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Host: Juan

Almeria, Spain

USD
$40-$86 per person

Spanish cooking class with a local near the beach

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Juan

Born in Valencia, the hometown of paella, Juan’s specialty is paella! He also enjoys making a variety of dishes that incorporate rice. Juan has been cooking his whole life ever since he graduated from university. When living the bachelor life, he missed home cooking and learned to cook by asking his mother how to cook traditional Spanish dishes that he grew up eating. He worked as a civil servant in Madrid. After retiring, he moved to Almeria to be closer to his wife’s family. He and his wife live in an apartment that is a two-minute walk to the beach. He is enjoying the retired life - golfing, cooking and sharing home-cooked meals with friends and family.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Join Juan for a traditional Spanish meal at his apartment that is a two-minute walk from the beach. Sip on a refreshing drink as your host shares stories about life in Spain. Join your host at his dining table to enjoy a traditional Spanish meal. Your meal may include dishes such as croquetas, paella (for lunch) or tortilla de patatas (for dinner), empanadas and a salad. Your meal will conclude with a dessert fresh fruit or cake.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Meet your host at his apartment building in Almeria and enjoy a welcome drink and snack. Next, roll up your sleeves and join him in his kitchen to learn to cook a traditional Spanish meal from recipes that he learned from his mother that he has perfected over the years. Your hands-on cooking class will last about 1.5 hours during which you will learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Learn how to make empanadas, a salad, and paella for lunch or a lighter main for dinner. Spaniards typically only eat paella for lunch and a lighter meal for dinner. Enjoy cooking before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Juan. If you choose a dinner experience, you will learn to make and enjoy dishes such as tortilla de patatas, croquetas con jamon or mushrooms, empanadas and a salad. Your meal concludes with a dessert like fresh fruit or cake. Immerse yourself in local culture over food and drinks with this delightful Spaniard and his wife.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Meet your host Juan at Puerta de Purchena and walk over to the 100+ year-old Mercado Central de Almeria. This is a covered market with two floors, the top floor is a vegetable market and the bottom floor is for seafood. The capital of tomatoes, Almeria is known for its greenhouses and the numerous vegetables it produces. Mercado Central has numerous vendors selling a variety of vegetables and is a big part of the local food culture of Almeria. Walk through the market and explore with your host local and regional fruit and vegetables and get a glimpse of meat and seafood on sale. Depending on your menu, you will purchase a few ingredients that you will use during your cooking class after the market tour. Your market tour will last about one hour.

Notes: Two glasses of wine or beer are included in the cost of your experience.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Welcome drink and a snack
  • Lettuce, tomato and cucumber salad
  • Fried cod empanada
  • Paella with a variety of ingredients (chicken, rabbit, seafood, vegetables)
  • Seasonal fruit salad or cake
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Juan

$40-$86 USD

per person
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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$50 $40 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $56 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$50 $40 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $56 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 8:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-4:00pm 7:00pm-11:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
11:00am-4:00pm

Meet Juan

Born in Valencia, the hometown of paella, Juan’s specialty is paella! He also enjoys making a variety of dishes that incorporate rice. Juan has been cooking his whole life ever since he graduated from university. When living the bachelor life, he missed home cooking and learned to cook by asking his mother how to cook traditional Spanish dishes that he grew up eating. He worked as a civil servant in Madrid. After retiring, he moved to Almeria to be closer to his wife’s family. He and his wife live in an apartment that is a two-minute walk to the beach. He is enjoying the retired life - golfing, cooking and sharing home-cooked meals with friends and family.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Join Juan for a traditional Spanish meal at his apartment that is a two-minute walk from the beach. Sip on a refreshing drink as your host shares stories about life in Spain. Join your host at his dining table to enjoy a traditional Spanish meal. Your meal may include dishes such as croquetas, paella (for lunch) or tortilla de patatas (for dinner), empanadas and a salad. Your meal will conclude with a dessert fresh fruit or cake.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Meet your host at his apartment building in Almeria and enjoy a welcome drink and snack. Next, roll up your sleeves and join him in his kitchen to learn to cook a traditional Spanish meal from recipes that he learned from his mother that he has perfected over the years. Your hands-on cooking class will last about 1.5 hours during which you will learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Learn how to make empanadas, a salad, and paella for lunch or a lighter main for dinner. Spaniards typically only eat paella for lunch and a lighter meal for dinner. Enjoy cooking before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Juan. If you choose a dinner experience, you will learn to make and enjoy dishes such as tortilla de patatas, croquetas con jamon or mushrooms, empanadas and a salad. Your meal concludes with a dessert like fresh fruit or cake. Immerse yourself in local culture over food and drinks with this delightful Spaniard and his wife.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Meet your host Juan at Puerta de Purchena and walk over to the 100+ year-old Mercado Central de Almeria. This is a covered market with two floors, the top floor is a vegetable market and the bottom floor is for seafood. The capital of tomatoes, Almeria is known for its greenhouses and the numerous vegetables it produces. Mercado Central has numerous vendors selling a variety of vegetables and is a big part of the local food culture of Almeria. Walk through the market and explore with your host local and regional fruit and vegetables and get a glimpse of meat and seafood on sale. Depending on your menu, you will purchase a few ingredients that you will use during your cooking class after the market tour. Your market tour will last about one hour.

Notes: Two glasses of wine or beer are included in the cost of your experience.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Welcome drink and a snack
  • Lettuce, tomato and cucumber salad
  • Fried cod empanada
  • Paella with a variety of ingredients (chicken, rabbit, seafood, vegetables)
  • Seasonal fruit salad or cake
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$50 $40 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $56 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$50 $40 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $56 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 8:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-4:00pm 7:00pm-11:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
11:00am-4:00pm
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