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Greek cookery course in Zakynthos

Overview
Location
Accommodation
Getting There

This is a fantastic week for anyone looking for a beach holiday with a twist. Learn to cook traditional Greek dishes like stuffed vegetables and moussaka, explore the island of Zakynthos and some of its culinary highlights with your friendly hosts, and in your free time relax on the nearby beach. Stay in a self-catering studio apartment close to Laganas beach with breakfast and some meals included (see below)

Highlights

  • Enjoy a warm welcome from your hosts
  • Learn to make traditional greek dishes
  • Explore the beautiful island of Zakynthos

Included

  • 7 nights' accommodation in studio apartment at Villa Spiros
  • Bed & breakfast basis
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 cooking sessions, 12 hours of cooking
  • 12 meals included (6 lunches & 6 dinners)
  • Boat trip to the Shipwreck beach and the Blue caves
  • Boat trip to the Turtle Island
  • Tour of Zakynthos town
  • Wine and olive oil tasting
  • A Greek celebration night to remember

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Local taxes (where applicable)
  • Any meals and beverages unless specified above
  • Anything else not specified above

Itinerary

Day one:
Arrival and transfer to Villa Spiros. After you settle in meet your hosts for a drink so they can tell you all about the week and the island. In the afternoon/early evening take a trip to Zakynthos town and enjoy a traditional welcome dinner with fantastic views over the harbour and accompanied by traditional music.

Day two:
Cook with Athina, a local chef. Prepare delicious stuffed vegetables with potatoes, courgette balls and an aubergine salad. Athina welcomes questions, as she is proud to share her expertise in Zakynthian cuisine. While the food is cooking you have free time to explore the area, head to Laganas beach for some swimming and snorkelling. You may even spot a loggerhead turtle. Enjoy lunch by the Ionian sea.
Return to the Villa and join your hosts for the dinner you helped to prepare, served in the garden with some chilled house wine.

Day three:
After breakfast it's back into the kitchen with Athina so you can learn to make moussaka and tzatziki.
Afterwards explore the west coast of the island and maybe spot some more turtles. Swim at the beautiful Keri caves and turtle-shaped Marathonisi Island with its renowned beaches of fine, powdery sand. Sunbathe, swim and snorkle on the island then back to the Villa for your moussaka dinner.

Day four:
Head to the small village of Machairado and meet the locals.
Father Nicholas will guide you inside the ornate St. Mavra church and museum, whilst Nikos, the talented woodcarver, will show you his studio and art work. Dennis, the friendly taverna owner, will then welcome you into his kitchen to cook a traditional fish soup, with a delicious garlic sauce, accompanied by a vegetable salad and a green pie with homemade filo pastry.
While lunch is cooking, you will visit the nearby Aristeon olive press and museum, as well as the family-run Grampsas winery to taste some of the local produce.
Back at the taverna, enjoy your meal under the shade of the vine trees.
After relaxing in the afternoon, in the evening visit the historic region of Bochali, located at the very top of Zakynthos town with fantastic panoramic views across the island and enjoy a light dinner.

Day five:
Visit Zakynthos town and take a wander around the market where you can discover more local specialities, including sweet treats like mandolato and pasteli. Enjoy a delicious souvlaki lunch at the port and then have some free time before a wonderful sunset dinner at the Villa.

Day six:
Head to Agios Nicholaos port in the north of the island. Take a boat past the blue caves to shipwreck bay for some swimming. If the weather is too windy to take the boat, you can admire the famous beach from the viewing platform set into the cliff top above.
After the boat trip, continue north, driving through beautiful rural villages to arrive at the village of Orthonies, our lunch destination. Enjoy a “farm to fork” culinary experience at a family-run mountain taverna. Following a warm welcome and a cool drink, head into the kitchen with Athina, who will share with you one of her traditional family recipes: free-range stuffed chicken in tomato sauce.
While the dinner is cooking in the old wood fire oven, Athina’s son will take you on a walk around their vegetable and herb gardens, where you will also meet the animals. Then it’s back to the taverna, where in the shade of an ancient oak tree, you will enjoy the fruits of your labour, accompanied by local wine and homemade dessert.
Later, back at the villa, enjoy your evening at leisure.

