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From the time of your arrival to the time of your departure you will enjoy the comfort and peacefulness of your villa accommodation in the grounds of Finca Alta Cocina in the heart of the stunning countryside of Andalucia in Southern Spain. Enjoy the superb scenery and amazing food of Chef Eva. Quality and style are the hallmark of Finca Alta Cocina. Cook in style and bask in the wonders this amazing region has to offer.
In the Fincas six-acre grounds, there is a delightful villa Villa Madreselva (which means Honeysuckle). In this villa, you have the wonderful opportunity to drop out and escape from the stresses of modern living, a chance to slow down and discover the art of really taking it nice and easy. Villa Madreselva is in an undiscovered part of Spain, tucked away in the countryside near Algodonales. It is in a totally unspoilt, picturesque area amid hills and nature parks.
The villa is equipped with four double bedrooms, a guest lounge with full English HD TV programs, a roof terrace, a 12 x 6-meter pool and two pergolas. You can choose a room with a double bed or twin beds. All rooms have good views and all are en suite. There is a large comfortable lounge and a state of the art American-style kitchen. This is where cookery-break guests stay.
For any partners and friends who want to visit Finca Alta Cocina and enjoy the facilities and this beautiful region without taking part in the cookery lessons, you are welcome to this 5 days holiday with all meals with wine.
I'm Eva, a professional chef, who loves food and drink. I live in Agodonales in Andalucia, Spain, and run cooking holidays from my Finca.
This pueblo blanco has a big, attractive square in the centre. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops in the town, with a population of more than 5,000. In the morning rush-hour (sorry, Spaniards never rush) in the morning dawdle from around 6 a.m. the workers park their cars and vans all over the centre of town and crush into the bars for breakfast - often just toast with garlic rubbed into it and olive oil drizzled over it, and coffee. It would take weeks to go on a bar crawl in the town.
There must be around 100 bars, sometimes three or more virtually next to each other. Some are just a front room of a home converted to a bar. There are mini shops like this too. One we discovered would be crowded with two customers in it. Many items are displayed, including fresh meat, chicken, and bread delivered daily. But most of the wide variety of stock is in a room tucked away behind where the elderly woman running the shop regularly disappears into for a while.
The world-famous La Serrania flamenco guitars are made in Algodonales by Valeriana Bernal. Producing a magical sound, they are beautifully crafted. There is also a pottery workshop where they create unusual Andalucian designs to order that make stylish inexpensive mementoes or gifts for friends. And the town has two fountains where you can bottle fresh running water from the mountains.
Regarded by many as the most beautiful of all the pueblos blancos in Spain, Ronda is perched in the hills between Seville and Malaga. Its dramatic setting, hanging high in the cliffs above a river splitting the town in two, has inspired poets and artists for generations. Its where Ernest Hemingway frequently stayed and he used it as the setting for his bestseller For Whom the Bell Tolls, about the Spanish Revolution.
Other famous devotees of Ronda include Orson Wells (theres a statue of him in the town and a road named after him), and Hollywood superstar Cary Grant. It has the countrys oldest bullring where concerts are sometimes held. Whether you are for or against bullfighting, the bullring is worth a tour. Enjoy a 30-minute scenic drive from Algodonales to this picturesque town and walk in Hemingways footsteps.
This beautiful white hill town is just a 15-minute drive away, and you can swim in its lake, hire canoes and kayaks and enjoy a drink and tapas in or outside the lakeside restaurant. The lake, which is an alluring turquoise in the sunshine, is massive a magnificent sight as you drive above it into the Grazalema mountains. The town of Zahara is very pretty with several restaurants one with great views to the lake below.
Extend your stay and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Each extra day’s bed and breakfast additional to the period of the course costs EUR 40 per person.
Algodonales is an ideal base for walking, cycling (we have bikes available), horse riding, paragliding and hot-air ballooning - for wildlife lovers and birdwatchers. The rare griffon vulture roosts on the Lijar mountain immediately behind Algodonales, named after Algodon (cotton), which grows in the area.
We have a stork living just opposite Finca Alta Cocina and we spot grey and black herons by the nearby River Guadalete. There are many different species of birds in the area including eagles, owls and cuckoos to name just a few. Artists and photographers will be in their element with all the beauty around them.
Algodonales is a mecca for paragliding and hang gliding, with four flying schools in the town. Often vultures fly alongside the pilots, who can be seen from Finca Alta Cocina, launching themselves off of a high mountain, often landing in a field next to the Finca.
If you have time to spend a day at the coast, Algodonales is about 90 minutes drive from the beautiful Costa de la Luz beaches of Cadiz and Sanlucar de Barrameda, and we are also within reach of Marbella on the Costa del Sol.
There is a vast acreage of outstanding natural parks in the area. One starts just down the road from Finca Alta Cocina. Algodonales is close to Sierra de Grazalema natural park, one of Spains most ecologically outstanding areas. The 127,000-acre park is famous for its spectacular rugged limestone landscape of cliffs, gullies and gorges.
The most impressive gorge is Garganta Verde, with its exceptional griffon vulture colony and rocky walls that tower for 400 meters. Andalucias largest cave system is here, the Hundidero-Galo with its biggest cavern 4km long and an entrance 60 meters high. The pueblo blanco of Grazalema itself is charming. It has grace and style and some excellent restaurants.
Sierra de Grazalema is part of the incredible Los Alcornocales Natural Park one of the worlds most important cork oak forests, covering 425,000 acres. You could spend months driving/cycling/walking through the park and you would never get bored with its trees, flora, fauna, and birds.
Finca Alta Cocina is a few minutes by car from the main A382 road, just outside Algodonales. The road runs from Jerez to Ronda and is joined shortly before Algodonales by the A376 from Seville.
We recommend hiring a car from the airport, so you can tour the ever-changing countryside around us. Hire cars are a reasonable price simply not paying for an airport taxi would cover a weeks car hire from Malaga and go a long way towards one from Jerez and Seville.
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