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Overview

Ultimate Indulgence: Food and Wellness Tour in Spain

A view of a Spanish village and the sea beyond during a food and wellness tour with The International Kitchen.This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

A culinary vacation is not only about the food… it’s about relaxing, taking a break from our daily lives, and indulging in a little self care. Now you have the unique opportunity to decompress from the stress of the daily grind during a special food and wellness tour in Spain’s beautiful Andalusia region.

Reclaim your inner peace and wellbeing while still indulging in great food and wine!

Why consider Spain for a relaxing and delicious wellness retreat? Andalusia is one of Spain’s most popular regions, with amazing gastronomy based on the Mediterranean diet and fresh, locally sourced produce. It is a sunny region, producing fine olive oils, world-famous sherry wines, and plenty of delicious dishes to savor, which you can explore during your hands-on cooking classes featuring traditional, tempting Spanish cuisine.

Your small, exclusive food and wellness tour will take place with stunning accommodations off the beaten path. Both hotels will offer a peaceful environment for your activities, which will include yoga and plenty of time to relax. Indulge yourself during your wellness retreat with spa services, massages, and Arabian baths, and get moving with hiking! You will even get to sail off the coast on a catamaran and explore the pristine waters (perhaps in the company of dolphins!) while snorkeling or swimming.

Enjoying a walk through the forest during a food and wellness tour with The International Kitchen.Your 6-night food and wellness tour includes three nights near Vejer de la Frontera, at a hotel that offers beautiful views of the surrounding Spanish countryside. From there you will visit the pristine beauty of the La Breña Natural Park and the Los Alcomocales Natural Park, both places of great natural beauty. Your wellness retreat also includes three nights in La Viñuela in the province of Malaga. It lies amongst some of the most gorgeous scenery in Andalusia, such as the man-made Lake Vinuela.

This is a perfect culinary and wellness tour to experience with friends, family, or on your own. Reconnect with nature and with yourself on this ultimate wellness tour in Spain!

Read more about the tour in our blog!


Trip Details

Your two cooking classes during your wellness retreat will focus on indulging with wonderful Spanish flavors! The first class, in Vejer la Frontera, will start with a market visit before you proceed with preparing a variety of traditional Spanish dishes. The second class will be a paella-making demonstration aboard your Catamaran as you sail the seas.

Itinerary

Potted flowers adorning a village in Spain.Day One

  • Transfer from Malaga to your beautiful accommodation in Vejer de la Frontera. You will stay in a small luxury boutique hotel in a traditional whitewashed building, surrounded by a breath-taking natural setting. The hotel combines modern facilities, such as a large outdoor swimming pool, with the charm and traditions of rural life.
  • Your food and wellness tour starts with time to relax, perhaps enjoying a dip in the pool or some time in the two Andalusian-style patios.
  • This evening, head out to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious Mediterranean welcome dinner.
  • Overnight.

A cooking class in Spain during your food and wellness tour with The International Kitchen.Day Two

  • Breakfast at your hotel, then it is off to learn about the culture of Andalusia in the best way possible: through it’s gastronomy! You will head to the local market to select seasonal ingredients for this first culinary indulgence. Then, help prepare a delicious Spanish lunch, which might include such items as gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), gazpacho, octopus, tuna and red pepper salad, boquerones (anchovies), Spanish tortilla (omelette), albondigas (meatballs), and more. Since you are in the province of Cadiz, this culinary experience would not be complete without sampling the region’s specialties, which is why you will enjoy a preserved tuna and sherry tasting!
  • Rest of day on your own to explore the town. Light dinner tonight at the hotel included.
  • Overnight.

Day ThreeDiscover your inner calm during a yoga class on a wellness tour with The International Kitchen.

  • Start the day off right with breakfast at the hotel, then a rejuvenating yoga class led by the hotel’s professional instructor, who has more than 10 years of training in different forms of yoga.
  • Next, head to La Breña Natural Park, about 15 minutes away, for time in the countryside.
  • Enjoy a 3-hour guided hike that features views of Vejer de la Frontera, the salmarshes of Barbate, and Cape Trafalgar. The park’s pine forest grows right up to the sea’s edge, forming spectacular cliffs. It is a landscape of singular beauty, home to interesting flora and fauna, including the cattle egret, egret, Caspian gull, and other migratory birds. 
  • Visit one of the largest dovecotes in Europe.  Learn also about the many traditional culinary and medicinal uses of the Mediterranean plants found within the province.
  • After your hike, you will enjoy an outdoor picnic lunch in the middle of the pine forest; a truly beautiful natural setting.
  • After lunch, transfer back to your hotel where you will have the rest of the afternoon free to rest.
  • This evening, meet up with your guide again for a 90-minute orientation walk of Vejer de la Frontera, a serene town with a white labyrinth of buildings, a ruined castle, and a tangible trace of former Moorish influence.
  • End the walk with a delicious tapas dinner, during which you’ll be treated to a fantastic selection of Andalusian wines and breath-taking views.
  • Overnight.

