Flavours of the Portuguese Spice Route: A Journey Through Africa

São Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

Figs on the Funcho
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26 reviews
Apr 9, 2024
Group size: 5 - 10
Flavours of the Portuguese Spice Route: A Journey Through Africa
São Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

Figs on the Funcho
  • Email address verified
26 reviews

Apr 9, 2024
Group size: 5 - 10

About this trip

Join us as we sail the Spice Route. We will follow in the footsteps of Bartolomeu Dias, the first European explorer to sail around the southern tip of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope.  Experience the rich flavours of countries along the Spice Route as we delve into African cuisine, with a focus on South Africa and Mozambique. Sample a seafood dish from Portugal, where the maritime journey began.

Event Highlights


✨ Create dishes from the countries that the Portuguese explorers visited on their spice route journeys.

✨ Enjoy tastes such as Pastéis de Bacalhau – Codfish Cakes, homemade Peri-Peri kebabs, and Bobotie.

✨Gain insights into the Portuguese Spice route – a feast for your body and soul.

✨End the interactive demonstration with an enjoyable meal followed up with a dessert.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible options for your convenience: 

If you're unable to attend, exchange your ticket for another event within 1 Year or offer It to participants on the waiting list.

Why our workshop?

We believe in offering a fun experience, where every participant not only learns but savours and appreciates the rich tapestry of the Portuguese influence from around the world. Whether you're a culinary enthusiast or just looking to try something new, this workshop promises a blend of fun, flavour, and festivity.

How to get there

For those arriving by train, disembark at Messines-Alte train station and choose a quick 5-minute taxi ride to reach the villa.

If you're flying into Faro airport, you have two options: either take the train to Messines-Alte and select a 5-minute taxi ride to the villa or opt for a 45-minute airport taxi transfer directly to the villa.

Follow the Google map directions for those travelling by car.

What’s included

  • Arrive 11h00
    Tea, coffee and snack
  • Welcome Message
    Introduction to the Portuguese Spice Route
  • Tuition
    Tuition on how to make different fish and vegetarian dishes.
  • Refreshments
    Enjoy tea, coffee and snacks throughout the workshop.
  • Brunch
    Enjoy the freshly prepared meal in the company of your fellow participants.
  • Wine with your meal
    Enjoy a hand-selected variety of wines perfectly paired with your meal.
  • Recipes
    Recipes with detailed instructions on how to recreate these dishes.
  • End of Day 14h15

Available Packages

Flavours of the Portuguese Spice Route

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Figs on the Funcho
26 reviews
🏆LuxLife Hospitality Award: Algarve's Most Idyllic Riverside Retreat 2023 Cheryl & Graham, co-founders of Figs on the Funcho, share their love for the Algarve through culinary, walking & painting packages. With 20 years of experience, they explore the best beaches, restaurants, and villages for a memorable experience. Passionate about cooking, they draw inspiration from culinary experts like Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage, Sami Tamimi, and Jamie Oliver. Their retreats offer healthy and delicious vegetarian meals, delighting all taste buds.


The botanical watercolour workshop was well organised with Rita as an excellent “conductor”, advising - discretely - where needed without overwhelming. The place itself was great where you could be at peace with the motivated participants. The organisers did a great effort in preparing all this and absolutely not to forget the outstanding lunch. Some advice: better signposts should be useful and I missed a good Portuguese coffee. All in all a workshop to be recommended.
By Franciscus G for 3-Botanical Watercolour Painting Workshops June on Jun 15, 2024
The atmosphere at Figs on the Funcho is very relaxed and welcoming, which sets the scene for a thoroughly delightful cookery workshop. Cheryl and Graham are wonderful hosts and their passion for good food and great hospitality is evident throughout the event. I enjoyed learning how to cook the dishes on our menu and also the social side of the event. I was in company with a lovely group of ladies and we paired up to make the different dishes. The food itself was delicious, we were all very pleased with our efforts! Eating our brunch in the beautiful setting outside, overlooking wonderful scenery, was a treat in itself. Overall, it was a really fun experience and I’m looking forward to trying out the recipes myself at home. Thank you Cheryl and Graham for a great brunch!
By Paula M for Ottolenghi Inspired Vegetarian Brunch AWN on Jun 02, 2024
The cookery course was great fun and we learned a great deal, had fantastic food (and wine!) and met some lovely people. The location was very relaxing and scenic. Highly recommended.
By Alison G for Portugal's Spice Route & Beyond: April Gastronomic Adventure on May 24, 2024
We have had an excellent new painting experience together with wonderful people, have eaten great food. I always love the atmosphere of this really nice countryside and nice people.
By Fabienne C for Watercolour Plein Air Day in the Countryside on May 20, 2024
A lovely day out, with the experience to enjoy preparing and cooking some new food dishes, with other ‘foodies’ ! Graham & Cheryl are excellent hosts with a relax and welcoming atmosphere. Great location ‘out in the wilds’ of the beautiful Algarve ! I Can recommend it to any of you looking for ‘something different to enjoy’ 😎
By Alan C for Flavours of the Portuguese Spice Route: A Journey Through Africa on Apr 12, 2024
Thank you Alan, lovely to meet up with you
By Figs on the Funcho on Apr 13, 2024
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