Exploring the Picture Perfect Village of Vejer
Savor seafood aromas, gentle coastal breezes and warm Spanish rays with a trip to Vejer de la Frontera. When you daydream of white-washed walls with sunbathing cats, plump olives and trees heavy with ripe, juicy oranges, remember...it's real! Vejer de la Frontera sits on a low hill overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar and was home to the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and until the 8th century the Visigoths, before they the Moors occupied the land until the 13th century. What remains today is equally beautiful, captivating and quaint with plenty of eye-candy for your camera to be working on full-tilt!
Wander the village streets and sample a wide range of traditional tapas among the hidden pockets of Vejer de la Frontera.
Your First Spanish Cooking Course
Learn how to make staple Spanish dishes such as Prawns in Garlic, Tortilla, Melon Gazpacho, Orange & Almond Cakes as well as some creative twists on the use of typical Spanish ingredients. From seafood to cured meats, expect locally produced Chorizo, various cuts of pork, seasonal salads and stews of fish & vegetables.
After lunch, you’ll have free time: you can either kick back and relax at your hotel, explore the various historical wonders in Vejer or simply watch the sunset from a plaza with a phenomenal glass of wine – the choice is yours.
Discovering Spanish Fish
No cookery course is complete without a guided trip to a typical fish market. We set off on the very short journey to the fishing village of Barbateto visit a traditional tuna shop, followed by a trip to the El Mercado de Abastos. After diving into Spanish seafood history, we’ll select our fish for our evening fish and Paella feast. The scale and depth of Paella's history is astounding! And today, you’ll learn the art of making a traditional Paella. Through the use of typical flavors and ingredients you’ll learn how to make a show-stopping – and utterly authentic – meal.
Free Day in Sunny Spain
Use this day to bask in the sun, dip in the sea or simply explore the cobbled pedestrian streets in search of new Spanish flavors!
It's All About Sherry Wine
Sherry is fortified (generoso) wine made from white grapes in the area surrounding Jerez de la Frontera in the region of Spain known as Andalucia. It also happens to be one of the oldest wine making areas in all of Spain. In the seaside towns of El Puerto de Santa Maria and Jerez, we’ll tour a small family-run bodega to explore the history and culture of Sherry wine followed by an extensive Sherry tasting to highlight the various styles and flavors. Lunch will be paired with the wines for you to explore a gastronomical world few have the privilege to enjoy. After taking in the iconic town of Cadiz, we’ll head inland to Jerez to finish our tour with a visit to one of the most prestigious Sherry producers of VORS (Very, Old Rare Sherries). Not to be missed!
Roam the Flower Lined Streets of Cadiz
Cadiz looks quite Moorish in appearance and is intriguing with narrow cobbled streets opening onto small squares. The golden cupola of the cathedral looms high above long white houses and the whole place has a slightly dilapidated air. It just takes an hour to walk around the headlands where you can visit the entire old town and pass through some lovely lush parks with sweeping views of the bay. It’s quiet, picturesque and much of the reason why the Gaditanos (people of Cadiz) are known as the happiest in Spain – food, wine and music are equally powerful influencers! So today, we’ll indulge the food of Cadiz – visiting the market, some cultural sites and as many tapas bars as your stamina allows. Coffee and picatostes will be the final dish of the day before we head back to Vejer.
Farewell breakfast: It’s time to say goodbye. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your hotel and have one last walk/extended photo opportunity around beautiful Vejer.