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3 Days Market Tour and Paella Cooking Class in Madrid, Spain

Unique Culinary Tour in Spain

Looking for an epic culinary experience in Spain? Join Foodies in the city as they take you on a market tour, paella cooking, and olive grove tour adventure in Madrid. Discover fresh ingredients and learn to cook authentic traditional Spanish dishes and find the most hidden culinary secrets of the Spanish culture. Join for a delectable cultural and gastronomic hands-on experience preparing Spanish dishes and drinks!

Meet the instructors

Guillermo & Laura
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Highlights

  • Learn about Spanish food and recipes from locals
  • Spanish cooking class: paella, sangria, and gazpacho
  • Olive grove tour, tasting session, and dinner in the countryside
  • Visit to Mercado de los Mostenses traditional market to buy ingredients
  • Flamenco show on a traditional “tablao” in Madrid
  • Private transfer from and to the airport/train
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Catalan, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 25
Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
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Accommodation

You will be staying in the deluxe view rooms of Dear Hotel in Madrid. Dear Hotel is a design boutique hotel in the heart of Madrid, with stunning views over Gran Via and Plaza de España. You will be able to enjoy a roof top restaurant and lounge terrace with sky pool. All rooms are with views and exclusive nordic decor. Deluxe view room is designed for travelers that want to enjoy a luxury stay while still feeling at home. All have excellent views and top acoustic isolation.

Program

Day 1: Market tour and paella cooking class

This will be a unique hands on Spanish cooking class with a tour market, where you will discover the secrets of the Spanish traditional cuisine. You will start with a fascinating visit to Mercado de los Mostenses, a local food market where locals go for their daily shopping. After buying the fresh and organic ingredients, you will head to an apartment located next to the Royal Palace where you will participate in a four-hour fun, hands-on Spanish cooking class.

​You will be involved from the very first minute on the elaboration of a paella, by preparing all the ingredients and then firing up the gas. This interactive, informative, and extremely appetizing process will teach you everything you need to know about cooking the perfect Spanish paella! ​While your main dish is simmering away in the pan, you will prepare a gazpacho and some tapas like chorizo with cider, catalan bread and tortilla española.

Finally, Foodies in the city will host a sangria making workshop, allowing you to mix your own fresh and fruity jugs of the classic Spanish refreshment to enjoy with your meal. ​You will then sit down to enjoy the homemade dinner with a delicious dessert. You will be provided with the paella recipe. Please note that a vegetarian option is available upon request. After the cooking class, you will head to a flamenco show to enjoy a very traditional Spanish performance.

Day 2: Olive grove tour and olive oil tasting

Next day, you will participate in a stunning local olive grove tour, tasting session, and lunch in the countryside, one hour away from Madrid. The tour will be led by Guillermo and Laura - Spain’s newest generation of olive farmers. In 2013, these two biologists took over the family business and embarked on an innovative mission: to connect the local countryside with the city of Madrid and make farming a sustainable way of life once again.

You will depart from Madrid in the morning by bus and head towards the stunning olive grove located in a small town close to Toledo. Once there, you will meet up with Guillermo and Laura who will lead you around their oldest plot and explain the process of creating olive oil: from planting and harvesting to filtering and bottling.

After the walking tour, you will sit down at a shaded table nestled idyllically among the centenarian trees. It is time for the olive oil tasting, where you will have the opportunity to taste some of the oil they have made. There, you get to sample several kinds of olive oil from little blue glass cups. As a further treat, you will be delighted with a special lunch between olive trees with some delicious food and wine that have been locally grown and produced.

Day 3

At the end of the session, you will be able to distinguish between the generic oils you find in the supermarket against the top quality organic ones.

Today is the final day of your culinary tour.

Included excursions

  • Explore Mercado de los Mostenses (local market)
  • Visit to a local olive grove with tasting session

Instructors

Guillermo
Guillermo and his partner, Laura, are Spain’s newest generation of olive farmers. In 2013, these two biologists took over the family business and embarked on an innovative mission: to connect the local countryside with the city of Madrid and make farming a sustainable way of life once again.
Laura
Laura and her partner, Guillermo, are Spain’s newest generation of olive farmers. In 2013, these two biologists took over the family business and embarked on an innovative mission: to connect the local countryside with the city of Madrid and make farming a sustainable way of life once again.

Location

This culinary tour will take place in Madrid, Spain.

Food

Breakfast would be provided on all days. Your breakfast will include top artisan fresh products buffet and á la carte hot dishes. Your hotel provides a singular buffet breakfast with freshly squeezed juices, seasonal fruits, artisan products, a selection of top coffees and herbal teas, and your choice of à la carte hot dishes of the day. Welcome drinks will also be served upon your arrival.

In this holiday, you will experience a hands-on paella cooking class with a local couple who will show you the most hidden gems of the Spanish cuisine. It will be followed by meals with some tapas, wine, water, and dessert after the lessons. You will also partake in a local olive grove tour which includes a tasting session and a dinner in the countryside and surrounded by olive trees on a perfect landscape location.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

What's included

  • 1 visit to local market and learning about Spanish ingredients
  • Learning about the Spanish traditional cooking techniques
  • Hands-on cooking class with locals: paella, sangria and gazpacho
  • Tapas degustation
  • Water, coffee, and tea
  • Recipes
  • Flamenco show
  • Olive grove tour, tasting sessions, dinner in the countryside with transfer included
  • Friendly English-speaking guide
  • Airport or train station transfers with private driver
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Activities not included in the itinerary

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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