A cookery holiday with a cultural twist on Crete

Cretan Thyme is a newly-opened holiday venture for those who want to get to know Crete and its people.  And what better way than cooking and eating together?
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“Cretan Thyme” has launched a week-long culinary programme designed for those who love good food, wine, nature and company.

It has put together a network of local experts to offer an immersive experience into the Cretan way of life.  Visitors will trace the roots of the cuisine back to its Minoan ancestry with archaeologists, learn about the benefits of edible plants from  nutritionists, fish with local fishermen, forage for wild greens with the locals and take part in the grape and olive harvest (seasonal). 

Hosted in a renovated villa in the picturesque village of Lastros in Eastern Crete, the daily programme is a mixture of hands-on classes (with an emphasis on home-cooking) and cultural and educational excursions.  Numbers are limited to 8 participants to ensure personalised attention and all classes can be tailored to particular interests.

Daily lessons are also offered for those who would like a taster insight into local cuisine and traditions and wine tasting evenings can be arranged too.

Traditional Cretan diet is one of the healthiest in the world and the reason why Mediterranean cuisine is so celebrated.  Cretans eat plenty of fish and seafood, whole grains, and fruits, free-grazing meat and poultry and only the finest extra virgin olive oil from their paternal olive groves.  Even its wine is now making inroads into international markets!

Tally Hatzakis, Owner, Cretan Thyme says “If anything can help the Greek people right now, it’s opening up to other cultures and building appreciation of their way of life.  We want to build bridges to make this happen.”

About Cretan Thyme

Cretan Thyme was set up in 2013 by Tally and Christos Hatzakis.  They lived and worked in the UK for many years but when things got tougher in Greece, they decided to swim against the tide and return home. They are passionate “foodies” and have tested and collected countless ecipes to showcase to their international visitors.

The villa is situated one hour from Heraklion Airport and has 4 en suite bedrooms. It can also be hired for exclusive use. 

For further details contact: Tally Hatzakis & Christos Porfyris

T: +30 6945210972
W: www.cretanthyme.com
E: info@cretanthyme.com
A: Lastros Village, Lassithi, Crete 72057, Greece