Holidays abroad now offer the chance to learn new skills, from wine tasting to tennis

Many people want more from their vacation than just lying on a beach and soaking up the sun.

Many travelers want to soak up the culture of a destination and even learn a new skill or activity. Travel specialists at Sovereign and Citalia have compiled their own suggestions for customers to learn all they need to know about their favorite pastimes during a well-deserved break.

Options range from tennis in Tenerife to gardening in La Gomera, while Italy offers a range of culinary classes.

Here are some of the artistic, sporting and gourmet activities on offer.

Learn to cook in Puglia

Set in spectacular farmyards in the Pugliano countryside, Masseria Montenapoleone is the perfect place to enjoy the charm of southern Italy.

The on-site organic kitchen offers cooking classes, introducing visitors to the art of Puglia cuisine. The courses relate to the preparation of the specialty of the region, orecchiette , from scratch, while listening to the chef’s anecdotes about culinary tradition and local history. Massiera Montenapoleone prides itself on its organic farm which produces delicious fruits, vegetables and extra virgin oil, all for use in the kitchen.

Citalia.com offers a 7-night stay at Masseria Montenapoleone in Puglia with breakfast and private airport transfers from £995 pp.

Improving Wine Tasting Skills in Piedmont

For budding sommeliers, Villa Sparina offers guided tours and tastings in their 18th-century wine cellar. Located in the heart of Piedmont, the winery is the perfect place to hone your tasting skills. Run by the Moccagatta family, they pride themselves on offering unique hospitality. The tasting program includes wines vinified on site, with prices from £21 per person.

Citalia.com offers a 5 night stay at Villa Sparina Resort, Piedmont including breakfast from £689 pp (car hire recommended).



The beautiful hills of Sicily

Delights of Sicilian cuisine

Dating back to 1873, Grand Hotel Timeo recreates the splendor of a bygone era and is surrounded by lush parkland and a terrace with views of Mount Etna. The restaurant offers Sicilian cooking classes, providing a great introduction to the cuisine of the island. Participants will start the day with a traditional Sicilian breakfast before heading to the market to select the freshest local ingredients. The course includes how to cook a starter, a pasta dish and a seafood dish, as well as how to pair dishes perfectly with wine.

Citalia.com is offering a 5-night stay at the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily, with breakfast and private airport transfers from £1,799 pp.



The skyline of Florence is breathtaking
The skyline of Florence is breathtaking

Art classes in Tuscany

Just a 15-minute drive from Florence, Villa La Massa is an excellent example of 16th-century Medicean architecture. Considered one of Italy’s finest luxury hotels, it offers an indulgent and relaxing base from which to explore the Tuscan region. For guests inspired by the property’s heritage, drawing and painting lessons are offered. Celebrating poetic and creative motivations, classes take place in the beautiful gardens of Villa La Massa which provide the ultimate panoramic backdrop.

Citalia.com offers a 5 night stay at Villa La Massa, Tuscany including breakfast from £1,399 pp (car hire recommended).

Tennis training in Tenerife

A popular family hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Abama is set in a botanical park that leads to the golden sands of Abama Beach. With 12 bars and restaurants, including two Michelin stars, it’s the perfect place to unwind. For families looking for a more active stay, the Abama Tennis Academy is located a short walk from the resort. Customers can practice on one of the seven courts, while benefiting from coaching from one of the experts on site. Players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to get involved.

Sovereign.com offers a 7 night stay at The Ritz-Carlton Abama, Tenerife including breakfast and private airport transfers from £939 pp.

Gardening tips in La Gomera

A quiet little island off the coast of Tenerife, La Gomera is ideal for those looking for a quieter break. Hotel Jardin Tecina is an ideal base for exploring the island, with a wide range of activities to try and 11 bars and restaurants to enjoy. The hotel’s ecological garden can be visited by guests on a guided tour to learn more about their unique approach to agriculture, based on the principles of permaculture. A visit is best ended with a visit to the El Laurel restaurant, which offers a 100% organic menu made from produce harvested from the garden.



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Sovereign.com is offering a 7 night stay at Jardin Tecina, La Gomera, Tenerife including breakfast and private airport transfers for £699 pp.

Capture the beauty of Mallorca

Located in the Tramuntana Mountains, Belmond La Residencia offers exceptional views of its surroundings. For visitors looking to capture the beauty of the region, painting lessons are offered. Take a morning walk from La Residencia to Cala Deià for a painting masterclass facing the sea. During the artist-led session, participants will learn how to capture the magical light of the island. All ages are welcome, as the lessons feature as much guidance as needed.

Sovereign.com offers a 5 night stay at Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca including breakfast and private airport transfers from £1,599 pp.

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