What I Ate in Greece

For “What I Ate Wednesday,” I wanted to give you an idea of the food I enjoyed during my vacation in Greece. I loved the food — plenty of ripe, luscious fruits, lots of salads with vividly red tomatoes and olive oil, a great variety of seafood, grilled meats, and spreads…

Restaurant sign on Santorini

About half of my vacation was spent sailing and sleeping on a yacht as we traveled to islands as part of a small group tour. The other half of the vacation was spent on land — Athens when we arrived and Santorini at the end of our trip.


The joke is that the national breakfast of Greece is coffee and a cigarette. It was true that breakfast was not emphasized. Bread and jam or a pastry were typical. On the boat, we had a simple breakfast from the kitty of fruit and yogurt and sometimes a hard boiled egg. My first cup of strong, unfiltered Greek coffee surprised me when I saw the thick sludge in the bottom of my cup. I grew to love it though.

Greek coffee

Breakfast in Greece

Fruit smoothie


One delicious light lunch I had was a traditional Greek yogurt with orange honey and muesli. We also loved picking up a quick gyro with pork, tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, and  onions on a freshly grilled pita. They stuck French fries right in there too. We also had a few simple lunches of fruit and a sandwich from the kitty on the boat.

Greek yogurt



I picked up the sweetest, most perfectly ripe peach I ever had in my life at a mini-market.

Eat a peach

We saw a pistachio orchard on the island of Aegina, and then snacked on pistachios on the boat. We also got cashews and pastries from street vendors.

Pistachios, a snack on the boat

A street vendor


Breakfasts were light and late. Lunches were light and late, too. Dinners, after a “siesta” during the heat of the day, are typically very late in Greece. They would usually begin with a Greek salad and other starters to share and end with fresh fruit. I loved eating outside for almost every meal. When we were part of the group, we would often begin a long, leisurely dinner after 9 p.m. and not be heading back to the boat until close to midnight. The harbor would come alive late at night, with people strolling the streets or lingering in tavernas and little kids riding their bikes in the wee hours.

Greek salad

Marinated anchovies

Fried “little fishes”

Seafood sampler (for two)

Lamb Souvlaki

It was easy to eat meatless for several days as there were a wide variety of salads and vegetarian dishes available.

A special dinner that we had was when the skipper arranged for a meal of two big fish that were caught that day to be prepared for the group. On several of the islands, we saw boats coming in with their catch to sell to restaurant owners for that day’s menu.

Big fish

A fisherman selling a scorpion fish

Dinner on the beach

Meals were quite expensive in Greece. After the splurging on the dinners we had with the group, we turned to quick, cheap gyros (usually about $3 each) for our dinners during the end of our vacation. I never got tired of them.

Shaving pork for gyros

We made sure to save some room for gelato a few times too.

Bitter Chocolate and Nutella Gelato

So many choices

What are your favorite things to eat on vacation?

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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14 Responses to What I Ate in Greece

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  2. All I can say is wow…. wow to all of this food, the photography skills in action, the views, just everything! I am so glad you shared this!
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  3. Marcy says:

    Thanks, Tessa! It was so good.
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  4. Jessica says:

    Greek food is my favourite cuisine. You can feel the wholesome goodness in every bite. Just mmmm. Beautiful, beautiful backdrop to it all. Such an idyllic country! Hope you are having a wonderful time.

  5. I love gelato! *drool* I bet those gyros were amazing!! Yummy!
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  6. Marlene says:

    They must live for hundred years on average with all those fish and fruits and genuine food i see in the photos! For ice creams you need to visit Italy 😉 (even more to choose from and delicious!)
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  7. Rach says:

    Oh wow this all looks delicious!

  8. sammy says:

    Yum Marcy …. all the photos of the food are making me drool …. mmmmmm feta.
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  9. Jamie says:

    Oh my gosh, that food looks Goooooooood!!! And that scorpion fish is kinda beautiful!
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