Programs

A - 1 single cooking class + lunch or dinner

what's a cooking class?

It is a hands on experience where you'll cook your own lunch or dinner. It is a great way to feel the local culture and gastronomy. we cook and eat, and drink, all the time.

It includes all cooking suplies + lunch or dinner (with wines).

It takes aroud 3 hours.

It will be a great pleasure to share our culture with you!

What we cook?

Traditional local recipes.

We want to share with you our traditions.

If you have any food restriction, the diversity of our cuisine allow us to find a good menu for you

Olive oil, garlic and onions, are always on the kitchen’s table. Come and learn about our conventual historic recipes, our traditions and culture while tasting good Alentejo wines.

Price per person including all cooking supplies, lunch with drinks: €98,00.

You ou can have 1 or more cooking classes, according to your trip.


4 DAYS PROGRAM

cooking + toruring

Sofia, We've finally made it home from our 35th anniversary/ Birthday trip. After we left you in September we continued on to Crete and Turkey.  The history, the people and the food along the way were wonderful but, nothing compared to the evenings we spent cooking with you and your husband and learning about the culture and events that helped to shape the region. We can't wait for our next opportunity to return to Portugal and hopefully be able to spend some time with you again.  I hope many more travellers get the opportunity to experience Evora as we did. Thank you so much, Hal and Anne Wambach” (USA)   Évora is a Unesco fantastic site. Our rustic kitchen is just outside the 14 th century walls,  10 minutes far from the main hotels, 15 minutes walking far from the main Square, Praça de Giraldo, close to the Cathedral, Chapel of bones, Local Market, 16th century University, Roman Temple, nice restaurants and fancy shops. Here you get the real ambiance of a small town of the Alentejo, a jewel of Portugal. As accommodation, we propose several options. We used to include it in the package, but nowadays it is so easy for you to get the best options by internet that we decided just to give our suggestions. Anyway, we can help you organising this as an extra. See the item “Options”. DAY ONE - MONDAY  This morning, we pick you up at your hotel and drive you to Évora, the charming UNESCO (world heritage patrimony) small town, full of Roman vestiges, medieval churches and palaces. Each street keeps the charm of the past, as a secret for you! After lunch in a local traditional restaurant, we have the first orientation walk before the 1st cooking class, in a renovated but traditional kitchen. Than (around 6.pm) we have our 1st cooking class (followed by dinner): Introduction to Portuguese Gastronomy, a study in influences and seasonings. For logistic reasons, we can switch lunch to dinner. Overnight in Évora at your hotel. DAY TWO- TUESDAY                                 After breakfast (around 11.am) 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 travel towards the Spanish border. In the way we'll visit one of the local wineries, blending ancient and modern winemaking techniques. The grapes of this wine region include Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, tinta Roriz, and Moreto for red wines; Roupeiro, Manteudo, Perrum, Antão Vaz for the whites - as Portuguese varieties, as well Cabernet Sauvignon and Shyraz. This is a rich clay region, as we can see at the  village of S. Pedro do Corval, a good example of the best potteries of the region. Here you can buy really authentic pottery at a really good price. A few kms after, we have Monsaraz, a medieval hilltop village, where we will have dinner after visiting, under the shadow of the 13th century castle built by king Afonso III. Here you will understand why we have so many castles, and what a medieval castle is. This is a magic place, just like travel into an ancient period of History! We will return back to Évora after dinner (included), so please take a sweatshirt and comfortable shoes. DAY THREE - WEDNESDAY Today's focus is on local produce: The abundance from local Farms and Ranches. This afternoon, we'll tour through Évora, visiting the Cathedral (13th century), Chapel of Bones (16th century), Roman Baths and Roman Temple (1st century AD). Évora is also a nice place for shopping. There you find jewellery, cork articles (hats, shoes, aprons, purses, bracelets, etc.), tiles, wines and much more.  Dinner is free, by your own. We will provide you a map of the town and a list of restaurants, shops, ice cream factories, coffee shops you shouldn’t miss!  DAY FOUR - THURSDAY Cooks, this is your day off!   Today we'll drive into the Northen Alentejo, and you will understand in a short version, the History of Portugal, special what happened to our last king. Before lunch at Vila Viçosa, we will visit its Renaissance Ducal Palace, visiting the place where King Charles slept his last night before being shot in 1908. We will visit the historical Sanctuary of Vila Viçosa, where, John IV, king of Portugal gave his crown to the Virgin Mary in 1640, and named her Queen of Portugal.  Passing through the marble area we visit the historical and white town of Estremoz, enclosed whithin its ramparts and overlook a vast plain of gnarled olive trees and wheat fields, passing through a cork factory. After this tour, transfer back to your hotel in Lisbon.  End of the tour.   Includes: Transfer from Lisbon to Évora Transfer from Évora to Lisbon 3 cooking classes and lunches (wine included) 1 dinner in  local restaurant (wine included) 2 lunches in local restaurants (wine included) 1 wine tasting + guided visit to the winerie 1 visit at a local pottery factory + 1 cork factory 1 guided walking tour in Évora (tickets included at Bones Chapel and Cathedral) 1 guided tour to Monsaraz, a Medieval hilltop Village 1 tour to the Marble and Cork area, visiting the Royal Palace of Vila Viçosa Price per person: €1300,00 - possible with the minimum of 2 persons.

