Top 10 food holidays in Europe

On our top 10 foodie holidays in Europe you’ll meet local producers, shop in markets and learn the secrets of local recipes passed down through generations. You’ll cook, chop, sip, sup and munch your way through some of Europe’s most tantalising cuisine, and combine your culinary exploration with some, sometimes surprising, extra activities. You’ll also discover some of Europe’s lesser-known, but no less delicious gastronomic highlights. These are holidays to savour – bon appétit!

1. Cooking & walking, Spanish Pyrenees

Enjoy a week of cooking and walking in an untouched corner of the Spanish Pyrenees. Holidays here celebrate Aragon’s famed local produce as well as the spectacular landscape it hails from, combining cookery workshops with visits to local producers and a selection of guided and self-guided walks in the region’s spectacular mountain scenery. Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is a real highlight here.
When to go: March to October
Our top selling trip: Cooking and walking holiday, Spanish Pyrenees
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2. Local cuisine in Umbria & Puglia, Italy

The rolling hills of Umbria hide agriturismos a-plenty, each with delightful farmhouse kitchens and friendly hosts keen to share the secrets of authentic local cuisine. Alternatively, head south to discover distinctive Puglian recipes passed down through generations. Cooking classes teach you with simple yet delicious dishes using seasonal ingredients, grown locally or sourced from the markets and producers you’ll visit during your stay.

When to go: April to August, or Christmas
Our top selling trip: Umbria cooking holiday, Italy
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Read more: Umbria travel guide

3. Food & wine, Sicily

Get under the skin of one of Italy’s most unique islands via its cuisine, with every town and village offering a feast of local produce and colourful markets for foodies. Wander Palermo’s food stalls, tasting traditional arancini, panelle and sfincione as you go, sample local wine in the shadow of Mount Etna and enjoy a cookery class with a Sicilian chef.

When to go: April to November
Our top selling trip: Sicily food holiday in Italy
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Read more: Sicily travel guide

4. Food & wine, Northern Spain

There’s more to Catalonia than Barcelona and Gaudi’s madcap architecture. Look closer and you’ll discover delis dripping with jamon and some of Spain’s freshest seafood. Forget boozy bar crawls, instead crawl Logrono’s 60 plus tapas bars. Try local blue cheese in the Picos de Europa mountains and taste Basque pinxtos in San Sebastian. Finally, wash everything down with fabulous Rioja wine direct from local vineyards.

When to go: May to October
Our top selling trip: North Spain small group holiday, a food adventure
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Read more: Catalonia travel guide and Picos de Europa travel guide

5. Food & wine, the Caucasus

Armenia and Georgia are making a name for themselves in gastronomic circles for their delicious traditional cuisine and long wine making history. Let a local expert guide you through towns, markets and vineyards where food and folklore are intimately intertwined. You’ll hear tales rooted in the places you visit as you enjoy cookery masterclasses and a visit to the oldest winery in the world.

When to go: May to October
Our top selling trip: Armenia and Georgia food and wine tour
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Read more: Caucasus travel guide

6. Wild food, Sweden

The sea meadows and forests of Saint Anna archipelago are a culinary treasure trove, if you just know here to look. Let wilderness experts show you the wild berries, mushrooms and herbs that form the building blocks of traditional cuisine. Kayaking trips through bird sanctuaries and campfire cooking show you how to collect and cook delicious meals from the seasonal ingredients.

When to go: June, July and August
Our top selling trip: Kayaking in Sweden – foraging and food
See all our trips: Holidays in Sweden

7. Food & wine, Slovenia

Tiny Slovenia packs an almighty punch when it comes to landscapes, from turquoise lakes tucked into towering Alps, to swathes of wheat-filled fields and the rocky Adriatic coastline. The result – pockets of microclimates and a dazzling variety of terroirs that fuel a rich and varied cuisine. Add in tasty influences from neighbouring Hungary and Italy and a journey through Slovenia’s food and wine becomes a culinary odyssey.

When to go: All year round
Our top selling trip: Slovenia food and wine tour
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Read more: Slovenia travel guide

8. Explore vegan cuisine, Greece

It should surprise precisely no-one that the Greek Mediterranean diet is good for you. But this vegan holiday based in the Peloponnese region demonstrates how Greek cuisine is also good for the planet, and has thrived for centuries. Staying at a charming villa in the heart of olive country, activities include learning about wild Greek teas, foraging around the walls of an ancient castle, dinner at a rustic farmers’ taverna and the ‘five euro lunch’ challenge. Come home inspired, enthused, and no doubt nicely tanned as well.

When to go: April to October
Our top selling trip: Vegan holiday in Greece
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9. Join the olive harvest, Greece

Under the warmth of the early winter sun, Greece’s ancient olive trees hang heavy with fruit. And in the Peloponnese – Greece’s quiet peninsula away from the island crowds – local people will teach you to handpick the olives in the way their parents and grandparents did before them. You’ll also make and taste your own olive oil, learn to bake traditional bread and sample delicious freshly-grown produce in a region where organic isn’t a buzzword, but a way of life.

When to go: October to December
Our top selling trip: Peloponnese food tour in Greece
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Read more: Peloponnese travel guide

10. Pasta making in Tuscany, Italy

So iconic it deserves its own entry. Master the art of making traditional fresh pasta and risotto on an in-depth cooking break in Tuscany. Here local chefs and family cooks are on hand to share their knowledge and you’ll return home with the skills to create delicious fresh pasta in all its guises, from tortellini to linguine.

When to go: April to October
Our top selling trip: Short break pasta and risotto making holiday, Tuscany
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Written by Sarah Faith
Photo credits: [Page banner: Brooke Lark] [Spanish food: Fernando] [Fish market: Simon Lochbrunner SJ] [Slovenian food: Christian Kadluba]