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Cooking Lessons

Portugal has a number of very diverse regions where it was developed cuisines of great gastronomic value. Portugal also has a coastline of about 1000 kilometers where you can find fabulous seafood and the best fish in the world. It has the olive grove that gives you a high quality olive oil, top quality table wines, the unique wines from Porto and Madeira, a fine vegetables and fruit selection, pastures ensuring magnificent steaks and top quality cheeses.

Portugal has chefs who prepare traditional recipes and others who practice the best contemporary and avant-garde cuisine. here you can also find the Caldo Verde, the fresh fish, the 'Cozido', the Pig Roast, the Cataplana, the cod... All this culinary wealth is often unknown abroad and only those who visit us are surprised and delight by it...

Option 1 – Nature and Relax

Oporto & North of Portugal

You will stay in a recently opened hotel just outside Oporto and Douro. Enjoy a design hotel with all the facilities that combine accommodation, relaxation (the hotel has a spectacular spa) with city touring.

From all the activities offered by this hotel, many are related to wine, particularly the 'Vinho Verde', the jewel of the local wineyards. They offer many activities during the harvest season but also others available all year, such as the famous 'be a winemaker for a day' package.

The local cuisine is also an important part of the culture, often called the 'soul' of the North. The Portuguese people consider the Northern Cuisine as one of the richest and most varied in the country.

Therefore, here we propose you to learn the secrets of this wonderful cuisine in a combination of activities:
- Tasting and preparation of the many styles of 'Vinho Verde'
- Preparation of 3 traditional recipes, stylish and sophisticated gastronomy
- Food & Wine combinations

There are also other options specifically designed for families. You can share family moments around the kitchen (for the little ones we provide, of course, non-alcoholic beverages and less complex recipes).

Option 2 – Nature and Fun

Center of Portugal

This option offers a stay at a hotel, which is 1h30m away from Lisbon. You are invited to taste their dishes prepared with seasonal products of the region and herbs from their herb garden. Whether you come for the romantic setting, with a group of friends or for a business meeting or team-building session with work colleagues, the hotel will serve you one of the many botanic cocktails available.

They have seasonal menus to offer and cooking demonstrations by guest chefs. You have the chance to sample wines, cheeses and olive oils and make home-made bread. The children can take part too.

When you arrive, all the ingredients will be ready and you can let your imagination run wild as you prepare an unforgettable meal for someone special while you taste the wine of your choice. And of course, you don't have to worry about washing the dishes afterwards. You can also get the help of an assistant whenever you need one.

With contemporary cooking based on Portuguese traditions, the cuisine of the local chef prides itself on using the best local products, seasonal and organic ingredients from small local suppliers and on promoting sustainability and fair trade.

SPA: Imagine yourself immersed in a pool in the middle of the oak forest with the hills on the horizon and the water temperature alternating between cold (frigidarium), tepid (tepidarium) and warm (caldarium). It isn't a traditional spa, there are no jets, waterfalls, bubbles or sophisticated treatments, just a tranquil 'cocoon' in a special place for a maximum of 6 people.

Option 3 – City & Flavors

Lisbon & Surroundings

Why not add flavour to your stay in charismatic Lisbon - combine it with an exciting cooking workshop.

We invite you to attend a local Cooking School that organizes:

- Cooking Classes (four days per week, you can prepare a traditional Portuguese meal, learning from a local chef)
- Market Tours (do you know any better place than a market to understand traditions?)
- Pastry and Baking Classes
- Gourmet Portuguese Cooking Classes
- Cheese and Wine workshops
- Walking food tours of Lisbon (Several tastings of Portuguese food and delicious appetizers, always with an excellent Portuguese wine. Cheese, chorizo, sardines are some of the best delicacies to taste while you explore the city.

The school can also organize informal gatherings to taste the very best of traditional cuisine and local products.

Option 4 – City & Colors


You will be staying at a hotel, located in the World Heritage city of Évora and about 1 hour away from Lisbon. It is the perfect choice for anyone who wants a break and to enjoy one of the richest regions in Portugal in terms of history, cuisine and scenery: the Alentejo. The hotel offers large outdoor swimming pools, health & fitness club with the latest equipment and a traditional restaurant, where knowledge and flavours are just waiting to tempt your taste buds and unforgettable activities that a whole region has to offer you.

Cooking Lessons - come learn the secrets of Alentejo cuisine with the chef of the "Best Hotel Restaurant 2009".
- Vegetarian Cooking Course
- Honey Workshop - visit to the hives, watch and participate in all activities related to the collection of honeycombs.

- Alentejo Bread - prepare the dough, knead it and make your own bread - simple, with sausage, walnut or according to your own tastes. While the bread bakes, we go on a short walk to the Chapel of St. Lucia where we have a traditional lunch
- Herb workshop - Learn to identify, collect and use the aromatic and medicinal herbs of the Alentejo: a field trip, where we collect the plants used in steam distillation to produce body oils and prepare a final product with an oil of choice to take home

Option 5 – City & Colors


Enter into a charming, historical country-house style inn that offers comfortable, “home away from home” accommodation in the beautiful setting of the Laurissilva Forest, one of the most idyllic places on Madeira Island. The main building itself has a colourful history: it started life as a manor house hotel over 150 years ago. It was a school for many years and was even used as a hospital when the local community needed such a facility! The flavors that warm the soul, which transmit odors of the richness of the ingredients, the ability to combine and cook a wide variety of products, but above all providing moments of true pleasure, this is our kitchen!

The restaurant will open doors to anyone who wants to learn the secrets of local cuisine, traditional, regional, national and international (including vegetarian). Learn the basics of cooking, but also the latest trends of creative cooking, learning to cook vegetarian dishes, fish, meat and the most delicious desserts.

The lessons are for all who love the kitchen with style and passion and want to learn how to cook in a Portuguese style. Individual classes include preparing 3 or 4 original and tasty recipes.

Option 6 – Tailor-made Cooking Pack

Tour of Portugal

We are also available to give you a program tailored to your specific requirements or to combine elements of all the other options, creating a complete gastronomic tour of our country.

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