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4 Days Cooking and Wine Tasting Holiday in Albufeira, Portugal

Epic Sana Algarve Hotel, Aldeia da Falésia, 8200-593 Albufeira, Portugal

Taste of Portugal Culinary Holiday

Epic Sana Algarve Hotel invites you to this wonderful culinary holiday! Specially created for those seeking out new flavors, ingredients, and creative experiences. Embrace on a journey inspired by the excellence of Portuguese cuisine. A luxury experience in a glorious space by the seaside. Float with pleasure without taking your feet off the coast of the Algarve with cooking classes, a tasting menu at Alquimia (fine dining restaurant) with wine pairing, and a Portuguese wine and cheese pairing experience.

Meet the instructors

Luís
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Highlights

  • Portuguese wine and cheese pairing
  • Wine and tapas of Algarve in the room at arrival
  • Degustation dinner at Al Quimia restaurant (wine pairing included)
  • "Cataplana" masterclass and lunch paired with wine and beverages
  • Access to the fitness and spa facilities
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast

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3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Car rental
  • Child care
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot

During this holiday, you will stay either in a shared or a double room. The hotel has 162 rooms, 24 garden suites, and 43 resort suites. All rooms and suites have a modern design complemented by contemporary facilities and state of the art technology. These elegant and contemporary rooms located at the hotel building cover an area of 32 square meters.

Each room is furnished with luxurious twin or king size beds, a sitting area, a bathroom with bathtub and a separate rain shower, and a private deck terrace. The rooms also have a flat-screen television, and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

The rooms also boast cable programming with video on demand, an integrated sound system with the possibility of connecting a MP3 player via cable or Bluetooth, a direct-dial phone with voicemail, air conditioning, a minibar, a Nespresso coffee machine, a safe suitable for a laptop equipped with a power outlet, a hairdryer and magnifying mirror, bathrobes and slippers, an iron, and private check-in and turndown service.

The extensive Sayanna Wellness (spa and fitness center), has five outdoor swimming pools (two for children) and an indoor swimming pool, kid's club, a baby center, a sports complex, three restaurants (one seasonal), two bars, and snack bars next to the swimming pools.

Program

During this holiday, you will have the opportunity to enjoy different gastronomic experiences. You will have the opportunity to experience a special degustation dinner at the award winning Al Quimia restaurant, you will also delight yourself with special tasting of selected Portuguese wines and cheese, and a traditional "cataplana" masterclass with a chef followed by lunch paired with the sommelier selection of wine and beverages.

You will also have free access to the spa facilities and to the Epic vital group activities.

Please note this package is available from 1st March 2020 to 31st October 2020. Al Quimia restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday and access is reserved to adults only. Reservation required. The hotel has the right to cancel and / or change this package without prior notice.

Instructors

Luís Mourão

Location

This holiday will be held at Epic Sana Algarve Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal. With a privileged location overlooking the Falésia beach (Albufeira), cool and chic accommodation, seamless personalized service, and excellent quality food, the award-winning hotel offers a perfect healthy escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The prime location where the green of the pine trees merges the blue of the Atlantic Ocean coupled with an outstanding service makes this place a true oasis of peace. Offering elegant and contemporary accommodation options, direct access to the beach, vibrant atmosphere, heartfelt hospitality, exquisite cuisine, an extensive spa, the Epic Sana is the perfect setting for unique moments leisure and unforgettable gastronomic experiences.

Albufeira

Albufeira is a Portuguese city located in the district of Faro. It is the main city in a municipality with approximately 140 square kilometers divided into four civil parishes, Albufeira and Olhos de Água, Guia, Ferreiras, and Paderne. The municipality is bordered to the west and northwest by Silves, northeast and east by Loulé, and to the south by a wide coastline along the Atlantic Ocean.

The name Albufeira came from the Arab word “al-Buħaira”, which means a lake or lagoon that communicates with the sea. The Arab period left its mark in the city and today it may be perceived in its narrow streets, the old castle, and the whitewashed houses with their terraces and arches. The Roman colonization of the current area of the municipality dates back to 2,000 before Christ, where the name “Baltum” originated from. Later, in 716, the Arabs named it “Albuar” or “Albuhera”.

Distances

  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 33 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace

Services

  • Car rental
  • Child care
  • Conference room
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room dining
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot

Food

During this holiday, you will enjoy one daily delicious breakfast along with a marvelous degustation dinner at Al Quimia restaurant, where you may also enjoy other meal services for an additional cost.

Degustation dinner at Al Quimia

During this degustation, you will experience a set menu with select wines at the award-winning Al Quimia Restaurant. The restaurant offers a unique space from a privileged view over the resort to the spacious terrace and to the irreproachable gastronomic offer. This is an intimate space with a discreet service suitable for special moments. The modern and creative menus are created seasonally by Chef Luís Mourão using the freshest and best Portuguese produce.

