Cooking and Walking Holiday Spain
Combine walking in the spectacular Spanish Pyrenees with cooking and visiting local food and wine producers.
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€1295 per person
No Single Supplement
Solo travellers have their own private ensuite bedroom, at no extra cost.
€1295 per person
“It’s the little things they do so well – everything from going and picking vegetables from their garden, collecting walnuts before the wild boar get them to all the visits we made to small local producers.” Claire. Windsor. UK
Our Cooking and Walking Holidays Spain strike a balance between cooking, exploring our region, and walking in the spectacular Ordesa National Park.
Our journey will take us from the high mountains to the foothills of the Pyrenees. Here we will discover the produce of the region, and with this in hand we will create some authentic Spanish dishes, as well as some of our own, all with a Spanish twist of course!
You will be staying at our renovated 17th century farmhouse, within the Pyrenees Geopark, a site recognised by UNESCO as of geological importance.
We are Simon and Lucy your hosts, and the majority of the cookery classes will be held in our spacious guest house kitchen. I, Simon, am passionate about food and cooking, and Lucy has a background in food science. Together we make a great team. So join us, as we share our passion and our tips.
The group size is limited to a maximum of 8 people.
Why not organise a group of friends! With a minimum of 6 people we can make this a private, tailor made holiday.
Cooking and Walking Holidays Spain Itinerary
The bullet point itinerary below gives an idea of what we will be doing during a typical week. To receive a full itinerary please enter your email address at the end of this section and we will email it to you.
The times given are approximate walking times.
Please note: this is strictly a no-smoking holiday.
- Arrival at Casa Allué, Albella.
- Dinner and a chance to meet the group.
- Morning walk, Ara Valley. Picnic (3-4 hours).
- Afternoon cookery workshop.
- Visit to local cheese producer.
- Valley walk in the Ordesa National Park (2-3 hours).
- Afternoon cookery workshop.
DAY 4 :
- Visit to an olive oil producer.
- Afternoon bodega visit with tasting.
- Evening tapas in Ainsa.
- Morning walk above a gorge in the Ordesa National Park to see raptors (2 hours).
- Lunch at a mountain restaurant.
- Evening visit to the medieval town of Ainsa.
- A flexible timetable depending on departure times.
Casa Allué, is our Bed and Breakfast Spanish Pyrenees. A 17th century farmhouse located in the small hamlet of Albella, within the Pyrenees Geopark and close to the National Park of Ordesa and the Natural Park of Sierra de Guara.
Casa Allué has 7 en suite bedrooms, 4 with double beds, one with twin beds and 2 individual rooms. We have made sure the bedrooms are spacious with luxury en suite bathrooms and thermostatic rain showers. The antique beds are comfortable with new quality mattresses, and the luxurious curtains and rugs give a rustic and homely feel.
All rooms have mountain views with plenty of natural light, four have stone balconies, perfect for star gazing, as the night skies here are breathtaking. Each room is named after the wildlife that abounds outside our door.
For more information and photographs of our accommodation please click the link: Farm House Accommodation
How to Get to Albella
We are based in the central Spanish Pyrenees (see the map below). Travel options to get to us are based on arriving at Zaragoza, our nearest city.
If time permits, we would recommend adding a couple of nights to your holiday, to include a city break in either Zaragoza, Barcelona, or Madrid.
We provide a transfer service from Zaragoza to our base in the Spanish Pyrenees. Zaragoza is our closest city for rail links, and has an airport with direct flights from London Stansted.
The cost of the transfer is €70 return. Our pick up and drop off times are below.
Pick-up: 17:00 airport / 17:15 train sation.
Drop-Off: 15:00 train station / 15:15 airport.
From Zaragoza it is two hours to our base in the Pyrenees.
Flying to Zaragoza
Our nearest airport is Zaragoza. Ryan Air offer flights all year round from London Stansted.
Arrival time in Zaragoza is normally 16.40 and departure 17.05.
Flying to Barcelona (El Prat) & Madrid
Barcelona and Madrid are hubs for flights from outside Europe. These cities also provide greater flexibility if flying from the UK; all the low cost airlines fly to both cities from all over the UK.
If you are looking for cheap flights try Momondo or Skyscanner.
