Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries Network


Founded in 1997 by Nikki Rose, Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries (CCS) is an award-winning eco-agritourism network. We organize seminars to celebrate and help protect our cultural and natural heritage. We share our heritage through the window of traditional, healthy cuisine and sustainable organic farming practices. Seminars are conducted in the field — rural communities, organic farms, natural areas and historic sites.

CCS collaborates with over 40 small businesses, ecologists, community-based tourism managers, organic farmers, historians, and individuals working to protect their heritage. We implement projects that help provide tangible benefits and green jobs to communities facing challenges from unsustainable tourism and development. CCS Seminar attendees have an opportunity to discover sustainable living practices that can enrich their lives, while supporting programs that help protect Crete’s heritage.

CCS organizes small group seminars celebrating and helping to protect our cultural and natural heritage. Attendees have a rare opportunity to learn about Crete’s fascinating history, botany, nature and cuisine with residents specializing in a wide range of fields. CCS is an award-winning program for best practices in responsible travel, featured in National Geographic and many other media outlets.

We are able to offer a 10% discount to Tourism Concern Members.

Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries is a grassroots Network of over 40 community members/residents of Crete, individually and collectively working on action programs to protect and celebrate their cultural-natural heritage. 

CCS Seminar Attendees stay in locally-owned accommodation, dine in locally-owned establishments, visit locally-owned artisan food production facilities, and attend on-site classes presented by a range of teachers from interrelated fields of archaeology, botany, conservation, culinary arts, sustainable food production/harvesting. Each attendee spends an average of 1,200 Euro (leaves that amount in communities via CCS seminar fees) during a 7-day seminar to participate in the above activities. 

CCS seminars include botanical hikes, visits to sustainable organic farms, presentations by conservationists/agroecologists, visits with small-scale fishers, accommodation in ecoldges. Via these activities, seminar attendees learn about conservation efforts on many levels; and also become more aware of the fragility of our cultural-natural heritage. 



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