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As every sub-region of Greece, Crete has an array of long-standing Christmas culinary favourites – from the proceeds of the age-old tradition of the Choirosfagia to the mouthwatering flavours and textures of the seasonal sweets, the season of abundance is fantastically generous on Crete.
The 12-day holiday between Christmas and Epiphany is associated with an array of age-old customs and traditions throughout Crete in which food plays a most prominent role. The traditional Cretan Christmas table serves as a means of reaffirming family ties, with its components reflecting the locals’ attempt to give meaning to the divine birth and the advent of the New Year.
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“The people of Crete, unfortunately, make more history than they can consume locally”, British writer Hector Hugh Munro (aka Saki) once wrote. Cretans also – this time, fortunately – produce a surplus of edible goods of the highest order, thanks to their island’s blessed weather conditions and terrain.
Social distancing and self-isolation have been the operative words throughout 2020. Υet all this stress that we are currently experiencing has taken its toll. We are all in need of some sort of a break. After all, staying healthy presupposes staying sane too; and for this to happen, just getting away from it all, is nothing short of imperative! The trick then is to embark on a (much needed) holiday but still keep away from the maddening crowds. So how does one go about it? Crete is a hospitable paradise with more than 300 days of sunshine in a year. And though (no wonder) it is one of the most touristic destinations in the world, its sheer size and uniquely diversified morphology afford ample opportunities for privacy and seclusion. Take the glorious Cretan beaches for example: From cosmopolitan stretches of sand or world-famous, exotic lagoons to deserted bays and secluded coves, there is something for every taste and disposition. Even in these difficult COVID- 19 times. Here we’ll be taking a look into the best secluded Cretan beaches: Unbeknown to most, little slices of heaven on earth with crystalline waters in technicolour blue; with no organised facilities or a selfie stick in sight; just perfect for keeping your social distances safely in the company of your -handpicked- nearest and dearest.
World-famous olive oil, world-class cheeses, a large variety of greens and herbs, hormone-free fruit and vegetables, fiery spirits…With more than 300 days of sunshine in a year, Crete produces a surplus of edible goods that stand out for their health benefits, quality and taste. Drawing on one of the planet’s most long-standing and renowned gastronomic traditions, these raw materials -packed with goodness- are combined in straightforward, unpretentious ways, designed to bring out the unique aromas and flavours of each and every one of them. The Cretan cuisine is one of foundation; not of complicated sauces. So the strength of Cretan food lies not in elaborate technique, but in the variety, and purity, of the local produce. It’s healthy, it’s super- fresh, simple, yet extremely palatable and downright delicious. That’s why Cretan food ranks very high among the delights of holidaying on this sun-kissed island. In fact, Cretan food might as well be a good enough reason to visit Crete on its own. To whet your appetite a little further here’s what you’d be savouring every day in Crete: