Join us for a 6-hour guided tour of the olive groves and a cooking class.
Relax and enjoy nature at its finest at a traditional country retreat and get ready to be steeped in the local culinary tradition of Messinia!
You’ll visit a retreat in a beautiful coastal village located in Messinia, 65 km (40 mi) from Kalamata.
Surrounded by olive groves, it is the ideal place to enjoy nature at its finest. The retreat offers something for everyone, from a playground for children to yoga and massage for adults!
Cooking Class Tour
Part 1: Warm Welcome by Marina
Marina, the owner of the estate, will welcome us with homemade koulourakia (traditional Greek cookies) and lemonade.
Part 2: Walking Tour of the Olive Groves
You’ll set off on a walking tour of the estate’s olive groves, accompanied by Marina. She’ll tell you all about the concept behind the retreat, the history and gastronomy of the area, and her efforts to preserve the local culinary tradition. On this last point, she works closely with the Women’s Association of Marathopoli and they recently published a book with local recipes.
Part 3: Cooking Class
Guided by Christina, a local cook, and Marina, you’ll learn how to cook seasonal Messinian recipes and local delicacies, just like mama used to make. They’ll reveal to you the secrets of the local gastronomy and their recipes, from making your own filo pastry to preparing seasonal salads, local appetizers and main meals.
The dessert is also homemade.
Part 4: Full Lunch
You’ll enjoy a traditional feast with everything you made during the cooking class. Local drinks and wine are also included.
$144 per guest
Any day · 09:00 a.m - 15:00 p.m.
• The Cooking Class Tour is available from 1 April to 31 October, Monday to Saturday excluding
Sundays, Wednesdays and official holidays.
• Suggested starting time: 09:00 a.m. - Duration: 6 hours.
• Min. of guests: 5
• Languages: English & Greek.
• Wheelchair accessible 100%.
• Family friendly.
• Tips & graduities: optional
• Notify us of any special dietary needs (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, pescaterian, flexitarian etc.)
• Notify us of any allergies (e.g. allergies to food, allergies to bees etc.)
• The dishes can be adjusted to your dietary needs and preferences.
• Inform us if you are less than 5 or more than 20 participants, e.g. couples, families, friends, so as to
request a price.
If you do not have your own vehicle, you can meet us in Kalamata and join the tour in our vehicle, at an extra charge.
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Mezedes & local delicacies depending on the season!
Greek Messinian delicacies such as, lalangia (fritters made from fried dough and topped with honey or cheese), kalamata olives, sfela cheese, chorta (assorted greens), sygklino or pasto (Cured pork smoked over herbs, boiled in orange juice, with cloves, orange peel and spices), kagianas – Omelette cooked with fresh tomato and sygklino or traditional sausage...
Combined with Greek mezedes, like keftedakia (carefully kneaded minced beef balls), tzatziki (garlic dip with yogurt), tyrokroketes (cheese balls), saganaki (fried feta cheese tossed in flour) and the list goes on...
Our main dishes are also based on traditional Greek recipes and always cooked with seasonal ingredients.
Some typical local dishes can be:
Gournopoula – Oven-baked pork, roasted with coarse salt, pepper and oregano.
Bardouniotikos kokkoras with hilopites – Rooster cooked in red sauce and served with hilopites and myzithra cheese.
Pork with celery – Cooked in a pot and topped with egg-lemon sauce (a winter recipe).
Fasolia mavromatika – Black-eyed peas in spinach and tomato sauce.
Trahana soup or trahana with sfela – Traditional fermented milk pasta served as a soup with sfela cheese. and so many more choices...!
Local cheeses like feta cheese, or graviera (gruyere), or saganaki, or sfela (local cheese).
Handmade Greek pies (pites in Greek), such as tyropita (cheese pie), or spanakopita (spinach pie), or kolokithopita (courgette or pumkin pie).
Local desserts such as galopita – Traditional pie without pastry, made with milk, eggs, sugar and semolina.
Diples – Fried thin sheet-like dough, topped with honey and walnuts.
Spoon sweets – Known as glyka tou koutaliou, they are made from fresh seasonal fruit.
Halva simigdali – Traditional pudding-like dessert made with semolina and sweetened with syrup.
Local wines, tsai tou vounou (tea from Mt Taygetos), homemade lemonade, Greek coffee, soft drinks.