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Overview

Authentic Portugal Culinary Vacations

A street in the UNESCO site of Evora, visited during a culinary tour of PortugalThis trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

The Alentejo Region stretches from the Tagus River at Lisbon south to the Algarve. Its terracotta earth is covered in wheat fields and bordered by rows of olive trees marching up and down the rolling hills like Roman centurions. Dotting the hillsides, white washed villages and towns appear, crowned by castles.

The ancients left their megaliths, the Romans their aqueducts, the Portuguese a wealth of architecture from Gothic to Baroque. Some of the ancient arts and crafts are still practiced in this region today.

In the Alentejo, the cooking and wine-making reflect the region’s rich culinary traditions, which you will explore on our authentic Portugal culinary vacations. In the spring, the Alentejo is carpeted in wildflowers. In the summer, wheat, oats, and sunflowers blanket the fields, and in the autumn, the air is filled with the smell of grapes and olives ripening. This stunning area covers a third of Portugal, but yet is home to only seven percent of the country’s population.

In the heart of this unspoiled countryside is the charming capital town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant town is considered a museum city, shaped as it is by more than 20 centuries of history. It was once the residence of Portuguese kings in the 15th century, the beginning of the town’s golden age.

Discover Èvora on our amazing Portugal culinary vacations, during which you will cook with your hostess and instructor, the charming Sofia, who will also show you the beauty of this unique land.

This trip pairs very well with our 3-night Lisbon Food Tour, or we would be happy to create a custom itinerary for you in Lisbon. 





Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Lucy & Douglas
GA
Trip taken October 2019
In early October my son and I participated in the cooking experience in Evora, Portugal. Sofia was the perfect teacher and tour guide. She was assisted in the kitchen by Maria who was a delight as well. The cooking experiences were fun and delicious and the tours that were planned for us were very interesting and enjoyable. Evora is a delightful town and Portugal is a wonderful country, where people are gracious and the food delicious. The group we were with were great and the whole experience was fantastic. I would do this trip again!

Delectable Portugal Culinary Vacation Details

Our best Portugal culinary vacations include authentic hands-on cooking classes, plenty of unique excursions, and of course beautiful accomomdations.  Our Delectable Portugal cooking tour features:

  • deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 5 hands-on cooking classes focussing on local Portuguese dishes
  • visits to a local wine estate, the hilltop town of Monsaraz, and the megalithic cromeleques
  • guided visit of Evora
  • meals as indicated
  • and much more!

Itinerary

A street in Evora, PortugalYour fabulous and authentic culinary vacation in Portugal will include daily activities as indicated below. Depending on the season and dates booked, the order of activities is subject to change.

Day One

  • Pickup from Lisbon hotel or airport and depart for the small town of Èvora, your home for your Portugal cooking vacation. This small town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of Roman vestiges, as well as medieval churches and palaces. Every street in Evora’s center retains a historic charm.
  • Lunch in a local traditional restaurant, followed by a brief orientation walk to introduce you to Èvora.
  • In the afternoon, experience your first cooking class in Sofia’s renovated but traditional kitchen. The class will be an introduction to Portuguese gastronomy, and a study in influences and seasonings.
  • Dinner to follow based on your efforts.
  • Overnight.

 


A view of the Portuguese countrysideDay Two

  • After breakfast, begin your second cooking class. During your lesson you will focus on the importance of fish and olive oil in Portuguese cuisine.
  • Today’s lunch is based on your culinary efforts!
  • This afternoon enjoy a visit to a local wine estate, blending ancient and modern winemaking techniques. The grapes of this wine region include Periquita, Trincadeira, Tinta Roriz and Moreto reds and Roupeiro, Manteudo, Perrum, Rabo de Ovelha for the whites – all Portuguese varieties, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
  • Stop in the nearby village of S. Pedro do Corval, a popular local pottery place full of small factories.
  • Next, visit the 13th century castle built by King Afonso III in the thousand-year-old village of Monsaraz, close to the border of Spain. You will have dinner in the shadow of this picturesque fortress.
  • Return to the hotel and overnight.

Cooking class in Evora, PortugalDay Three

  • Breakfast.
  • Today’s culinary class will concentrate on local produce, an abundance from local farms and ranches.
  • This afternoon, tour Évora and visit the famous cathedral, Chapel of Bones from the 16th century, and the Roman Baths and Temple from the 1st century.
  • After a walking tour, time at leisure to explore and shop on your own. The town is rich in jewelry, items made from cork (hats, shoes, aprons, purses, bracelets, etc.), tiles, and much more.
  • Dinner on your own (Sofia will make suggestions).
  • Return to the hotel on your own and overnight.

Cooking class in EvoraDay Four

  • Cooks, this is your day off! Today you will drive into the northern Alentejo and before lunch at Vila Viçosa, visit its Renaissance Ducal Palace and the historical Sancturay of Vila Vicosa, where John IV, King of Portugal, gave his crown to the Virgin Mary and named her Queen of Portugal.
  • Passing through part of Alentejo known for its marble, stop in the historical and white town of Estremoz, enclosed within its ramparts and overlooking a vast plain of gnarled olive trees and wheat fields. You will also stop at a cork factory.
  • Once back in Evora, time for dinner on your own and overnight.

