Spain and Portugal are a paradise for foodies. From the renowned wineries and port houses of the Douro Valley to the Michelin star studded town of San Sebastian, the Peninsula is a smorgasbord of culinary delights. Whether it’s a jug of sangria, a selection of tasty pintxos or a sweet custard tart, these countries are self-proclaimed powerhouses of the culinary scene.
The beating heart of San Sebastian is its culinary offering and what better way to get under the skin of Spain's foodie capital than learning the art of Basque cuisine at a traditional Gastronomic Society. Cook five delicious pintxos dishes during this culinary masterclass under the supervision of an expert chef, before tucking into the delicious fare you have prepared.
From delicious bitesize pintxos in Bilbao and Michelin starred restaurants in San Sebastian to a tasting tour of the finest vineyards of La Rioja, this itinerary joins the dots between the Basque Country’s best gastro haunts. For us, there is no better way to experience the culinary offering of northern Spain than dining with the locals in a buzzing pintxos bar, sampling world class cuisine overlooking the Bay of Biscay or ensconcing yourself in the corner of an ancient bodega.
The much-loved Pastel de Nata is one of Portugal’s best known dishes and to get your hands on the best of the batch in the capital you can find yourself queuing for hours. Instead, learn the art of making the tasty treats under the supervision of a professional chef for an authentic culinary experience in Lisbon. A custard tart will never be the same again.
Earning its stripes as ‘Porto’s wine hotel’, it is no surprise that the Yeatman is high on our list when it comes to a foodie retreats on the Peninsula. Home to a Michelin starred restaurant, a state of the art ‘Vinothérapie’ spa and an outdoor infinity pool in the shape of a wine bottle, it is safe to say that food and wine are at the heart of the hotel. Boasting close partnerships with many of Portugal’s finest wine producers and an extensive program of tastings, seminars and pairing dinners, the Yeatman is our go-to destination for wine connoisseurs and gastro gurus in Portugal.
Portugal’s Douro Valley is known the world over for its wine and what better way to immerse yourself in one of the world’s oldest wine regions than by uncovering the art of traditional winemaking. During a stay at the charming Quinta Nova, you will learn the mastery of blending and the complexities of corking before bottling your very own vintage for the ultimate vacation memento.