CHEESE COMES FROM THE MOUNTAIN! A delicious experience in the world of shepherds and in the most significant livestock zone of Crete

A close encounter with one of the most famous livestock products of the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean, through a unique tour with a shepherd and an experienced guide. The travellers of PETASSOS will walk to easy paths that pass through pastures where livestock is practised nowadays and will enjoy a full tasting experience based on dairy products. A light lunch in nature and an early dinner are also included, to make this day a complete gastronomic experience.


  • In the weekdays, the programme starts at the Information Center of the Psiloritis Natural Park - Geopark of Unesco, about which there will be a small presentation. In the weekends the starting and meeting point will be a traditional taverna at village of Anogia.
  • Brief presentation of the cheese production in Crete. 
  • Visit at a typical shepherd's hut (mitato) in the heart of Psiloritis mountains and participation in the various stages of cheese making.
  • Light lunch in nature and tasting of different types of cheese.
  • A short walk in the pasture in the mountains of Psiloritis.
  • Back to the village and early dinner in a traditional tavern.
  • Depending on time availability and the desires of the participants, we will have the possibility for a couple of extra visits to:

- the most significant livestock zone of Crete, the plateau of Nida.

- the world renown archaeological cave of Zeus  on the plateau of Nida.

- the surprising archaeological collection of the ancient settlement of Zominthos.


The price includes:

  • Experienced guide
  • A local shepherd will be present for the preparation of cheese
  • Thematic booklet
  • Light lunch in nature
  • Early dinner in a traditional tavern
  • Water (1 lt)
  • Third Party Liability
  • Taxes


The price does not include:

  • Transport from/to your accommodation (upon request)
  • Personal Accident Insurance (upon request)
  • Beverages and drinks
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Anything not mentioned above


* This trip is a private excursion.
* If you choose the the trekking routes: Children can participate from the age of 12, given they have a relative trekking experience.
* Necessary personal equipment: Sunscreen oil, Hat, Sunglasses │ Walking or trekking shoes│ Small rucksack with your personal items │Walking poles (available upon request, depending on availability)
* (!) Please inform us of any dietary needs/particularities you might have (allergies, intolerances) or other health issues we have to take into consideration.
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Duration: Up to 8 hours
Dates: From April to end of November
Note: Upon request, with at least 3 days’ notice.
Location: In the heart of the Natural Park of Psiloritis / Geopark of Unesco
Difficulty: None
Languages: English
Note: For other languages, it is possible to have an interpreter, with a supplement.
Cost: Upon request




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