Across Andalusia through its Muslim legacy
Through this Andalusia Food & Wine Tour you will travel all the way South to fall madly in love with Southern Spain and its duende while you delight your taste buds with the greatest delicacies, admired all across the world.
Southern pantries are stocked with the greatest delicacies such as the prized blue fin tuna, the unique jamón ibérico and the admired sherry wines. Don’t miss the opportunity to know first hand their origins when we visit Ronda, Jabugo, and Seville.
And be seduced by the Muslim heritage, it can be felt in every corner, specially in Córdoba, the old capital of the Al-Andalus. The entire Cordoba city is infused by exotic flavors expressing the essence of the different civilizations that have passed through these lands.
The coastal city of Malaga reinvented herself and has quietly emerged as a cultural hub. The city persuaded several prestigious museums to open their first overseas offshoots: the Pompidou Center from Paris and the State Russian Museum. And you can breathe the Med spirit from the tiny streets or better, from a chiringuito by the beach, sampling great tapas.
Wines from Andalusia deserve a special mention; you will learn by doing everything about sherry wines but you will also sample extraordinary still wines in the region of Axaqruia.
Join CÚRATE Trips to taste the real flavors of Andalusia in this 9-night memorable journey limited to 20 participants.
MALAGA - AXARQUIA - MALAGA
MALAGA - CORDOBA
CORDOBA - RONDA - JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
JEREZ - SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA - JEREZ
JEREZ - BARBATE - JEREZ
JEREZ - SEVILLE
Seville - Jabugo - Seville
Seville, end of journey
Andalusia Tour itinerary
CÚRATE and the specialist food and wine travel designers Paladar y Tomar provide the most seamless journey that only two in-the-know insiders can assure.
It’s time to discover this signature 10-day program across Andalusia through enjoyable and comprehensive show-cooking and intimate visits, and only-well-connected experiences.
Join a dream program that contains unimaginable visits all along with the valuable insight only locals can give, leaving you well versed in many foundations and techniques of some of the best known bites and sips in the world!
Welcome to Malaga, the sunbaked capital of the Costa del Sol!
After the welcome, discover the highlights of this strategic city by the Med whose Roman theatre is spectacularly located at the foot of the city's Moorish citadel while you can feel the scent of the sea in almost every step. Home city of Picasso, learn little bit more about the internationally famous artist before heading to the first gourmet stop.
Our first gourmet experience will be an exciting invitation are waiting to tantalize your taste buds.Dinner
Hotel Palacio Solecio 4* Boutique
WINES FROM AXARQUIA
Malaga is surrounded by the sea and by a terrific countryside with extreme landscapes, this is the case in Axarquia region, where winegrowing has been a heroic activity for centuries. Vineyards are set on almost impossible slopes, where the mules are essential to access. The main grape variety in the area is the Muscat of Alexandria, although the native Romé grape gains weight in the vineyards. The slate soil, the proximity of the Mediterranean and the sea breezes and the old vines are some of the key factors that explain the high quality of these wines. Take an opportunity to admire the scenery and taste incredible wines.
CONFLUENCE OF MEDITERRANEAN CULTURES
Because we will leave the Mediterranean soon, let's explore pure Mediterranean heritage through preparations of great delicacy influenced by three coastal countries: Spain, France and Algeria. Finesse, modernity and tradition are combined in sustainable recipes featuring the best local ingredients.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel Palacio Solecio 4* Boutique
Cordoba was listed in 2021 the most beautiful historic center in Spain by Lonely Planet and since 2018 it is the first city in the world to have four UNESCO World Heritage sites, surpassing Rome and Paris. Be wowed by the impressive Mezquita-Catedral, a unique jewel from the Al-Andalus, and enjoy strolling around the stone paved streets while you glimpse colorful courtyards full of flowers and potted plants. Feel its special southern vibe and alegría de vivir.
Lunch today will offer some of the best traditional dishes from Cordoba: Pisto and ox tail will, and the world famous salmorejo. Let's savor some of the historical recipes renowned the world over and paired with some of the best local wines.
Tonight enjoy on your own and keep exploring magic Cordoba.
Palacio del Bailío 5*
Gardens, patios and courtyards are part of Cordoba's Unesco-protected cultural heritage and today you'll live first hand the immensity of landscaping as art. Cross the door of an oasis of flower-becked 12 courtyards of a grand palace scented with myrtle and jasmine where stunningly refined glazed ceramics are displayed all over.
NOOR, A TRIP INTO THE PAST
The gastronomic expression of the Muslim empire in the Iberian Peninsula developed the most refined dining experiences up to unimaginable limits and considered gastronomy a successful means of restoring and preserving health at all levels. Arabs upgraded gastronomy to a philosophical and human level. Thanks to the chef Paco Morales we are stepping back in Spain’s culinary deepest traditions.Breakfast, lunch
Palacio del Bailío 5*
RONDA, THE ROMANTIC CITY
One of the oldest cities in Europe and certainly of a spectacular beauty, has attracted illustrious personalities fascinated by the presence of bandits and smugglers. and by the brave bulls forged culture. Among others, Ernest Hemingway, Orson Wells - whose ashes remain buried here - and the famous German poet Rilke.
