One Day Cooking Classes & Tours in Spain: Spanish Cooking Schools
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One-Day Cooking Classes in Spain and Portugal

If you are traveling to Spain or Portugal but don’t have time for a full culinary vacation, we also offer one-day cooking classes in Spain and Portugal a la carte. Whether your travels take you to Barcelona, Malaga, or any of our other locations, we can help you find a Spanish or Portuguese cooking class or gastronomic tour sure to be the highlight of your vacation. Our cooking lessons are generally about 3 hours each and include the preparation of a multi-course meal, which you will enjoy with wine after the lesson. Prices start at $215 per person for a cooking lesson and at $160 per person for our gastronomic tours, and both can generally be confirmed for as few as two people. If you are a solo traveler, give us a call and we can discuss which classes and tours we have already confirmed for your travel dates.

For more information on the one-day cooking classes and culinary tours in Spain and Portugal we offer, please see below or choose the region of interest on the right. If you need help deciding which cooking class or culinary tour in Spain and Portugal might work best for you, please write or call, we’d be happy to discuss your options. If you are ready to book, our booking form is available online. Please remember that if you have more than one option for your class date, the class will be easier to confirm.

Our Cooking Classes in Andalusia

Lesson in Malaga at a Private Home

Try an utterly different experience in Malaga, and spend the day with a local family at their charming farmhouse, which is surrounded by olive, almond, orange, and fig trees, and which boasts a stunning patio with bougainvilleas and jasmine-covered walls. The bright and airy kitchen is where your hostess will introduce you to homestyle Spanish cuisine. Although not a professional chef, your hostess has spent her life learning the secrets of and developing a love for authentic local cuisine, and the chance to have this experience with a local family in their home is truly special.

Your day will begin at 10:30 with a cup of tea or coffee and a snack while your hostess begins the discussion of the recipes. Weather and season permitting, you will then travel out to the garden and orchard to pick some ingredients for your class: perhaps oranges, lemons, figs, pomegranates, almonds, wild asparagus, or fresh herbs . Your hostess believes in using only the freshest, most seasonal local ingredients, organic when possible. Back in the kitchen, your hands-on cooking class will focus on a starter and a main course.

As lunchtime in Spain is quite late, there will be small treats offered during the session, and afterwards you will enjoy your meal with the food just prepared, on the patio if possible, or in the kitchen by the fire during cooler months. Dessert, coffee and tea will be provided (your hosts will prepare the dessert in advance), as well as plenty of friendly conversation for the “sobremesa”! Your day will finish at 4:00pm.

The house is located in Malaga, easily reachable either by rental car, taxi, or city bus.

Tour of Andalusia: Jerez and Its Sherry

To speak of Jerez de la Frontera is to speak of its sherry wines, which have impregnated the whole of its culture, art forms and customs since 1100 BC. Enjoy a complete guideed tour of the most significant wine tourism resources of the city. You will start the in the Cadiz area, from the town of Puerto de Santa Maria, with a visit of a superb wine cellar, followed by lunch in a typical local fish restaurant. After lunch you will visit a famous wine cellar in Jerez, where you will taste the very best sherry wines and brandies accompanied by gastronomic treats typical of the area. During your excursion you will see what is likely Europe´s largest wine cellar, taking a journey through the history, production and secrets of aging of their wines.

Andalusia Tapas & Wine Tour

What better way to enjoy life than to sample the local food and wine in the style of the locals? This half day excursion will introduce you to wine tasting, with an explanation of the basic techniques to discover the aroma and flavor, along with the traditional accompanying gourmet tapas. You will visit some charming local villages, all the while continuing with the wine and tapas, experiencing the practice of “tapeo,” allowing you many tastes!

The tapas tour will be in a typical Analucian white village; Mijas, located in the middle of the Costa del Sol, or Gaucin, set at the edge of the Ronda mountains. The town will be determined which is closest to your accommodation.

Our Cooking Classes in Catalonia

Barcelona - Boqueria Market Visit and Cooking Lesson

Experience the true Catalan cuisine by starting with a visit to the source: Barcelona’s Boqueria market. Once a traveling market, it is today located on a pedestrian-only street in the heart of the city, where the local people go daily to select the best produce, meats, cheeses, olive oils, etc, etc. This incredibly colorful market is a delight for all your senses and a great photo opportunity! The class begins at the cooking school at 10 AM when you meet your chef who will lead you to Boqueria market, where he’ll regale you with personal stories and secrets of the market’s history and vendors as you pick out fresh ingredients for the day’s cooking class.

Then it is on to the kitchen, where you start with a glass of Rioja red or Albariño white wine to enjoy during your class. You will be immersed in the flavors, textures, and aromas of traditional Spanish cuisine, which you will be able to reproduce in your home.

The class will consist of four courses using the best and freshest local ingredients. (On Wednesdays, the four dishes you make and enjoy will all be tapas paired with 4 wines). Some of the dishes you may make are a cream of pumpkin, pear with cheese and caramelized hazelnuts, tortilla española, paella, and Catalan cream dessert. Afterwards you’ll feast on your fabulous creations for lunch!

Barcelona - Walking Foodie Tour and Private Class

Immerse yourself in the world of gourmet Spanish cuisine with this unique walking tour and cooking class in the heart of Barcelona. Your day starts at 9 AM with a pick up at your centrally-located hotel and then it’s off to the Gothic Quarter, a neighborhood also known as the Cathedral Quarter. Your guide will show you around Las Ramblas, one of the most famous pedestrian-only streets in the country. Stop at wonderful artisan and speciality shops, as well as tiendas selling the best Spanish olive oils, meats, pastries, wines, chocolates, and more. The chef will gladly answer questions about any of the products in the stores, while also highlighting all the most important historic buildings in the Gothic Quarter.

