Nothing conveys a country’s culture better than its cuisine. Within a country, ingredients and dishes often vary by region, showcasing the best each has to offer. Traditions and recipes, handed down through generations, to be shared with visitors from far and near.

Many of us may be familiar with Greek cuisine here in the US, but when it comes to dining locally, what Greek specialties should you try?

There is no question that the proximity of Greece to fresh seafood provides exciting options including Octopus, Kalamari, Snapper, Sea Bass, Jumbo Shrimp, Barbouni (Red Mullet), to name just a few. You may even observe the fishermen bringing their catch directly to the restaurant! There is a huge variety of seafood not found in the US, so take the opportunity to try some new ones! 

Greek recipes have access to an abundance of fresh produce and spices such as oregano, thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, and, of course, olive oil. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and garlic are the staples for the delicious Greek Salad, always with fresh Feta cheese, olives, and oregano, and typically served with every meal. Tzatziki dip is made with yogurt, garlic, cucumber, olive oil, fresh dill, and lemon juice, which is either eaten on a slice of bread or served with grilled meat.

Potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and spinach are ingredients in many savory dishes. Spanakopita (Spinach Pie) is a delightful mixture of feta cheese, spinach, dill, and onions baked in phyllo (filo) pastry until crispy and golden. The classic Moussaka is made with spiced meat (beef or lamb) cooked in tomato sauce and then layered with fried eggplant and bechamel sauce (a white sauce flavored with nutmeg). 

Souvlaki is a famous dish with meat grilled on a skewer. It is specific to the region you’re in, and perhaps even specific to the restaurant! It can be served alone with pita bread on the side, or with the meat wrapped in the pita with onion, tomato, and tzatziki as the familiar Gyro sandwich. Dolmades are grape leaves stuffed with lemon-flavored rice, fresh herbs, and spices, boiled until melt-in-your-mouth tender, and topped with olive oil. 

Greek dessert recipes can also vary depending on the region, but the range throughout the country includes delicacies from mouth watering cookies to elaborate cakes, pies, tarts, and pastries. Honey is used in many desserts, as is phyllo dough, making flaky, gooey goodies such as Baklava, or the custard-filled Bougatsa. Chocolate, caramel, fruit, walnuts, and whipped cream are widely used in desserts. Loukoumades, or Greek doughnuts, are deep fried and served warm with walnuts, honey, and cinnamon. This may actually be the oldest known dessert, dating back to the 13th century! Revani is a light, spongy, yellow cake sweetened with syrup and topped with nuts. There are so many choices, so be sure to try several. The best dessert(s) are those available to you at the very moment you are craving sweets!

Greek winemaking goes back thousands of years. In fact, Greece was one of the first places in Europe to produce wine. So with its ancient traditions, and a climate and topography providing excellent growing conditions for several grape varieties, it’s a wine-lover’s paradise. From the vineyards in the mountains, to those near the sea, or on the island of Santorini where the grapes are influenced by the volcanic soil, there is a wide range of flavor profiles to explore. Paired with traditional Greek cuisine, you’ll be in paradise, and Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, couldn’t be more pleased!

A trip to Greece will elevate all of your senses, but your tastebuds will have their own adventure! 

Tzatziki Recipe
chefspencil.com

500 grams Greek thick full fat yogurt
1/2 Lebanese cucumber
1 clove garlic
Sea Salt
freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced

  1. Pour any liquid collected on the top of the yogurt off.
  2. Squeeze as much juice from the diced cucumber as possible.
  3. Combine the yogurt, cucumber, garlic, a few pinches of salt, a few turns of the pepper mill, 2 T olive oil, and the lemon juice.
  4. Gently stir and place in the fridge for 1 hour prior to serving.

 

Use with virtually any grilled fish or chicken dish, as a dip for vegetables, or a replacement for mayonnaise. Traditionally, it is served with Greek dolmades or chicken souvlaki.

If your tastebuds are ready for a Greek adventure, check out our Flavors of Greece inspirational itinerary to get started, or explore other itineraries below. Opa! 

How We Travel

Learn More
  • Self Drive tour in Europe
    Self Drive

    Hit the road your way: itinerary, car, accommodations, sights, and tours. But let us do all the heavy lifting.

  • Chauffeur 1
    Chauffeur

    The freedom of your own private car, the luxury of your own personal guide. And the very best hidden secrets.

  • Train going over bridge next to waterfall
    Rail

    Convenient, comfortable, oozing with charm. With a front-row seat to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

  • Young people overlooking scenic area in Europe
    Private Group

    The trip of a lifetime, personalized just for your group of friends, family, or organization down to every last detail.

  • Honeymoon coupe drinking wine by ocean
    Honeymoon

    Every tour is different, perfectly matched for every couple. Crafted by a team who is as excited about your honeymoon as you are.

  • funny mural of school children in uniforms
    Scheduled Tour

    For travelers who prefer to join a small group tour, we offer scheduled tours.

Wine, snacks and fruit on the table with a view of the Greek sea

Flavors of Greece

9 Days | 8 Nights
Beaches
Culinary
History

Taste and experience the best of Greece, but there’s more to this tour than sweet treats, olive oils, Cretan cheeses, and wines. Explore ancient capitals, volcanic settlements, and tranquil beaches, too.

Starting From$2,808per person based on
double occupancy
Exterior view byzantine style church, athens, greece

Greek Adventure

10 Days | 9 Nights
History
Beaches
Culinary
Sustainability

We hope you’re hungry, for history, culture, AND food! Visit the ancient sites of the Acropolis and Parthenon. Experience hands-on cooking classes. And enjoy a breathtaking sunset cruise in Santorini, off the picturesque coastline of your Greek Isles dreams.

Starting From$3,159per person based on
double occupancy
Homepage

2023 Greece Yoga Retreat

8 Days | 7 Nights
Beaches
Outdoor
Culinary

Embark on a one-of-a-kind yoga retreat with Tenon Tours and Blue Lotus Retreats to the beautiful country of Greece, a land steeped in history and culture.

Val d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy. A lonely farmhouse with cypress and olive trees, rolling hills.

Italian Wine Country

8 Days | 7 Nights
Culinary
Outdoor
Sustainability

Explore Italy’s regions of Piedmont, Tuscany and Orcia Valley and immerse yourself in this 7-day itinerary exploring authentic local wineries.

Starting From$3,198per person based on
double occupancy
By-Your-Side

By-Your-Side Service℠

Our personal concierge service and mobile app

Europe Experts

Custom Europe Experts

Experts in planning truly customized trips

Without Compromise

Value without Compromise

High-touch inclusions and customized experiences

Consistency with Individuality

Consistency with Individuality

You’ll always be met with the highest standards

Let's Get Social

@tenontours