WILD HERBS OF CRETE | area of Sitia A local agronomist-producer introduces us to the aromatic and healing wild herbs of Crete

The program includes a presentation by an English-speaking producer/agriculturalist on site (2 different herb gardens). During this visit you will have the opportunity to touch, feel and learn a lot about the various plants, and finally to taste dishes made with the herbs from the gardens in an idyllic place under a historic Venetian village (region of Sitia, eastern of Crete). With an light meal with products coming directly from the garden of the producers.


A brief introduction to the herbs of Crete:

Aromatic plants make part of an important tradition in Crete.

Cretan producers of spices today offer the market a multitude of aromatic herbs, such as oregano (Origanum onites), basil (Ocimum basilicum L.), linden (Tilia cordate mill.), Marjoram (origanum majorana), thyme (thymus sibthorpii benth.), mint (mentha), rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis), laurel (laurus nobilis L.), chamomile (matricaria chamomilla L.), sage (salvia officinalis) etc. All of them have always been used since the ancient times as medicinal plants and many are mentioned in the texts of ancient authors who attribute to them exceptional therapeutic properties. Several of these remarkable Cretan plants (including dittany) grow on the steep mountains of the island and are picked by experienced herbalists and then dried in natural conditions. They are then taken to the modern facilities of local firms, where they are packaged without any use of chemicals or other treatment.

It is now easy to find these plants. You can drink them as infusions or use them to flavor your dishes made according to the recipes of the Cretan diet. Current units with the latest technology ensure that they retain their natural flavor and all their therapeutic properties


Objectives of the program 

  • Provide visitors with basic knowledge about the wild herbs of Crete.
  • Observe those plants in the micro-environment they grow (habitat) and start distinguishing them according to their specific characteristics.
  • Become sensitized to the issue of nature’s protection within the framework of sustainability.
  • Get acquainted with the historical and traditional way of using wild herbs for healing purposes.
  • Learning how they are used in the kitchen.



  • Driving to the meeting point with your guide.
  • Walking around the fields of the plateau with the a young english-speaking agriculturalist and discussion on the characteristics of those wild herbs of Crete that are used in the local cuisine, but also in medicine.
  • Presentation of the herbs and participation in small works like the drying procedure, the collection or their use in the kitchen (depending on the time).
  • Lunch in nature


The price includes:

  • Experienced agricuralist / producer
  • Thematic booklet
  • Lunch in nature
  • Water (1 lt)
  • Third Party Liability
  • Taxes


The price does not include:

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


* This trip is a private excursion
* Necessary personal equipment: Sunscreen oil, Hat, Sunglasses │ Shoes for walking
* (!) 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 6 hours
Dates: From April to October
Note: With at least 3 days’ notice
Location: East of Crete
Difficulty: Upon request
Languages: English
Note: For other languages, it is possible to have an interpreter, with a supplement.
Cost: Upon request




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