PRICE: from 1189 €
WHEN: April to October
DURATION: 5 days
NEAREST AIRPORT: Jérez
Sun-drenched Andalucia provides an inspirational setting for culinary enthusiasts keen to increase their repertoire with an array of authentic dishes.
Vejer de la Frontera has become the Spanish equivalent of Ludlow “ with its extraordinary selection of brilliant places to eat in a very out of the way place. It's gained the reputation of the dining room of Costa de la Luz.
As the new trend for Sherry bars takes a hold in London and elsewhere, join a gourmet Cooking, Sherry and Shopping odyssey with our Chef's Spanish Kitchen in historic Andalucian white town of Vejer de la Frontera. As well as being a fabulous cook and an inspiring cooking teacher, our Chef is one of the few British women to have qualified as a sherry educator on Costa de la Luz. She will share her passion for sherry and the delicious food flavours of this enchanting Southern corner of Europe.
In addition to 4 half-day cooking classes and sherry tutorials in the kitchen, join her in the Vejer market and learn how to spot fresh fish, recognise different fish types and top quality Andalucian Jamon (rather than Serrano). Don't leave without buying some Spanish food goodies to take home: smoked paprika, bunches of wild oregano, and bottles of spray Sherry Vinegar. Our skilful chef will also escort guests on a tapas tour around her favourite tapas bars around Vejer , and visit the home of the fortified wine, Jerez, for sherry tasting at our selected family-run Bodegas , which continues the tradition of one of the oldest wineries in the region.
During her classes, she cooks with the freshest fish, meat and gourmet local ingredients. Tasty dishes on the menu prepared during the classes can include Fish baked in (local) Salt, Fennel & Lemon Roasted Pork, a Classic Paella, as well as Sherry and Chocolate Cake and Moroccan pastries, all washed down with tasty local Manzanilla among other sherries, rich reds from Toro and Ribera del Duero, and fruity whites from Rueda. Later, guests enjoy the fruits of their labour around the communal table.
Day One - Vejer de la Frontera
Private transfer from either Jerez or Gibraltar airport to our charming hotel in Vejer de la Frontera (other airports or locations on request). In the evening you will be collected from hotel and escorted to our Chef's for drinks on the roof terrace, followed by a welcome supper which you will have the opportunity to participate in preparing. The dinner will take place in the patio, around the pool. You will sample dishes such as salad of local lettuces, toasted walnuts, blue cheese from Asturias, fresh pears picked that day, topped with pan fried bacon & PX Sherry followed by delicious Presa Iberica a la brasa until the acorn infused fat crispens - then served atop potatoes from Sanlucar mixed with lemon zest & sundried tomatoes from Granada. A little mouthful of dark chocolate something & a glass of sweet PX to help you head down hill to an early to bed for the following day's class.
Day Two - Barbate-Vejer de la Frontera
In the morning you will be collected at the hotel and transferred to Barbate Fish Market to buy lunch. Barbate is a fishermen's small village vey famous for the fishing of the Almadraba Tuna.
Coffee stop before returning to our Chef's Kitchen to prepare various delicious dishes such as Boquerones en Vinagre, Gambas with a dipping sauce, Ajo Blanco, Orange & Almond cake, Salsa Verde and Pescado a la Sal. It's an almost non-stop feast when you start nibbling on the fruits of our labour. Sipping on your first Manzanilla around 1pm, ahead of sitting down to lunch at 2pm. Leisure afternoon. In the evening, our Chef will take you to your Tapas Tour of Vejer. Vejer is bursting with wonderful eateries. Recently dubbed ''Spain's Tastiest Town'' by the Sunday Times. You will be sampling most of Annie's favourites tapas such as Carpaccio de Atun del Almadraba, Croquettas del Puchero, Chicherones con Limon y Sal, Tostas con Boquerones y Anchosa, Chocos Fritos - many Sherries and different wines too.
Day Three - Jerez Cadiz-Vejer de la Frontera
In the morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Jerez where you will visit Bodegas Tradición, home of wonderful Sherry and one of the most valuable privately owned Spanish Art collections. Sherry Tasting. Transfer to CÃ¡diz where you will enjoy a lunchtime. Tapas tour around the old city. Cadiz is famous for its pescados fritos and this is where you will indulge, following your first stop at Casa Manteca to sharpen our palates with jÃ¡mon y mojama.
After lunch a guided tour of the area around the cathedral. Shopping at Moroccan shop en route to Vejer. Large reviving G&T's in Plaza d'Espana. Leisurely Dinner at El Califa, Moroccan restaurant in Vejer.