Day seven:
Entire day at leisure, followed by a farewell dinner at a lively nearby taverna. Enjoy a traditional Greek celebration with great food, company, wine and of course music and dancing.

Day eight:
Transfer to the airport and departure.

Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is one of the Ionian islands to the west of the Greek mainland. A popular destination for package tourists over the summer who flock to its long sandy beaches and nightclubs, it also offers a glimpse at a more traditional way of life.

Head away from the main resorts towards the north of the island and you will find a rugged coastline interspersed with coves and sandy beaches, like the famous secluded 'shipwreck beach' at Navagio, and the nearby blue caves with their brilliant turquoise waters. Home to Greece's first marine park, the rare caretta sea turtle lay their eggs on beaches around the south of the island, and if you're lucky you'll spot some in the water while you're out snorkelling.

Inland you can find small rural villages with family-run tavernas and wineries, where you can savour local farm to fork specialities and enjoy a glass of ouzo with the locals.

Villa Spiros family apartments

Located just 5 mins walk from Laganas beach, and 150 m from the main street where the shops and restaurants are found, these comfortable family-run apartments are a great base for your stay in Zante. Zaynthos town is around 7 km away.

Complete with fully-equipped kitchenette with fridge and electric hob, each studio apartment also has a private bathroom with shower, TV, air-conditioning, safe, balcony and free WiFi access.

There is also a reception area and communal lounge, as well as a barbecue area.

Nearest Airport: Zante (Zakynthos), 10 mins

Airport transfers are included in the package.

Overview

This is a fantastic week for anyone looking for a beach holiday with a twist. Learn to cook traditional Greek dishes like stuffed vegetables and moussaka, explore the island of Zakynthos and some of its culinary highlights with your friendly hosts, and in your free time relax on the nearby beach. Stay in a self-catering studio apartment close to Laganas beach with breakfast and some meals included (see below)

Highlights

  • Enjoy a warm welcome from your hosts
  • Learn to make traditional greek dishes
  • Explore the beautiful island of Zakynthos

Included

  • 7 nights' accommodation in studio apartment at Villa Spiros
  • Bed & breakfast basis
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 cooking sessions, 12 hours of cooking
  • 12 meals included (6 lunches & 6 dinners)
  • Boat trip to the Shipwreck beach and the Blue caves
  • Boat trip to the Turtle Island
  • Tour of Zakynthos town
  • Wine and olive oil tasting
  • A Greek celebration night to remember

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Local taxes (where applicable)
  • Any meals and beverages unless specified above
  • Anything else not specified above
Location

Location

Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is one of the Ionian islands to the west of the Greek mainland. A popular destination for package tourists over the summer who flock to its long sandy beaches and nightclubs, it also offers a glimpse at a more traditional way of life.

Head away from the main resorts towards the north of the island and you will find a rugged coastline interspersed with coves and sandy beaches, like the famous secluded 'shipwreck beach' at Navagio, and the nearby blue caves with their brilliant turquoise waters. Home to Greece's first marine park, the rare caretta sea turtle lay their eggs on beaches around the south of the island, and if you're lucky you'll spot some in the water while you're out snorkelling.

Inland you can find small rural villages with family-run tavernas and wineries, where you can savour local farm to fork specialities and enjoy a glass of ouzo with the locals.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Villa Spiros family apartments

Located just 5 mins walk from Laganas beach, and 150 m from the main street where the shops and restaurants are found, these comfortable family-run apartments are a great base for your stay in Zante. Zaynthos town is around 7 km away.

Complete with fully-equipped kitchenette with fridge and electric hob, each studio apartment also has a private bathroom with shower, TV, air-conditioning, safe, balcony and free WiFi access.

There is also a reception area and communal lounge, as well as a barbecue area.

Getting There

Getting There

Nearest Airport: Zante (Zakynthos), 10 mins

Airport transfers are included in the package.

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