The Best Traditional Greek Foods You Have to Try

The Best Traditional Greek Foods You Have to Try

The Best Traditional Greek Foods You Have to Try

The Greek cuisine is one of my favourite cuisines. It is known for its fresh ingredients, delicious flavors, and healthy ingredients, including feta cheese, herbs, olive oil, and seafood. Whenever I go to Greece I always look forward to the delicious food. In this blog, I share my favourite traditional Greek foods with you!

Traditional Greek Foods: The Starters

Firstly, we discuss the starters of the Greek cuisine you have to try. Starters, also known as appetizers, are typically small dishes or snacks served before the main course. They stimulate the appetite and diners love to share them. Starters can be hot or cold, and they can be an opportunity to showcase local or seasonal ingredients. Some popular types of starters include dips and spreads, small bites or finger foods, soups or salads, and seafood. Here are my favourite traditional Greek foods to start your dinner with!

Meze

If you want to go for more than one starter, you can choose meze. Meze is a variation of several small dishes from the traditional Greek kitchen and is typically served with drinks, such as ouzo or wine. Besides, it is usually shared among diners and it can be hot or cold, savory or sweet. Some popular Greek meze dishes include tzatziki, dolmades, spanakopita, saganaki, olives, octopus, and Greek salad. Meze dishes are an important part of the Greek cuisine and can be found in many traditional tavernas and restaurants throughout Greece.

Saganaki Cheese

My favourite Greek dish, I love it! You are dealing with a big cheese fan and this cheese is more than AMAZING! In Greece, I eat saganaki cheese as a starter almost every night.

Saganaki cheese is a traditional Greek dish made with fried or grilled cheese. Typically, saganaki cheese is served as a meze dish, alongside other small plates or as a starter before the main course. ‘Saganaki cheese’ actually means ‘cheese in a pan’. For this dish, a hard and salty cheese is typically used, such as kefalograviera, graviera, or kasseri. Each restaurant uses a different type of cheese. An important feature of the cheese is that the cheese can withstand high heat without melting too quickly. The cheese is fried until it is melted and a crust is wrapped around it. Restaurants often serve the dish with lemon juice or a piece of lemon and pepper. Saganaki cheese is a delicious and satisfying snack that pairs well with a glass of wine or a cold beer.

Traditional Greek Foods | Saganaki Cheese

Bread with Tzatziki

If you like bread with a dip, then you definitely like tzatziki! Bread with tzatziki is a simple and delicious Greek meze dish. Tzatziki is a creamy dip made from Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and herbs. Restaurants often serve the tzatziki with bread, which can be any type of crusty or soft bread, such as pita, sourdough, or baguette.

Greek Salad

Prefer a fresh salad? Then the typical Greek salad is something for you! Greek salad is a refreshing salad typically made with fresh and crisp vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and bell peppers, and topped with feta cheese, olives, and a simple olive oil and lemon dressing. Greek salad is a delicious and healthy dish that can be served as a side dish or a light meal on its own. We eat this dish a lot at home because it is easy to make, super tasty and healthy too! However, I do have to say that eating it at home cannot beat a real Greek salad in Greece itself.

Traditional Greek Foods | Greek Salad

Spanakopita

Spanakopita is a delicious and very popular Greek starter or side dish made with spinach and feta cheese, wrapped in flaky phyllo pastry. Very tasty if you like savory tarts and feta and a great vegetarian option. Spanakopita can be a perfect starter, side dish or main meal. The combination of spinach and feta cheese, wrapped in crispy phyllo pastry, is amazing!

Dolmades

Dolmades or Dolmadakia, also known as stuffed grape leaves, is a traditional Greek food in which vine leaves are filled with a savory mixture of rice, vegetables, minced meat and herbs. During our visits to Greece, we discovered some variations regarding the filling of Dolmades, also vegetarian variants. Dolmades have a fresh, yet spicy, taste and are served cold. Furthermore, they are typically served as a starter or meze dish and are often enjoyed with a squeeze of lemon juice and tzatziki sauce.

