Considering a life on the Costa del Sol? We don’t blame you! There are so many reasons that people set their sights on the Sunshine Coast and see de costa del sol properties for sale, and the clue is in the name. Another major reason for choosing it is the food. Spain has some truly delicious national dishes, and the country has made tapas world-famous. Similarly, there are many restaurants (especially here in Marbella) that are considered to be world-class.
Holidaymakers may taste Spanish food and dream of eating it every day, but when they move over to Spain, it might not be realistic to eat out in restaurants every day. So what’s the answer? We would say it’s Spanish cooking classes!
The fine foods of the Andalusian region
The Andalusian region has a lot to offer in terms of food. Each town and village has its own take on Spanish food though, meaning that you won’t always find exactly the same food done in the same way… but that just makes dining out and exploring all the more exciting!
One thing you’ll find in most places is tapas, of course, and knowing how to cook a variety of tapas is a good move if you’re ever planning to have dinner guests… or if you simply enjoy having a diverse diet.
Learn to cook on the Costa del Sol
The good news is that there are lots of worthy cooking courses on the Costa del Sol and around the Malaga province. So you won’t have to go far to learn about the tastes and techniques of fine Spanish cuisine. You could learn to cook everything from sea bream baked in salt to baked pork and aubergines in syrup. You can even learn to cook Moroccan or Italian food while you’re at it.
If you sign up to a Costa del Sol cooking course, you’ll probably find yourself rubbing shoulders with all kinds of people, from students to international chefs. It seems that everybody wants a piece of the paella! Here are some of the best cooking courses on the Costa del Sol:
Spain Food Sherpas
Spain Food Sherpas are famous for their cooking classes, which you can find right here in magnificent Marbella amidst the narrow streets and bright white houses. What a setting to learn a handy new skill.
The Sherpas will teach you how to prepare traditional Spanish dishes via step-by-step recipes, but they’ll throw in a few unusual tips and tricks too. Innovation is the name of the game, and they’ll show you how to match your dishes with high quality Spanish wines.
If you book with this group, you’ll be taught a first and second course with dessert, and educated on some of the best of Spain’s fine wines. There will be olive oil tasting (and education on different types); you’ll also be cooking and eating your own lunch, so you can see how you’re doing from the offset.
By the end of the class, you’ll know exactly how to get the best flavours from your tapas, and how to present it all creatively. The whole thing will be guided by an expert local chef, of course.
Small groups are fine, if you haven’t made many friends here yet, and don’t worry if you’re vegetarian, vegan or gluten intolerant. If you’re not into alcohol, it’s no problem. The Sherpas are here to help; they’re just keen for you to learn about Spanish culture and utilize their skills out in the world, so that you might spread the news of the delicious possibilities in Spanish gastronomy.
Cooking Holiday Spain
The appropriately named ‘Cooking Holiday Spain’ group does exactly what it says on the tin. If you really want to throw yourself wholeheartedly into Spanish gastronomy, this is the group for you. The courses are four or seven days long, so they are considered to be holidays. And why not? It’s a great way to make new friends if you’ve just moved to the Costa del Sol.
During your cooking holiday, you’ll partake in some very entertaining cooking classes (Spanish and Italian tapas), tapas tours, and olive oil, food and wine tours. There is a private chef service and a team of professional staff to make sure that everything is going well and you’re learning and creating as much as you possibly can.
The group say their goal is this: “To create memorable gastronomic holidays, providing guests with an extraordinary experience that always exceeds their expectations, and to ensure at all the times that the highest customer satisfaction is achieved.” Sounds good!
Other Spanish cooking courses
If you want to shop around a little, check out Elviria’s Deli, which also has a great reputation for holding fabulous cooking classes. It might also be an idea to check out Experience Box Spain, which has some gastronomy classes packaged up as gifts. You could treat yourself or a loved one to a wonderful skill that will last a lifetime!
Nailing down your Spanish cooking skills is one thing, but where are you going to prepare all these delicious dishes afterwards? If you don’t have your Costa del Sol home sorted yet, talk to Paradise Marbella. We are here to help you choose between all the lovely properties for sale in Marbella and beyond. When you have your heart set on a property on the Costa del Sol, we’re the ones. Let us know how we can help!