Enjoying a message during a wellness retreat in Spain with The International Kitchen.Day Four

  • After breakfast, check out and head to the countryside.
  • Grazalema, about 2 hours away. You will explore La Dehesa Biodinámica, which is an “agro-ecological” project that focuses on educating its visitors about biodynamic agriculture and permaculture. What will you see?
    • You can visit the animals, including Lusitano horses, cows, sheep, and goats in the wild, as well as collect eggs from the free-range chickens.
    • You can explore all areas of the farm in eco-friendly 4x4s.
    • You can visit the traditional vegetable garden and learn about their process of composting and biodynamic preparations.
    • You can admire the Lusitano horses’ strength during a rejoneo, or dressage, in the farm’s arena.
    • And of course, you will enjoy a true farm-to-table experience tasting the farm’s olive oil, wine, homemade bread, and a lunch of their seasonal, organic products.
  • Enjoying a wonderful outdoor meal with friends in Spain.After lunch, transfer to your hotel in La Viñuela. The town lies near the man-made Lake Viñuela, a popular holiday spot for Andalusians.
  • Upon arrival, enjoy a bit of pampering at the hotel’s spa and reclaim your inner peace! Start with aromatherapy and contrast showers, then plunge into the Hammam to release any residual tension from your morning hike. Then, enjoy the sauna overlooking the beautiful surroundings. Finally, savor a 45-minute massage and a calming tea in the relax area.
  • Dinner this evening at the hotel’s restaurant.
  • Overnight.

A view of a picturesque street in old town of Frigiliana, Spain.Day Five

  • This morning, discover the region’s sub-tropical products at a villa and farm nestled between Almuñécar and La Herradura Bay. Meet the owners and enjoy a tour of the farm, during which you can taste fruit right off the trees!
  • Once you arrive at the villa, enjoy the sea views from the terrace while you taste the unique regional fruits. The area is known as the “Costa Tropical” due to its mild climate. 
    .Doing yoga during a food and wellness tour in Spain.
  • Next head to Frigiliana for a guided walk of this town, which was named one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia. Your walk will show you the village’s maze of cobbled streets, whitewashed houses, and red slate roofs, which are dramatically offset by the intense blue skies and the colorful pots of flowers. Enjoy a lunch in Frigiliana.
  • You will have plenty of opportunity to take pictures of both the mountains and the sea, as well as time to shop for local wine, ceramics, or leather.
  • Finish the afternoon with yoga session on the beach, then head back to the hotel for dinner.
  • Overnight.

A view of the sea and a Spanish town during a culinary and wellness tour of Spain.Day Six

  • After breakfast your deriver will pick you up and transport you to Caleta de Velez, a busy fishing port on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Your food and wellness tour continues with a bit of sailing and an on-board cooking demonstration! Head out on a Catamaran to see the coast of La Axarquía. You can enjoy drinks on board, as well as swimming and snorkeling (if you are lucky, in the company of dolphins!). A serving of paella with seafood during a culinary tour of Spain with The International Kitchen.
  • For lunch enjoy a paella making demonstration, then lunch on board.
  • Return to the hotel and time to relax before your farewell dinner.
  • Overnight.

A scene from the village of Frigiliana in Spain, visited on a food and wellness tour with The International Kitchen.Day Seven

  • Breakfast, and then a fond farewell before your transfer to the Malaga airport. We hope your food and wellness tour has left you rejuvenated and perfectly satisfied!

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

3 nights in Vejer la Frontera and 3 nights in la Viñuela

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 dinners

Classes & Instructors

Your two cooking classes during your wellness retreat will focus on indulging with wonderful Spanish flavors! The first class, in Vejer la Frontera, will start with a market visit before you proceed with preparing a variety of traditional Spanish dishes. The second class will be a paella-making demonstration aboard your Catamaran as you sail the seas.

Excursions

  • Market tour in Vejer
  • Hiking excursion in La Breña Natural Park
  • Walking tour of Vejer
  • 1 Dehesa farm experience with olive oil and wine tasting
  • Visit of Frigiliana
  • Tropical fruit farm visit with tasting
  • Boating excursion on day 6

Transfer Details

Arrival transfer included from Malaga airport to Vejer de la Frontera
Departure transfer included from La Viñuela to Malaga airport

Miscellaneous

  • 2 yoga sessions
  • 1 massage treatment with spa experiences in Viñuela

Not Included

  • Gratuities

Accommodation Information

Your first three nights will be at the intimate Hotel Sindhura in Vejer de la Frontera. Surrounded by the countryside and boasting views of the Costa de la Luz, this charming hotel has just 12 rooms. They feature WiFi, TV, and en suite baths. Some have private patios and stunning countryside views. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, and 2 interior courtyards. 

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Your last three nights will be at the B bou Hotel La Viñuela, a charming, boutique hotel on the Costa del Sol near a natural park and only a few minutes from the beach. It is a place of relaxation and tranquility, with beautiful terraces, gardens, a private spa, library, two swimming pools, amazing views, a restaurant, and more. The 37 modern rooms are in the Andalusian, Mediterranean, and Arabic style, using the highest quality materials.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Pricing:

6-night Program

US$3955 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$720 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.


Tour Dates

2022

March 31-April 6
September 15-21

Other weeks Thursday to Wednesday available for a minimum of 6 people.

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