Explore Europe from the comfort of your own kitchen!

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Explore Europe from the comfort of your own kitchen!

Immerse yourself in European cuisines and delights with our round-up of European destinations and dishes.

International travel is back! But if you can’t wait to board your flight – or cruise – start cooking up a global storm in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Riet Goetschalckx, sales director of Oceania Cruises, shares her favourite European destinations and dishes

Slow down in Spain

Enjoy the slow-paced nature of small villages in Andalucía as you linger over a home-cooked meal, and discover just what life is like in the sleepy Spanish countryside.

Already eager? Why not treat yourself to a home-cooked Spanish paella.


Get the recipe for seafood potjie paella here.

Shop Parisian markets

Marché d’Aligre is one of the most extraordinary markets in Paris – and the best place to rub shoulders with the locals. This tour will take you beyond the market to the kitchens of some of the finest chefs.

Can’t wait to shop and feast in Paris? Get cosy with a hearty bowl of coq au vin.

Get the recipe for coq au vin here.

Cast your line in Portofino

Enjoy a day of fishing on the Italian Riviera. Marvel at the spectacular scenery from the waters of the Ligurian Sea as you learn how local fishermen get their catch of the day, and find out just how good fresh-from-the-sea fish tastes as you enjoy a superb lunch on board.

Can’t bear to delay another second? Cook up an Italian seafood feast at home.

Puttanesca baked fish

Get the recipe for puttanesca baked fish here.

Sniff out some truffles

This experience is a hit with South African guests. You’ll head into the Provençal countryside with a truffle hunter and their trusted hound to learn how to find these valuable hidden delicacies, and get the chance to enjoy them, as well as several local wines.

Or make your own terrific truffle dish.

Get the recipe for crunchy fennel truffle salad here.

Paint all the colours of the Emerald Isle

There’s nothing quite like the breath-taking landscapes of Ireland. Learn how to put colour to canvas with acclaimed artist The Cow Lady as she guides you through a hands-on painting masterclass at Brigid Shelly Gallery in Ardmore. You’ll learn about Irish history and local life, and leave with your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Eager? Do as the Irish do, and bake yourself a loaf of soda bread.

Get the recipe for soda bread here.

The incredible small-batch Go Local Tours are what set Oceania Cruises apart from other cruise operators. They go beyond traditional tourist sites, and encourage you to meet local artisans, bakers and fishermen, shop at local markets, and experience Europe in the most authentic way. Be sure to book early for the best availability, choice of cabins, voyages and savings.

Learn more about Oceania Cruises offers here.

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The TASTE team is a happy bunch of keen cooks and writers, always on the look out for the next food trend or the next piece of cake.

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