Cooking class in EvoraDay Five

  • Breakfast followed by your fourth cooking class.
  • This region is known for its aromatic herbs and wild flowers. This morning you will use them in dishes that the locals have passed on through generations. Lunch to follow.
  • Enjoy an afternoon excursion to several traditional villages, and visit the fabulous pre-historical megalithic “cromeleque dos almendres” from 4000 BC.
  • This evening, sit down to a farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Portuguese pastryDay Six

  • Breakfast, and check out of the hotel, where you can leave your luggage.
  • Your last class focuses on the flavors of the South. Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • After lunch, return to the hotel to collect your bags, then transfer to Lisbon.

This trip pairs wonderfully with our 3-night Lisbon Food Tour. Or, contact us if you’d like us to create a custom stay for you in Lisbon after your Delectable Portugal culinary vacation in Èvora. 


Trip Details

Included in Your 5-Night Portugal Culinary Vacation

Accommodations

5 nights accommodation in room with balcony and city or garden views at the 5* Mar de Ar Aqueduto (or similar)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your 5 cooking classes will be at the cooking atelier of the lovely Sofia, your guide and instructor. Portuguese cuisine is simple, characterized by a rich variety of regional dishes. Gathering herbs and produce from the local markets and pairing them with timeless recipes, cooks of all levels can roll up their sleeves in the kitchen and prepare a variety of succulent Mediterranean dishes influenced by this historic region. Olive oil, garlic, cilantro, parsley, onions, bayleaf, paprika, pepper, rosemary, leek, spinach, lamb, pork, codfish, seabass and dogfish are some of our main ingredients. Your classes will focus on Portuguese home cooking and will include:

  • An introduction to Portuguese seasonings and traditions
  • Fish and olive oil in Portuguese cuisine
  • Local produce from the Alentejo
  • Aromatic herbs in Portuguese cooking

Excursions

  • Visit to a local wine estate and to Monsaraz
  • Guided visit of Evora
  • Marble and cork area, including Vila Viçosa in northern Alentejo and Estremoz
  • Visit to the megalithic cromeleques

Transfer Details

  • Roundtrip transfers from Lisbon (airport, train station, or city center). Please do not arrive after 4 pm. (Late transfers will necessitate a special transfer at a cost of 150 Euros.)

Accommodation Information

The beautiful and chic M’ar de Ar Aqueduto hotel will be your home for our Portugal cooking vacations in Evora. It likes in the center of Evora and was originally a palace of the Sepulveda family, whose magnificent chapel and vaulted ceilings were preserved in the hotel, as were three Manueline windows on the main façade. The hotel features modern decor, exceptional service, and all the modern comforts. Your stay will be in an upgraded room with balcony and either garden or city views. You can also choose to upgrade to a suite for an additional cost. (If unavailable a comparable hotel will be proposed.)

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The 4* Mar de Ar Muralhas hotel is also an option for our clients. It is a bit farther than the Aqueduto from the cooking school, but if you prefer this option, please let us know.

Delectable Portugal Culinary Vacation Pricing & Tour Dates

Find pricing and dates for our Delectable Portugal culinary vacations below, and contact us for availability or to book your trip.



5-Night Portugal Cooking Vacation Pricing:

5-Night Portugal Cooking Vacation Pricing

US$3390 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$500 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

Upgrade to a suite: +$250 per person (double occupancy).


Delectable Portugal Culinary Vacation Tour Dates

Our Delectable Portugal culinary vacations can take place most weeks on request for a minimum of 2 people. The cooking vacation usually starts on a Monday, but other start dates may be possible. Sample dates follow, please inquire for availability or to customize your tour.

2021
Sample dates. Please inquire for availability.
October 11-16
October 18-23
October 25-October 30
November 1-6
November 8-13
November 15-20
November 22-27
November 29-December 4
December 6-11
December 13-18

2022
Sample dates. Please inquire for availablity.
January 3-8
January 10-15
January 17-22
January 24-29
January 31-February 5
February 7-12
February 14-19
February 21-26
February 28-March 5
March 7-12
March 14-19
March 21-26
March 28-April 2
April 4-9
April 11-16
April 18-23
April 25-30
May 2-7
May 9-14
May 16-21
May 23-28
May 30-June 4
June 6-11
June 13-18
June 20-25
June 27-July 2
July 4-9
July 11-16
July 18-23
July 25-30
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
October 31-November 5
November 7-12
November 14-19
November 21-26
November 28-December 3
December 5-10
December 12-17

Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
Lucy & Douglas
GA
Trip taken October 2019
In early October my son and I participated in the cooking experience in Evora, Portugal. Sofia was the perfect teacher and tour guide. She was assisted in the kitchen by Maria who was a delight as well. The cooking experiences were fun and delicious and the tours that were planned for us were very interesting and enjoyable. Evora is a delightful town and Portugal is a wonderful country, where people are gracious and the food delicious. The group we were with were great and the whole experience was fantastic. I would do this trip again!
We gave this trip 5 stars
Lorraine & Sharon
California
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We gave this trip 5 stars
Bill & Cindy
Michigan
When we arrived Lisbon we had a day to acclimate before beginning our activities. On Day 2 we went on a private tour to Sintra and Cascais. Our tour guide Elsa was very knowledgeable and personable. She did an outstanding job! On Day 3 we were shuttled to Evora to begin our 6 day cooking class. We were introduced to Sofia and had an excellent lunch while she explained the itinerary to us. Throughout the next 6 days she was our chef teaching us Portuguese cooking as well as our tour guide through numerous adventures. Sofia and here assistants Maria and Genevieve were a joy to work and play with. Sofia was an outstanding chef and a very knowledgable tour guide. She made us feel very welcome and almost like family. At the end of the cooking class we then traveled to Barcelona for 4 more days of fun and adventure. We had an excellent tour guide for the first day of our stay to get the lay of the land and then spent the rest of the time concentrating on the places and things we wanted to see more of.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Jacque & Chuck
New Jersey
Trip taken May 2018
Our host Sofia was outstanding.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Stephen & Christine
TX
Trip taken April 2018
Sophia treated us to a full immersion cultural experience in addition to introducing us to the wonderful food and wine of Portugal. Every moment was a new revelation. I am sure we will go back to Portugal because we met such fine people who were so generous with their time and knowledge.
No rating given with this review
My experience with Delectable Portugal exceeded all expectations. My group felt special from the moment we arrived until the morning we left. The Refugio da Vila was charming and clean. The staff was friendly. Sofia was a gracious hostess and her afternoon excursions were like being with a well informed girlfriend. She accommodated our every wish. Pedro, our chef, and his kitchen staff, was earnest In his desire to make our cooking experience fun. We went home with dozens of Portuguese dishes. He truly loves traditional Portuguese cooking and tried to convey that to us. Gayle S., IL
No rating given with this review
We enjoyed the Portugal adventure with Sophia. Only negative was the excess use of olive oil and garlic (our standards). ... This was our third adventure with The International Kitchen and it didn't let us down. We now consider Lisbon as one of the special cities in the world. Trent, CA
No rating given with this review
We were taken care of as if we were the only people to go there. There was lots of cooking which we wanted and the side trips were well put together. We were able to cook for the owner's family, which was a big event; we even ate with them. Also the staff was the best. To make it even better we joined the staff for their Christmas party. In addition we took side trips in Lisboa. There is much to see and after all you are there. This is one of the few places we would go back. Robert, IN
No rating given with this review
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience in Portugal. Our host, Sofia, was absolutely wonderful doing everything conceivable to make our time in Portugal fantastic. Her explanations of the history of Portugal on our tours was enlightening. Our accommodations were fabulous.... Beverly & Murray, Canada
No rating given with this review
It was our distinct pleasure to be schooled by our Chef/ Guide, Sofia, in cooking traditional Alentejo fare in her 19th century home and kitchen, and to travel with her through the region. She provided the passion and knowledge of one who lives in the area and knows its nuances, a perspective that allowed us to see and experience more than we would have, travelling on our own. Sofia is a warm and generous person often going out of her way to add to recipe requests (like making Portuguese custard tarts) and tailoring the itinerary to the interests of her guests (Evora is rich in layers of history). Sofia has given us many memories to treasure, not the least of which is her courtyard, lined with lemon trees for use in her recipes. Obrigado, Obrigada, Sofia, for making our culinary adventure an exceptional journey. [Regarding the cooking vacation packet:] Adequate and accurate. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] Yes, the response to a question was always prompt and informed. To enhance the experience, I might offer fully developed recipes as opposed to an ingredient list with the need to scribe the recipe at the same time that you are cooking it. Valerie M., Canada
No rating given with this review
Our hostess was exceptional very knowledgeable in her cooking skills as well as her historical information. She made us feel like family. One day I was ill and Sophia make sure I was well taken care of with George translating for me at the pharmacy as well. The excursions exceeded my expectations, there was a really good variety and I very much enjoyed our driver George as well. Nancy P., TX
No rating given with this review
Sofia is superb. Best experience ever. She should have a tv show. Roger, OH

We can help plan the best Portugal cooking vacations!

Enjoying a cooking class during our Portugal culinary vacations.

Whether you need help with your flights, additional nights or tours in Portugal, or more, we are always here to help you plan the ultimate Portugal culinary vacation. You can add on our 3 day Lisbon Food tour, or we can create a custom itinerary for you.

We might not be able to pack for you, but there are many things we can help with to make your Portugal cooking vacation that much better. Contact us for more information, or you can indicate your interest during check out and we will follow up with you directly! Contact Us
 

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