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Cook­ery and cul­ture in Spain

On So­los Hol­i­days’ six-day Dis­cover the Flavours of Spain tour to An­dalu­sia, trav­ellers will learn about cook­ing clas­sic Span­ish dishes and ta­pas, take part in wine tast­ing in a vine­yard and try lo­cal ham in the white­washed pueb­los blan­cos of Las Alpu­jar­ras. Or even go see what hap­pens in a honey mu­seum. There’s plenty of cul­ture, too, with var­i­ous trips to the Moor­ish Al­ham­bra Palace in Granada and the fas­ci­nat­ing cave houses of Guadix, and even some fla­menco danc­ing.

Oc­to­ber 30 2016 and Fe­bru­ary 19 2017, from £899, in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, some meals, flights, tast­ings, cook­ery classes and ex­cur­sions. So­los Hol­i­days (0844 371 8860; soloshol­i­days.co.uk).

Ital­ian cui­sine through the ages

Ox­ford-based ATG doesn’t just cater for solo trav­ellers, but the com­pany has plenty of sin­gles join­ing its house-party-style trips. Stay­ing at the eighth-cen­tury Pieve a Castello in Tus­cany (two sin­gle rooms avail­able) for an eight­day Walk­ing and Cook­ing through His­tory tour, vis­i­tors learn about var­i­ous dishes from the pa­le­olithic to the fu­tur­is­tic, cook­ing us­ing veg­eta­bles from the es­tate’s or­ganic kitchen gar­den. There are walks to me­dieval hill­top towns and a trip to Siena, as well as wine tast­ing in a lo­cal vine­yard.

De­par­tures be­tween March and Novem­ber 2017, from £2,195 full-board, in­clud­ing cook­ery demon­stra­tions. Ex­cludes flights. ATG (01865 315678; atg-ox­ford.co.uk).

Beef and booze in Bordeaux

Just You spe­cialises in trips for solo trav­ellers, and its Bordeaux hol­i­day has a dis­tinct foodie bent. It’s based at Do­maine de Fom­peyre, renowned

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