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Overview

Authentic Algarve

The Algarve region of Portugal is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Not as known to US culinary travelers as many coastal destinations in the rest of Europe, it nonetheless boasts stunning beaches, a fantastic climate, and wonderful gastronomy that have made it a top destination for Europeans looking for Portugal food tours. American travelers have also been discovering it in recent years, and Portugal is one of the fastest growing destinations among travelers worldwide, both because of all that the country has to offer on a culinary vacation in Portugal in terms of history, culture, gastronomy, and comfort, but also for the friendly and unpretentious people.

It’s no wonder so many choose the Algarve for their culinary vacation in Portugal. It is the westernmost part of continental Europe (?), making it seem as though you are on the edge of the Earth. The stunning beached are obvious, but as the “gateway to Europe” this important coastal region played a major role in European exploration, the cultural traces of which can be found in local towns you will visit on your Portugal food tour.

The climate of the Algarve is one of the best in Europe, with long summers and mild winters providing the necessary conditions for beautiful natural landscapes and abundant produce that you will explore in your Portugal cooking classes featuring the local gastronomy. Fish and seafood, of course, abound in the nearby waters of the Atlantic, but there are other culinary surprises in store for you on your food and wine tour of Portugal as you learn about both traditional and contemporary Portuguese food.

This unique and authentic culinary tour of Portugal will introduce you to the real Algarve as you explore the salt flats, meet the local artisan producers, and travel with the fishermen to an undiscovered beach where you will learn about local life.

Come with us to the Algarve on a Portugal food tour and experience the best of Portugal.





Trip Details

Enjoy three hands on cooking classes with the chef at the hotel’s restaurant. Your classes will focus on the preparation of three courses (started, main course, dessert) and the main courses will focus on:

  • Cataplana seafood dish
  • Local goat cheese and chourizo
  • Tuna

Itinerary

Bedroom at the Praia Verde resort in the Algarve, home for your Portugal food tour.

Day One

  • Arrival at Faro Airport and transfer to Castro Marim.

Cataplana made during your cooking vacation in Portugal.

Day Two

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Next it is time to start your day with a cooking class. The chef will teach you how to make a traditional Cataplana, a name which signifies both the seafood dish as well as the unique cooking vessle in which it is cooked. Start with a visit to the local market and then head to the hotel restaurant for the class. You will also prepare a starter and dessert.
  • Lunch to follow, wine, water, and soft drinks included.
  • In the afternoon head to the “salinas,” or the salt flats. The Algarve is an important salt-producing region, including the famous “fleur de sel.” The sea salt collected is 100% natural. Visit the salt pans and try your hand at collecting salt under the supervision of a professional saltman.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Chourize hanging at market in Portugal during a culinary tour Portugal.

Day Three

  • After breakfast enjoy your next cooking class. The chef will first accompany you to a local producer of Portuguese cheese and sausages, then head back to the hotel restaurant to cook with the goat cheese and “chourizo” you have purchased. Enjoy your three-course meal for lunch, wine, water, and soft drinks included.
  • After lunch head to an olive grove for a guided visit. See the mil and learn all about olive tree culture, olive oil production, and finish with an olive oil tasting under the olive trees.
  • Back to the hotel and time to relax.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Tuna made during a culinary tour of Portugal.

Day Four

  • Breakfast and then visit the local tuna museum in a nearby village with your chef to learn about the history of tuna and its importance to the economy and the gastronomy of the Algarve.
  • Head back to the hotel restaurant to learn how to prepare this fish, along with a starter and dessert.
  • Lunch to follow, wine, water, and soft drinks included.
  • Free time this afternoon to relax or to explore on your own.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

View of the coast below Forte de Cacela, during your Portugal food tour in the Algarve.

Day Five

  • Breakfast, and then depart on a very special half-day excursion to one of the most typical and authentic villages of the Algarve, Cacela Velha. The village is surrounded by an unspoiled wild beach called Praia da Fabrica that you will access by a traditional fishing boat. Discover the life of the fishermen and end with a delicious light lunch.
  • Afternoon free for relaxing or exploring on your own.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

A boat at the port during a cooking vacation in Portugal's Agarve.

Day Six

  • Transfer to Faro airport for your departure.

Trip Details

Included in the 5-Night Trip

Accommodations

Five nights accommodation in garden suite at 4* resort hotel

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 lunches

Classes & Instructors

Enjoy three hands on cooking classes with the chef at the hotel’s restaurant. Your classes will focus on the preparation of three courses (started, main course, dessert) and the main courses will focus on:

  • Cataplana seafood dish
  • Local goat cheese and chourizo
  • Tuna

Excursions

  • Visit to the Salt Flats
  • Olive grove visit with tasting of olive oils and tapas
  • Visit to the market, a cheese/sausage producer, and the tuna museum with the chef
  • Boat tour to Cacela Velha

Transfer Details

Roundtrip transfers from/to Faro airport

Not Included

  • Entrance tickets to museums and monuments
  • Meals not specified

Accommodation Information

Your accommodations for your Portugal food and wine tour will be the 4* Praia Verde Boutique Hotel, in a double garden suite. The resort hotel is surrounded by a dense pine forest over the top of which you can see the dazzling ocean views. It was extensively remodeled and boasts comfortable and bright suites. The garden suites boast a balcony or patio, separate living room, kitchenette, and more.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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High Season Pricing:
June through September

5-night Program

US$3150 per person based on double occupancy

    Please inquire for single supplement and upgrade costs.

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.
    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    Mid Season Pricing:
    April, May, October

    5-night Program

    US$2400 per person based on double occupancy

      Please inquire for single supplement and upgrade costs.

      30% deposit due to confirm booking.
      Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

      Low Season Pricing:
      March

      5-night Program

      US$1950 per person based on double occupancy

        Please inquire for single supplement and upgrade costs.

        30% deposit due to confirm booking.
        Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!


        Tour Dates

        Available March through October for a minimum of 2 people.

        2021
        Sample dates, other start dates also possible. Please inquire.
        June 20-25
        June 27-July 2
        July 4-9
        July 11-16
        July 18-23
        July 25-30
        August 1-6
        August 8-13
        August 15-20
        August 22-27
        August 29-September 3
        September 5-10
        September 12-17
        September 19-24
        September 26-October 1
        October 3-8
        October 10-15
        October 17-22
        October 24-29

        2022
        Sample dates, other start dates also possible. Please inquire.
        March 6-11
        March 13-18
        March 20-25
        March 27-April 1
        April 3-8
        April 10-15
        April 17-22
        April 24-29
        May 1-6
        May 8-13
        May 15-20
        May 21-26
        May 29-June 3
        June 5-10
        June 12-17
        June 18-23
        June 26-July 1
        July 3-8
        July 10-15
        July 17-22
        July 24-29
        July 31-August 5
        August 7-12
        August 14-19
        August 21-26
        August 28-September 2
        September 4-9
        September 11-16
        September 18-23
        September 25-30
        October 2-7
        October 9-14
        October 16-21
        October 23-28

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