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Culinary Vacations in Portugal

Portugal is certainly one of the best places on earth to find the most incredible flavors and, during this holiday, not only will you taste them, you will also have the opportunity to learn how to prepare them and take that knowledge back home. Combine the natural beauty of the Atlantic Ocean with delicious dishes and glasses of wines that will delight your taste buds, as well as multiple opportunities for relaxation, and create the perfect recipe for an unforgettable trip.


  • Cataplana local fish stew cooking lesson
  • A 4 wines wine tasting with tapas in the wine cellar
  • Tasting dinner at the two Michelin-starred restaurant Ocean
  • Taste a variety of casual and gourmet cuisines
  • Access to the health club and spa services
  • 3 nights accommodation


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During this holiday, you will be staying in VILA VITA PARC Resort and Spa. If you are a sea lover and at the same time a traveler with the highest service expectations from a five-star resort, VILA VITA PARC Resort and Spa is definitely one of the best choices you can make in Portugal.

Each one of the 54 acres is worth the visit with all its subtropical gardens facing that amazing coastline, without mentioning those exquisite accommodation options that go from rooms and suites to villas with terraces and ocean panoramas.

Features and services

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Beach shuttle
  • Business corner
  • Catering services
  • Guest service center
  • Heated towel rack
  • Heating
  • Interactive TV
  • Limousine service
  • Pillow menu
  • Playground
  • Radio-CD player and alarm clock
  • Satellite TV


During this holiday, you will have the opportunity to try the best of Portugal's cuisine, while trying a variety of casual and gourmet dishes, complemented by Portugal’s best wine cellar. You will be invited for a gourmet tasting dinner for two at the two Michelin-starred restaurant Ocean, take part in a 4 wines wine tasting with tapas in the wine cellar, and enjoy a unique Cataplana cooking lesson, where you will learn how to prepare a local fish stew, followed by lunch and selected beverages. During your free time, you will have the chance to use the health club and the VILA VITA Vital Spa's services, which will allow you to have a moment of full relaxation.


If you are looking for some fun in the sun, Algarve is most definitely the region for you. With 200 kilometres of thin, white sand and good weather throughout most of the year, it is the perfect spot for beach holidays. Its architecture has a pronounced Moor legacy, even when it comes to place names.

Faro, the capital of the region, is a harbor around which the city was built, at the edge of a lagoon. You may visit the Maritime Museum, and the 13th century Cathedral in the city center. Boat rides in the Ria Formosa are quite famous among tourists.

Albufeira has many holiday resorts and Rua da Moura, also known as Moura Street, is famous for its bars. Vilamoura and Portimão are the cities you will want to visit if you enjoy going out at night. During the summer, these two come to life after the sun goes down and if you are young and want to have fun with your friends, these are the obvious choices. They also have marinas, streamed with bars from which you can see the sea.

Monchique’s natural spa and its hot healing waters are perfect for relaxation holidays, whereas Silves is perfect for historical vacations, since you can visit the Archaeological Museum and the 13th century Cathedral.

If you are looking for calm, quiet family holidays, then Cabanas de Tavira is the place for you. If you enjoy boat-riding, you will love crossing the Ria Formosa to go to the beach.



  • Cooking classes
  • Fitness center
  • Golf course
  • Gym
  • Health club
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Volleyball court
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Dining area
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Mini bar
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace


  • Baby sitting
  • Car rental nearby
  • Child care
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair salon
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Room cleaning


There are many options available when it comes to food in Portugal. Its fish and shellfish quality has brought tourists from all around the world to this sea haven and the fresh fruits of the season are something you must not forget to try. During this holiday, you may try stuffed squid cooked in an onion and tomato sauce with rice; grilled sardines, a traditional summer dish in the country; and gaspacho, a cold summer soup with tomato, cucumber, garlic, sweet peppers, and olive oil. Among the most favored dishes is the cataplana de marisco, fish steamed in its juices in a wok. Every morning, a buffet breakfast will be served at the restaurant or, if you prefer, you can have a continental breakfast served in your room.

Things to do (optional)

Top attractions

  • 15th century cathedral, Silves
  • Archaeological museum, Silves
  • Cape of São Vicente, Sagres
  • Castle ruins, Castro Marim
  • Church of Santo António, Lagos Old town, Faro
  • Nature reserve, Ria Formosa
  • Roman ruins, Estoi
  • Romanesque chapel of São Lourenço, Almancil
  • Thermal spa centre, Monchique

Yearly events and festivities

  • Festival Med, Loulé - June
  • FIESA The International Sand Sculptures Festival, Pêra - May to October
  • Kitesurf World Championships, Portimão - July
  • Ladies Open de Portugal - June
  • Loulé International Jazz Festival - July
  • Medieval Days in Castro Marim - August
  • Nation’s Cup Golf - September
  • Nights of the Enchanted Moor, Cacela-Velha - July
  • Portimão Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix - September
  • Portugal Masters, Vilamoura - October
  • Portugal Super bikes Grand Prix, Portimão - October,November
  • Powerboat P1 World Championship, Portimão - September
  • Silves Medieval Fair - August
  • Super Bock Surf Fest, Sagres - August
  • Trophy of Portugal - TP / 52 Audi Med Cup, Portimão - September
  • Vale de Lobo Grand Champions, Almancil - August

Spa treatments

During this holiday, you will have free access to the hotel's health club, which includes indoor and outdoor heated pools, Jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, ice-grotto, and fitness room. You will also be able to enjoy VILA VITA Vital Spa's services, which include Jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, and tepidarium.

What's included

  • 1 Cataplana cooking lesson, including lunch and selected beverages
  • 1 gourmet tasting dinner for two at the two Michelin-starred restaurant Ocean
  • 1 wine tasting of 4 wines with tapas in the wine cellar
  • 2 three-course half-board dinners in Adega, Bela Vita, Whale, or Biergarten
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Free use of the health club
  • Free use of the VILA VITA Vital Spa's services
  • Taxes and service charges

What's not included

  • Additional beverages
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Transfers

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The closes airport is Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request, at a supplement.

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