Andalusia Culinary & Cultural Expedition
Andalusia ranks as the largest region in Spain, stretching south from the sunny cities of Cordoba and Grenada all the way to the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Andalusia embodies the classic image of Spain to the fullest, from the flamenco dancing and bullfighting to the flamboyant nightlife and ancient architecture. Andalusia also boasts many delicious foods, offering travelers a chance to stimulate their palettes while exploring the region.
Trip Summary: Andalusia, Spain | 7 Days
Trip Dates: Year Round
Group Size: Maximum 16
Prices From: $3400 per person
Trip Dates & Prices:
All inclusive package including boutique accommodation for all nights, in-country transport to activities, expert guides & culinary instructors, all activities as listed on itinerary, and all meals. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
What to Expect of a Culinary Adventure in Spain:
Embark with our team as we immerse and cook our way throughout Andalusia, Spain, exploring tradition, history, and culture, while being mentored in Spanish and travel cuisine. This is a great opportunity to develop your skills as a cook, or simply come home with a variety of recipes to share with friends, and explore some of Andalusia's hidden mountains, cliff-top roads, and wineries. At the end of your trip, you’ll receive a greater love for diverse cooking including French, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine that you can use when you go back home.
- Visit the beautiful land of Andalusia, Spain. Listen to the sounds of a flamenco guitar, take a look at white villages and enjoy cuisine infused with North African spices.
- Learn and cook with local chefs and visit local markets to purchase fresh produce, hands-on lessons and an introduction to fine cuisine of Seville.
- Enjoy vineyard visits, sherry wine tasting, tapas tours, and fine dining to complete your culinary tour and excite your taste buds.
Itinerary | 7 Days
Day 1 | Ronda Andalusia: Today you will arrive in the beautiful Andalusia region - check into your hotel and have an opportunity to explore the surroundings around you. Tour Andalusia's most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages), Ronda balances atop a rocky limestone ridge, its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stopping abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the river below. The town is a labyrinth of cobbled streets that lead up to a sandstone castle, offering exhilarating views over the town and the rolling plain below. Enjoy a traditional welcome dinner in the evening as we begin to discuss the culinary week ahead. Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 2 | Traditional Andalusian Cuisine Cooking Class: Today you will learn about the extraordinary products of the Andalusian homeland – (Wine, cheese, olive oil, sherry vinegar, etc...). Learn how to cook a three course meal including traditional Spanish starters, main dishes with meat, fish, paella, and exquisite desserts such as: Meringue Mimosa, orange cake, sesame puff pastry, rice/peach pudding, and more. Together with the chef, you will prepare, cook, and taste some of the best examples of delicious Spanish Cuisine. Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 3 | Tapas Tour & Artisan Markets: Today you will walk through the maze of narrow alleys, streets and patios in Ronda to visit the locals’ favorite tapas bars. Also learn about Andalusia's fine cheeses, often eaten as a tapas accompanied by a glass of fino or manzanilla sherry. The cheeses are mostly made from goat's milk, from herds which live in the mountainous areas of the region. In an interactive workshop and visits to cheese artisans, learn how it’s all cultivated, produced, and enjoyed – the Spanish way. Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 4 | Seafood & Fish Cooking Class: After a delicious breakfast, you will have the opportunity to embark on another culinary adventure - learning about different fish and seafood that are present in the Southern part of Spain. Andalusia's location between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean offers a rich seafood culture and history through the centuries. With your chef you will prepare multiple dishes from seafood paella, to Burrida de Raya, and a variety of different tapas (small plates). Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 5 | Olive Mill Experience: After a delicious Spanish breakfast, you will head into the countryside for your own hands-on artisan olive oil experience. Andalusia is home to some of the best olive oil in the world, as well as some of the most exquisite olive groves and olive mills in the country. Have the opportunity to learn how olives are harvested and processed into some of the finest olive oils in Spain (and in the world). In the afternoon you will visit the natural park of Grazalema and have the opportunity to dine on a traditional Spanish lunch in the home of a local. Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 6 | Cooking in the Vineyard & Wine Tasting: Enjoy Ronda wines and an authentic culinary experience as you embark on a cooking class in one of Ronda's most scenic vineyards. Learn about the production of wines in this part of the world, and have the opportunity to taste each of the various wines as they are expertly drawn from the barrels. In the afternoon you will start your third cooking course - learning how to cook the most typical selection of tapas dishes. These dishes will include clams in green sauce, prawns, mushrooms in garlic sauce, chicken fried al ajillo, lamb stew, and thick potato omelette. At the end of your course you will once again be invited to sit down and enjoy your creations with chef instructor. Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 7 | Countryside Visit & Departure: After a delicious Spanish breakfast, you will head into the countryside on your way back to the airport, passing beautiful fields and mountains on your journey through Andalusia. We will then depart to catch our international flights back home or extend our stay another 4-days in Morocco (see Morocco extension directly right).
3-Day Morocco Extension: Influenced by Mediterranean and Arab countries, Moroccan cuisine embodies a wide range of tastes and flavors, enhanced by unrefined olive oils, preserved lemons, and flavorful dried fruit which add zest to sauces and stews. Moroccan cuisine is unique because authentic dishes use more spices, including turmeric, cumin, saffron and coriander. Have the opportunity to spend 3 days in Tangier, Morocco learning about the culture and cuisine of a beautiful country. Prepare dishes such as lamb couscous, Pastilla - a pigeon meat pie, and other Moroccan favorites such as Tagine - a slow simmered stew made of lamb, fruits, and plethora of Moroccan spices. Morocco offers visitors a delicious taste of authentic cuisine, a truly unique blend of flavors, and dishes that will impress even the most seasoned foodie.