We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Cooking Lessons In Vamos

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Vamos, Apokoronas, Crete 73008, Greece
Phone Number:
+30 2825 022190

If you are interested in Cretan cuisine, Greek food, or you are just crazy...

If you are interested in Cretan cuisine, Greek food, or you are just crazy about cooking, we invite you to join our traditional cooking lessons.You cook, taste and enjoy local recipes and prepare delicious dishes with the guidance and assistance of our professional cook Mrs. Koula.All dishes are made of genuine, pure Cretan products such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine, etc. and of course all the ingredients are fresh and local. Combine your visit to Crete with a journey through the Cretan Cuisine!

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 151 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 132
  • 4
    Very good
  • 0
  • 0
  • 1
Good company, good food, great time had by all

We booked this cooking course while in Crete for Easter. A group of 10 in total from Ireland, England, USA, Germany, Greece. 5 hours of good conversation, sharing experiences... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Terri C
Cork, Ireland
Add Photo Write a Review

151 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 137: English reviews
Cork, Ireland
Level Contributor
83 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked this cooking course while in Crete for Easter. A group of 10 in total from Ireland, England, USA, Germany, Greece. 5 hours of good conversation, sharing experiences, drinking wine and preparing dinner under the watchful eye of Mrs Koula. Mrs Koula is a very interesting host with excellent English and a lovely way about her. Would definitely recommend... More 

Thank Terri C
Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Our family of 4 attended Mrs Koula's cooking lesson as we are all passionate about Greek food and in particular the Cretan cuisine. Mrs Koula is a great teacher and the experience was truly amazing. We prepared several dishes under Koula's instructions. This was a hands on lesson and part of the beautiful experience of sharing a kitchen and putting... More 

Thank dianamanna
Jerusalem, Israel
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 April 2017

We visited Chania this winter and spent a lovely afternoon with Koula learning to cook Cretan dishes. We came with two of our children, ages 21 and 11 and the four of us felt very comfortable in Koula's kitchen. We all participated in cooking while enjoying conversation with Koula, learning a lot about food an life in Crete. We then... More 

Thank spharim
Level Contributor
1 review
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Koula Barydakis is not only a well known cookbook author and Greek chef, but she is also an incredible teacher. The day begins with an intro to the diet of Crete and the Mediterranean (including the delicious wild picked herbs). Then the cooking begins. My wife and I helped as we learned how to make zucchini fritters, lamb with the... More 

Thank Bill B
Cary, North Carolina
Level Contributor
225 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Mrs Koula is very good with her teaching techniques and english is excellent from living in Canada for close to 20 years. She selected an excellent menu, but there was a lot of food for just four of us students. Didn't apply to us but she can do vegetarian meals, if required. Our menu had lamb with beans in tomato... More 

Thank Joe F
Level Contributor
23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Listen, I'm not really into cooking. I'm pretty much salad and dessert girl. But my two friends were and I'm glad we did this. The location is so beautiful, especially as the night progresses and Chef Koula Barydakis is an amazing woman with a wonderful life story. We were also blessed that we shared the lesson with a wonderful extended... More 

Thank Buffyjunkie
Arcachon, France
Level Contributor
19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

These cooking lessons looked fabulous on TripAdvisor and I really wanted to go there but after several phone calls, even messages without reply I decided to drive there - Vamos is a lovely little town up in the mountains - and see what was available. The reception at the ´Tourist Office' was far from friendly, even very rude, first time... More 

Thank dorinegevel
VamosVillage, Manager at Cooking Lessons In Vamos, responded to this review

We would like to thank dorinegevel for taking the time to write a review. There was only ONE phone call and ONE voice message in our answering machine at 09:04 on that Monday morning. Our office opens at 10:00 and from that hour until mrs dorinegevel came by the office (at around 11:00) the reception was very busy with checking... More 

Delft, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Often when traveling we try to take a cooking class. It’s a great experience and a souvenir that broadens your recipe repertoire back home while reminding your of your holiday every time you cook what you learnt. Crete, as a major tourist destination that is also especially renowned for excellent food has plenty of cooking class options. From the truck-load... More 

Thank Torybelle
Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
Reviewed 21 October 2016

We had a wonderful time in the cooking class. In fact, it was our favorite part of the trip to Greece. The food was spectacular and the experience in cooking with a native Cretan was priceless. If we come back to Crete, this would definitely be on our list again!

Thank glennabajian
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

What a lovely experience we had. Koula is warm, efficient and calm and manages to get everyone to participate. The location was charming and felt authentic and the food was delicious. I have been making the recipes ever since I got back. Highly recommend this lovely lady.

Thank slb55

Travellers who viewed Cooking Lessons In Vamos also viewed

Chania Town, Chania Prefecture
Chania Town, Chania Prefecture

Been to Cooking Lessons In Vamos? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cooking Lessons In Vamos and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Cooking Lessons In Vamos staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?