Combine hands-on cooking lessons with guided visits on this 7 night cooking and culture holiday to discover the culture, gastronomy, natural beauty & history of the Spanish Aragon Pyrenees; an exciting daily activity schedule to ensure you enjoy and make the most of your time away.
This tranquil location sets the scene for several incredible cultural walks through the region to the historic villages and medieval towns. Then, you’ll be able to take a break from walking in the on-site, modern kitchen for three courses in traditional Spanish cooking, including how to make tapas.
Starting with several village tours, you will get a sense of the history and beauty. Tour the small village of Albella and its beautiful chapel. Walk across ancient seabeds covered in fossils to reach Janovas at the head of a dramatic gorge. Visit a 10th century monastery built directly into the rock face of a mountain, as well as its twin higher up the hill. Marvel at Romanesque cathedrals and architecture, plus enter the 9th century citadel, Alquezar.
No cultural tour of the region would be complete without picturesque views and the chance to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the area. Picnic in a valley full of diverse fauna next to the medieval bridge of San Nicolas, and stop at the gateway to the National Park of Ordesa. Walk above the river Vero on the incredible pasarelas, and finally head to three viewing balconies offering the best view of the magnificent Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture) in Europe.
On top of all of that, you will get the chance to tour a local bodega and enjoy a wine tasting before heading to a family-owned olive oil mill, where you will learn to taste olive oil like a fine glass of wine. Close encounters with the local artisans allow you to understand what life in this quiet region is truly like.
During your course, stay in a gorgeously renovated 17th-century farmhouse in any of its 7 guest rooms, complete with a wonderful view of the surrounding grounds or mountains. Each room has a private en-suite bathroom and various other modern amenities. The grounds include a vegetable patch used to cook your meals, beautiful gardens, and a courtyard leading to a library and small gym, the ideal place to unwind and immerse yourself in the local culture and cuisine.