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Portugal Cooking Tour and Wine Tasting - Tour PT207


Spend 6 days exploring thePortugal cooking classes beauty of this unspoiled region savoring and learning about the delicious Mediterranean cuisine of Portugal. You will learn hands-on cooking techniques using the local flavors and herbs of the Alentejo in the specially designed kitchen, with a fireplace for baking.
Portuguese breads and curing sausages, is an ideal atmosphere for cooking instruction.

Alentejo, the middle of Portugal is considered to be Portugal's most authentic and picturesque region.   It is in this peaceful country setting that we find the romantic Ref˙gio da Vila Rural Hotel and Cooking School. Located in Portel, a small town outside ╔vora, (171 km from Lisbon),he hotel is set in a Vila manor house, complete with pool and patios. 

Between cooking lessons in a kitchen that opens to a courtyard, and tours of the unspoiled countryside, guests can relax in simple, but elegant rooms.

ProgramLearning Portuguese cooking in Alentejo Portugal

Upon your arrival into Lisbon airport, you will have transfer to the Hotel in Lisbon where you will check-in and have some free time before a welcome reception and dinner this evening with the other guests.
Overnight: Hotel  Mundial or Similar.

This morning, we drive to the small Alentejo town of Portel, and Ref˙gio da Vila, our base for the week. After an orientation walk around Portel, past the 13th century castle and Baroque Church, and lunch, we'll enter a Portuguese kitchen and have our first Cooking Class: Introduction to Portuguese Gastronomy, a study in influences and seasonings.
Dinner at Adega do Ref˙gio. Overnight: Ref˙gio da Vila

After breakfast our second Cooking Class begins: The Importance of fish and Olive Oil in Portuguese Cuisine. Lunch is a chance to sample your own cooking! Non-cooking partners join at the table.
This afternoon we'll visit the EsporŃo Wine State, blending ancient and modern winemaking techniques. The grapes of this wine region include Periquita, Trincadeira, Tinta Roriz, and Moreto for red wines, and Roupeiro, Manteudo, Perrum, Rabo de Ovelha for the whites - all Portuguese varieties, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shyraz. The nearby Arts & Crafts Center of Reguengos displays a wonderful collection of Alentejo wares. The road winds past megalithic sites to the thousand-year-old village of Monsaraz.  Here we'll dinner under the shadow of the 13th century castle built by King Afonso III.
Overnight: Ref˙gio da Vila

Today's focus is on local produce from the local Quintas, farms and Ranches with an abundance of fresh produce.. This afternoon, we'll tour nearby ╔vora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cultural Center of the Alentejo, and a beautiful white town with a wealth of monuments, from Roman times to the 19th century
Dinner at Adega do Ref˙gio. Overnight: Ref˙gio da Vila

Cooks, this is your day off! Today we’ll drive into the northern Alentejo, and before lunch at Vila Višosa, we visit its Renaissance Ducal Palace and the Museum of Marble. Passing through the marble area we visit the historical and white town of Estremoz world famouse for its high quality marble quarries nearby and enclosed within its ramparts overlooking a vast plain of gnarled olive trees and wheat fields. After passing through Estremoz, we return to Portel in time for dinner.
Overnight: Ref˙gio da Vila

This region is known for its Aromatic Herbs, and wild flowers. This morning we’ll use them in dishes that the locals have passed on through the generations. Enjoy an afternoon excursion to several traditional unique villages. This evening, sit we will have a Farewell Dinner at the restaurant Adega do Ref˙gio to celebrate our success and the opportunity to have been able to visit this charming and unspoiled region.

Today's Cooking Class focuses on: The Flavors of the South.. After lunch, enjoy a siesta and a free afternoon to stroll, ride on horseback, bicycle, or simply lounge by the pool.
Dinner at Adega do Ref˙gio. Overnight: Ref˙gio da Vila

After breakfast, we transfer back to Lisbon.


  • 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast

  • Daily lunch and dinner, with wines
    5 cooking classes

  • All supplies for cooking classes

  • Round-trip Lisbon hotel transfers
    Lisbon transfers to and from Hotel Ref˙gio da Vila / Portel

  • All local tours escorted by English speaking guide (other languages possible if needed)

  • Taxes

Price on application: [email protected]

Prices are lower for larger groups, please inquire,

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