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Your creative cooking holidays take place in idyllic Trujillo, a picturesque walled town with a magical atmosphere. Trujillo is one of historic Spains most precious places, famous for its strategic involvement in the discovery of the Americas and birthplace of the powerful 16th century Spanish "Conquistadors". The creative cooking course will provide an inspiring Spanish holiday with the chance to learn and socialize as well as the unique opportunity of staying in a magnificent historical Palacio.
The venue for the week is the very special Palacio de Piedras Albas, one of Trujillos most beautiful 16th century buildings with a stunning portico overlooking the vibrant main square. The Palacio is a private house with beautifully preserved features, offering guests the unique opportunity to stay in an exclusive historic Spanish residence. Built in 1530, the property has the prime view of Trujillos stunning main square from its Florentine arched loggia, which is styled as an al fresco terrace with dining and seating areas.
You can watch the world go with a coffee or a glass of wine! The house has unusual interiors, outstanding stonework and finely carved wooden beamed ceilings. Outside, in the beautiful walled rose garden lined with lemon trees, there is an oasis of absolute peace and quiet and a lovely private swimming pool securely enclosed by spacious sunbathing areas. There is free on-street parking nearby, one road behind the property. The main square is pedestrianized at weekends.
Bedroom two - 12 persons, small king-size bed, en-suite bath and shower, double French windows look on to interior courtyard, bathrobes, free standing fan.
Bedroom three - 2 persons, 2 single beds, shared family bathroom (bathroom 3), bathrobes, basin in room, free standing fan.
Bedroom four - 2 persons, 2 single beds, shared family bathroom (bathroom 3), French doors on to loggia overlooking the main square, adjoining private reading room, bathrobes, free standing fan.
Bedroom five - 12 persons, small queen-size bed, French doors on to loggia overlooking the main square, shared family bathroom (bathroom 3), bathrobes, and free standing fan.
Bedroom six - 2 persons, 2 single beds, adjoining private reading room, located on ground floor, shared bathroom (bathroom 4), bathrobes, and free standing fan.
Bedroom seven - 2 persons, 2 single beds, located on ground floor, shared bathroom (bathroom 4), bathrobes, and free standing fan.
Master bedroom - 2 persons, king-size bed, en-suite bath and shower, double French doors on to private balcony, bathrobes, dressing table and vanity unit, free standing fan.
Arched loggia overlooking main square - Magnificent loggia elegantly styled as an al fresco terrace. Ideal for summertime dining, relaxing and with the prime view of the towns famous landmarks. Outdoor dining table and chairs, outside sitting areas. On festival days, there is no better way to observe or participate in the celebrations. It accommodates 12 persons.
Day Room - Informal sitting area leading off the kitchen with 2 small sofas, TV and DVD player.
Dining room - Period dining room with 16th century finely carved wooden ceilings, antique wooden dining furniture and attractive family portraits. It accommodates 12 persons.
Drawing room - Period formal drawing room ideal for special occasions. Magnificent entertaining space with 16th century tall finely carved wooden ceilings.
Kitchen - Fully equipped including fridge freezer, dishwasher, gas cooker, electric oven, filter coffee maker and cafetire. Indoor breakfast table and chairs. It accommodates 6 persons.
Open-air courtyard - Interior courtyard, leading on to gardens, ground floor bedrooms and main staircase.
Reception room - Large, airy reception room, leading out to the magnificent loggia. Hand painted walls, lavish antique rug.
Rose garden - Walled garden with period stone arch, outdoor table and chairs, rose garden, trees, plants and flowers, magnificent views of the Palacio turrets, water fountain and lanterns.
Sitting room - Small reading room downstairs between bedrooms 6 and 7 with 2 armchairs and desk. French doors lead into the garden.
Swimming pool - Securely closed in swimming pool. The swimming pool garden has 6 Rattan sun loungers and a large covered pavilion with outdoor dining table and chairs, ideal for summertime dining. It accommodates 12 persons.
All the villa rentals include a luxurious welcome pack with compliments. The pack includes: milk, sliced bread, butter, eggs, seasonal fruit, coffee, tea, sugar, mineral water, one bottle of white wine, one bottle of red wine, beers, starter pack olive oil/vinegar, salt, pepper and kitchen roll. Enjoy!
Cceres is an ancient walled town in Extremadura with a maze of cobbled streets, beautiful mansions, monuments and statues and great food, making this world heritage city joy to wonder through. Dating back to the 16th century, this beautiful and ancient town boasts some great restaurants, historic churches, monasteries, and renaissance palaces.
The walled city has changed very little for hundreds of years and many movies have been made here because it is so authentic and there is little intrusion of the modern world. Pamper yourself at the wonderful day spa at Hotel Fontecruz Palacio Arenales. The spa offers a series of spa treatments including massage, facials and beauty. Also, you can play golf at three golf courses in the Caceres area. The best 18-hole courses are Norba Golf Club and Talayuela designed by Seve Ballesteros in 2004.
You will go on a journey to Montanchez to see the famous production process of jamn, or Spanish ham. Explore a traditional jamn house while sampling it fresh.
Guests will be taken on a guided tour of Trujillo with expert direction. Experience panoramic views from the castle and stroll down traditional Spanish lanes that wind through the town with secret gardens, jasmine and orange trees glimpsed over high stone walls. Enjoy conquistador palacios with exquisite facades and beautiful interiors and sublime churches endowed with impressive works of art. Sip wine on the open air terraces in the main square, whilst you watch the sun go down and the ancient buildings glow. Unforgettable!
