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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€1495 per person
No Single Supplement
Solo travellers have their own private ensuite bedroom, at no extra cost.
€1495 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 guided walk, Ara Valley. Picnic (3-4 hours).
- Afternoon cookery workshop.
- Visit to local cheese producer.
- Valley guided 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.
- Morning guided walk above a gorge in the Ordesa National Park to see raptors (2 hours).
- Picnic lunch.
- Afternoon visit to the medieval town of Ainsa.
- A flexible timetable depending on departure times.
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.
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.
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.
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 thinking of driving then we would recommend the ferry service from Portsmouth to Santander or Bibao. From Santander it is just under a 5 hour drive or 4 hours from Bilbao to our farmthouse in Albella, a journey which can be broken with a stop or even a stay over in Pamplona.
To reach us by train we recommend planning and booking your journey via the websites Seat61 or Rail Europe.
The only thing you may find is that you can only book within 2 to 3 months of the travel date.
We do offer a transfer service from Zaragoza railway station (see below).
One of the most direct train routes is Paris to Tarbes in France. We can organise a taxi to and from Tarbes at €240 each way.
We can provide transfers from both Zaragoza airport and Zaragoza train station, the cost is €75 return. Our pick up and drop off times are below.
Pick-up: 17:00 airport / 17:15 train station.
Drop-off: 15:00 train station / 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 site direct or buy your ticket using Trainline.com, Rail Europe 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.