Cullinary vacation: Spain and Morocco

Paul Lines By Paul Lines, 5th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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For those who wish to learn the Spanish and Moroccan style of cooking and experience the natural home of this culinary art, what could be better than a cooking vacation?

The experience begins

Viva Espana! Resting peacefully in the warmth of the sun alongside the Mediterranean Sea, the home of oranges, olive oil and Paella, Spain and its North African neighbour Morocco waits to warmly welcome the travelling Chef, and will be overjoyed to reveal to you some of its culinary secrets.

Catalonia

First we travel inland to a small agricultural town resting on a hill. Nestling amongst the hills in some of the most panoramic scenery that Catalonia has to offer is the small town of El Masroig. You will be greeted at the door of an old restored farmhouse which has been converted into the Catacurian hotel and led through the beautifully decorated house, with many of the original features still intact, so that you can rest in the luxurious bedroom, ready to awaken refreshed for the cooking tasks that await you in the morning.

As well as being taught to cook some of the regions Catalan dishes, which includes seafood and meats. In many of these dishes, you will find the influences of the Roman and Moors dynasty still present, your vacation will also include a visit to a winery where you will have an opportunity of a personal tasting session, which includes a historical review of how the wine has been developed over the years. As if that is not enough, you will also be taken on a tour of a local olive-growing plantation where, after tasting the fruit, you will come to understand why Spanish olive oil is the most sought after in the world.

ANDALUSIA

Hidden in the heart of the Andalucía olive growing region is a finca with outstanding natural views, of carpets of olive tree stretching as far as the eye can see. Although the finca has been restored, many of its original features have been kept intact and its design will intrigue you. All around you will be the sweet scent of the olives, reminding you of why you are here.

The lessons at this culinary retreat are like no other. They are laid back and full of fun despite the serious intent and you will really enjoy learning how to cook in the traditional Mediterranean style. In this case you will of course, literally be cooking for your supper as what you cook is what you will eat later, so you better make sure that you listen to what you are being taught.

MOROCCO

Just a short trip south of Spain across the Mediterranean Sea is the land of Morocco, a country that use to occupy the southern part of Spain, so it is fitting that you cooking trip includes this area.

You will be staying at a tradition Moroccan home called the Rjad al Bartel and it is here that you will be taught how to cook the traditional Moroccan meals of couscous, B'stila, rice, deserts and local breads. Ti ease the meal down, you can also go for an evening stroll to take in the sights of this unique town and watch the blood red sun set over the deserts.

Summary

Spain and Morocco have a host of cooking vacations on offer and the Spanish people like nothing better than to help those who visit them to learn to enjoy their own unique dishes. An added attraction to these tours is that you also get to spend time relaxing on the warm Mediterranean and North African beaches and in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean. What more could a cook ask for?

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Cooking Tips, Culinary, Holiday Destination And Luxury, Holiday Tips, Morocco, Spain, Vacation Places

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author avatar Paul Lines
Having spent a large part of my working life as a business consultant, I am now a full time freelance writer offering content for on-line and print publishers, as well as focusing on creative writing

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author avatar group2be
6th Nov 2010 (#)

wonderful article with great choice of photos. lots of excellent info and a nice writing style.

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author avatar Paul Lines
6th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks Diamond, I am glad you enjoyed it

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author avatar Erik Van Tongerloo
6th Nov 2010 (#)

Excellent article and beautiful pictures

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author avatar Paul Lines
6th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks Eric. Its nice to hear from you again

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