Escape the tourist trail to spend time in a mountain village full of the sounds of church bells where we learn to cook some of the superb local produce with accomplished Greek chefs. We stay in a large colonial estate at the edge of a pretty village and gather produce from the organic vegetable garden as well as local markets to cook up into simple delicious dishes served alfresco, overlooking one of the estate’s two pools. Then we travel to the island of Limnos in the north east Aegean where we visit a couple of private estates for lamb cooked in the big woodfired oven, gather fresh figs from their trees and a glass of ouzo. Through our guide Liz’s connections we gather with a whole village to dance to bouzouki music in the main square after dinner…we then journey on to the Lesvos with more “never find it on your own” experiences, including a day with a wonderful group of women who prepare lunch for us using classic recipes that have been handed down through the generations. We finish in five-star luxury on the cliffs at jaw-droppingly beautiful Santorini for days of sailing and sun, great restaurants and shopping.
Each day is a perfect little jewel and the trip constructed so you have a range of the best regional produce and meet all our favourite Greek characters, including a day spent with a women’s cooperative in Lesvos where we feast on dishes you’d never find in restaurants. One day we may be at a market, the next wending our way down a cobblestoned alley to find the best little hidden restaurant, the next in an olive grove with a view of that magic blue water…our guests have loved exploring great local “finds” and having their days planned so they can immerse themselves and not to worry or think about what’s happening next.
Please note: you don’t need to have ever cooked a single thing in your life to love this trip. The cooking classes on the first island work at every level and the ease of the dishes mean that they are easy to reproduce again back home. We hope you’ll come back inspired by this magic country.