Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village

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Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos

1. Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos

Receive a short 30-minute tour on your arrival at the museum of rural history and folk craft in the Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village. Traditional Cretan cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. Here you can learn from the masters while they create famous Cretan dishes which you can participate in before making your very own. You can create stuffed vine leaves, stuffed vegetables, pork with wine sauce, lamb with green beans, traditional Cretan ntakos, tzatziki and sarikopites, and coiled cheese pies. Afterwards, you can sit down to enjoy the dishes you have prepared with local wine and mineral water. Participants will also receive a cooking certification document, which has been authorized by the Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village.

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What people are saying about Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

One of the best cooking classes I’ve taken in terms of content and value. I was afraid to book this class because there were so few reviews, but I am so glad I booked it. Mari our hostess was extremely welcoming and friendly. She gave us a brief overview of Cretan history and then we started the class which felt very authentic and organized. This was a private tour and my partner and I are fairly introverted people, but we felt completely at ease and comfortable during the class. We chopped and stuffed vegetables, learned how to make some meat dishes, prepared dessert, and at the end had plenty of time and a wonderful view to enjoy our meal and drink some wine. It takes place in a traditional Cretan town so that afterward you have the opportunity (without pressure) to shop in the various stores. Very memorable experience!

My husband and I decided to do this cooking class as a part of our honeymoon trip. Though we did not realize it originally, it was a private cooking class just for us! It started off with a tour of the village and some history about the traditional Cretan way of life. The food we made was all amazing and tasted fresh, we just made so much it was hard to eat everything! Our guide was amazing, very knowledgeable, patient, and made the whole experience very enjoyable. To top it off, we got to eat our creations out on the patio with an amazing view of Heraklion and the sea. We absolutely enjoyed our day and highly recommend this activity for anyone looking to learn a little more about Cretan food and history!

We arrived to be greeted by Mary, a wonderful woman, she was so kind, patient and answered everything that we wanted to know about the beautiful village we were exploring. Mary really knew her stuff! She speaks excellent English and taught us some common sayings in greek also! we just had such a wonderful experience. The village itself was beautiful, and we particularly enjoyed the little church, the mosaic workshop, the museum and the visits from the village kitties (cats) while we ate our lunch. The cooking lesson was absolutely excellent and we will 100% be trying the dishes at home! Thank you so much for a wonderful day trip!

This was an excellent activity. I signed up for a cooking lesson last minute and everything was great. The property is so charming, made to look like an old Cretan village. Mary gave a fantastic tour and also a great cooking lesson. I was the only one who signed up that day so it was basically a private lesson for myself. The dishes were simple to make and very tasty. We made tzatziki, stuffed vegetable with rice, grape leaves and a pastry desert. They also had a demonstration of two other meat dishes. Then I got to eat everything overlooking Crete. Such a great experience, would definitely recommend!

This was a blend of museum tour, cooking class, and excellent dining experience. Everyone was so welcoming and kind. The food was unbelievable! Would absolutely recommend.