Featured holiday Food and wine holiday in the Heart of Spain Spain

5 nights/6 days
This is a five-night food and wine holiday based at the Hacienda Zorita, a 5-star small, luxury hotel on a country estate producing wine and olive oil near Salamanca in the heart of Spain. We include a selection of food and wine items such as a dinner with wine pairing, a wine-tasting, an olive or wine spa treatment, and a ‘pata negra’ tasting. There is time to explore the region on your own with a hire-car too.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Madrid return, economy
  • Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
  • Dinner with wine, wine-tasting, pata negra tasting, olive or wine spa treatment with lunch
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury food and wine holiday in the Heart of Spain in the Duero Valley region

Highlights

Concordia menu dinner with 3 starters, 2 mains and 1 dessert and 4 paired wines with the tasting and pairing explained by a wine expert • Wine-tasting of three wines • Pata negra tasting • Olive or wine spa body and facial treatment for 60 minutes with healthy brunch

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,720

Holiday Code FHSN02

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury food and wine holiday in the Heart of Spain in the Duero Valley region

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,720

Holiday Code FHSN02

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Madrid return, economy
● Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
● 5 nights' bed and breakfast in a Double room at Hacienda Zorita, near Salamanca
● Concordia menu dinner with 3 starters, 2 mains and 1 dessert and 4 paired wines with the tasting and pairing explained by a wine expert
● Wine-tasting of three wines
● Pata negra tasting
● Olive or wine spa body and facial treatment for 60 minutes with healthy brunch
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,720

Holiday Code FHSN02

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Madrid return, economy
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
• 5 nights' bed and breakfast in a Double room at Hacienda Zorita, near Salamanca
• Concordia menu dinner with 3 starters, 2 mains and 1 dessert and 4 paired wines with the tasting and pairing explained by a wine expert
• Wine-tasting of three wines
• Pata negra tasting
• Olive or wine spa body and facial treatment for 60 minutes with healthy brunch
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Madrid several times a day. A hire-car is included for you to collect and return to Madrid airport. The drive is about 2 hours and 30 minutes from the airport to the hotel.

Luxury food and wine holiday in the Heart of Spain in the Duero Valley region

Expressions Holidays includes this hotel in this holiday.
Hotels included in this tour

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,720

Holiday Code FHSN02

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Madrid return, economy
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
• 5 nights' bed and breakfast in a Double room at Hacienda Zorita, near Salamanca
• Concordia menu dinner with 3 starters, 2 mains and 1 dessert and 4 paired wines with the tasting and pairing explained by a wine expert
• Wine-tasting of three wines
• Pata negra tasting
• Olive or wine spa body and facial treatment for 60 minutes with healthy brunch
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Madrid several times a day. A hire-car is included for you to collect and return to Madrid airport. The drive is about 2 hours and 30 minutes from the airport to the hotel.

Luxury food and wine holiday in the Heart of Spain in the Duero Valley region

Highlights of the Heart of Spain

The three world-class art galleries which make up Madrid's Golden Triangle of Art, home to works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Francisco de Goya. The historical sights of Old Madrid, including the lavish Royal Palace, the grand Plaza Mayor and the city's spiritual centre, Puerta del Sol. Parque del Retiro, a popular spot for relaxation in the centre of Madrid with a boating lake. El Escorial, a large royal residence just outside Madrid which also functions as a monastery and is where many Spanish monarchs are buried. The Gothic cathedrals of León, Burgos and Toledo which feature stunning stained glass, mediaeval art and elaborate sculptures. The numerous castles which are scattered across the region including the Gothic-style Belmonte Castle, the Mudejár Coca Castle and the Moorish Alcazaba of Badajoz. The university city of Alcalá de Henares, birthplace of Cervantes, the 16th century author who wrote about the adventures of Don Quixote. The walled city of Ávila. The university city of Salamanca. Segovia, with its Roman Aqueduct and distinctive castle. Cuenca, a picturesque old town with houses which appear to hang over a gorge. The iconic windmills which sit on the plains near Consuegra. Roman ruins in Mérida. Elaborate palaces and manor houses in Trujillo and Cáceres. The wine-producing regions throughout central Spain including Ribera del Duero, La Mancha and Valdepeñas where visitors can visit vineyards and enjoy wine tastings. Mountain ranges which divide the central plateau, with many opportunities for walking and rock climbing.

Festivals in the Heart of Spain

February: Caja Madrid Flamenco Festival, February to March: Madrid Carnival, February to March: Madrid Contemporary Art Fair, March/April: Holy week celebrations, May: San Isidro bullfighting festival (Madrid), May/June: Toledo Corpus Christi processions (Toledo), July to August: Madrid summer arts festival, October: Saffron Rose Festival (Consuegra), October: Cervantes Week (Alcala de Henares), October to November: Madrid Autumn Festival

Gastronomy in the Heart of Spain

As expected, Madrid is home to some excellent restaurants serving a great range of cuisine from throughout Spain and around the world. Roasted meat and game as well as a variety of broths and stews are common features on menus throughout central Spain, where traditional cooking is simple and hearty. Cuisine varies slightly between the regions, with more paprika and saffron being used in the south. Various pulses are grown on the plains of Castilla y León, whilst Manchego cheese produced in La Mancha and high quality Ibérico ham is produced in Extremadura. There are a number of wine regions which produce high-quality red and white wines. Local dishes include ‘Pollo a lo Padre Pero’ (chicken with a spicy sauce), ‘El frite’ (fried lamb), ‘Sopa de ajo’ (garlic soup), ‘Pisto manchego’ (similar to ratatouille), ‘Yemas’ (a rich dessert made with egg yolks).

Climate in the Heart of Spain

The climate of central Spain is generally quite extreme, with extremely hot summers and bitterly cold yet dry winters. Rainfall is generally quite low thanks to the mountains which surround the region. Madrid can be almost unbearable in the summer months as temperatures reach 40 degrees, whilst during the temperatures regularly drop below freezing. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit as temperatures are warm and pleasant, although there is increased rainfall.

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