• A group visits a bodega and enjoys a glass of wine on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain
  • Walkers stop to look at a panoramic view of the Pyrenees on Cooking Holiday Spain
  • Making bread 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
  • Walkers stop to look at a panoramic view of the Pyrenees on Cooking Holiday Spain
  • Making bread 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
  • Walkers stop to look at a panoramic view of the Pyrenees on Cooking Holiday Spain
  • Making bread 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.

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

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

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.

Walking Grade

A visit to a bodega in Somontano on Aragon Active Cooking Holiday Spain

“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. Cooking Holiday Spain September 2016

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

The base for our Cooking and  Walking Holiday Spain is our 17th century farmhouse, Casa Allué. It nestles on the hillside in the small farming hamlet of Albella, within the Pyrenees Geopark and close to the National Park of Ordesa and the Natural Park of Sierra de Guara.

The Farmhouse

We undertook a major restoration project to transform Casa Allué into both a family home and a “must stay” destination.

The transformation complete, we have created a home from home.  The bedrooms are spacious with luxury en suite bathrooms and thermostatic rain showers. All 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 surrounds the house.

“The rooms have been sympathetically renovated, retaining beautiful original features whilst providing a sophisticated en suite bathroom. I could enjoy beautiful views across the valley, gaze at the starlit sky and listen to the natural nightlife. Just fantastic in itself.”

Louise. Lewes. Oct 2017.

We love to cook and we prepare all your meals using only locally sourced, or our own organic produce.  We can cater for all dietary requirements. The flavour is definitely Spanish, but often with a twist!
But it’s not just the accommodation and food that make our holidays stand out! See our section What Makes Us Different!
And for more information on our farmhouse, Casa Allué, visit our page Guest House Accommodation.

“And the food! Our meals were superlative and our picnic lunches were every bit as wonderful. Our stay at Casa Allué was definitely a highlight of our trip to Spain.”

Deborah & Art. Maryland USA. May 2017

Getting Here

How to Get to Albella

When considering the options below why not add on a couple of nights to include a city break.

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. We do offer a pick up and drop off service – see below.

Flying to Barcelona (El Prat) & Madrid

Barcelona and Madrid are hubs for international flights from outside Europe. If you are arriving from the USA, Canada, Australia or another international destination these are the best options.

There are also flights from many UK airports. All the low cost airlines fly to both cities.

If you are looking for cheap flights try  Momondo or Skyscanner.

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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Transfers

We can provide transfers from both Zaragoza airport and Zaragoza train station, the cost 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 / 15:15 airport

The journey time for the high speed Renfe train from Barcelona and Madrid to Zaragoza is approximately 1½ hours.
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!

From Zaragoza it is two hours to our base in the Pyrenees.

Transfers from other airports can be arranged and would be charged on a pro rata basis.

 

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Simon and Lucy – Your Hosts & founders of Aragon Active

We are a husband and wife team, but more than that we are a family. Penny and Sofi, our two daughters are an integral part of Casa Allué, our family home, where you are welcomed not just as our guests, but as friends.

Here, you can disconnect completely, leaving behind the worries of everyday life, surrounded only by nature. It’s what drew us here in the first place to start our new business.

“A boutique small group holiday concept, with a unique personal touch!” Jane. Brisbane Australia. May 2017.

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