Cooking and cultural holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees

“A week in the Spanish Pyrenees on a small group holiday, filled with all the finest flavours of this mountainous and magnanimous region. Staying in a stunning 17th century farm house. That feels like home after just a few hours. ”

Highlights

Walking in Aragon Pyrenees | Three cooking workshops | San Juan de la Peña Monastery | National Parks of Ordesa and Monte Perdido | Sierra de Guara Natural Park | Jaca | Bujaruelo Valley | Wine tasting at local bodega | Ainsa | Bird watching for Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture

Description of Cooking and cultural holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees

This cultural holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees is a week long, small group tour that also includes one of the region’s most important cultural aspects: cuisine. With three cooking workshops included in our week, staying in our renovated 17th C stone farmhouse, you can also enjoy trips to nearby medieval monasteries, visits to spectacular landscapes such as Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Parks, as well as the Natural Park of Sierra de Guara.

Our farmhouse has been lovingly restored to a very high standard, whilst maintaining all the character. From the antique light fittings and furniture to the art, everything is proudly Pyrenean. There are seven spacious, woodbeamed bedrooms, with mountain views, all ensuite. We also have a spacious sitting room, with wood burning stove, so it is cosy all year round and a wonderful place for our guests to chill out after a day of activities and sight seeing. We have a maximum 8 guests on each small group holiday. We also offer Wi-Fi.

The price of the holiday includes just about everything except your transport to get here, and we do offer transfers from Zaragoza, for a charge of €60 pp return. Please note that we do not charge a supplement for solo travellers.




Travel Team

If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. The Travel Team.

01273 823 700 Calling from outside the UK?

Map

Check dates, prices & availability

Date
Price
Basis
02 Jun 2019
1295
excluding flights
4 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 02 Jun 2019 departure
27 Oct 2019
1295
excluding flights
6 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 27 Oct 2019 departure
22 Apr 2020
1295
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 22 Apr 2020 departure
24 May 2020
1295
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 24 May 2020 departure
25 Oct 2020
1295
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 25 Oct 2020 departure
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cooking and cultural holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees

Environment

We are passionate about the environment and the wildlife where we live. The Ordesa National Park is a World Biosphere Reserve and a ‘Special Protection Area for Birds’ with over 171 species, including the rare Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus). We support the Lammergeier Conservation Foundation by using guides from the Foundation, visiting the raptor feeding stations with guests and selling the Foundation T-shirts. This helps fund a breeding program in our area which has had great success. Our walks are led by experts in the area (or accompanied by information packs when self-guided) and ensure that fragile environments are not degraded in any way when walking.

There are also well over 100 species of butterflies and moths in our area, including the rare and beautiful Isabelina Moth (Actias Isabellae) and the Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia Pyri). We have been successful in hatching the eggs and releasing the caterpillars for these moths.

At the farmhouse we have geothermal heating and hot water with minimal environmental impact. We also harvest rainwater for both the irrigation of our vegetable patch and garden, and for the washing machine.

We recycle all we can, including building materials and furniture. For example all the vanity units in the luxury bathrooms are unique secondhand pieces of furniture, adapted with a granite top and basin. All the furniture in the house is antique or secondhand and has been or is in the process of being restored by Simon, your host. Many of the external doors are secondhand and have been adapted. The beams and stone from the four year renovation of the property have been reused throughout the building process. We continue to reuse this material now as we landscape the garden.

Community

We support the local economy wherever possible by employing guides, experts and teachers from our area. We offer English lessons to our guides, providing them with a greater opportunity for work.

We involve our neighbours with our holidays, offering the possibility to visit their houses which have changed little through the centuries. This gives a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the high Pyrenees. In return we make donations to the village fund, for amongst other things the maintenance of our historic chapel of San Urbez (hermitage).

We also offer a guided visit to the chapel of San Urbez, explaining stories about our saint, his miracles and the architectural features. For this, we ask our guests for a donation in the chapel collection box.

