Holidays to broaden horizons

Why not try something different and go on a learning holiday this year? Combining a hobby with a holiday is a great way to learn new skills in an inspiring location. Our travel team have taken a look at some of the best learning holidays on offer this summer.

Whether it’s picking up new skills or indulging in some of your passions, adult learning doesn’t have to mean sitting in a stuffy classroom in the evening anymore.

How about travelling to Italy for a gourmet cooking class, or jetting off to the South of France for a watercolour masterclass?

Butchery and gourmet cooking in Italy

At the La Tavola Marche cookery school, located in Italy’s beautiful Le Marche region, you can learn to cook in glorious sunshine with a glass of wine in your hand.

What better way to sample local life and produce than by bringing “the farm to the table” in this fabulous location?

Among other things you can learn to butcher and cook a whole hog, select the finest field mushrooms, and bring it all together in one amazing taste sensation.

Many different classes are on offer, and you can even create a custom course to suit your particular interests.

Painting amidst the french countryside

Painting holidays in France with Palettes de Gascogne are fun and informative.

Situated in the Gers region in the South West of France, you’ll learn how to paint like the greats in a stunning location that has inspired artists, authors and poets over the centuries.

Your tutors will teach you how to use a variety of different painting methods and mediums such as watercolour, ink, oil and gouache. It’s the perfect trip away for budding artists.

Cooking workshops in Morocco

Cooking workshops in Morocco are becoming more popular with adventurous would-be chefs looking to expand their recipe repertoire.

A Moroccan cookery class, such as those run by Souk Cuisine will allow you to sample the full range of flavours that Moroccan cuisine has to offer. You’ll be immersed in visits to local markets and countryside food tours.

The courses usually run weekly on an all-inclusive basis and you’ll have the chance to relax and unwind between classes.

Mountain bike orienteering in the French Alps

If you're looking for one of the best backdrops in the world to cycle against, there aren’t many that can match the majesty of the French Alps. If you love mountain-biking why not head to Fontaine in Naves to partake in a little mountain bike orienteering? Here you’ll be taught the skills of mountain-biking and map navigation while cycling through some of the most beautiful - and often challenging - terrain in the world.

Photography masterclass in Spain

With inspiring tutors, great company and beautiful vistas – where better to study photography?

A photography masterclass in Spain is a great way to learn how to take perfect shots every time, whether you're a beginner or a more advanced photographer.

During a masterclass you’ll benefit from being part of a small group and having personal attention from a professional photographer. Say goodbye to blurred holiday snaps and hello to striking masterpieces worthy of pride of place on any wall.

Try www.golearneto.com for courses.

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