October 20-28, 2012
October 19-27, 2013
In this distinct region of southern Spain, we will find almond groves and lush valleys bearing figs, pomegranates, kakis and apricots. As we drive from the city of Malaga, higher in the Alpujarras, we will look down on to green gorges, gushing streams, and the white dots of villages.
Near to our home away from home, the small village of Ferreirola, we will find the fuenta, the ancient fountains that let us know we are truly off the beaten path.Here we will breathe the freshest air and taste the countryside.
The Alpujarras region is known to be a different kind of Spain. Muslim-influenced, it was occupied by the Moors for 700 years. Even after the Moors were expelled from Granada in 1492, they fled to these then-inaccessible hills, and remained hidden in their last stronghold for a further 70 years.
It was the Moors who introduced many of the ingredients that are central to Mediterranean cooking: almonds, oranges, rice, aubergines, quinces, pomegranates, artichokes and spinach. The local cuisine is uncomplicated and delicious.
In October, we will take full advantage of the harvest.
– Cozy accommodations in the mountain village of Ferreirola, and in the city of Granada.
– Group transportation between Malaga, the Alpujarras, and Granada.
– All cooking classes and most meals & beverages.
– Visits to local artisans, producers, bodegas and restaurants.
– Exploration of the famed Al Hambra Palace in Granada.
– Recipes, poems, conversation, and inspiration.