A hidden enclave of the province of Malaga at a 700 meter altitude (2,296 feet), its historical wine tradition dates back the Phoenicians but was greatly expanded during the Roman times in the original city called Acinipo.
The gorge that divides the city is for sure a unique sui generis image.
OLIVE OIL EXPERIENCE
Spain is the first world producer of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the country produces about half the world's total olive oil, of which about 46% is exported, and 75% is made in Andalusia. The liquid gold is one of the pillars of the Mediterranean Diet and by no means you will leave without learning what it is, how to buy it and how to consume it.
So, visit a an extraordinary farm estate - you will understand why it is EXTRA-ordinary - and enjoy the absolutely amazing selection of some of the best EVOI.
Then a rustic lunch will follow.
FUSION CADIZ - ASIA
One in Jerez de la Frontera, by dinnertime we'll take the opportunity to sample some fusion cuisine. The chef - trained at some of the best kitchens among them at StreetXO by Dabid Muñoz (3 Michelin stars)– presents "haute street food" where he showcases creative dishes with perfect oriental techniques, using the best local products and making a nod to local traditional preparations. Let's have some fun!Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Palacio María Luisa 5*
JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
The capital of sherry wine might still be an unspoilt destination for for overseas travelers but the entire region of Cadiz will become the new must-go destination very soon. Let's discover today Jerez, its rich history and impressive beauty.
SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA
Head to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a remote seaside town, immersed in wine aromas and marine fragrance, caressed by west winds and protected by the biggest natural park in Europe: Doñana Park. Enjoy some memorable food in the real way with a seafood hearty lunch.
By the evening, gala dinner at an impressive sherry bodega in Jerez de la Frontera, after a full tasting of sherry wines at one of the most beautiful wine cathedrals.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Palacio María Luisa 5*
BLUE FIN TUNA EXPERIENCE
Today is Tuna Experience day! Embark with us on a unique journey to discover all the secrets of the blue fin tuna and the ancient fishing tradition known as Almadraba, a fishing method on the Iberian Peninsula that dates back to a time of Phoenician rule over 3,000 years ago. An expert lecture is foreseen with Mr. Medina, Biologist and Professor at the Sea Science Faculty in Cádiz. Then watch first hand a whole tuna butchering process and finally enjoy the most amazing tuna degustation menu ever!
Free evening to explore Jerez de la Frontera on your own.
Palacio María Luisa 5*
SEVILLE HAS DUENDE
Founded by Rome, conquered by Muslims and later incorporated into the Christian kingdom of Spain, Seville is still reinventing itself.
An unmissable landmark, the Royal Palace “Alcázar”, considered the oldest Palace in Europe still in use by a royal family since the 13th century. Once inside stroll across the three different palaces, like the one of the King Peter the 1st “the Cruel”. The Gothic Palace built by King Alfonso the 10th “the Wise”. We will walk across the royal gardens (5 hectares) and will get lost at the labyrinth garden around Charles the 5th Pavilion. Of course you will hear the legends and gossips hidden behind the walls of this magnificent Palace. Both monuments are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Seville’s magnificent Cathedral is the third largest in the word. The Giralda Tower at 98 m altitude, is the symbol of Seville. Admire the burial of Christopher Columbus, as well as the main altar of the Christendom.
After a farm-to-table lunch, free evening to enjoy the captivating city on your own.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel Palacio de Villapanés 5*
The world’s finest ham awaits you in Jabugo, in the heart of Sierra de Aracena Natural Park and Picos de Aroche, a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve. In total exclusivity, Cinco Jotas welcomes you and you will see first-hand the secrets of one of Spain’s gastronomic icons. You will be side by side with the black pigs, discover the artisanal process that has been applied for over 130 years and of course, sample the most prized ham and understand what they call the art of well-being. An spectacular country lunch based on Iberian pork will be served.
Tonight, farewell dinner at one of the best Spanish fish restaurants to leave Spain richer and more refreshed than when you arrived.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel Palacio de Villapanés 5*
END OF JOURNEY
Following breakfast, private transfer to Seville airport or train station at your appointed time, or continue your journey if you decided to extend your trip.Breakfast
Price & Booking Terms
15 MAY - 24 MAY 2024
READY TO JOIN A DREAM TRIP
Please, fill the form to book your spots, we will get back to you by e-mail in the next 24 hours (remember we are based in Spain and we might be sleeping when you send your request). Feel free to share with us any special details we should consider.
Dates: 15 MAY - 24 MAY 2024
Single Suplement: €2,400
Available spots: SOLD OUT
READY TO JOIN A DREAM TRIP
- 9-Night accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
- 8 lunches and 4 dinners
- Private deluxe transportation throughout
- Private individual airport transfers in & out
- Two travel directors throughout
- Travel insurance (cancellation & medical assistance)
- Limited to 20 guests
- International flight
- Personal purchases and expenses
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
- Rates are in Euros per person, on double occupancy basis.
