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Best Spring Destinations for Culinary Vacations

by Cris Puscas

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The snow is melting, the flowers are starting to bloom, and the farmer markets are starting to burst with fresh produce. Spring is around the corner and the buzz of the new season gets all of us excited! For us, there’s simply not better way to kick off this delightful season than with a culinary vacation!

Not sure where you should be to heading to? The team at BookCulinaryVacations.com has put together a list of some of our top spring culinary destinations you ought to really consider!


US Virgin Islands, The Caribbean


Caribbean cuisine

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Looking for the perfect remedy to cure you from the cold winter? Head to St. Thomas or any of the three islands and enjoy the tasty food. April is a great choice for traveling here as the high season is over leaving room for affordable hotel and airfare. 

The local dishes include pate – which is meat wrapped and deep fried in dough, johnnycake – or deep-fried dough – as well as peas and rice.

We recommend: 7 Days Vegan Culinary Holiday in Virgin Islands

During this vacation, you get a chance to take a break from the daily hustle and bustle and sail the Caribbean in your own luxury yacht. You’ll be able to spend quality time snorkeling at Monkey Point, the Dogs and Watermelon Cay. Hiking to the top of White Bay, and sightseeing are included in this package. As an awesome highlight, the crew will make the food based on your preference using fresh, local, and organic products!


Budapest, Hungary


Hungarian cuisine

Image credit: Katica Guesthouse Aggtelek


Did you know that spring is one of the best times to visit Hungary’s capital? The weather is getting warmer, the beautiful flowers and lush trees come to life, and it is always a pleasure to explore the off-the-beaten places.

You should know that the Hungarian cuisine is hearty and based on meat. As it is located on the Danube, fresh fish dishes are also available. Don’t forget to try goulash –a hearty stew made from various meats -or chicken paprikas with homemade noodles. End the meal with palacsinta – crepes- or bejgli – poppy seed roll. 

We recommend: 3 Days Culinary Holiday in Hungary

Not very far from Budapest, in Northern Hungary, there’s Aggtelek National Park, which offers a quiet and peaceful environment, as well as a wealth of leisure opportunities. During this vacation, you will visit two caves, enjoy the beautiful natural environment during hikes, and learn to cook lots of delectable Hungarian food! 


Paris, France


French macaroons

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It’s time to have coffee and croissant in the great outdoors! As spring starts, the local markets come alive and the city ‘wakes up’ from its winter sleep.

We suggest to skip the tourist ridden international restaurants and indulge in the local staples instead. Here are some of our favorites: soupe à l'oignon gratinée (French onion soup), coquilles St-Jacques (scallops), macarons, or pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants).

We recommend: 8 Days Paris Delights Pastry Cooking Holiday in France

This culinary vacation is perfect for pastry and chocolate lovers who want to improve their baking skills. Through this holiday, wou will learn to make macarons, eclairs, saint-Honoré, mille-feuille, and tarts. As a great bonus, you will also enjoy a guided tour of the famed ‘city of love’. 


Athens, Greece


Greek cuisine

Image credit: Suzanna's


Spring is one of the best times to visit Greece’s capital, Athens. The days are warm, mostly sunny but windy, and there are less tourists this time of year.

The tavernas are plentiful but try to avoid those that offers a menu in English – as they tend to be less authentic. Try the mezedes (appetizers) and be sure to not miss out on the national dish of moussaka (eggplant and beef casserole). End the meal with baklava (crushed nuts and honey in phyllo dough).

We recommend: 5 Days Cooking Holidays in Greece

Close to Athens, there’s Olympia, a place full of history, culture, and beautiful landscape. During this culinary vacation, you will learn to prepare traditional Greek recipes using natural and local ingredients. As part of the vacation, you will also visit the archeological museum and historical site of Ancient Olympia.


Bali, Indonesia


Balinese cuisine

Image credit: Alila Manggis Bali


Technically, there’s no such thing as spring in this ‘Island of the Gods”. Here, spring actually falls on the start of the dry season where’s there’s plenty of sun, warm weather and not much precipitation. It’s an ideal time to go hiking, enjoy the beach, and have fun with a variety of watersports on offer. 

What you may already know is that this flavorful Indonesian cuisine has Chinese and Indian influences. Most of it is based on rice, vegetables, fish, and meat – and a lot of condiments. Be sure to try the babi guling (suckling pig) or bebek betutu (slow-roasted duck).

We recommend: 3 Days Couples Spa & Cookery Holidays in Bali

If you are looking for a romantic escape to Bali then this holiday is tailor made for you! It offers a blend of exotic spa treatments, cooking lessons, and excellent dining experience. It promises to be a gastronomic adventure to be remembered for many years to come!


Itching to go on a culinary holiday this spring? Browse the many European culinary vacations on offer and choose the ones that fit your preference! 

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