Cooking in Portugal
Adagio runs leisurely walking tours of Europe. Over half of the company’s participants are solo travellers, so single supplements are low or there’s an option of being paired up with a traveller of the same sex if you don’t mind sharing. An eight-day Tastes of Hidden Portugal trip, based in the medieval towns of Estremoz and Evora, includes two hands-on cooking sessions and a chance to try blending your own wine at a vineyard.
Departures between April and October 2017, from £1,345 half-board, including cooking programme and flights. Adagio (01707 386700; adagio.co.uk).
Learn to cook in Ireland
The legendary Ballymaloe Cookery School in the Cork countryside is the alma mater of the likes of restaurateur Thomasina Miers and chef Stevie Parle, and single people are the norm on these courses. Book a room in the shared self-catering cottages and spend the day in the