The Cretan diet is one of the healthiest ways of living as it’s based around a variety of home grown foods that are high in nutrients and bursting with flavour.
Foods such as olives, olive bread, fresh fish, tomatoes, artichokes and egg plants are staples of the Greek diet and can be enjoyed by holidaymakers at one of the many restaurants around the island.
Cretan olive oil is said to be among the best in the world and many locals call it the ‘elixir of life’ because it is said to bring them a long, healthy life. Crete’s sunny Mediterranean climate and fertile soil allows the olive tree to grow virtually everywhere and to produce the best quality olive oil.
The Sultana Festival
Cretans love their home grown produce so much that they even celebrate the humble dried grape at the annual Sultana Festival. It takes place in August in a place called Sitia where visitors can learn about the production of sultanas.
It is celebrated by Cretan dances in the main square ensuring that holidaymakers also get their fill of local culture as well as food.
Visitors can also enjoy a slice of Crete's history as well with a trip to one of the many archaeological sites around Sitia. The town has lots of ruins as well as a small archaeological museum.
To sample the many other delights the Mediterranean has to offer consider cheap flights to Crete at Jet2.com.