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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

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