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Be part of this comprehensive hands-on experience designed to teach you the Portuguese lifestyle by learning how to cook splendid Portuguese food, learning more about the local products and visiting one of the most authentic cities in the Algarve. The cooking classes will cover basic cooking techniques and inspire you with recipes that are authentic and traditional. Learn new dishes, make new friends and take home new techniques and ideas to make cooking at home more enjoyable.
The maximum participants in the group is 10.
Five minutes away from the historical city of Tavira, Monte do Álamo is an old farmhouse converted into a beautiful holiday site among almond, fig and olive trees. Let yourself doze in the shade of an almond tree while you wait for dinner or relax in the living room by the fireplace or watch the sunset from your private veranda.
Enjoy the hors d'oeuvre on the terrace looking at the sea, read a book lying on a hammock, have dinner by candlelight in the garden, taste the delicious homemade bread baked in the firewood oven and try the delicious preserves and jams and the typical chocolate and almond truffles.
Monte do Alamo can accommodate until 12 persons in suites and double rooms. Upgrade to suites can be arranged upon request and availability. Larger group of participants may request to stay in a private villa. Please inquire for details.
Classified as agrotourism complex, Monte do Álamo Alamo offers you six bedrooms individually decorated with comfort and good taste. It has three rooms with twin beds convertible in double bed, one double room, one sea suite with private terrace and a wonderful panoramic view over the sea, and one garden suite with a private garden, coffee and tea facilities, and steam shower cabin.
Taste Algarve wish to make you feel at home. All spacious rooms with beautiful views have a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi internet access. All bedrooms have air conditioning unit. The simplicity and good taste of the decoration provide quality, comfort, and tranquility. Some rooms have direct access to the garden and beautiful sea view, others have a garden view.
In this cooking holidays, Taste Algarve will show you how to carefully select the ingredients so you will be able to do it yourself and to prepare all the recipes easily. People who join this vacation are generally a mix of couples, singles, and friends traveling together. Everyone is there to enjoy the experience of cooking, eating, and meeting new people. Hence, solo travelers are more than welcome to join and meet new people here.
Upon arrival, you will check-in to Monte do Álamo followed by dinner.
You will have your breakfast. Afterward, you will visit the local food market and shop. This will be followed by a cooking class and lunch. Today you may choose to have a cultural activity such as city tour, Fado show, or a visit to a local producer. Some daily activities may be changed according to weather conditions and may vary also with the season or the day of the week. Participants will be informed in advance of any possible changes. Dinner is included on this day.
Today, you will have your breakfast followed with a boat trip through Ria Formosa with a picnic on a beach island. Check-out is until 12:00 p.m. On some days, the boat trip may leave later but do not worry as you may leave your luggage at Monte do Álamo at no cost.
Please note that the itinerary may change depending on weather conditions and availability. All tours are tailor-made so Taste Algarve can change the number of days and activities on request.
Taste Algarve will take you to visit some of their local producers such as olive oil producer, see how local cheese is made, taste the finest salt flower crystals in the world and see the amazing salt marshes, collect your own clams on a unique nature reserve.
Not only that, discover local vineyards and learn more about Taste Algarve wines, tasting! You will have the chance to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle visiting some of the best local food markets, you will be able to select your own fresh products and choose all the ingredients you will need for cooking sessions.
This cooking holiday will take place in Monte do Alamo, Algarve, Portugal.
Speaking about Algarve cuisine is to talk about its products, about people, whom, throughout time, have taken advantage and enhanced what nature has scarcely provided. The soil, sun, sea, and salt are undoubtedly essential to Algarve gastronomy, a statement of simplicity and diversity of flavors that are exalted, not hidden.
The traditional cuisine is transmitted by word of mouth. It is collective and anonymous whose flavors were perpetuated since childhood. Flavors and aromas stay forever in your memory. It is a nostalgic cuisine. Therefore, it is necessary to know the people, their traditions, and culture to understand the differences from region to region.
You can call it a true fusion cuisine; fish and shellfish caught in the lush Atlantic, salted and dried, melt with sweetened products such as beans, tomatoes, and fruits. It is the ability to mix these contrasts and the products from land and sea, sun and salt, which enrich, ennoble and exalt the local cuisine.
As a result of the climate and location, this cuisine has strong Mediterranean roots. If the bread, olive oil, garlic, and wine are key elements, other products such as vegetables, fruits, aromatic herbs, and fish, are likewise part of the Mediterranean diet. It's not possible to preserve an honest gastronomic tradition with poor quality products.
Traditional Mediterranean food, fresh fish from the Atlantic coast, deliciously fresh seafood, free range chicken and Iberian pig, preference for organic, seasonal and local products.
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO), Seville Airport (SVQ), or Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to these airports are available upon request.
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