HighlightsAlbella | Walking in Ordesa National Park | Monte Perdito | Walking in Spanish Pyrenees | Torla | Somontano wine region, Aragon | Views of Monte Perdido and Brecha de Roland
Description of Cooking and walking holiday, Spanish PyreneesThis cooking and walking holiday, in the Spanish Pyrenees, is a week long small group holiday, based in a 17th century guesthouse, located in a tranquil, untouristy area of the mountains. The week’s itinerary is recipe for a fun, active and also cultural holiday, combining walking in spectacular mountain scenery with expert cooking classes, and plenty of wine too of course. Your hosts are Simon and Lucy, who have a great combination of skills as chef and food scientist. As well as having an innate passion for the region, of course.
During the week, you will be guided through traditional villages and remote landscapes in both the uplands and foothills of the Pyrenees, such as in Ordesa National Park. With laid back, easy walking throughout. The Aragon region is also home to the most delicious local produce which is why cooking here is such a pleasure, with lessons that are not only in the large kitchen at the guesthouse, but also in a local state of the art restaurant.
With a maximum number of eight guests during the week, you will be accommodated in spacious rooms, all ensuite. The hub of the week, apart for the kitchen of course, is the large communal living space, with a wood burning stove and stunning mountain views.
The price of this holiday includes accommodation, meals, cookery lessons, excursions and transport (but not transfers from airport or train station). We do not charge a solo supplement on this trip.
|Day 1:||Arrival at Casa Allué, Albella. A welcome drink courtesy of your hosts Simon and Lucy, before our evening meal.|
|Day 2:||Today we visit a small farm where they produce various goats cheeses, yogurt and milk. We will see the production process and taste some of the delicious cheeses. With our taste buds still tingling we will walk to one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the central Pyrenees. Here we will have our picnic lunch, before returning to Albella for our first cookery workshop, using some of the produce we saw at the farm.|
|Day 3:||This is our first visit to the west side of the Ordesa National Park. We will visit a beautiful Roman bridge, which in turn leads us to an enchanting valley. Here there are mountain streams, marshy meadows and a wide variety of flowers.
For lunch we head to one of the best tapas bars in the valley, in the medieval village of Torla.
On the way home we stop to visit a small family business where they make the local liquor, Pacharan.
Once back at Albella we will begin our second cookery workshop, using of course Pacharan.|
|Day 4:||This morning we will go to the opposite side of the Ordesa National Park. We will do an easy circular walk on good paths. This will take us through a former glacial valley with meadows full of flowers, green pastures and spectacular waterfalls. Picnic lunch.
On the way home we will visit a honey farm and learn about the fascinating life of the bee.
Our own honey and olive oil tasting with wine and home made bread.|
|Day 5:||Today we are in and around our little hamlet of Albella. We start with the short walk to the chapel of San Urbez, learning a little of the history of the chapel.
Afterwards we have the rare opportunity to visit a private house in the village. The house still has the traditional Aragonese kitchen with central fire for cooking, of which few now exist.
After lunch we have our third cookery workshop, which will reveal the secrets of Spanish tapas.
A light tapas supper in the evening.|
|Day 6:||We leave for Somontano which is our closest wine region in Aragon. The name Somontano means 'under the mountains', an apt description as the region sits in the foothills of the central Pyrenees mountains, less than 35 miles from France. This morning we will have the opportunity to walk up to a breathtaking view point as well as visit one of the many bodegas. After our picnic lunch we will also visit a family run ecological olive oil business.
On the way home we stop at the medieval town of Ainsa, where there will be time to wander the narrow streets and do a little shopping, before sampling some local tapas.|
|Day 7:||A relaxing morning in Albella before lunch at Casa Allué. After lunch we depart for our 4x4 trip. This is the climax to our visits to the National Park. We will go to five dramatic view points each giving a different perspective of the Canyon of Ordesa. There are panoramic views across to Monte Perdido and the Brecha de Roland. We will learn a little of the history of the valley, the wildlife and the flowers.
Light supper in the evening.|
|Day 8:||A flexible timetable depending on departure times.|
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