Top 10 food vacations in Europe

On our top 10 foodie vacations 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 vacations to savour – bon appétit!

1. Cooking & walking, Spanish Pyrenees

Enjoy a week of cooking and walking in an untouched corner of the Spanish Pyrenees. Vacations 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 vacation, 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 vacation, 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 vacation 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 vacation, 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, Finland

The ancient pine forests of Finland’s Pyhä-Häkki National Park are a culinary treasure trove, if you just know where to look. Let local experts show you the wild berries, mushrooms and herbs that form the building blocks of traditional cuisine. Foraging walks and fishing tours are combined with cooking classes, teaching you how to create delicious meals from the seasonal ingredients you’ve collected and prepared.

When to go: May, August and September
Our top selling trip: Finland wild food vacation
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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. Cooking and other activities, France

Combine cooking and great French food with a choice of other activities on a vacation in France. Nourish both body and soul on a break that combines cookery classes with daily yoga, or mix visits to local producers, farms and vineyards with hiking in the hills, village tours and time exploring beautiful regional cities. Discover local restaurants, too, for full immersion in French cuisine and culture.

When to go: April to November
Our top selling trip: French Riviera vacation, walking, culture and cooking
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Our top Cooking & food vacations Vacation

Italian cooking vacation, small group

Italian cooking vacation, small group

Immersive gastronomy & cooking trips in undiscovered Tuscany

From £1400 7 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2019: 18 Apr, 12 May, 9 Jun, 23 Jun, 1 Sep, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 13 Oct
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9. Vegetarian and vegan cooking, Greece

Vegan and vegetarian cooking has long been a staple part of Greek cuisine, making this an ideal destination for foodies who want to expand their knowledge. You’ll be taught the old ways of foraging and slow-cooking ingredients to create simple, delicious dishes. Enjoy locally led cooking classes and lots of local tavernas offering an array of traditional, healthy cuisine.

When to go: September and October
Our top selling trip: Vegan vacation in Greece, cooking and food
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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 vacation, Tuscany
See all our trips: Cooking and food vacations in Italy
Written by Sarah Faith
Photo credits: [Page banner: Brooke Lark] [Spanish food: Fernando] [Fish market: Simon Lochbrunner SJ] [Slovenian food: Christian Kadluba]
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