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Spain Culinary Adventure

Enjoy a unique culinary experience exploring some of the undiscovered jewels and genuine flavour of Andalucia. Have a fun-filled cooking session, informative and very hands-on based around the preparation of a three-course menu. Your host chef will be a professional chef specializing in Mediterranean cuisine for over 20 years with a distinguished career in the United Kingdom. Discuss historical and cultural backgrounds of ingredients or recipes. Learn traditional and modern culinary techniques and enjoy sampling what you have achieved at the end of the day.

Highlights

  • 2 hands-on cooking classes followed by two dinners
  • Guided tour to an award-winning olive oil mill with olive oil tasting
  • Guided tour to Cordoba (the Mosque and the Jewish Quarter) and to Priego de Cordoba
  • Two lunches including drinks in Cordoba and in Priego based on tapas
  • 3 full breakfasts and a welcome dinner at The Farmhouse
  • English speaking guide and chef throughout the holiday
  • 3 nights accommodation

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3 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Federico García Lorca Airport (Granada Jaén Airport)
Airport transfer included: Málaga Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Garden
  • Library

La Finca

The farmhouse is thought to be over 100 years old. It has been sympathetically reformed to the highest specifications while keeping much of the original rustic features with plenty of cozy nooks and crannies for guests to enjoy. It is on a vast private land full of protected oaks and fruit trees and is set amongst the endless olive groves that have remained unchanged since the Roman times. Shying away from the extravagance, the setting is very intimate, homely, idyllic, and rustic.

The fresh and fruity aroma of the olive oil will dominate your sense as you approach the region; this is where the producers of the world's finest quality extra virgin olive oil originate.

It is situated in a tranquil hamlet tucked away on the edge of a stunning nature park Parque Natural de la Sierra Subbetica and it is centrally located in Andalusia, within easy reach to explore the World Heritage cities, Granada and Córdoba, and the home of the best extra virgin olive oil in the world. This makes a perfect base to combine the relaxation and to enjoy the cultural or historical wealth of this stunning area. Services included are:

  • Andalusian breakfast
  • Reading room with a selection of books
  • Underfloor heating
  • Wood burning stove in lounge (winter months only)
  • Sun loungers
  • Patios
  • Organic vegetable garden

Program

Sample seasonal menus with vegetables and herbs that are organically grown on the Finca's land or purchased directly from the local farmers. Use the freshest ingredients and unique regional products. Stay in a unique farmhouse and hotel, "La Finca", a 170-year-old cooking rural retreat with breathtaking views, olive trees, fields of mild coriander, and wild asparagus situated in Iznajar. Enjoy combined excursions to great cities: Córdoba with the Mosque and the possibility of visiting Granada: La Alhambra, el Generalife.

Cooking sessions

Your host chef has been a professional chef specializing in Mediterranean cuisine for over 20 years with a distinguished career in the United Kingdom. His passion for food and cooking led him to the launch of his own cooking retreat in rural Andalusia with his Japanese wife in 2005.

The fun-filled cooking session is casual, informative, and very hands-on, usually based around the preparation of a three-course menu. His laid-back style and gentle nature will assist to increase your confidence in cooking and inspire your imagination.

This culinary adventure is combined with excursions to some unique cities like Cordoba, Granada, and the wine region of Montilla; visiting and admiring unique monuments like the Mosque of Cordoba, the Alhambra of Granada; the incomparable Baroque style of Priego de Cordoba.

A visit to an olive mill will allow you to discover the best extra virgin olive oil in Spain as well as learn about the Montilla wine region by visiting one of the reputable wine and sherry makers. If you have a passion for good food, why not try this exciting culinary journey with your partner or friends and learn the basic skills of cooking or brush up your existing talent with a professional chef in a casual manner.

It is intended solely to enjoy a few days of cooking some sensational dishes that you have always wanted to see how it is done and to have a bit of fun among spectacular surroundings.

Day 1: Arrival

Pick up at Granada or Málaga international airport or Antequera train station and transfer to this humble farmhouse in the heartland of Andalusia. Enjoy your welcome drinks and free time to settle in. Early evening, you will have an opportunity to take a stroll around the village and the olive grove to enjoy the scenery and the fresh air. Later in the evening, dinner of contemporary Andalusian cuisine will be served by your hosts at La Finca.

Day 2: Cordoba

After breakfast, you will travel through the delightful Andalusian countryside to visit one of the world's greatest architectural masterpieces, Mezquita, in Córdoba where an English-speaking professional guide will lead you. You will find out about the varied history of different cultures, the Moors, Jews, and Christians.

