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The real Greek: Embark on an authentic foodventure in Greece

<p>Take cookery classes with the chef at Crete’s Cretan Malia Park hotel </p>

It could easily be argued that one of the best and most important aspects of a holiday is the food – to really connect with a country, its customs and culture, the best way is to eat your way around it. Perhaps that’s why one of the key travel trends for 2024 is culinary tourism, with travellers plotting their trips around local delicacies, food festivals and immersive experiences that feed both body and soul.

To help you find your perfect foodventure next summer, travel experts Jet2holidays offer great value breaks in more than 50 amazing destinations, including 19 in Greece. Here you can explore the local culinary heartlands, where you can street-snack in markets, indulge in wine and olive oil tasting, and sip traditional coffee brewed in a copper pot.

With deposits* at just £60 per person, 22kg baggage included, flexible monthly payments** to help spread the cost of your hard-earned, well-deserved holiday, it’s never been easier to get your next Greek summer getaway booked.

Greek food is known for its healthy, fresh ingredients, with every region boasting its own signature specialities. Here we take a tour of three of Greece’s most famed culinary hotspots – Crete, Rhodes and Corfu – and explore the best eateries and experiences to enjoy.

Go market-mingling in Crete

Take cookery classes with the chef at Crete’s Cretan Malia Park hotel


In Crete, there’s a wide range of ingredients that can only be found here, so you’ll be eating mouth-watering dishes you won’t find anywhere else. Try the gamopilafo (made with pilaf, tender meat and extra butter), a special dish often served at weddings, the spicy cold cured pork, apaki, or the savoury-sweet Sfakiani pita – a crepe-like pie filled with smooth, creamy Anthotyro cheese and topped with honey.

Pick up some tasty snacks for a picnic at one of Crete’s many markets; mingle with the locals who come regularly and buy some fresh Mizithra– a ewe’s milk cheese – thick Cretan yoghurt, or Kalitsounia, small savoury pies. You’ll also find some great souvenirs to take home, from delicious home-made honey, to fresh or dried herbs like thyme and marjoram, and grassy, green, extra-virgin olive oil.

You can also try cooking Cretan cuisine yourself: Jet2holidays offers a range of cooking class experiences, and if you stay at Cretan Malia Park you’ll be gathering produce and herbs from its garden with the chef, then cooking with them in the sunshine in their outdoor…

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