Northern Greece. Travelling on the roads of wine and gastronomy
A journey through the fertile lands of Macedonia keeps many surprises for the traveler.
In this region, that connects Europe and the East, people learned to live with cultural but also culinary exchanges.
Today, the Macedonian cuisine looks like a colorful mosaic which combines elements of Slavic and Bulgarian cooking with spices and aromas of Turkey and the Black Sea. The wine, which cannot miss from any gourmet paradise, is coming from the rich vineyards that abound throughout Macedonia.
The journey that we propose starts from western Macedonia. In the village of Krania, located just outside the town of Grevena, the guesthouse La Moara is a romantic and gastronomic stop in the middle of a mountainous landscape of incomparable beauty. In the restaurant, except for breakfast consisting of homemade recipes and local products, you can enjoy meals dominated by recipes with venison and mushrooms.
Next stop is the village of Sklithro and stay in the guesthouse To Agonari where you can taste the Macedonian delights in the tavern Thomas. All recipes are prepared with pure ingredients from local producers, while many of them are specialties with snails and ostrich. Do not miss tasting "bougiournti", a typical Macedonian delicacy (feta cheese
baked in the oven with fresh tomato and chili pepper).
Very close to Sklithro, you will find the village of Xino Nero and the guesthouse Kontosoros.
Its restaurant offers traditional cuisine with fusion influences and a wine cellar with more than 200 labels.
The fresh ingredients are grown in the owner’s garden.
Taste risotto with three kinds of mushrooms (which are collected carefully from the surrounding forests), "taltsenes", special dish with peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, olive oil and garlic, and a dessert with wild fig, ricotta and honey.
Leaving behind the capital of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, take the road to Halkidiki. At about 70 km you will find the village of Vrastama and, at its central square, the guesthouse Viraggas.
The restaurant of the guesthouse is in a separate building and serves dishes that add a different touch to the Macedonian cuisine.
Try the local raki, traditional pies, homemade jams and ask to add “kerasodomatakia”
from the biological production of the guesthouse to your salads.