Traditional Greek Foods | Dolmades

Cheese Balls

Not a typical Greek dish, but we discovered it there. Are cheese balls on your menu, then it is definitely worth a try! Side note: I even added this dish to my 21-diner menu. Cheese balls are what they sound like… Fried, breaded cheese balls. For the cheese balls, restaurants could use different types of cheese, such as Gouda, blue cheese, or goat cheese, or other flavorings, such as herbs or spices.

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Traditional Greek Foods: The Main Dishes

Secondly, we discuss the traditional Greek main dishes you have to try. Greeks are also a star at making delicious main dishes. Typically, Greek main dishes contain a lot of meat. Besides, the meat comes with potatoes, fries or rice, and vegetables or a salad. Here are my favourite traditional Greek foods to eat as main dish!

Souvlaki

Souvlaki is a Greek meat dish with marinated pieces of meat on a skewer, which will be grilled. Typically, souvlaki is made of lamb, but it can also be made from pork or chicken. I like this dish very much, but you have to take into account that sometimes the meat is not that tender. This dish often comes with fries and a salad or with pita and tzatziki.

Gyros

Another favourite traditional Greek food of mine is Gyros! Gyros is a Greek dish in which a kind of pita sandwich is filled with meat (which is from a large skewer grilled pork), tomato, onion, lettuce, fries and tzatziki. Originally, Gyros is made from lamb, a combination of lamb and beef or even chicken. The meat is most of the times seasoned with salt, herbs and spices. When you eat this in a restaurant, the meat is probably served separately with fries, tzatziki and a pita sandwich.

Traditional Greek Foods | Gyros

Moussaka

Moussaka is an oven dish with eggplant, tomato and meat topped, with béchamel sauce. Again, there are several variations possible. Moussaka is served in the oven dish and, therefore, still warm. My mother loves this traditional Greek food.

Stifado

If you like delicious stews, then stifado is a good idea! Stifado is a stew made in wine sauce with beef, onions and tomato. Usually it is up to you whether you want to eat stifado with rice, fried potatoes or kritharaki, a Greek pasta. The meat is deliciously tender and the dish has such good flavor. This traditional Greek food is my father’s favourite.

Traditional Greek Foods | Stifado

Lamb Kleftiko

OMG, this traditional Greek food is so good! Lamb kleftiko is slowly cooked lamb on a parcel of vegetables. Restaurants seal the meat in a paper pouch to ensure that the meat remains moist. The funny part of this dish is the fact that kleftiko means ‘stolen’. This comes from a story about a thief that stole a sheep or goat and cooked this meat in a hole in the ground. He sealed the hole to prevent steam from escaping. I first ate this traditional Greek food in a restaurant at the port of Agia Effimia in Kefalonia. This was the best kleftiko I have ever had. After this, I ate the dish several times elsewhere in Greece, but they all can’t beat that first time. Although I must say that the dish is always delicious. Therefore, I will highly recommend this Greek traditional food!

Traditional Greek Foods: The Desserts

Finally, let’s talk about the traditional Greek desserts you have to try. I used to live for desserts. These days, on the contrary, I am more of a fan of appetizers/starters. That is not to say I am not still a big fan of desserts. It is just that more often than not, I opt for an appetizer/starter and then can’t finish a dessert. Although I must say that no matter how full I am, I still often go for one of these traditional Greek foods for dessert. Oops… it is just too good. At times like that, I prefer to leave the restaurant with a too-full stomach.

Baklava

Ooh, so good!!! Baklava is originally from Turkey, Greece, and the. Middle East. It is a sweet dessert consisting of several layers of puff pastry filled with pieces of nuts (walnuts, almonds or pistachios) with honey. So delicious! And yes, THIS is my favourite traditional Greek food to end a dinner with.

Greek Yoghurt

A somewhat simpler dessert, but oh so delicious! Greek yoghurt is very full of flavour and the delicious honey and walnuts are the cherries on top of it. In addition, it is also a very good breakfast dish.

Kataiki (Kadaifi)

This dessert resembles baklava, but is slightly different, because it has a different dough. Kataifi consists of a kind of thread dough. If you like Baklava and want something different, but similar in taste, Kataifi is the perfect choice!

