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So you’re planning a trip to Greece? I’m sure we can all picture the beautiful whitewashed buildings of Santorini, the cobbled streets of Skopelos - made famous by the Mamma Mia film – and perhaps a quaint fishing harbour lined with tavernas. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it? But what are you picturing on the table in that perfect little taverna? What springs to mind when you think of Greece and food? Probably a salad. Well let me tell you, there’s a lot more to Greek cuisine than the simple yet delicious salad. So when you finish soaking up the sun on one of the islands turquoise lined beaches, find yourself a table and sit down to enjoy some of the best food on offer in the Mediterranean. No holiday would be complete without an overindulgence of mouth-watering food, so make sure to sample all that the Greek Islands have to offer with a selection of our must-try dishes.
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Luxtripper Travel Editor

Moussaka

Gooey layers of minced meat, aubergine, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic and onion, plus a sprinkle of spices and a topping of creamy béchamel cause. What’s not to love?

Tzatziki, pitta and olives

Nothing beats dipping still warm pitta into a bowl of homemade tzatziki, with a few juicy olives on the side. You’ll feel at home in Greece as soon as you take a bite.

Seafood

Make the most of the fact that you’re on an island, enjoy lots of the fabulously fresh seafood caught everywhere in Greece. Octopus is a particular delicacy; grilled or fried, it’s the perfect starter, or else go a little Italy and have it topping a seafood pizza or stirred into a tangy tomato pasta.

Look no further than Mykonos’ Nikos Gallop Restaurant in Platys Gialos, or the Apaggio Restaurant in Ornos.

Spanakopita

One of the most iconic Greek dishes, these little slices of spinach and feta pie are mouth-wateringly good - and perhaps my favourite Greek dish of all? Try one as a lunchtime snack, eaten whilst strolling along a cobbled street in search of some shade.

Greek Yogurt

Start your day right with a leisurely breakfast in the morning sunshine. First up, a side of fresh fruit drizzled with Greek yogurt and a generous dollop of honey for good measure. The traditionally strong coffee is also well worth a try if you’re feeling sleepy from all the sun.

Baklava

A rich and sugary sweet desert made from layers of filo pastry with chopped nuts and honey.

If you’re in Santorini, try Bakery Svoronos for arguably the best baklava in Fira.

Gyros

One the Dad’s and kids might like as a messy beach lunch. Slices of roasted meat from a spit, placed in a pita with typical toppings of tzatziki, tomatoes, onions, lettuce and fries.

Ouzo

What trip to Greece could be complete without an ice cold glass of Ouzo? Drink it neat over ice as you watch the sun start to set at the end of a long hard day on the beach. Make sure to accompany it with a mezze - the Greek version of tapas - dish or two, it’s very strong!

Stay at The Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete and enjoy your Ouzo from the clifftop main bar, overlooking the Cretan Sea.

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