4 Days Gastronomic Trip in Algarve, Portugal

Weekend Culinary Vacations in Algarve, Portugal

Be part of this comprehensive hands-on experience designed to teach you to make splendid Portuguese food covering 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.

Highlights

  • Boat trip
  • Cooking classes
  • Visit Culatra island
  • Tour to nearby village
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Local market visit

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Free Wi-Fi

Five minutes away from the historical city of Tavira, Monte do Alamo 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.

The rooms

Classified as agrotourism complex, Monte do Alamo offers you 6 bedrooms individually decorated with comfort and good taste. It has 3 rooms with twin convertible in double with a 2x2 meters bed, 1 double room, 1 sea suite with private terrace and a wonderful panoramic view over the sea and 1 garden suite with a private garden, coffee and tea facilities and steam shower cabin.

We wish to make you feel at home. All spacious rooms with beautiful views have private bathroom, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi internet access. All bedrooms, except the garden suite have air conditioning unit. The simplicity and good taste of the decoration provide quality, comfort and tranquility.

Program

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrival and reception at selected accommodation
  • Dinner

Day 2 - Local market visit, cooking class

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to local food market and shopping
  • Cooking class
  • Tasting lunch
  • Afternoon tour in a nearby village
  • Dinner

Day 3 - Boat trip, cooking class

  • Breakfast
  • Boat trip through Ria Formosa
  • Contact with local fishing traditions
  • Cooking class on a beach house by the water (if this class is not available, the cooking class will take place at Monte do lamo)
  • Tasting lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4 - Local producers visit, departure

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to local producers (vary with the season)
  • Check-out

The itinerary may change depending on weather conditions and availability.

Included excursions

Taste Algarve will take you to visit local food market and local producers. You will also enjoy a boat ride through Ria Formosa natural park to Culatra island as well as some cultural activities.

Location

This 4-day holiday will take place in Monte do Alamo in the city of Tavira in Algarve, the southern region of Portugal.

Food

Speaking about Algarves cuisine is to talk of 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 Algarves 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 our 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.

We 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 of mixing 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. Its not possible to preserve an honest gastronomic tradition with poor quality products.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation in Monte do lamo, charming rural hotel in Tavira
  • Cooking classes
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Instructor or guide
  • Meals with wines and beverages
  • Visit to local markets, cultural events, tours as stated in itinerary
  • Visit to local producers

What's not included

  • Car/bike rental
  • Daily transportation
  • Transfers (on request)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round with arrival on Monday or Friday. The programme can be customized upon request. Please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • January - March
  • November - December (except Christmas an New Year)

 

Mid season
  • April - July
  • September - October

 

High season
  • August

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