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Don your apron in AndaluciaMaster the art of Spanish food and drink with Annie B’s Tapas and Sherry Academy. Join chef and Sherry Educator Annie B at her cookery school in the pretty Andalucían Vejer de la Frontera to participate in one of two hands-on Spanish cooking classes. These coincide with tapas festivals in the local town of Zahara los Atunes and include a day tapas tasting at the Ruta de Tapas of Atun Rojo (Tuna, May departure) and Ruta de Tapas de Retinto (local beef cattle, September departure).

You’ll get to know how to make tasty tapas through day classes, market trips and evening bodega and bar visits. Indulging in all the local and seasonal produce, this holiday allows aspiring chefs to immerse themselves in creating flavour-filled menus and later eating the fruits of their labour. Dishes include quick cook tapas like salmorejo, oranges & salt cod, and gambas ajillo; fish dishes including Pulpo a la Gallega, clams with jamon, and mussels with chorizo; slow cooked Andalucian dishes of Rabo de Toro (ox-tail) and Carrillada (beef or pork cheeks); as well as a session on mastering a traditional paella. Staying at El Califa hotel within walking distance of Annie’s kitchen, guests will also have a free day to enjoy the Andalucían culture and relax in the sunshine.

How: From £1,470pp including 7 nights’ B&B, most meals, all classes, and all escorted visits with transport with Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen (0034 620 560 649 anniebspain.com). Departure dates: 11 May & 21 September 2015.  Flights and transfers are extra: Ryanair flies from Stansted to Jerez.

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