Ibérico Ham, from Farm to Fork
Four days immersion tour staying at a family-run farm
B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner
Day One - Aracena Natural Park, Ibérico pigs & local gastronomy
Your local English-speaking guide and driver will meet you in Seville in the morning. Transfer to the Aracena Natural Park, you’ll get there in just over one hour.
You’ll be welcomed in the family-run Ibérico farm where you’ll stay, located in the heart of a beautiful forest of holm and cork oak trees where Ibérico pigs roam free. Get settled in a comfortable rural house with living room, kitchen and fireplace – your base camp to explore this area.
Before lunch you’ll take a stroll through the farm – following the call of the farmer, the black Ibérico pigs will show up amongst the trees. These pigs are shy at first but they will end up getting very close. You will learn about the ancient and sustainable way in which Ibérico pigs are raised in their natural habitat.
Back in the farmhouse the BBQ will be getting ready – you’ll taste Ibérico pork meat grilled using vegetable charcoal from the forest where these pigs roam free – pork meat will have a whole new meaning after this meal!
After some rest – maybe a short siesta – you will visit the Arias Montano chapel and view point, the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the Aracena Natural Park.
Dinner at a very nice restaurant in the white-washed village of Alájar.
Night in the farm.
Day Two - Ibérico ham curing, lunch with a modern twist & Grotto of Marvels
This morning your driver and guide will take you to visit an artisan Ibérico ham producer located nearby the famous town of Jabugo – a private visit where you will learn how these extraordinary hams are carefully cured, for as long as 3 years. Of course, you’ll be tasting the house ham with a glass of wine (or two…).
You’ll then visit Linares, a small white-washed village with an enchanting atmosphere. A very talented local chef will welcome you in his restaurant, before you sit down to enjoy a delicious lunch with a modern twist, you will be invited to a brief cooking demonstration in the kitchen.
After lunch your driver will take you to Aracena or, if you’d like to do some hiking, your guide can walk with you through a nice old trail that connects Linares and Aracena (about 1 hour walk).
In Aracena you can visit the impressive “Gruta de las Maravillas” (Grotto of Marvels) – one of Aracena’s main sights – a gallery that’s over 2.000 meters long, where stalactites and stalagmites create beautiful rooms.
For dinner you’ll savor the best local Tapas in Aracena.
Night in the farm.
B, L, D
Day Three - Leisure time, cooking class & Ibérico ham carving
Leisure time – this morning you can relax or, if you wish, take part in the day activities at the farm. If you want to do some more hiking our guide can suggest some nice trails.
This evening is sleeves up for a cooking class at the farm, the menu is simple but delicious: Spanish potato omelette (Tortilla de patata) – a classic Spanish dish, accompanied with Ibérico ham, salad and wine.
Before you sit down to enjoy dinner, you’ll have the opportunity to practice the art of Ibérico ham carving under the guidance of the farmer.
Night in the farm.
Day Four - End of the tour
After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to your hosts, they will have a little gift for you…
Transfer back to Seville
End of the tour
Local English-speaking guide, specialized in Ibérico products
Private chauffeured transportation throughout the itinerary
3 nights’ accommodation at a private rural house (*) in a family-run Ibérico pig farm
2 lunches and 3 dinners, with an authentic taste of local traditions, accompanied with fine Spanish wines
Culinary and cultural visits and activities as per the itinerary
Entry fees as per the itinerary
All local taxes
Our suggestions of additional local restaurants and activities, according to your taste
(*) This farm is the perfect place to experience the pace of nature and rural life with a local family. Your rural house is nice and comfortable, but you should not expect city hotel standards.