What better way to truly get to know a culture than through its food? Our foodie holidays, whether they’re cooking, tasting, drinking or foraging, get you to the heart of a culture and help you get to know true, authentic cuisine from France, Italy, Vietnam or Cambodia.
Maybe you’re tempted by the idea of exploring the vineyards of Tuscany, and of course trying incredible wines and traditional Tuscan dishes, or perhaps you want to go further afield and delve into the flavours of Costa Rica or Cambodia.
Whether you want to be hands-on, or just taste the local food, Not In The Guidebooks have picked out our top five foodie holidays in Europe, so that you can inspire that inner chef to get out there and experience the continent that declares itself the culinary capital of the world.
There are few places that get as quintessentially Italian as Florence, and it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in Tuscan cuisine. Over five days in this gorgeous city, you’ll be learning skills with professional local chefs, who will ensure that you have mastered the techniques involved with real, authentic Italian cooking.
To immerse yourself further in Italian culture, this holiday combines foodie experiences with Italian lessons, which you can put to the test immediately in your free time exploring the city.
With options for wine tasting, olive oil tasting, group dinners, Chianti tours or museum visits, this is the perfect opportunity for a foodie holiday that delves deep into one of Europe’s best cuisines.
Or of course, there’s always the capital of European cuisine to visit on one of the best foodie holidays in Europe, situated on the beautiful North West coast of France.
Brittany is renowned for stunning seafood and incredible cider, and it sets the scene for a retreat that will change the way you think about, and cook, food forever. You’ll spend a week immersing yourself in French cuisine, helping you master techniques and skills that will stay with you forever.
In a fun and relaxed atmosphere, you’ll learn how to prepare stocks and sauces from scratch, how to prepare fish and seafood, and master the art of patisserie. The dishes and recipes you create will be up to restaurant standard, and some of the best food you’ve ever tasted, and with plenty of free-flowing wine and time to enjoy the rustic atmosphere of Brittany, it’s an unmissable foodie holiday.
This European foodie holiday combines authentic, traditional Spanish cuisine, one of the most spectacular natural environments in Europe, incredible hospitality, and world-class hiking all in one neat package.
Staying in a 17th-century farmhouse in the heart of the beautiful Pyrenees mountain range, this is an opportunity to hike to mighty glacial valleys, majestic mountain lakes, and quiet, untouched villages that have stood uninfluenced by tourism for centuries.
Visit local bodegas, taste cheese at a small dairy farm, sample honey from an independent local beekeeper, appreciate olive oil like a fine wine, and of course learn to make traditional dishes with your hosts.