Conclusion: there is plenty to taste in Greece. Thanks for reading my blog post! I hope you enjoyed reading it and got inspiration for your next trip to Greece. Enjoy tasting these delicious traditional Greek dishes and let me know which ones are your favorites!

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Discover the Best & Most Wonderful Photo Spots in Santorini

Discover the Best & Most Wonderful Photo Spots in Santorini

Discover the Best & Most Wonderful Photo Spots in Santorini

Are you going to Santorini soon? You can find the best photo spots in Santorini in this post. Get ready to explore this amazing Greek island and to make the most beautiful photos for your Instagram or photo album.

Santorini is one of the most popular bucket list destinations for visitors from around the world. It is known for its beautiful white-painted houses with blue roofs that overlook the sea, the iconic volcano mount, and the most stunning sunsets. The island is an ideal destination for a relaxing beach holiday with fantastic scenery.

Best Photo Spots in Santorini: Oia

Most people think of Oia when they think of Santorini. Oia is a picturesque village in the north of the island with beautiful white-painted houses, white churches with blue domes and narrow alleys with souvenir shops, bars, cafes and tavernas. However, the most impressive thing about Oia is the phenomenal view of the sea and the caldera. Especially during sunset!!!

Oia used to be called ‘Epano Meriá’ and ‘Kastro Agios Nikolaos’ and received its current name in 1834. One of the stories claims that this name is said to be derived from the Homeric ‘Oia Oion’ meaning ‘far away’, because Oia is one of the farthest places on Santorini. Locals call the village ‘Ia’.

Viewpoint South

As mentioned earlier, when you think of Santorini, you think of beautiful white-painted houses and white churches with blue domes. Viewpoint South represents a perfect image of the island and was not at all crowded for taking a photo, which gave a nice touch. Not only does it look beautiful with its white houses, but you can also see the orange glow behind them when you come here before watching the sunset.

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | Viewpoint South

Tours & Tickets

Meteor Café

How cute and colourful is this photo spot? You can find this photo spot in the long main street of the village. We did not eat or drink anything here, but Meteor Café appears to be a good café! An ideal place to visit for a bit of refreshment after a walk through the village. So, a good place to eat and drink AND the perfect photo spot means it is a must visit!

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | Meteor Café

The Kastro Oia Houses

The Oia houses, known as Kastro Oia, are one of the magical places to stay in Santorini. They offer rooms with a balcony with the most beautiful view. A couple who offered to take photos of us stayed here, and recommended us to stay at the Kastro Oia Houses for one night if we had budget for it. They called it a magical ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to do so, but if I ever go back to Santorini, I would definitely consider the Kastro Oia Houses.

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | Kastro Oia Houses

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Viewpoint West

Viewpoint West photo spot is the most popular location to admire the famous sunset of Santorini and is called ‘The castle of Agios Nikolaos’. Not only do you have a beautiful view of the sunset, but also of Oia! The castle of Agios Nikolaos dates back to the late 15th century and was build in order to serve as an observation point. Since the destructive earthquake of 1956, there is only a part of the castle’s watchtower left. The castle is considered as one of Santorini’s most valuable monuments and one of the few tourist resources on island.

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | Viewpoint West

The Bells

Even though Santorini is not a very large island, the island contains more than 450 churches of all shapes and sizes.️ Everywhere you look you will see a church! All churches are very photogenic. White churches with bells, white churches with blue domes, churches with colourful bells, you name it.

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | The Bells

The Blue Domes

Photo spot ‘The Blue Domes’ is one of the most famous photo spots in Santorini! This spot is actually private property, but no one really seemed to care about this. I stood in line for about half an hour for a photo, which confirmed that it is a very popular spot. The next day we visited Oia very early in the morning and then there was no queue.

Tip: Go there for sunrise to avoid queues and to get the best lighting for your photos!!!

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | The Blue Domes

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Best Photo Spots in Santorini: Fira

Fira is the capital of the island Santorini and also goes by the name of Thira. Fira is a picturesque town with narrow streets. The town was built in a unique way, on the edge of the steep cliffs of the crater of Santorini, which ensures a beautiful view.