6 DAYS PROGRAM

“My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed  Sofia’s Cooking classes and tours of the Alentejo. The food, wines and cultural sites were amazing and impressive. We learned the cooking techniques and recipes, ensuring that these dishes were easy to replicate at home. Our friends and family have enjoyed many delightful Portuguese meals at home since our trip.” Mike (USA) What we cook?              Traditional local recipes. We want to share with you our traditions. If you have any food restriction, the diversity of our cuisine allow us to find a good menu for you. Olive oil, garlic and onions, are always on the kitchen’s table. Come and learn about our conventual historic recipes, our traditions and culture while tasting good Alentejo wines. Where are we? Évora is a Unesco fantastic site. It works  in a rustic kitchen, just outside the 14 th century walls, 5 and 10 minutes far from the main hotels, 10 minutes walking far from the main Square, Praça de Giraldo, close to the Cathedral, Chapel of bones, Local Market, 16th century University, Roman Temple, nice restaurants and fancy shops. Here you get the real ambiance of a small town of the Alentejo, a jewel of Portugal. As accommodation, we propose several options. We used to include it in the package, but nowadays it is so easy for you to get the best options by internet that we decided just to give our suggestions. Anyway, we can help you organising this as an extra. See the item “Options”.

DAY ONE - MONDAY 

This morning, we pick you up at your hotel and drive you to Évora, the charming UNESCO (world heritage patrimony) small town, full of Roman vestiges, medieval churches and palaces. Each street keeps the charm of the past, as a secret for you! After lunch in a local traditional restaurant, we have the first orientation walk before the 1st cooking class, in a renovated but traditional kitchen. Than (around 6.pm) we have our 1st cooking class (followed by dinner): Introduction to Portuguese Gastronomy, a study in influences and seasonings. For logistic reasons, we can switch lunch to dinner. Overnight in Évora at your hotel.  

                                  DAY TWO- TUESDAY                                

After breakfast (around 11.am) 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 travel towards the Spanish border. In the way we'll visit one of the local wineries, blending ancient and modern winemaking techniques. The grapes of this wine region include Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, tinta Roriz, and Moreto for red wines; Roupeiro, Manteudo, Perrum, Antão Vaz for the whites - as Portuguese varieties, as well Cabernet Sauvignon and Shyraz. This is a rich clay region, as we can see at the  village of S. Pedro do Corval, a good example of the best potteries of the region. Here you can buy really authentic pottery at a really good price. A few kms after, we have Monsaraz, a medieval hilltop village, where we will have dinner after visiting, under the shadow of the 13th century castle built by king Afonso III. Here you will understand why we have so many castles, and what a medieval castle is. This is a magic place, just like travel into an ancient period of History! We will return back to Évora after dinner (included), so please take a sweatshirt and comfortable shoes.

DAY THREE - WEDNESDAY

Today's focus is on local produce: The abundance from local Farms and Ranches. This afternoon, we'll tour through Évora, visiting the Cathedral (13th century), Chapel of Bones (16th century), Roman Baths and Roman Temple (1st century AD). Évora is also a nice place for shopping. There you find jewellery, cork articles (hats, shoes, aprons, purses, bracelets, etc.), tiles, wines and much more.  Dinner is free, by your own. We will provide you a map of the town and a list of restaurants, shops, ice cream factories, coffee shops you shouldn’t miss!

 DAY FOUR - THURSDAY

Cooks, this is your day off!  Today we'll drive into the Northen Alentejo, and you will understand in a short version, the History of Portugal, special what happened to our last king. Before lunch at Vila Viçosa, we will visit its Renaissance Ducal Palace, visiting the place where King Charles slept his last night before being shot in 1908. We will visit the historical Sanctuary of Vila Viçosa, where, John IV, king of Portugal gave his crown to the Virgin Mary in 1640, and named her Queen of Portugal.  Passing through the marble area we visit the historical and white town of Estremoz, enclosed whithin its ramparts and overlook a vast plain of gnarled olive trees and wheat fields. Than we return back to Évora, in time for dinner, passing through a cork factory.  Dinner in Évora, by your own.

    DAY FIVE - FRIDAY

This region is known for its Aromatic Herbs and wild Flowers. This morning we'll use them in the dishes that the locals have passed on through generations. Enjoy an afternoon excursion to   visit the fabulous pre-historical megalithic "cromeleque dos almendros", from 6.000 years BC. This evening, sit down to a farewell Dinner at traditional restaurant (included). We prefer having the farewell dinner today, because very often we have people leaving very early on Sunday, due to the flights back home.

