Paella Valenciana
Paella Valenciana

Food Holidays

SEVILLE - Ibérico ham, Manzanilla sherry and traditional tapas

With its enthrallingly rich history, grand monuments and almost year-round sunshine, Seville is already a spectacular short break destination. But add in the opportunity to sample the best food and drink that Andalucia has to offer and you have the perfect place to spend five days. Our stay includes plenty of free time to make your own explorations of this majestic city, along with gourmet highlights galore from the freshest goat’s cheese to the uniquely beautiful flavours of Ibérico ham and Manzanilla sherry. A cookery masterclass reveals the secrets of the perfect paella and a tapas dinner demonstrates why small is beautiful when it comes to Andalucian cuisine.

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Expert guide
  •  All tastings in the itinerary

Today's Price

Deposit: £250 Single supplement: £140

Tour highlights:

  • A walking tour of one of Seville’s great food markets
  • A ‘perfect paella’ cookery class at a nearby olive farm
  • Sample the world-famous Ibérico ham at one of the drying houses
  • Visit the Manzanilla sherry cellars of Sanlúcar de Barrameda to taste
  • Enjoy the freshest goat’s cheese at a local dairy
  • Traditional tapas dinner to sample the small plates of Seville

Tour details

Dates 4 October 2020 - 8 October 2020
Duration 5 days
Today's Price
Deposit: £250 Single supplement: £140 Balance due by 12 July 2020
Tour code G08A20

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4 October 2020: Itinerary

We fly from London to Seville this afternoon, arriving early evening. After checking in at our perfectly-situated hotel, we walk to a local restaurant such as the centuries-old El Rinconcillo for some sublime Sevillian specialities.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Centrally located hotel

Following a short morning walk around a lively food market, we head out of the city to an olive farm for a cookery class focused on that most iconic of Spanish dishes, the paella. Whilst the ingredients of the paella can vary from city to city, Seville is a good place to find the most authentic Valenciana recipe more likely to use meat such as rabbit or snail than seafood. We learn the secrets of the perfect paella here, including the all-important flavour-filled crust – the socarrat. And, of course, we enjoy our creations for lunch. Back in Seville, the old quarter of Triana is a delight to discover on a brief walking tour which introduces the markets and food stalls, as well as charming traditional ceramics chops and characterful bars. The evening is at leisure to choose your own restaurant for dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Centrally located hotel

Much of today is dedicated to an Andalucian delicacy renowned the world over. Under protected origin regulations, true Ibérico ham may only be made from Iberian black pigs (or at least 50% cross-breeds) which have been allowed to roam free range among oak orchards and which feed almost exclusively on acorns prior to slaughter. Once salted and dried, the hams are cured for at least 12 months, in some cases as long as four years, to confer the required depth of flavour. At Eiriz Jamones, one of the foremost producers, we see how the environment in which the pigs live and their diet contribute to the amazing taste of the ham, which we sample for ourselves. Lunch is also provided. Late afternoon, we return to Seville, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Centrally located hotel

Another of the iconic tastes of the region is sherry, and one of the best is Manzanilla, made exclusively (according to its protected origin status) in the bodegas of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, 12 miles or so closer to the sea than Jerez, the traditional home of other sherries. As such, it is said to combine dry, saline notes and the aroma of sea spray with a zesty liveliness. Traditional Manzanilla sherry is bottled after 3-5 years of maturation, but a richer, older version is bottled at 6-7 years. Best served slightly chilled, Manzanilla is the perfect accompaniment to a host of Andalucian tastes such as tapas and jamon, and we try some for ourselves. 45 minutes or so from Sanlúcar is the historic city of Cadiz, where we have a short time at leisure to wander its charming streets and find a venue for lunch (not included).

In the afternoon, we continue to Queseria Gazul, a dairy producing some excellent artisan cheeses, particularly goat’s cheese. Made from the milk of herds left to freely roam the local landscape, goat’s cheese is an ethnographic treasure – delicious enjoyed either creamy, fresh and just days old, or mature, with a stronger, fuller flavour. A tasting is presented.

In the evening we head out to a local restaurant such as Zalata to try another essential taste of Seville – tapas. ‘Tapa’ literally translates as ‘cover’ or ‘lid’, with the food itself or the saucer on which it is served initially used to cover the top of a glass to protect the drink when sand was swirling on a windy day. So good was this combination of salty snack and alcoholic drink (and so successful did bartenders find it in retaining their customers) that it became a tradition. These days it is a particular pleasure to stroll from bar to bar trying the house specialities, but for convenience we sample several in one place.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Centrally located hotel

There is much more to Seville than its cuisine and today is free for you to make your own explorations – perhaps to visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, or the breathtaking Alcazar complex adjoining it, which stood in for the idyllic kingdom of Dorne in Game of Thrones. Be sure to shop for some gourmet souvenirs and take a taste of Seville with you. In the evening, we transfer to the airport for our flight home.

Meals include: Breakfast

  • Paella cookery class, with lunch to follow
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Walking tour of food market
  • Walking city tour
  • Ibérico ham tasting
  • Manzanilla sherry tasting
  • Goat’s cheese tasting

4 October 2020: Additional Info

4 October 2020: Accommodation

All of our destinations are known for their rich, cultural heritage, as well as their cuisine, and these holidays invite you to appreciate some magical towns and cities. We will be staying in high quality (generally 3*-4*) hotels.

4 October 2020: Enquiries

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