Theme Weeks

Tastes of Crete

16th – 23rd July 2019
Our Tastes of Crete Week brings you the true flavours of the island’s healthy Mediterranean diet in a feast of the finest food and drink.

We’ll be highlighting the provenance of the food and showing why the island’s wonderful culinary offering is considered the healthiest on earth, with delicious “foodie” twists and tastes at every step of the way.

During the week, we will enjoy morning forages to pick fresh produce from our hotel garden, which provides all of the fresh vegetable, fruit and herbs for our kitchen enabling guests to experience the journey of our food from ‘plot to plate’, and then learn how to cook Cretan delicacies in the hotel kitchen.

We will visit artisan producers, calling in at a winery; learn about olive oil production and the Gialamarakis family groves; and discover the origins of the finest Cretan thyme honey.

Coupled with that, we will meet producers and restaurateurs who have, like the Mistral, been awarded the Cretan Quality Agreement mark as champions of the island’s cuisine and culinary traditions, sourcing local produce, exclusive use of extra virgin olive oil and traditional Cretan cooking.

In addition, we will dine in the Mistral hotel restaurant where the emphasis is on “homegrown, home-made,” Cretan dishes.

A highlight of the week sees guests enjoy an excursion to one of the fabulous beaches for a refreshing swim before heading up to one of our luxurious villas with a panorama across Kissamos Bay to enjoy a sumptuous fish lunch centred on the famed Kakavia fish soup, which we will learn how to cook.

On another day, enjoy our popular wine tasting lunch at the Mistral. This is a very special occasion where your host Vassilis Gialamarakis offers the opportunity to taste and learn more about some of the fine wines produced on the island, while eating some traditional dishes.

There will be a special gift bag to take away with you at the end of your stay with a bottle of our finest extra virgin olive oil, plus a jar of our olives, and a recipe book of our favourite dishes so you can recreate them for your dinner guests once you get home. Our gift pack also includes rock salt from the Cretan shoreline.

Tastes of Crete is a mouth-watering opportunity to sample, savour and learn more about Cretan food and drink.

Our new Tastes of Crete week runs from July 16, 2019 but rest assured – as well as enjoying the best of Cretan cuisine and learning how to cook some of our dishes, there will also be plenty of time to relax by our two pools, enjoy our spa facility or visit the Venetian harbour town of Chania.

Typical Itinerary

  • Tuesday, July 16 – arrival and enjoy your first taste of our Mistral hospitality
  • Wednesday, July 17 – Visit a Cretan olive press and discover more about the olive oil production process before heading to Youphoria Villas to learn how to cook the famed Kakavia fish soup
  • Thursday, July 18 – morning forage in the hotel garden to pick crops for dinner, learn to stuff courgette flowers, followed by winery visit and tasting and an afternoon spent on a local beach
  • Friday, July 19 – Apiary visit and journey into the Cretan mountains to a renowned “slow food” restaurant where we dine on traditional dishes made from home-grown produce and ingredients
  • Saturday, July 20 – free day to relax, sunbathe or wander into Chania to the farmer’s market
  • Sunday, July 21 – free day, followed by evening meal in Chania
  • Monday, July 22 – forage in the hotel garden and then participate in a cookery class of traditional specialities ahead of wine tasting accompanied by local dishes at the Mistral
  • Tuesday, July 23 – Depart and take the memories and tastes of Crete with you