Connections to Zaragoza
Zaragoza is connected to Barcelona and Madrid by the AVE high speed train.
The journey time is approximately 1½ hours from both cities.
To find train times and prices try the site direct or GoEuro. The latter also gives times and prices for travel by bus and car.
Prices by train are approximately 90 euros return from either Barcelona or Madrid. Trains can be booked 3 months in advance.
Be aware that paying with a foreign credit card can be problematic, however, using the same card via PayPal is very straightforward – we speak from experience and are here to help if you run into problems!
How do you get from Barcelona to Zaragoza?
The highspeed AVE train to Zaragoza leaves from Barcelona Sants station (Estació de Sants), in the heart of Barcelona, journey time approx. 1 1/2 hours.
Use GoEuro.com to book tickets 3 months in advance.
How to get from the airport to Barcelona Sants Railway Station.
There are two ways to get to Sants:
1. Simply catch the local train from Barcelona Airport and get off at Estació de Sants, the journey is around 20 minutes, and the train departs every 30 minutes. A single journey is 4.20€. Tickets can be purchased from one of the RENFE ticket machines, which can be located around the arrival’s hall and at the airport’s train station. The platforms for the RENFE trains are located in the Terminal2B sector of the airport, across the street from the main airport building. It can be reached via the same set of escalators that also lead to departures in T2. Follow the signs for RENFE, along a covered bridge across the main road outside the airport. The train station is at the bottom of the stairs on the other side. Alternatively cross the wide road and follow the signs.
If you are arriving into Terminal 1, a shuttle bus will take you from outside of the terminal to the train station entrance.
2. Alternatively hire a Barcelona airport taxi. All legally operating taxis from the ranks of El Prat airport are black and yellow along with their taxi roof signs. In addition, all drivers are obliged to have their licenses on clear display. Fares to Sants Train Station are usually fixed at 30€ from Terminal 1 and 35€ from terminal 2. The price is further affected by factors such as: +3.10€ after 8:00pm and on bank holidays and +3.40€ for special larger vehicles. The journey time can take between 15-45 minutes, depending on the traffic.
How do you get from Madrid to Zaragoza.
Catch the highspeed AVE train from Madrid Atocha Train Station, the journey time to Zaragoza is approx. 1 1/2 hours, at times the train reaches speeds in excess of 300km/hour. Use goeuro.com to book tickets 3 months in advance.
How do you get from Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) to Atocha Train Station
There are 4 transportation options from Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) to Atocha Train Station:
1.Bus: This takes longer than the other options. Take the 24/7 express bus, the bus is yellow, and it has 3 stops in Barajas airport, terminals T4, T2, T1. The express bus can be found outside terminal 1, 2 and 4. If you are arriving at terminal T3, there is a free airport shuttle connecting all terminals. You can take this shuttle or walk to terminal T2.
During daytime the bus stops at O’Donnell, Plaza de Cibeles and Atocha Train Station, at night-time the bus only stops at O’Donnell and Plaza de Cibeles. Tickets cost 5€.
2.Taxi: a Madrid airport taxi should cost no more than 35€.
3.Metro: Madrid-Barajas Airport is directly connected by a subway to the Nuevos Ministerios station where you will transfer to the C-2 or C-7 lines to Atocha Station. Unfortunately, the Metro doesn’t operate after 01:30. metro and train. A one-way ticket costs 8 – 13€ depending on ticket type. There are ticket machines in every subway station, both in the airport and in the city stations. The journey takes 40 minutes.
The Metro station is located inside the Madrid-Barajas airport with two different stations at Terminal 2 and Terminal 4. So, if you are arriving in Terminal 1 or 3 you can catch the free bus and head either to Terminal 2 or Terminal 4.
4.Train: a cheaper option is to take the train. The national railway company of Spain operates routes from and to Madrid airport with line C-1. The train has 5 stops, the Chamartín station, Nuevos Ministerios station, Atocha central railway station, Méndez Álvaro station and Príncipe Pío station. Getting to the station from the airport is not as convenient if you are arriving at terminals 1, 2 or 3 as the station is at terminal 4. If you are arriving at terminal 1,2 or 3 you must take the internal bus and head to terminal 4 on floor -1. Train tickets are 3.40€ and the journey is approximately 33 minutes.
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