simply amazing!

5th Stop

Taste the Cretan "mezedes"

Our next stop will be a traditional “taverna” that serves homemade Cretan dishes with organic ingredients. Our taverna lies in a hidden alley of the old town, lively but not crowded. At this stop, we will taste the best Cretan “mezedes”, such as dolmadakia (vine leaves stuffed with rice and meat), chochlious (cooked snails) and many more, depending on what’s in the menu. This little traditional ''mezedopoleio'', is a real hidden gem! The atmosphere is unique and it makes an ordinary lunch feel like a friendly gathering. We could also meet the owners of the taverna, depending on the day and time, who are typical Cretans; friendly and kind.

5th Stop

Taste the Cretan "mezedes"

6 th Stop

Fortezza castle

6th Stop

Fortezza castle

Up to this point, you will be fully informed about the history of our town and all the monuments that we have passed by and discussed about, as well as the secret local spots one should definitely visit once in Rethymno. The end of our tour will be in front of the gates of the Fortezza castle, where you will have all the time to wander around by yourselves and get fascinated by the view. Due to the fact that the escort of this tour is not considered as an official guide of the State, he cannot enter with you inside the fortress. However, if you wish to have an official history guide, we would be happy to book one upon communication. Enjoy!

What’s Included

  • Local English or French speaking guide
  • Coffee and traditional snacks
  • Light lunch or dinner (vegetarian option included)
  • Small group tour
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges​
  • Lots of raki and laughter :)
1-2 ADULTS65 EURO P/P
3-4 ADULTS55 EURO P/P
5-6 ADULTS45 EURO P/P
CHILDREN (3 - 12)50%
INFANTS (0 - 2)FREE

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