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Portugal Culinary Vacation

Are you looking for a weekend break to explore the delightful gastronomy and culture of southern Europe? If so, this is the perfect match for you! This small group program is planned for those with little or moderate cooking experience looking to have fun while learning something new. Enjoy two fun cooking classes and a special visit to an artisan producer of olive oil. Your journey also includes a guided tour in Faro old city center, a visit to a wholesale local market and to a little organic farm with a contemporary feel. You will be lodged in a central, welcoming, and comfortable hotel that offers modern and bright rooms with private bathrooms.


  • 2 cooking lessons
  • 1 olive oil tasting and 1 wine tasting with nibbles
  • Visit a traditional market and learn how to cook cataplana
  • Explore hidden treasures with a guided visit to the center of the old city
  • 2 welcome and farewell dinners with wine
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Faro Airport
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  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Beauty salon
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access

There are two accommodation options:

Faro Boutique Hotel

Offering a rooftop terrace with views of the Ria Formosa and the city of Faro, Faro Boutique Hotel is situated just a three-minute walk from the Old Town and 450 meters from the Faro Marina. Featuring free Wi-Fi, modern rooms well-lit and equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, minibar, a wardrobe, and air conditioning. Each comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries. Some rooms have a furnished balcony.

Breakfast is served daily. Guests will find a variety of typical restaurants and bars within walking distance. With a 24-hour reception, the Faro Boutique Hotel is one kilometer from the main bus and train stations. Faro Beach, located on a barrier island of the Ria Formosa, is 10 kilometers away and Faro International Airport is a 10-minute drive away.

Hotel Faro

Located in downtown Faro just a five-minute walk from the train station and the bus terminal, this modern hotel overlooks the old town, marina, and the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Hotel Faro offers spacious rooms filled with natural light, some of which open onto a balcony. All rooms come with a TV with cable channels and a minibar. The private bathrooms include free toiletries. A fresh buffet breakfast is served daily. For other meals, guests can enjoy the view from the rooftop-terrace restaurant, Ria Formosa, which offers Portuguese specialties.

The Faro Old Town is just a three-minute walk away. Here guests can visit the Sé Cathedral and the Archaeological Museum. The pedestrian shopping streets of Faro's downtown are around the corner and Faro International Airport is 7 kilometers away. During the summer season, Hotel Faro features a free shuttle service to Faro Beach, where the hotel's beach club is located, as well as the boat transportation. This boat service is available for a surcharge, to the pristine beaches of the Deserta, Farol, and Culatra Islands, allowing a unique experience through the untouched canals of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. This is the guests' favorite part of Faro, according to independent reviews.


In this exciting cooking and wine short break, you will have the chance to experience the best of Algarve’s gastronomy and culture. Start with a walking tour to discover Faro city and let your hosts guide you further east to visit an olive farm and have fun with your first cooking lesson. Visit the wholesale local market to learn how to select the best fish, meat, and vegetables. After, an adventure to cook again, but now the traditional cataplana recipe and take home memories that you will never forget!

Day 1: Arrival, briefing and welcome dinner

Welcome to Faro and to one of the most popular tours in the Iberian peninsula! The first day of the tour is an arrivals day: check-in at the accommodation from 2 p.m. onwards and meet up with the rest of the group for your first dinner together!

If you arrive early, climb to the rooftop of your hotel to enjoy the swimming pool or simply relax with the incredible sea view. At sunset, walk freely to an exquisite restaurant called Tertúlia Algarvia, in the magical old town. At this first encounter, the briefing and presentation of participants will be followed by a welcome dinner with the restaurant’s chef.

Day 2: Guided walking tour, olive oil tasting, hands-on cooking

Take a guided walking tour to Faro, visiting all the landmarks that best represent the city's cultural heritage, stopping off at the old town for a cup of tea and to taste the traditional pastry. Lunch will be served in a restaurant that despite being situated downtown is off the touristic beaten path.

In the afternoon, you will head east to get an introduction to the art of olive oil production. After visiting the olive farm and tasting the intense aroma of this gold-resembling liquid, you will be introduced to a very special place. This hidden rural tourism combines all the pleasures of modernity with the rich and timeless country lifestyle. Your dinner will be served here, but only after your first hands-on cooking lesson, using organic products harvest in the surroundings.

Day 3: Local market, coppersmith visit, wine tasting, cooking class

Early enough, you will head to the wholesale local market in the interior city of Loulé. In this trip, besides visiting the incredible Arabic inspired covered market building, you will learn how to choose your vegetables, recognize fresh fish, distinguish between fish types, and even learn the best culinary usage for each species. In the following visit to the coppersmith’s cookery class, all the secrets of the ancient art of copper craft will be uncovered.

After, on a farm located further up in the rustic side of the Algarve, you will indulge with a wine tasting conveniently paired with some savory nibbles. This awarded winery benefits from a special micro clime, with the low temperatures in the winter and high temperatures in summer, that allows for balanced grape maturation. Also, there is a notable wine grape variety: Touriga Nacional, Sirah, Carbernet Sauvignon, Aragonez, Siria, Arinto, Chardonnay.

At last, you will return to the hotel for some hours rest before the ultimate cooking cookery class at Tertúlia Algarvia. The ingredients bought at the market early in the morning will be starring this unique cataplana recipe. The chef will guide you through the cookery class and assist you in preparing the unique farewell dinner. The meal will be accompanied by local wines and traditional desserts.

Day 4: Departure

End of tour.

Included excursions

  • Guided walking tour of Faro
  • Visit an olive farm
  • Visit a wholesale local market in Loulé
  • Wine tasting in a wine farm


Faro, a pleasant seaside town in the central Algarve, is surrounded by an amazing natural reserve featuring saltmarshes, mudflats, and a thin but long belt of sandflats called barrier islands. The old town with all the original buildings is like a jewel box that combines cultural and architectural gems with museums and restaurants with a more contemporary feel.

The activities included in the program extend to surrounding cities and villages across the sea line as well as the countryside. Lying on the southern part of Portugal, Algarve region is known for its distinct hospitality, natural landmarks, and gastronomy. This is your opportunity to see more than the well-known white sandy beaches and experience the truly unique tastes, sights, and sounds that distinguish the southern culture.


A wine tasting is included as well as welcome and farewell dinners with wine. You will also enjoy daily breakfast, one lunch, and one other dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • 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 with breakfast
  • 3 guided small group tours
  • 2 welcome / farewell dinners with wine
  • 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • 2 cooking lessons
  • 1 olive oil tasting
  • 1 wine tasting with nibbles
  • Apron and recipes

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Other meals not mentioned above
  • Activities and services not mentioned above

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer included: Faro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
4 days / 3 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants


Arrival: Thursday June 2, 2022
Departure: Sunday June 5, 2022

Solo travelers

This vacation can accommodate solo travelers. However, this holiday requires a minimum of 2 participants. Please wait for Tertúlia Algarvia’s confirmation before booking your flights. 

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