• A group visits a bodega and enjoys a glass of wine on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain
  • A person looks at the incredible view from a viewing balcony overlooking the Ordesa valley in the Pyrenees on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain
  • A group visits a bodega and enjoys a glass of wine on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain
  • A person looks at the incredible view from a viewing balcony overlooking the Ordesa valley in the Pyrenees on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain
  • A group visits a bodega and enjoys a glass of wine on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain
  • A person looks at the incredible view from a viewing balcony overlooking the Ordesa valley in the Pyrenees on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain

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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Cookery Class
Fully Inclusive
Small Group
Guided Walks
Stay in Comfort
Tasting Visits

Holiday Price
€1295 per person

No Single Supplement
Solo travellers have their own private ensuite bedroom, at no extra cost.

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Trip Overview

Overview

Holiday Price
€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.

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Itinerary

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.

DAY 1:

  • Arrival at Casa Allué, Albella.
  • Dinner and a chance to meet the group.

DAY 2:

  • Morning walk, Ara Valley. Picnic (3-4 hours).
  • Afternoon cookery workshop.
A view from Albella with the mountains in the early morning light on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain
Early morning from Albella

DAY 3:

  • 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.
Jorge a local cheese producer in the Pyrenees checking the cheeses on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain
Jorge checking the cheeses!

DAY 5:

DAY 6:

A walk in the Ordesa National Park with the guide pointing out some unusual flowers on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain
A guided walk in Ordesa

DAY 7:

  • 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.

DAY 8:

  • A flexible timetable depending on departure times.
An evening view of the medieval town of Ainsa in the Pyrenees on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain
Ainsa in the early evening

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Cooking and Walking Holidays Spain include full board at our 17th century farmhouse. This includes: breakfast, picnic lunches and three course evening meals with wine and coffee.

The Farmhouse

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.

The Bedrooms

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

Getting Here

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.

Transfers

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  Renfe train logo on How to get to Albella 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!

 

Barcelona Train Station - click to get directions

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.

Madrid Train Station - click to get directions

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.

Reviews

Just Some of Our Reviews on this Holiday…

“This was my first Aragon Active holiday and I can’t wait to go back. I attended the Cooking and Walking holiday and enjoyed every minute.
The itinerary is nicely balanced, with a good mix of cookery classes, guided walks through stunning mountain scenery to visits to a local winery, an Olive Oil producer and an artisan goats cheese maker. The cookery classes are great fun and really hands on. Everything from picking vegetables from Simon’s organic roof top veg patch, to learning the art of chopping onions and garlic like a professional chef. The best bit is eating the delicious fruits of your labour, made even more enjoyable with some fantastic local wines.
Simon and Lucy are the perfect hosts. They are passionate about the cuisine of the Spanish Pyrenees and wonderful ambassadors for this stunning part of Spain.”

Peter. London. Cooking Holiday Spain October 2017

A cooking workshop at

“Amazing, breath taking, colourful, delightful, engaging, fantastic, gorgeous, informative, and I could go on! Thanks for all your warmth and hard work.”

Carol. Melbourne. Cooking Holiday Spain September 2016

A photo of the Ordesa canyon on a 4x4 excursion part of the Cooking Holiday Spain with Aragon Active

“I spent an absolutely fantastic week at Casa Allue on a Walking and Cooking holiday.

Lucy and Simon are perfect hosts, sharing their love and knowledge of the area and how you can experience it, from walking to wildlife, food to photography.
This part of the Pyrenees is outstanding for walking; it’s stunningly beautiful. It’s an interesting place too – we learnt so about geology, plants, history and wildlife from both Lucy and Simon and our excellent local guide.

The cooking part, led by Simon, was relaxed and great fun, and was supplemented by trips to local olive oil, goats cheese, infusion (tea and spirits) and wine producers.

Lucy and Simon worked so hard to meet the needs of our small group – including making sure our schedule made the most of the weather. The farmhouse, which they’ve renovated themselves, is comfortable and made the perfect base to return to.
From my experience, I’d unreservedly recommend their Aragon Active holidays. It really couldn’t have been any better.”

Martina. Wivenhoe. Cooking Holiday Spain October 2016

Looking at vultures flying in the Pyrenees on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain

“We spent a week in Aragon with Simon, Lucy and the girls and more welcoming and attentive hosts it would not be possible to find. It was a real pleasure sharing their home.
The setting of the house and land is stunning and the place itself a wonderful amalgam of traditional and very modern with all the comforts you could wish for.
Aragon as a destination to explore and sample has a great deal to offer with incredible scenery, fascinating wildlife and great food and drink, to name just a few of the delights. (This is beginning to sound like one of those adverts in a brochure….!)
The programme was billed as a mix of walking and cooking, to which you should add photography, eating, drinking and travelling. Each individual item in the itinerary was well chosen and interesting in its own right.

The travel and walking in the different areas of the lovely countryside was spectacular and the photographic opportunities particularly special.

Finally, a huge thank you to Simon, Lucy and the girls for what has already become a trip to long remember and treasure. We wish them all the best for this wonderful project.”

Dan & Jan. Marlborough. Cooking Holiday Spain October 2015

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