• 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
Tasting Visits
Guided Walks
Fully Inclusive
Small Group
Stay in Comfort

Holiday Price
€1395 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
€1395 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.

Walking Grade

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.

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 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  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.

 

Reviews

Just Some of Our Reviews on this Holiday…

“This was an amazing holiday in every way. Lucy and Simon made the 7 of us feel at home straight away. Spacious bedrooms, comfy beds and modern bathrooms…..Albella is a tiny hamlet of a few old houses, a chapel and very old church. It is so peaceful with the sound only of the cuckoo and a few sheep.
We cooked several meals including tapas under the expert guidance of Simon and Lucy. They gave us new useful tips and recipes and we had such fun in the cooking classes.
I returned so rested and rejuvenated and would thoroughly recommend booking one of their holidays. I’ll be going back.”

Vicky. Bath. UK. Cooking Holiday Spain May 2019

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

“The walking and cooking week far exceeded my expectations!! Accommodations were very comfortable, clean, and in beautiful setting. Simon and Lucy couldn’t have been better hosts. Very thoughtful, planning walking outings based on guests abilities. I went as a solo guest and felt included and very comfortable. Definitely would recommend for solos. We had wonderful picnics which Simon had prepared when we were walking as well as some meals out. But the best for me were the dinners on their patio.
Simon and Lucy’s passion for this beautiful part of the world was transmitted in so many ways. Breathing walks and visits to the Pyrenees. Visiting local artisans like an 80 year old beekeeper, a goat cheese maker, a local vineyard and more. They also imparted local history which has made me determined to read more Spanish history.
I plan to return and hopefully bring my family with me.”

Barbara. California. Cooking Holiday Spain September 2018

“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

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