Travel Challenge: A cookery holiday in Andalucia

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a cookery holiday in southern Spain in mid-June. Prices are for two people travelling together.


£1,438: Iznájar, Andalucia

Commences 13 June and includes six nights' half board in a 19th-century finca, 12 hours' tuition in the kitchen with a professional chef, and excursions to local olive oil and sherry producers. Travel to Spain is not included. "This charming, rustic finca set in the hills near the Parque Natural de La Sierra Subbética is the perfect setting to do as Jamie Oliver does and learn to cook authentic Spanish food using locally sourced ingredients," says Vanessa Lenssen of GoLearnTo (08445 020 445; ).

On The Menu

£3,998: Andalucia

Includes flights departing Stansted to Málaga on 13 June; transfers; six nights' B&B at a finca; selected lunches and dinners; four hands-on cooking classes; excursions to Priego de Córdoba, Montilla, Granada, Zuheros and Córdoba and olive oil and sherry tastings. "Guests have the pleasure of cooking seasonally, with vegetables that are grown organically on the finca land or purchased from neighbouring farms. Mature olive trees span the horizon – olive oil is fundamental to the cuisine of this region," says Pru Goudie at On The Menu (08708 99 88 44; ).

Annie B's

£1,580: Vejer de la Frontera, Andalucia

Commences 10 June and includes five nights' accommodation, four days' cooking instruction, daily lunch and dinner with wines, escorted visits and a recipe file. Travel to Spain not included. "Joining in one of our fun-filled courses learning to create fast, fresh and fabulous Mediterranean dishes is much more than purely honing your cookery skills under the sun. Immerse yourself in the heart of the Moorish village of Vejer de la Frontera, visit fish markets, learn about sherry in a Jerez bodega, relax on Atlantic beaches, taste different wines with every meal and spend an evening crawling the tapas bars of this beautiful white hilltop village," says Annie Manson of Annie B's Spanish Kitchen (00 34 620 560 649; ).