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Come and enjoy a unique culinary experience exploring some of the undiscovered jewels and flavors of Andalusia. Learn to cook a traditional and modern three-course meal with the guidance of a professional chef and also enjoy the guided excursions to some amazing places such as an award-winning olive oil mill, a wine tasting, and the beautiful Cordoba. Give yourself a break and book this dreamy holiday today!
During this tour, you will be accommodated in a farmhouse in Andalusia, Spain. Upgrade of accommodation is available on request.
La Finca, or "The Farmhouse" translated in English, is thought to be 100 years old. It is a cooking retreat located in a rural village just outside of Iznájar and has been tastefully restored to a high specification while retaining the charm and original rustic characters with plenty of cosy 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 the breathtaking views: unspoilt 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.
Andalusian breakfast, reading room with a selection of books, underfloor heating, wood burning stove in the lounge (winter months only), sun loungers, patios, and organic vegetable garden.
During this holiday, you will enjoy a mix of cooking classes and different visits to some incredible places in Andalusia, Spain. The cooking classes will be fun, informative, very hands-on, and based around the preparation of a three-course menu. Your host, a professional chef specialized in the Mediterranean cuisine for over 20 years with distinguished careers in the United Kingdom, will guide you through this incredible journey.
You will discuss historical and cultural backgrounds of ingredients and recipes, and also learn traditional and modern culinary techniques and enjoy tasting what the other participants have achieved at the end of the day. You will also enjoy samples from seasonal menus with vegetables and herbs that are organically grown on the finca's land or purchased directly from the local farmers. You will also use only the freshest ingredients and unique regional products.
Your host chef has been a professional chef specialising in the Mediterranean cuisine for over 20 years with distinguished careers in the United Kingdom. His passion for food and cooking led him to launch 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 three-course menu. His laid-back style and gentle nature will assist to increase your confidence in cooking and inspire your imagination.
If you have a passion for good food, why do 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 they are done and to have a bit of fun among spectacular surroundings.
You will be picked up at Federico Garcia Lorca Granada Airport (GRX), Malaga Airport (AGP), or Antequera train station and be transferred to this humble farmhouse in the heartland of Andalusia. You will enjoy your welcome drinks and free time to settle in.
Early in the 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, you will enjoy a dinner of contemporary Andalusian cuisine which will be served by your hosts at the farmhouse.
After breakfast, you will travel through a delightful Andalusian countryside to visit one of the world's greatest architectural masterpieces, the Mezquita in Cordoba, where an English-speaking professional guide will lead you. You will find out about the varied history of different cultures, the Moors, the Jews, and the Christians.
You will also take a stroll around the World Heritage site, the Juderia 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. You will return to the farmhouse in the late afternoon, refresh, and attend your first hands-on cooking session with your host chef followed by dinner.
After a leisure 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 an 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 colourful flowers on the white-washed walls, you will stop at a typical Andalusian tapas bar for lunch with "fino". You will be back to the farmhouse, rest, and be back into the kitchen for your final cooking session followed by dinner.
You will depart to the airport after breakfast.
For this vacation, you will enjoy three guided tours to an award-winning olive oil mill, to Cordoba visiting the mosque and the Jewish Quarter, and to Priego de Cordoba. You will also enjoy an amazing olive oil tasting.
La Finca 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 of Granada and Cordoba and the home of the best extra virgin olive oil in the world.
It is located 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 senses as you approach the region. This is the place where the producers of the world's finest quality extra virgin olive oil originate. This makes a perfect base to combine the relaxation and to enjoy the cultural or historical wealth of this stunning area.
This Andalusian farmhouse occupies an amazing setting surrounded by the 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 genuine flavours of Andalusia.
You will enjoy a welcome dinner at the farmhouse upon your arrival. As for the rest of the holiday, you will enjoy three full breakfasts; two lunches including drinks, first in Cordoba and the second one in Priego based on tapas; and two lovely dinners after your cooking classes.
For the highlights of the trip, you will enjoy two hands-on cooking classes and a lovely olive oil tasting. The cuisine of this region, the home of the world's finest olive oil, is characterized by its vibrant colours, rich aromas, and full of sensual and complex flavours 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 the 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.
Federico García Lorca Airport
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