Day Four - Vejer de la Frontera
Our Chef will meet you to enjoy a short tour of Vejer to learn more about the locally grown and made products. Return to the kitchen to start on lunch which will be a feast of Spanish dishes such as Gazpacho, Tuna & Roasted Pepper Salad, Gambas Ajillo, Albondigas of Pork & Chorizo, Clams with Jamon & Oloroso, Tortilla - also, Chicken with Rosemary followed by Chocolate & Almond cake with PX raisins. Leisure afternoon.
In the evening, return to Casa Alegre for Cocktails and a Paella cooking class the best and most delicious Paella of chocos, chicken, chorizo, saffron. Sublime ! This evening you will have your discussions of everything you have enjoyed. A time to enjoy your last mouthfuls of Vejer before you head onto your next delicious destination.
Day Five - Departure
Private transfer back to the Airport (other destinations on request) Please enquiry about other close-by cities and regions if you intend to stay longer in Andalucia.
Scheduled Tour Prices
Price Per Person: 1209 EUROS (*)
Minimum 2 people
Duration - 5 days / 4 nights
Departures for Scheduled Tour:
September 2016 - 26th September
October 2016 - 10th Oct and 24th Oct
May 2016 - 8th May 2016 and 22nd May 2016
Other days on request.
Private Tour Prices
Only you and your party
Price Per Person: 1479 EUROS (*)
Minimum 2 people
Duration - 5 days / 4 nights
Departures for Private Tour:
From April to October- Every Week.
From November to March- On request.
We can also organize a similar tour subject to your requirements of number of people and days, budget etc,
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Upgrade of Accommodation on request.
Transport for 4 full days.
Private return transfers from either Jerez or Gibraltar Airports.(other locations on request).
English speaking guide and Chef throughout the itinerary.
Four nights Accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath in our stunning.
Three hands-on cooking classes followed by two lunches and one dinner.
Four full breakfasts.
Two tapas tour, a lunch and a dinner.
Two dinners, welcome dinner and dinner in a charming local restaurant.
Guided tour to a reputable local winery. Sherry tasting.
Guided tour to a fish market in the coastal town of Barbate.
Guided tour to Vejer de la Frontera and its local food market, shops and eateries.
All entrances and fees.
Note: If any of the published accommodation, range of wineries or restaurants in the tour becomes unavailable,
others of similar category will be allocated.
Note: Upgrade of wineries and/or restaurants will have a supplement. Please request.
What is not Included
Meals not specified.
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EXAMPLE OF ACCOMMODATION IN LA FRONTERA (*)
Hotel La Casa del Califa
Viejer de La Frontera, 4 nights
This hotel takes its inspiration from the days when Vejer formed part of a great Islamic empire that stretched from Damascus to Granada. Vejer is one of the earliest & best preserved of the Arab towns & formed a strategic part in the Moors defense of their new homeland. Almost 500 years of Islamic domination left an indelible mark on the culture, architecture & landscape of the region.
La Casa del Califa is situated in the towns' most important old square, its baroque style fountain surrounded by palm trees forms the focal point of what is considered to be one of Andalucía most seductive 'plazas'. The entrance to the Hotel is directly opposite a fortified 15th.C. tower and the original town walls.
The bedrooms look over a pedestrianised area of quiet narrow streets (two overlook the plaza). A large south facing sun terrace gives uninterrupted views over the Marismas Nature Park & the Sierras de Retin. The skyline is dominated by the various ranges of the Alcornocales of the Nature Park. In this small very personal hotel you will find just the right balance of comfort & decor combined with wonderful views, tranquility & of course excellent service.
Staying at the Califa is like staying at a large private house with multiple levels, corridors & courtyards dividing up the eight houses that make up the hotel of varying ages & architectural styles. There is a degree of intimacy in whichever part of the hotel you are staying in. Every room at the Califa is different in shape, size, style & decoration and each has slightly different aspects. Most rooms overlook a quiet pedestrian area except no.18 & 'Palmera' (which overlook the palm filled Plaza de España) and the 'Torre' & 'Africa' suites which are double fronted and overlook both the views across the town and country and the Plaza de España.
All rooms come equipped with:
Full tea & coffee making equipment (except 'Small Doubles').
Air conditioning & Heating.
Full bathrooms with full length baths & powerful showers (except no.12 & Ãtico with power showers).
Telephone- Safe- Satellite TV & Radio (Stereo systems & Flat screens TV's in all suites).
Hairdryers in bathrooms- Junior suites and the Africa suite have mini fridges.