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6 Day Base Cookery Holiday Demonstration in Mairena, Province of Granada, Andalusia

Las Chimeneas, Calle Amargura 4, Mairena, Province of Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Exciting Cookery Holiday Spain

Experience an exciting cookery holiday with Las Chimeneas in Mairena, Spain! Las Chimeneas has a deep knowledge of the area and are anxious to share their enthusiasm for this place which has been their home for so long. In this holiday, you are expected not only to learn local Spanish dishes but also to refresh your mind by doing activities that Las Chimeneas has provided for you during your stay here.


  • Cooking lessons
  • Visit the historic city of Granada
  • Fun trip to the local village of Yegen
  • Visit the award-winning bodega Buenavista
  • Various half day strolling through almond terraces
  • Full day hiking to the peak of Morron el Mediodia
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Half board meals


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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Fireplace
  • Restaurant

Las Chimeneas is a dramatic set of converted village houses which have been welcoming guests to the Alpujarra since 1998. There are nine lovely rooms, each with fabulous views across the hills to the sea in the far distance. Las Chimeneas provides very comfortable accommodation, with lots of antiques and books and hidden nooks and crannies, together with a delightful little restaurant that will surprise you by the quality of its freshly made seasonal produce.

It is not unusual for people to be stuck for words when they set eyes on the Alpujarras, all the more so when they first open their bedroom they see shutters in the morning to behold the sweeping views down the valleys just in front of Las Chimeneas.

In Casa las Chimeneas, each room is different, all independently air-conditioned, en-suite, comfortable beds, clean cotton sheets, and duvets for the winter. Over the years, Casa las Chimeneas has acquired an eclectic collection of ceramics, paintings, and antique furniture, which are now distributed across the bedrooms and living areas.


You know those times when you step inside a restaurant for the very first time, glance around at the décor, take a peek at the menu, and then realize - thrillingly - that you’ve just made a really, really good decision? People who stay here, report not infrequently that well, a place like this just has no natural right to be here, perched as it is in the middle of nowhere, clinging to the hillside, but inside all cozy warm tiles, soft lights, and serious food.

So make yourself at home in a dining room where the very best of Andalucian food is cooked by Soledad and Conchi, with whom Las Chimeneas has worked for so many years.

It has been a pleasure to exchange recipes handed down over the generations by Alpujarran families, as well as to introduce them to the flavors of North Africa in a delightful fusion of Spanish and Moroccan food. If you are interested, Las Chimeneas is happy to let guests see them at work, whether it is to learn the secrets of marinading your own olives or preparing the locally dried peppers and tomatoes for delicious soups.


This program includes all route notes and maps, a visit to the Mairena olive mill and the organic farm with a talk about local farming methods. Las Chimeneas also includes a visit to the ancient church of Jubar with a talk on the local history and the legacy of the Moors, as well as help with an organization of a range of other activities.

In this package, Las Chimeneas offers you a menu of possible walks and day trips from which you can choose each day. This gives you the option to make use of Las Chimeneas' detailed knowledge of the area and to choose exactly what you would like to do on a daily basis depending on the weather and your energies.

A sample list of the kind of walks and activities that are available is as follows:

  • Full day's hike to the peak of Morron el Mediodia (2730 meters) high in the Sierra Nevada.
  • Visit local village of Yegen, home of writer and Hispanophile Gerald Brenan.
  • Cookery demonstrations: Learn to make local Spanish dishes such as tortilla, Patatas a la Pobre or Paella (depending on the time of year, sometimes this is organized at the farm where the cooks Sole and Conchi demonstrate a range of dishes cooked in the traditional way over an open fire. More formal cookery weeks are also an option).
  • Visit the award-winning bodega Buenavista.
  • 15 kilometers mountain bike descent on forest trails back to the house from mountain pass of Puerto de la Ragua.
  • Visit the historic city of Granada and guided tour of Alhambra.
  • Various half day's strolls through almond terraces and pick up from the neighboring villages.

Included excursions

  • Full day hiking
  • Visit local village of Yegen
  • Visit the award-winning bodega Buenavista
  • Mountain biking
  • Visit the historic city of Granada
  • Guided tour of Alhambra
  • Strolling through almond terraces
  • Explore the Mairena olive mill and the organic farm
  • Visit to the ancient church of Jubar




  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Restaurant


  • Tour assistance


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

What's included

  • Cooking lessons
  • Full day's hike to the peak of Morron el Mediodia
  • Visit local village of Yegen
  • Visit the award-winning bodega Buenavista
  • 15 kilometers mountain bike descent on forest trails
  • Explore the historic city of Granada and guided tour of Alhambra
  • Various half day strolls through almond terraces and picks up from the neighboring villages
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Half board meals

What's not included

  • Pick up from either Almeria or Granada can be organized for a supplement of 50 EUR per person each way

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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