Next, it’s on to Boqueria market with a stop at Pinotxo bar, one of the top counter restaurants in Barcelona. Take a short break and enjoy a tapa (snack) with a glass of wine before the market visit begins. This market is frequented daily by locals for the best produce, cheeses, olive oils, etc. While perusing the many market stalls, the chef will regale you with personal stories about the market as well as highlight some of the locally-grown products and locally-caught fish. After selecting some ingredients for the class, head to the professionally-equipped kitchen just 50 meters away.

In your private Spain cooking class, you’ll learn to prepare a 4-course meal, including a soup, appetizer, main dish, and desserts, which you’ll get to feast on during lunch with some local wine. This is truly an amazing experience that everyone, including families, can enjoy!

Barcelona Tours

If you are spending a little extra time in Barcelona, you might consider one of the many group bus tours or excursions we offer in the city. (Private tours also available on request.)

  • Gaudí Tour (3.5 hours): This tour will take you to the best of Gaudí, at different points of the city, in a comfortable coach and avoiding entrance lines. Includes: Passeig de Gràcia, Gaudi Houses (Casa Batlló and La Pedrera), Eixample, and Sagrada Família. Available daily at 9:00 a.m.
  • Montjuïc Hill and Waterfront Tour (2.5 hours): Enjoy spectacular views over the city, visit the Old Port, Columbus Monument, Gothic Drassanes (shipyards), World Trade Centre, Mirador de Miramar (look-out), the Olympic Ring stadiums, and Poble Espanyol. Available daily at 12:30 p.m. (Lunch on your own).
  • Barcelona Highlights Tour (5 hours): The ideal tour for people on a short visit: the only way to see everything, covering the distances and avoiding the lines. Includes: Passeig de Gràcia, Gaudi Houses (facades of Casa Batllo and La Pedrera), Eixample, Sagrada Família, Arc de Triomf, Old Port, Columbus Monument, Gothic Drassanes (shipyard), World Trade Centre, Montjuic Hill (Miramar Look-out), Olympic Ring stadiums, and Poble Espanyol. Available daily at 10:00 a.m. and Monday through Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (Lunch on your own).
  • Montserrat Tour (4 hours): Montserrat is a rich, multidimensional site, a veritable phenomenon: a unique nature park in the world, a museum housing one of the best collections in the country, the Shrine of the Patron Saint of Catalonia. Includes: Parc Natural de Montserrat, Sanctuary (Monastery, Basilicia, Chapel of Our Lady). Available daily at 3:00 p.m.

Wine Tour of the Penedes

Enjoy a full-day excursion to The Penedés (45 minutes from Barcelona), long the the largest wine region in Catalonia, and also the home of the Cava sparkling wine. Your day begins with a pickup from your Barcelona hotel at 9:00 am. You will visit two highly respected wineries (masias) in the villages of Sant Pau d’Ordal and Avinyonet del Penedés. These Catalan traditional farmsteads are surrounded by vineyards and unspoiled countryside at the foot of the Garraf mountain range—the views alone are worth the trip! Enjoy a visit and private tasting at each vineyard. At lunchtime you will head toward the capital of the Cava region, Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, to enjoy traditional Catalan cuisine at one of the area’s best restaurants. After lunch return to Barcelona, where you will arrive around 5:00 pm.

Wine Tour of the Priorat

Explore one of Spain’s premier wine regions with an expert guide. Your day begins with a 8:45 am pickup from your Barcelona hotel and a transfer (of approximately 1 hour 45 minutes) to the Priorat region. Your first stop is Gratallops, the capital of the Priorat wine region, where many of the region’s top wineries are located. In the recent past the quality of Priorat wines has improved to the point that they are now recognized as among the best wines of Spain. You will visit two of the local wineries, where you will have a private tasting led by the house oenologists. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting lunch in a local restaurant, with wine paired to match the selections. After lunch, return to Barcelona, where you will arrive around 4:00 pm.

Our Cooking Classes in Portugal

Lisbon - Driving Tour and Premium Wine Tasting

As one of the oldest cities in Europe, Lisbon once served as the port where explorers in the 15th-century launched to discover new lands. But with Lisbon’s Baroque and Gothic architecture, tapas, beautiful beaches, and more, it’s a city worth discovering too.

After you’re picked up from your centrally-located Lisbon hotel, your driver guide will introduce you to this grand city and take you around to its stunning hidden gems, which only the locals know about. This journey through Lisbon also features a premium tasting featuring cheeses, Iberian pork sausages, chorizo, Pata Negra ham that’s been aged for 20 months, and jams.
Last but not least, since Portugal is the land of Port wine, you’ll also taste five premium wines, including an old Tawny and a special vintage. At the end of the tour, your guide will return you to your hotel.

Lisbon - Sintra and Cascais Driving Tour

Located about 17 miles from Lisbon in the foothills, Sintra is a charming fairy-tale village with palaces, monasteries, and convents lost in the mountains. After being picked up by your driver in a luxury car or van from your centrally-located Lisbon hotel, discover Sintra many sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage Pena Palace, which is surrounded by a forest packed with thousands of plants, and a picturesque convent in the mountains.

Next, your driving guide will take you to the stunning Portuguese coastline to explore the beauty of Cascais, a fishing village full of charm. During the tour, you’ll stop for lunch (cost not included), while enjoying a beautiful view of the ocean.

At the conclusion of your tour, your guide will return you to your hotel.