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The Top Fun in the Sun Culinary Holidays

by Cris Puscas

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We can’t help but be attracted by the allure of blue oceans, white beaches, and year-round good weather. After all, that’s exactly what a warm-weather holiday should look like!

Don’t get us wrong, spending some time sunbathing on the beach makes a relaxing vacation; but just in case you are looking for something other than the run-of-the-mill beach holiday and craving to find new ways to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand, we’re here to help!

In this article, we’re sharing a great list of the top fun in the sun getaways that will undoubtedly leave you wanting more!

Note: BookCulinaryVacations offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.

Vegan cooking holidays in Costa Rica

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Classified as a tropical country because of how close it is located to the equator, Costa Rica sees no true winter season.

The highest temperatures are from February to April, whereas from September to November, the temperatures drop. On average, the annual temperature is between  12°-27° C (70°- 81° F).

So, what is there to do in this balmy tropical heaven? You could consider a surf camp in Costa Rica or join a plant-based cuisine and yoga holiday.

During a vegan holiday in Costa Rica, you’ll be treated to both daily culinary and yoga classes. You’ll get a lot of knowledge and experience in preparing raw deserts. And if you want to explore the area, your hosts will be delighted to take you on guided hikes and even a waterfall tour.

Culture and culinary holiday in Mexico

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Photo credit: Maria Elena Muriel / Birding Los Cabos

Mexico’s terrain is extremely varied and so is the weather. On the coast, the weather is generally balmy year-round. The rainy seasons last from May to September or October and that’s when most of the rain falls. During the rest of the year, there is little rain.

Whether you head to the coast or inland, cooking is definitely one of the best ways to discover the true culture and the tradition of Mexico.

During a culture and culinary vacation in Mexico , you will not only taste and learn to cook staple dishes, but you’ll also attend folkloric shows, visit arts and crafts markets, as well as museums and archeological sites.

Bring back some of the tips and lessons learned in Mexico, and you will definitely impress your friends and families back home with your newfound cooking skills!

Wine tasting vacation in California, USA

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The Golden State is a preferred destination for many looking to have fun in the sun. Much of the state of California is blessed with Mediterranean weather. Winter, the rain season, lasts from January to March and features mild weather. Summer is hot and dry, with cooler nights. Head into the mountains and the weather is frigid in winter. January is the coldest month with average temperatures between 12 C (54F) and 21C (70F). July & August are the hottest months with highs reaching 32C (90F).

This gorgeous weather means one thing: beaches! But aside from sun, sand, and surf, California is also home to some excellent wine regions. Should you be looking to indulge in good food and great wine, while you get some gorgeous tan and maybe strike an asana or two, join a culinary vacation in California. Visit Napa and Sonoma wine regions and taste your way through their signature wines.

»Love wine? Read our article and find out about more wine tour destinations in the world

Surfing and Cooking in Morocco

food in morocco

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While many believe that the weather is scorching hot in Morocco year-round, in reality, the country experiences four seasons. However, the weather is balmy and sunny, making it a perfect vacation destination no matter when you plan to visit.

During a culinary vacation in Morocco, you can experience its mystical and exotic charm. What better way to do so than to find that inner adventurous side in you and hit some amazing waves in Morocco? Along with all that excitement, you can also wind down over an unforgettable culinary experience by learning to prepare scrumptious traditional Moroccan dishes yourself!

And if surfing is not high on your bucket list, then you can enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of both Marrakesh and Essaouira, watch how argan oil is produced, and visit a spice market.

Pasta making vacation in Tuscany, Italy

pasta dish in tuscany, italy

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Tuscany is well-known for its remarkable landscape, history, and influence in culture.

The climate in the Tuscany region is mild, with regional differences. If you are heading to the coast or villages, you’d want to avoid the summer heat. On the other hand, the mountains offer a respite from it. But in general, it’s a good idea to plan your trip for April, May, September, or October when the temperatures are warm, and the crowds are thinner. Expect highs of around 23C (73C) during these months. The hottest months are July & August when the temperatures can reach 30C (86F).

Just like any other region in Italy, it is home to some incredible dishes. If you’ve wanted to learn how to properly make pasta, join a culinary vacation in Tuscany. The traditional pasta dish in this area is tagliatelle al tartufo, pasta covered in a truffle sauce. You will also get to learn how to make pappardelle alla lepre, which features egg-noodles in a sauce made from hare or wild boar meat. To make it even more special, don’t skip tasting the local wines and visit at least one of the olive farms.

»Planning to visit Italy? Read our article and find out why you should go on a culinary vacation in Italy


Couples Cooking Vacation in Portugal

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Photo credit: Iberian Escapes

Portugal’s weather is highly influenced by the sea. The sunniest and warmest of the European nations, Portugal has sublime climatic conditions. It’s never too hot nor too cold, always just right.

Even during the colder months of winter (December to March), you can get away with a light jacket as the temperature averages between 11⁰ C (52⁰ F) and 15⁰ C (59⁰ F). As for summer, you’d be delighted to soak up the sun and enjoy temperatures between 24⁰ C (74⁰ F) and 28⁰ C (82⁰ F).

So, if you happen to be looking for a great holiday to go on with your loved one, we recommend taking the leap and immerse yourselves in a culinary holiday for couples in Portugal!

Between wine tasting, guided wine cellar visits, local market visits, cooking classes, and food tours you surely won’t be bored.

And if you feel you want a bit more adventure, join a coastal bike tour which starts in Porto, Portugal and ends in Santiago de Compostela in neighboring Spain.

Cheesemaking vacation in Crete, Greece

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Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, sits between two climatic zones: the Mediterranean and the North African. It’s one of the healthiest climates for humans which, in part, explains why locals tend to live a long and healthy life.

The hottest months are July & August when the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30ºC (70-90°F). January is the coldest month and in general, in winter, the temperature ranges between 10-15ºC (50-60°F).

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make traditional Greek cheese, then you should join a culinary vacation in Crete. And while, of course, you’d be tasting a lot of local cheeses, enjoy olive oil tasting session, wine tasting, take cooking lessons using traditional ingredients, and even learn how to make bread!

»Planning to visit Greece? Read our article and find out why you should go on a culinary vacation in Greece.

Want to trade in the cold and gloomy weather for some fun in the sun? Book a culinary vacation in the Caribbean and have the time of your life tasting your way through exotic cuisines!

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