The results are dishes that will make you embark on a journey to the flavors of Portuguese cuisine. The best Portuguese wines promise to improve your dining experience. Al Quimia won the “Luxury Hotel Restaurant” award by World Luxury Awards and it was considered “Best Restaurant of Portugal” by the Expresso Newspaper Guide Boa Cama, Boa Mesa.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Algarve shopping

Ideal for urban leisure time and for shopping, the shopping center situated in Guia works partially in the open so you can enjoy the good Algarve weather. There, you can find a vast restaurant area and a great variety of shops. The shopping center also features movie theaters, a supermarket, and a pharmacy.

Visit Paderne Castle

The Paderne Castle is a small rural fortification founded by the Almohads during the second half of the 12th century. This is one of the seven castles represented on the Portuguese flag. Its reddish hue ruins are one of the most significant examples of Muslim military architecture in the Iberian Peninsula, standing out in the landscape as a notice of arrival to the Algarve for those who reach Via do Infante.

Visit the Albufeira Archaeology Museum

The Municipal Archaeological Museum opened to the public on 20 August 1999. The museum consists of two floors in an area of great tourist inflow, housed the City Council until the late 1980’s. It was later recovered and rehabilitated to accommodate the museum by integrating the existing archaeological heritage.

Visit the Albufeira beach viewpoint

The Albufeira beach viewpoint offers a view overlooking the ocean and the adjacent beaches. For a more detailed view, the viewpoint has a monocle available.

Visit the beaches

The Algarve has close to 200 kilometers of coastline at your disposal. Cliffs, extensive sandy beaches, deserted beaches, some of them awarded, others less known. The Algarve coastline starts at the Natural Park of Costa Vicentina and stretches all the way to Vila Real de Santo António, on the other end. Its tourist diversity of great natural and historic beauty enchants both foreigners and Portuguese citizens alike.

Visit the downtown

The area of the Algarve with greater tourist activity is known for its downtown or "old town", and more specifically for the famous Pescadores beach. This old fishing town is nowadays one of the favorite places.

During the day, you can enjoy its coastal beaches and cliffs whose sea related infrastructure, leisure, and sports activities will not be missing. As for the nightlife, the countless restaurants in this area offer a great choice followed by the famous “bar street” where entertainment is always guaranteed.

Visit Zoomarine

Zoomarine is a water theme park located in the municipality of Guia. Considered by many as the best family theme park in the Algarve, it has several tourist attractions. It also has a shark aquarium, natural animal habitats, a 4D movie theater, and several leisure, entertainment, and environmental education activities.

Other activities

During your free time, you may discover the Cape S. Vicente and its fortress in Sagres, experience the nightlife of Albufeira, go for a boat ride along Carvoeiro and Lagos and appreciate the great natural beauty of the beaches, caves, and rock formations, visit the Vilamoura Marina and casino, practice golf in the best greens of the country, or hike through Monchique mountain and the South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park.

Spa treatments

During this special holiday, you will have access to the spa facilities (indoor heated pool, gym, spa relaxation pool, sauna, Turkish bath).

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast at Abyad Restaurant
  • Wine & Tapas of Algarve in the room upon arrival
  • 1 degustation dinner at the Al Quimia restaurant with wine pairing
  • Traditional "Cataplana" masterclass with our chef, followed by lunch paired with our sommelier selection of wine and beverages
  • Portuguese wine and cheese pairing
  • Free access to Epic vital group activities (yoga, cycling, Epic circuit, stretching, running, functional, circuit, TRX)
  • Free access to the spa facilities (indoor heated pool, gym, spa relaxation pool, sauna and turkish bath)

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional spa services
  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation
  • Daily lunch and dinner

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Lagos to Portimão

  • Follow the N125 national road towards Albufeira and Ferreiras.
  • Turn right at the traffic lights onto Rua da Praia.
  • At the first roundabout go straight ahead and at the second roundabout, turn left.
  • Continue on the road until you reach a T-junction where you will turn left.
  • Follow the signs "EPIC SANA" and "Praia da Falésia".

Driving directions from Porto to Lisbon

  • On the A2 motorway (connecting Lisbon to the Algarve), take the exit 15 towards Lagos, Portimão, and Albufeira.
  • Take the A22 motorway and follow the A22 motorway until exit 9 for Albufeira and Guia onto the N395 national road.
  • Follow the signs "EPIC SANA" and "Praia da Falésia”.

Driving directions from Spain to Faro

  • On the A22 motorway, follow towards west and north to Lisbon.
  • Take the exit number two for Poço de Boliqueime.
  • Turn left at the first traffic lights onto the N125 national road and follow towards Faro.
  • Continue on N125 until the end of Vila de Maritenda and after 800 meters turn right to Albufeira.
  • Follow the signs "EPIC SANA" and "Praia da Falésia".

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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4 days / 3 nights
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High season
  • July 16 - August 31
Peak season
  • July 1-15
  • September 1-15
Off-peak season
  • April
  • May
  • October
Midseason
  • June 
  • September 16-30
Low season
  • November 1 -  March 31
Solo travelers

This holiday can accommodate solo travelers.

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