At the time of reservation: 25% of journey cost per person.
- 90 days before departure: Balance due.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
- Payment method: Bank transfer or major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Mastercard).
Chef Katie Button was born in the South, raised in the North, and educated in Europe. Four-time James Beard Award nominee and cookbook author, Katie Button is the co-Founder and CEO of Katie Button Restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina, including the beloved Cúrate Bar de Tapas, Cúrate Spanish Wine Club, and La Bodega by Cúrate. A Southern chef with a scientific mind, Button honed her craft in the kitchens of some of the world’s best chefs, most notably Ferran Adrià and José Andrés, before venturing out to open her own restaurant with husband Felix Meana and her family. Katie Button was featured as one of Food & Wine’s 2015 Best New Chefs. Cúrate was named as one of the “40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years” by Food & Wine and one of the “Most Important Restaurants of the Decade” by Esquire.
Originally from Roses, a small town on the Costa Brava in Catalunya, Spain, Felix Meana jumped in to the deep end of the hospitality industry at 19 and finally worked as front of the house service manager for five years at Ferran Adrià’s world famous restaurant, elBulli. Then he moved to Washington DC with José Andrés at ThinkFoodGroup (it was here where he met Katie Button), and he worked as Director of Service and helped with developing and opening new restaurants, including The Bazaar by José Andrés in SLS Hotels across Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, South Beach, Miami, and Puerto Rico. Co-partner at CÚRATE, Felix’s close relationships with Spain, coupled with a sense of adventure and desire to share that with others, has helped him build a unique travel experience through Cúrate Trips.
Valeska inherited a taste for gastronomic culture from her French father and a talent for cooking from her Basque grandmother, a good reputed chef in that times. After studying Economics and Journalism in her native Barcelona, she went to Switzerland to pursue hotel management studies and she worked at some of the most prestigious hotels. Valeska speaks five languages. She is a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert and WSET 3 certified. Valeska is co-founder at Paladar y Tomar, she is marketing director and manages client relationships and operations at CÚRATE Trips.
Fernando Paredes is the CEO, financial director, and wine responsible of Paladar y Tomar. The Barcelona native was well into a career in economics when he discovered his true callings—travel, food, and wine. He entered the tourism industry as General Manager of a bespoke travel group, earned a degree in Food Event Design from the European Design Institute, became a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert and WSET level 3 certified. Fernando’s journeys, and passion for food, have taken him to all corners of the world and now besides his many responsibilities he personally leads every tour at CÚRATE Trips.
8 Reasons to join our Andalusia Food & Wine Tour
Embark on a truly transformative journey with CÚRATE Trips, where a remarkable fusion of flavors, awe-inspiring landscapes, and hand-picked accommodations awaits.
Just like the captivating historical connection between Andalusia and Sicily, both regions once thrived under the vibrant tapestry of Muslim rule within the Islamic Caliphate.
Prepare for an extraordinary experience that echoes the past while embracing the present. This transformative trip promises to leave an indelible mark on your soul. Secure your place today and be part of this unforgettable exploration.
CÚRATE Trips benefit from the expertise of Paladar y Tomar curating every hotel in search of the most unique nature of each location. This allows us to cater for every different type of personality and taste and have selected for this occasion singular hotels with immense value that enhance every moment. Our stories start from the moment you arrive.
You were truly instrumental in making our trip fantastic. Truthfully, I wish I were still there.
Many thanks and looking forward to something we can plan together again in the future. Abrazos,
Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized.
Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible.
Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
We signed up and took a chance, and were rewarded greatly. The happy group is a testament to not only your planning and professionalism, but your kindness as well.
Hands down, best tour trip ever 🙂
So grateful for the opportunity to get to know all of you!
The trip was amazing in all aspects. We were really impressed with everything. The hotel choices were wonderful, the locations were perfect, the guides were terrific and very knowledgeable. Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized. Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible. Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
I was so impressed with everything you arranged and your promptness and professionalism. Dillon had a wonderful time and was very complimentary.
Thank you for everything.
With gratitude, Star
Thank you so much for this helpful list! Gary and I are still talking about what a great time we had on the trip to Spain and how much we enjoyed meeting you, Fernando and Felix. You did an amazing job and we so appreciated seeing Spain's beautiful cities, historical treasures and of course the wonderful food, wine and people!
Gary and I wanted to thank you again for your continued care and concern as we spent three additional days in Madrid with the Millars. You and Fernando were so nice to make sure all went well and to see us off when we finally had to depart.
We are wishing you all the best and a wonderful holiday season ahead,
We had a winderful time particularly thanks to your superb arrangements. We will return! Arrivederci Marco
All the private excursions that she arranged were excellent. At some point during every tour our guide received a message from our agent checking in on how everything was going. We felt very well taken care of during our honeymoon and very thankful for all the assistance Valeska provided in making this dream vacation come true.