   DAY SIX - SATURDAY

Today's cooking class focuses on the flavours of the south, in fact our Mediterranean face in the kitchen! After lunch enjoy a siesta and a free afternoon to make the last shopping. Time to pack. Free dinner and overnight.

    DAY SEVEN - SUNDAY

After breakfast we do your transfer back to Lisbon. If you have a very early flight on Sunday it can require an extra charge for a special transfer.  Let us know when you arrive. Note: the order of the days can be changed according to the changes of wineries, monuments or other local’s programs. We also try to adapt this program all year round according to the weather and local special events, to offer you all authenticity, the real Portugal. Anyway if we do any changes, you won’t miss any detail. ____________________________________________________________________________

INCLUDED 

  • Transfers
  1. From Lisbon (airport or hotel in Lisbon) to Évora
This allows you to choose the hotel you want. We suggest you to come some days before and visit Lisbon and Sintra. 3-4 days will be a nice experience.
  1. From Évora to Lisbon
  • Five COOKING CLASSES with the following meals (wine included)
  • Other meals included (allways with wine):
  1. 1st day’s lunch at a local restaurant in Évora
  2. 2nd day’s dinner at the medieval village of Monsaraz
  3. 4th day’s lunch at Vila Viçosa
  4. 5th day’s farewell dinner in Évora
  • Wine tasting:
1 – one of Reguengos de Monsaraz or Redondo 2 – one of Évora 
  • Tours with fees included:
  1. Évora (Roman Temple 1st C ad, Roman baths 1st C ad , Cathedral 13th C, Bones Chapel 15th C, University 16th C, all the Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Medieval period.
  2. Monsaraz (pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval and walking tour in the Medieval Village)
  3. The towns of Estremoz and Vila Viçosa Palace, passing though the marble area and cork factory
  4. Megalithic tour into the fabulous prehistoric area from 6.000 BC
Price per person:  € 1.950,00. Minimum nº of people to make a tour: 2 persons. Non cooking reduction: 100.00. Those who don’t like to cook can join us to eat and take pictures. Pay less 100,00 per person. All tours and experiences included, except cooking. OPTIONALS: HOTELS Recommended hotels according the walking distance into the cooking classes place: a)(www.mardearhotels.com) - Mar d’ Ar Aqueduto 5 * (5 min)                                                      - Mar d’ Ar Muralhas 4 * (10 min)
  1. b) (www.adcevora.com.pt) - Hotel Albergaria do Calvário (5 min)
  2. c) (pocinho.pt) CASA DO POCINHO, if you prefer to stay in a charming medieval house (10 min)

 

_____________________________________________________________________________ INCLUDED 1) Transfers a) From Lisbon (airport or hotel in Lisbon) to Évora This allows you to choose the hotel you want. We suggest you to come some days before and visit Lisbon and Sintra. 3-4 days will be a nice experience. b) From Évora to Lisbon 2) Five COOKING CLASSES with the following meals (wine included) 3) Other meals included (allways with wine): a) 1st day’s lunch at a local restaurant in Évora b) 2nd day’s dinner at the medieval village of Monsaraz c) 4th day’s lunch at Vila Viçosa d) 5th day’s farewell dinner in Évora 4) Wineries with wine tasting: 1 – one of Reguengos de Monsaraz (usual: Esporão) 2 – one of Évora (usual: Cartuxa) 5) Tours with fees included: a) Évora (Roman Temple 1st C ad, Roman baths 1st C ad , Cathedral 13th C, Bones Chapel 15th C, University 16th C, all the Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Medieval period. b) Monsaraz (pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval and walking tour in the Medieval Village) c) The towns of Estremoz and Vila Viçosa, passing though the marble area and cork factory d) Megalithic tour into the fabulous prehistoric area from 6.000 BC
Price per person: € 1.950,00.
Minimum nº of people to make a tour: 2 persons. OPTIONALS: HOTELS Recommended hotels according the walking distance into the cooking classes place: a)(www.mardearhotels.com) - Mar d’ Ar Aqueduto 5 * (5 min) - Mar d’ Ar Muralhas 4 * (10 min) b) (www.adcevora.com.pt) - Hotel Albergaria do Calvário (5 min) c) (www.pocinho.pt) CASA DO POCINHO, if you prefer to stay in a charming medieval house (10 min) d) ( www.pousadas.pt) - Pousada Convento de Évora ( 15 min) e) (www.thenoblehouse.pt) The Noble House Boutique Hotel (20 min)
 


Booking Conditions:   To book we need a deposit of 25%  of total amount. Total amount should be payed untill 30 days prior arrival 100% deposit will be refunded if canceled up to 90 days 50% deposit will be refunded if canceled up to 30 days. www.portuguesecookingschool