Overview

Explore the culinary arts in one of the most popular spots on Spain’s Mediterranean coast.

Tour an olive oil museum and learn about the heart and soul of Mediterranean cooking. Visit tapas restaurants and chat with local chefs. Go behind the scenes in a traditional bakery to see how pastries are crafted out of dough. Witness a fish auction, tour a chocolate factory, and get a sneak peek to see how Alicante’s mouth-watering ice cream is made (some say it’s better than gelato in Italy). Take Spanish cooking classes and learn how to make dishes like paella. As a “cultural explorer” in this program, you’ll discover foods unique to this region and learn about their historical and geographical context. You’ll learn about Mediterranean cooking and the food that grows best in the fertile surroundings around you, trace the historical ties of different local foods to Moorish and other cultures, and compare different foods from different regions of Spain to see what makes them unique. With each new dish you try, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the region’s different cultures, from past to present, and appreciate their influence on the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. Along with studying food as an art form, you’ll explore other cultural elements around you — fine arts, fashion, music, cinema, comic books and other popular entertainment — and then analyze and reflect on these in wider historical and cultural contexts. All of your experiences will culminate in your final project: a video of a gastronomic or artistic element found in Alicante, set in context with your own personal spin. Spend your days fully immersed in the sights, sounds and tastes of Alicante. Catch live music at a local concert venue; join street dance classes or a rap workshop; get a taste for football culture, contemporary art and churros con chocolate on a trip to Madrid; and still have time to hang out drinking horchata de chufa (a sweet milkshake made with tiger nuts) on the Alicante beach.

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