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Morag@BarrheadTravel posted a post in EuropeIn the UK we are no stranger to Greek cuisine, thanks to the availability of Mediterranean style restaurants. However, nothing beats the real thing. And no trip to Greece is complete without filling your plate up with as much delicious local cuisine as possible. While it’s tempting to stick to what you know and order a Greek Salad, Moussaka, or Baklava – we instead recommend giving one of these traditional recipes a try that are not as readily available in the UK. Amygdalota This almond based cookie is extremely popular and isn’t hard to find. Typically you’ll find them in casual settings and many Greek locals like to pair it with a glass of warm Greek coffee. Ellinikos (Greek Coffee) On the topic of coffee, we recommend trying Greece’s most popular type of hot drink: Eillinikos. Available in three variations, choose between Vari Glyko (strong & almost honey sweet), Metrios (medium sweetness) and Sketos (without sugar). Courgette Balls (kolokithokeftedes) This popular starter brings together a creamy filling and a crunchy coating, with a burst of flavour made up of courgette, feta cheese and fresh mint. Greek Fava Dip (Yellow Split Pea Puree) If Santorini is your Greek island of choice, you’ll see this appetizer popping up on menus across the island. Sometimes extra olive oil is added, so it can be used as a side dip as well. Saganaki – Fried Cheese Calling all cheese lovers. This only takes 10 minutes to prepare (it’s literally cheese coated in flour and fried) and makes for the perfect comfort-food appetizer. Spanakopita Also known as a Greek spinach pie, this tasty and hearty dish is prepared with (or, sometimes, without) feta cheese, butter, olive oil and baked until golden and crispy. It can also be served as a starter, side or main meal. Yemista Bursting with juicy flavour, Yemista is the Greek word for stuffed tomatoes (but sometimes you’ll find variations made with green peppers, courgettes, eggplants or aubergines) that are usually filled with rice and various herbs (sometimes mincemeat). Pastitsio The perfect main when you need something tasty and filling. Pastitsio is a baked pasta dish with added ground beef and béchamel sauce. Galaktoboureko Moving onto desserts now, you have to let this beautiful sweet dish melt in your mouth at one point of your holiday. A traditional sweet dish that goes back hundreds of years, it is made up of crispy pastry sprinkled with melted butter and usually served with custard and syrup. Loukoumades If you like your desserts a little more savoury than sweet, then try these golden puffs of fried dough. Usually sprinkled with sweet syrup, walnuts and cinnamon.
Each of the Greek Islands has its own personality – but Corfu is definitely the one that is a great all-rounder. Whether you’re after a lively party holiday with your friends, a family-friendly resort that looks out onto the beach, or culture and food Corfu has bucket loads of options. Here's just a taster of what you can get up to. Explore ancient fortresses Back in medieval times, Corfu was protected from invasion by two fortresses. While it is no longer needed for practical purposes, The Old Fortress is a great example of Byzantine and the Venetian architecture and can be found on the east side of Corfu. In contract, The New Fortress was built by the Venetians in the 16th Century and was built when the original fortress could no longer adequately defend the city. Go for a night out in Kavos If you’re looking to let your hair down at a party, Kavos is the best place to visit. Not only is it famous for its unbeatable nightlife it is also home to sun-soaked beaches that are just as lively during the day. Slip on your hiking boots If you’re a keen hiker, you can set your sights on the Corfu Trail that will take you right across the island taking roughly 10 days to complete. It’s a very rugged path and is recommended for experienced hikers only but it will take you past rich lagoons and impressive peaks. Grab your snorkels Corfu has one of the best snorkelling and scuba diving reputations in Greece. The northeast coast is amongst the hotspots and (on a clear day) visibility can reach 25-30 metres while water temperatures can reach 24°. The sea cave Hole of Ha near Paleokastrítsa beach is considered a must-visit area for divers because of the brightly coloured sea stars that are commonly found in other waters. Splash at Aqualand Water Park Located in the centre of the island is Corfu’s resident water park – that also just happens to be home to Europe’s largest wave pool. The park is split into three areas: the children’s area, Family area and adrenaline area ensuring that everyone is set to have a good time. What's your favourite place to visit in Corfu?