10 dishes you must try on Crete

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Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is not only known for its stunning beaches and rich history, but also for its delicious cuisine. From fresh seafood to mouth-watering pastries, there is something for every food lover to enjoy on this beautiful island. Here are 10 dishes you must try on Crete:

  1. Dakos

    A traditional Cretan dish made with barley rusk, tomatoes, feta cheese, olive oil, and oregano.

  2. Saganaki

    Fried cheese, typically made with graviera or kefalotyri cheese and served with a squeeze of lemon.

  3. Moussaka

    A layered dish with eggplant, minced meat, bechamel sauce, and cheese, baked to perfection.

  4. Seafood Platter

    Enjoy a variety of fresh seafood including shrimp, calamari, and octopus, grilled or fried.

  5. Lamb Gyros

    Tender pieces of seasoned lamb meat, wrapped in a pita with tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce.

  6. Bougatsa

    A sweet pastry filled with custard or cheese, sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

  7. Dolmadakia

    Grape leaves stuffed with rice, herbs, and pine nuts, served with a squeeze of lemon.

  8. Fried Squid

    Tender pieces of calamari, battered and fried to crispy perfection.

  9. Stifado

    A hearty stew made with beef or rabbit, onions, tomatoes, red wine, and spices, served with rice or potatoes.

  10. Loukoumades

    Deep-fried dough balls, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Whether you're a foodie looking to indulge in the local cuisine or a traveler eager to explore the flavors of Crete, these 10 dishes are a must-try during your visit to this picturesque island.