Skala Firon, the small harbor, is 275 meters below Fira and can be accessed by cable car, carrying 800 people per hour, or an path of 566 steps. The ride with the cable car to above or below costs around six euros per person. It is also possible to go down or up with a donkey for the same price as the cable car. However, I do not recommend this as the animals are exploited in the heat. I find this so sad for the donkeys, so I would never do it myself. Everyone can decide for themselves about this of course. I recommend you to book a table at one of its restaurants with a  view on the islands Thirasia and Nea Kameni. Besides, watching the sunset in Fira while having dinner is absolutely breathtaking.

The Catholic Church of Saint Stylianos

During a walk in Fira, I happened to come across this point. Isn’t the view breathtaking? Besides, it is nice that there is a yellow church in the photo for once instead of white ones every time! The Catholic Church of Saint Stylianos is a basilica church with a unique design. The church is dedicated to Saint Stylianos of Paphlagonia.

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | The Catholic Church of Saint Stylianos

Fira Viewpoint

Michiel and I walked through Fira and also happened to stumble upon this photo spot. This photo spot ensures a beautiful view of Fira. An other advantage of this photo spot is that it is not too crowded, because it is quite a bit away from the center of Fira. This makes it a lot easier to take the perfect photo!

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | Fira Viewpoint

The Door with a View

I must admit that I am absolutely obsessed with (Greek) doors. Coloured doors especially appeal to me. Besides the fact that the door in the picture is a beautiful door, it also has the advantage that you are not only taking a photo of a beautiful door, but also of a very stunning view!

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | The Door with a View

Fira Boulevard

Fira Boulevard is a very crowded place during sunset, but also very beautiful. Bring some drinks and snacks and enjoy the stunning sunset, along with many other happy vacationers!

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | Fira Boulevard

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Best Photo Spots in Santorini: Akrotiri

Akrotiri, also known as “The Greek Pompeii” was a prehistoric settlement located on the island of Santorini. Back in the days, Akrotiri was part of the cultural and trade network of the Minoan civilization (1800-1450 BC) and was destroyed by a volcanic explosion. They had three-storey buildings already. In addition, the water system was better than it is in Greece now. A crazy thing is the fact that no human bodies were found in Akrotiri. Presumably the inhabitants left the island in time.

The Orange House

How can you not love the Greek architecture? All the beautiful doors, colours and flowers, wow! This orange house will definitely brighten up your Instagram feed or photo album.

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | The Orange House

The Lighthouse of Akrotiri

The Lighthouse of Akrotiri is among the oldest lighthouses in Greece! It was constructed in 1892. During the day there is a lot of wind here. Therefore, the best time to visit this lighthouse is during sunset! Bring a rug, some drinks and snacks and enjoy the beautiful sunset!

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | The Lighthouse of Akrotiri

The Blue Table and Chairs

Who wants to sit here to enjoy the view? Well, I would! The sunsets here are insane! If you are lucky that this table is not occupied yet, you can also get drinks and food at the accompanying restaurant ‘Charoula Canteen’! Then all I have to say is: Enjoy!

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | The Blue Table and Chairs

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Best Photo Spots in Santorini: Imerovigli

Imerovigli has been declared a protected village by the Greek state. It is a picturesque village with beautiful traditional architecture. It is built on the edge of the steep cliffs of the crater and has narrow streets.

Skaros Rock is located in front of the village. There used to be a majestic castle on this rock that was the main site of the Christian congregation in Santorini until the early 1800s. Unfortunately, the castle was destroyed during an earthquake in the 19th century and only a few remnants remain.

The Katiforis Holy Orthodox Chapel

Hiking Skaros Rock is a whole experience and this hike will take you past this gorgeous chapel which is beautiful to photograph by day and during sunset! Many people take photos on the roof of the chapel here as well. I did not do this, because everyone was deliberately ignoring the signs that say not to do so. Personally, I think you should respect that, but everyone has their own opinion!

Best Photo Spots in Santorini | The Katiforis Holy Orthodox Chapel

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Thank you for reading my blog post! Those were all my favorite photo spots on the island of Santorini. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and found inspiration for your next trip to the island. Have fun exploring this stunning island and enjoy taking photos on the most beautiful photo spots for your Instagram or photo album!

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Silke

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