Greece is famous for its amazing cuisines, which are packed with typical Mediterranean flavors and high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Spices such as oregano, thyme, and rosemary are staples in Greek cuisine, as are lemons and olive oil. Fresh dairy products like feta cheese, meat from local farmers, and seafood are abundant and just as delicious as the fresh fruits and veggies you'll be offered while you're there.
Hungry yet? Here are some traditional Greek foods to enjoy on your next Mediterranean vacation.
While you're in Greece, you won't want to miss out on dips. From tzatziki, a dip made from yogurt, cucumber, and garlic, and melitzanosalata, an eggplant-based dip, to fava, a pea-based puree, and taramasalata, a creamy dip that features fish roe, you'll have a great time dipping your bread (perhaps a pita) in all the Greek favorites, and deciding which one you love most.
Then, sample unique, traditional Greek desserts. Baklava, a sweet dessert made from layered, flaky filo dough and honey or syrup, is one particularly beloved treat you can't miss. Galaktoboureko, a custard-filled pastry also made from filo dough, is another decadent treat you'll want to sample again and again. Or, try loukoumades — small, sweet puffs of dough that are soaked in honey (and sometimes garnished with cinnamon, walnuts, or chocolate).
If you're a wine enthusiast, you'll love the winery tour excursion while in Santorini on your Mediterranean vacation. This region is famous for its wines, which are produced in some of the world's oldest vineyards. Home to the Assyrtiko grape — which flourishes in its volcanic soil and unique climate — Santorini produces wines that are celebrated across the world.
Sampling Greek cuisine is a fun and memorable part of any Eastern Mediterranean cruise vacation.
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