We are involved in trying to preserve and restore the local pathways, acting as volunteers as the need arises. We will be running a path clearing holiday in the future which we hope will also ultimately benefit the community as a whole.

4 Reviews of Cooking and cultural holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees

5 out of 5 stars
SHOW
3
1
0
0
0

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Lucy and Simon were so hospitable and worked very hard to make sure every aspect of the holiday worked well for us and fitted our level of ability. The food and accommodation were of a very good standard. We loved the variety on offer, which included walking in the hills, visits to nearby historic towns, castles and religious buildings, wine tasting and, of course, cookery lessons. The couple has done their homework regarding the history of the area and were able to give us lots of interesting facts.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This is an active holiday involving some travel and hill walking, so being reasonably fit helps. And it can be cold in the mountains!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely. Lucy and Simon love the region and are very committed to it. They practice strict recycling regimes and support local guides and the small independent industries that exist around the area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A great experience and good value for money.

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was all just great!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Deservedly, this tour operator at Casa Allue are gaining popularity, so book up well in advance or you may be disappointed.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly the emphasis is on local and home-grown produce, involvement in the village community, support of local businesses and self-sufficiency.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The entire holiday was a delight: culture, scenery, walks, cookery sessions, the food, the wine, the house, our hosts + family, their dog! (And the cats!)

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We enjoyed the uniqueness of the accommodations staying in a remodeled 13 century farm house in a small Pyrenees village. We enjoyed the way our hosts
Simon and Lucy worked with our group of eight on accommodating our requests around cooking, walking, and cultural experiences. This was one of the best
small group experiences we've had, and we've been traveling the world for at least twelve years.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be ready to fall in love with the people, countryside, and food from this part of the Pyrenees....oh and your hosts Simon and Lucy.

Those people coming from the U.S. just beware if you are hiking plan of very rocky trails. Bring your high top boots as suggested in their packing list.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Oh yes!!! Everything we ate and guides hired were locally sourced,

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was one of the best small group travel experiences I've ever had. I was able to organize a group of four couples and Simon and Lucy worked with us before and during our stay on accommodating our requests. On a scale of one to five , five being outstanding, I'd give them a ten!!

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Hiking in the fresh air of Spanish Pyrenees and being up close to many of the endangered lammergeier, or bearded vultures, soaring near the cliffs. There were a couple of times when we watched groups of three or four of these birds riding the thermals.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring a pair of good, newish boots! One of my boot's sole separated on the first day of walking. Simon, one of he hosts, and I glued and taped it up for the next outing, however the sole from the second boot began breaking away. Simon was kind enough to loan me his old pair. A day later, my wife's boot started to fall apart. Thankfully, Simon brought us to a sporting goods store before our last day of walking in order for us to buy new boots.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


This part of Spain is very rural. By visiting and shopping at small local businesses, we felt it added a little to the local economy. The hosts, Simon & Lucy, recycle and repurpose materials in their establishment to great effect. (We suggested that our old boots be used as planters in the garden like we have
done at our home.)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


My wife and I had a lovely week. The mix of hiking, local cultural visits, tastings and home-cooked meals made a splendid holiday. Simon and Lucy were wonderful hosts during our stay.

Popular similar holidays

Vietnam small group holiday, a food adventure

Vietnam small group holiday, a food adventure

Exotic 2 week culinary and cultural tour of Vietnam

From £1179 - £1465 12 days excluding flights

Italian cooking holiday, small group

Italian cooking holiday, small group

Immersive gastronomy & cooking trips in undiscovered Tuscany

From £1400 7 days excluding flights

Nutritional food holiday in the Peloponnese

Nutritional food holiday in the Peloponnese

Cook delicious food for longevity and to eradicate illness

From £845 5 days excluding flights

Short break pasta making & Italian food holiday, Tuscany

Short break pasta making & Italian food holiday, Tuscany

A Tuscan food adventure, learn to make pasta

From £700 4 days excluding flights

Convert currencies