This retreat will take place in Trujillo, Spain.
Imagine spending part of your day grinding aromatic spices, stirring rich chocolate mole, pressing homemade tortillas, roasting local vegetables and baking sweet cakes only to enjoy their unique flavors upon completion. Foodie heaven! Guests will create dishes with a plethora of new flavors, some introduced centuries ago from the Americas by Spanish Conquistadors.
These flavors include experimentation with several local specialties such as wild asparagus, sheeps cheese and the famous Spanish ham (jamn iberico de bellota), as well as ingredients brought back to Europe from the New World such as yams, maize, avocados, sunflowers, squash, quinoa, turkey, peppers and chocolate. Lunches are served in the perfectly peaceful shaded gardens and dinners on the remarkable Florentine portico overlooking the main square.
Enroll in optional art classes with Noelle or yoga classes with Manuel doing Asana yoga or Cranio-Sacral therapy.
Trujillo, located in authentic Spain, is one of the areas most important historic and cultural towns and there is plenty to see and do during your holiday.
Casa de las Cadenas - House of the Chaves-Orellana family, honored in 1583 by Philip II by means of the chain which hangs above the front door.
Local activities - Horse riding, bird watching and walking day trips.
Market visit - Weekly fresh products market on Thursdays. It starts right at bottom of your street.
Palacio de la Conquista - Built by Hernando Pizarro, Francisco Pizarro's brother. The 16th century property is renaissance in design, with outstanding stonework to portray wealth and the conquest of Peru.
Palacio de los Duques de San Carlos - Features a picturesque facade and 5 chimneys to commemorate the varying styles of temples found in South America during the conquest.
Palacio de la Quintanilla - With its intricately designed twisted stone columns, originally the house of weights and measures.
The 10th century Moorish Castle and its small chapel which is a tribute to the town patron saint, Virgin of the Victoria. Dont miss the open air theatre during the summer months and do climb the castle ramparts to enjoy the incredible views of the countryside.
The statue of Francisco Pizzaro by Charles Rumsey celebrating the conquistadors victorious return to Spain from Latin America.
Trujillos magnificent seventeen churches, including San Martin church in the main square and the must-see Santa Maria La Mayor church which is located directly outside Villa Moritos and the Artists Studio. Santa Maria La Mayor has an impressive altar piece painted by Fernando Gallego (1466-1507) and has been the venue for many important occasions throughout history, including the funeral of King John II of Aragon in 1479.
Trujillo is the perfect place to see fantastic examples of wildlife and animals that have long disappeared in other European countries. Extremadura is home to some of the rarest species of birds in Europe. Thanks to its low population density and the persistence of ancient agricultural practices that benefit flora and fauna, the region has become a safe haven for many types of rare birds. Extremadura has developed into one of the best places to bird watch in Europe.
The low levels of intensive farming and the many fresh water reservoirs allow insects and other small animals to thrive. This attracts bird species from all over Europe and Africa which come to Trujillo and Extremadura to breed. Trujillo is populated by many varieties of birds including 15% of the Earth's population of rare Great Bustards and Lesser Bustards. If you decide to spend your bird watching holidays in Extremadura, you are sure to catch some wonderful sightings.
You can rent a car at Madrid airport from Avis, Hertz or Europcar.
Head out of the car park exit, go through the first toll and then follow directions for Madrid / M30 / M40. You will go round to the left and up to join a number of merging roads.
Keep left and join the toll road that is called the M-14. Head to Madrid / M-40. The M-40 is the equivalent of the M25. Madrid airport is in the north east end of Madrid and you will need to travel clockwise down towards the south west. Always follow the signs for the R-5 (Badajoz).
After about 50 kilometers on the M-40 you get to the R-5 sign.
Turn off the motorway and follow the R-5 signs to Toledo / Badajoz and then Trujillo / Caceres. This is a toll road which will (after a couple of extra toll booths) lead you onto the R-5 / A-5.
You should now be on the R5 which becomes the A5. This is the road that you will follow all the way until you get to Trujillo. You are now approximately 215 kilometers from Trujillo. Major towns you will pass on the way include: Talavera de la Reina, Oropesa, Navalmoral de la Mata and Almaraz.
After Almaraz, you will go through a tunnel at the top of the hill. Keep going, following signs for Trujillo. When you have gone through the tunnel, please telephone your Trujillo Villas Espana representative so you are met when you arrive in Trujillo.
There are 2 exit junctions for Trujillo off the motorway. Take the second exit junction. You will drive down a hill, and come to a T junction. Take a right. Drive in towards Trujillo; you will see the castle in front of you.
After 500 meters, the road will narrow as you approach the village (you be on a road called Avenida de la Virgen de Guadalupe). You will see a bull ring on your left. Keep going and go straight on and at the next T junction head in the direction of 10 oclock onto Calle del Campillo.
After 50 meters (past a couple of bars - El Leon is one of them on your right hand side) you come to a mini roundabout, go straight over (not left) and you will arrive at the IZAN Hotel (orange building). There is a little park on your left. The Izan hotel is the meeting point, so park your car and you will be met by your Trujillo Villas Espana representative who will take you to the villa.
Arrive at Adolfo Suarez Madrid - Barajas airport (MAD).
There is an express coach service from Madrid bus station to Trujillo which takes 3 hours. The bus station is approximately 20 minutes from Madrid airport. Please note you cant buy tickets online with a UK credit card so if you want to travel by bus, you will need to buy tickets on the day at the bus station. It is advisable to find out if its a Spanish bank holiday before you travel.