You will also take a stroll around the World Heritage site, the Judería, or the old Jewish quarter. Lunch will take place at a popular tavern with a Moorish style patio offering some of the most celebrated regional cuisines. Return to La Finca in the late afternoon, refresh and attend your first hands-on cooking session with your host chef followed by dinner.

Day 3: Priego de Cordoba

After a leisurely breakfast, you will visit an award-winning olive mill that produces one of the best extra virgin olive oil in the world to participate in olive oil tasting with a professional taster. Later, you will visit Priego de Cordoba, an energetic and lively town known as the "Baroque Jewel" in Andalusia with its glorious Baroque architecture, national monuments, and stunning attractions.

After a gentle stroll in the narrow passageways of "Barrio de la Villa", or the Arab quarter, bedecked with a myriad of colorful flowers on the white-washed walls, you will stop at a typical Andalusian tapas bar for lunch with "fino". Back to La Finca, rest, and into the kitchen for your final cooking session followed by dinner.

Day 4: Departure

Those leaving the tour will depart to the airport after breakfast.

Location

Tucked away deep in an olive country in Andalusia that borders the stunningly beautiful Parque Natural de las Sierras Subbeticas lies a humble restored Finca, and this culinary adventure will take place right there. This Andalusian farmhouse occupies an amazing setting surrounded by breathtaking views: superb panorama of hillsides carpeted with mature olive trees rolling gently across the horizon as far as the eye can reach.

The region is full of diverse history and rich cultural heritage that the people here thrive to preserve. It will be a unique culinary experience exploring some of the undiscovered jewels and a genuine flavor of Andalusia.

The Finca, a 170-year-old Finca is a cooking retreat located in a rural village just outside of Iznajar and has been tastefully restored to a high specification while retaining the charm and original rustic characters with plenty of cozy nooks and crannies for the guests to enjoy. Shying away from the showy extravagance, this country retreat offers a very intimate, homely, and peaceful ambiance.

Just enjoy by breathtaking views: the unspoiled landscape of rolling hills carpeted with ancient olive trees, valleys covered with almond blossoms, fields of wild coriander and wild asparagus; it is the place where real Andalusia can be found through an extraordinary culinary experience.

Features

General

  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Patio

Services

  • Library

Food

During this holiday, two hands-on cooking classes followed by two dinners, three full breakfasts, two lunches including drinks (first in Cordoba and the second in Priego) based on tapas, a welcome dinner at The Farmhouse, and a guided tour to an award-winning olive oil mill with olive oil tasting are included.

The cuisine of this region, the home of the world's finest olive oil, is characterized by its vibrant colors, rich aromas, and is full of sensual and complex flavors, featuring the heavy use of olive oil. You will also have the pleasure of sampling seasonal menus with vegetables and herbs that are organically grown on Finca's land or purchased directly from the local farmers. The freshest ingredients are carefully prepared to bring out their virtues, that is Andalusian cooking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

You can choose to extend your holiday to 7 days with 6 nights accommodation at extra costs:

  • Day 4: Extension to Cordoba-Granada
  • Day 5: Montilla
  • Day 6: Free day
  • Day 7: Departure

The tour prices for the extension to Granada are as follows:

  • 1849 EUR per person (259 EUR single supplement)

For more information, please send an inquiry.

What's included

  • 2 hands-on cooking classes followed by two dinners
  • 2 lunches including drinks (first in Cordoba and the second in Priego) based on tapas
  • 3 full breakfasts
  • Guided tour to an award-winning Olive oil mill with olive oil tasting
  • Welcome dinner at The Farmhouse
  • Guided tour to Cordoba visiting the Mosque and the Jewish Quarter
  • Guided tour to Priego de Cordoba
  • English-speaking guide and chef throughout the holiday
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All entrances and fees
  • Private return Malaga or Granada airport transfers (other locations on request)
  • Private transport throughout the holiday
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare
  • Tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra activities or excursions
  • 3-day extension

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Federico García Lorca Airport (Granada Jaén Airport) Airport transfer included: Federico García Lorca Airport (Granada Jaén Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer included: Málaga Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Special discount

Special prices are offered for groups with 4 people or more. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Holiday information

Please note, if any of the published accommodation, range of wineries, or restaurants in the tour becomes unavailable, others of a similar category will be allocated. Upgrades of wineries and/or restaurants will have a supplement. For more information, please send an inquiry.

 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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