4 Days Cooking Holidays in Andalusia, Spain

  • Finca Alta Cocina, Algodonales, Andalusia 11680, Spain

Spain Culinary Vacations

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.

Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • Visit to Jerez market
  • Fresh ingredients from our garden
  • Spanish, Mediterranean, Haute cuisine
  • Tapa lunch in the city centre
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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Villa Madreselva, Andalucia, Spain

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.

Day 1, Wednesday

  • Arrive by 11:00 to get to the market
  • Trip to Cadiz to buy food in the bustling meat, fish and vegetable market with tapas lunch in the city center
  • Trip to Jerez de la Frontera to visit a sherry bodega
  • Dinner back in Algodonales in one of many local restaurants

Day 2, Thursday

  • 09:30-10:00 Breakfast
  • Free morning
  • 17:30-20:30 Cookery class
  • Dinner with a variety of classic tapas with wine and pudding

Day 3, Friday

  • 09:30-10:00 Breakfast
  • Free morning
  • 17:30-20:30 Cookery class
  • Three-course dinner with paella, wine and pudding

Day 4, Saturday

  • 09:30-10:00 Breakfast
  • Free morning
  • 17:30-20:30 Cookery class
  • Three-course farewell dinner with wine and pudding

Day 5, Sunday

  • Breakfast
  • Departure
  • Trip to Cadiz
  • Trip to Jerez de la Frontera
  • Eva Nutting

    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.

The nearest town: Algodonales

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.

Historic hill settlement: Ronda

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.

Hill town and lake: Zahara

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.

A paradise for nature lovers

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.

Braving the skies and seas

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.

Right on our doorstep

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.

Driving directions from Jerez

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.

Arrival by airplane to Jerez

Fly with Ryanair from Stansted.

Arrival by airplane to Seville

Fly with Ryanair from Bristol, Dublin, Liverpool, Gatwick, East Midlands or Stansted. Or you can fly with Easyjet from Gatwick.

Arrival by airplane to Malaga

Fly with Ryanair from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool, Stansted orShannon. Or you can fly with Easyjet from Belfast, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle, or Stansted.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Finca Alta Cocina an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Brian, Sue, Matthew, Melanie, and Sophie from Essex, UK

    "We went back for a second visit with the whole family in tow, and Finca Alta Cocina is even more beautiful than before. The area is so beautiful that we couldnt resist revisiting all the local attractions, though we did spend a lot more time just lazing by the pool this time. Thanks once again to Bill and Eva for their marvelous hospitality, the girls cant wait to try making the paella when they get home!"

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  • Review by Elaine Graham from Ireland

    "I cant believe that I have just spent five amazing days with you here in sunny Spain. I have really enjoyed the whole cooking experience. Being a total beginner has meant that I have learned so much. I cant deny that I was a little apprehensive as my cooking skills and knowledge of cooking was minimal. But I am going home with a new-found confidence and superb menus that I will certainly be trying out. My husband will think he has died and gone to heaven!"

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  • Review by Valerie from Albuquerque, USA

    "I never thought that a place like this could exist or that I would love it so much. The amazing cooking things you have taught me are most memorable. My favorite part of the whole experience was lunch and dinner, and the conversation that came along with it. I have never met two strangers with whom Ive felt so comfortable and welcomed in their home. I thank you for a wonderful, relaxing and educational experience."

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  • Review by Carol and Terry from Cheshire, UK

    "What can I say? Fab? Great? Wonderful? No, bloody brilliant!!! This was a cooking break I bought for my husband Terry as a present. His face was a picture when he received it and as we were about to leave after our break, he had the same expression on his face (only this time he had a tan to go with it).Eva was a great cook and host who put us at ease as soon as we arrived. Her teaching skills made it a pleasure to learn. The accommodation and surrounding area are truly beautiful, and my husband said this is the most relaxed he has been in years. What a great experience!"

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  • Review by Heather from London, UK

    "We are a family of four: mother, two daughters (22 and 16), and a non-cooking father. We have enjoyed every minute of this holiday. The most memorable moments were: leisurely dinners with Eva and William on the terrace lots of laughs, lots of wine and amazing food, and late afternoons by the pool with the sun setting over the mountains.We also visited the local festival in Olvera with Eva, eating churros with hot chocolate, and watching the crowds go by. The Jerez market tour included buying squid, prawns, pigs cheeks and other delicacies. We have learnt so many techniques and new dishes to try out with our friends back home. Eva is a fantastic teacher.We will always remember this holiday and hope to return.The cookery classes we have learnt so many techniques and new dishes to try out on our friends back home. Eva is a fantastic teacher. Late afternoons by the pool watching the goats coming home and the sun setting over the mountains. We will always remember this holiday and hope to return."

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Algodonales, Spain

A wonderful country house with a cookery school in Spain, offering relaxing holidays, superb food, and cookery holidays.

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4 days / 3 nights

Availability

This vacation is available from from February to June and from September to December with arrival on Wednesday, departure on Saturday.

Departure:
Saturday December 9, 2017
(4 days / 3 nights)

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