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COOKING CLASS in the heart of Hvar

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 10 reviews.Pitve Jelsa, CroatiaPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Mario & Haja

3 hours
Croatian
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We invite you to a private and personalized experience in the heart of the island of Hvar:
"From the garden to the table" with more experiences in one day: gastronomy and culinary, olive oil tasting, local customs, art!
We will host you in our home near Jelsa, between olive trees and Mediterranean herbs. Walking among olive trees and organic garden you will learn about the benefits of Mediterranean food and about use of healing herbs and spices For the welcome you will try the aperitifs we have made and enriched with plants from our garden: juices and brandies aromatized with roses,mixed herbs, myrtle, wormwood ...Then follows Olive oil tasting and degustation.
Mario will be your personal chef, he will help you to pick up plants and herbs for your "Cooking Class" in the garden, and you will also see our free-breeding chickens.
You will dress up your aprons and help Mario to prepare traditional food: the various local delicacies fot appetizer , the main dish "Hvarska gregada" ( cooked fish with potatoes), salads from the garden and a homemade dessert . Mario will teach you everything about cooking and share his recipes with you.
With the meals we will also serve the selected Hvar wine, and introduce you to the tradition of vineyards and winemaking of the island of Hvar.
During your stay at our home, you will be able to visit Haja's Art & Craft Studio :)
We invite you to a private and personalized experience in the heart of the island of Hvar:
"From the garden to the table" with more experiences in one day: gastronomy and culinary, olive oil tasting, local customs, art!
We will host you in our home near Jelsa, between olive trees and Mediterranean herbs. Walking among olive trees and organic garden you will learn about the benefits of Mediterranean food and about use of healing herbs a…

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What's included

  • Food
    Cooking class with private Chef / 3 food courses: appetizer/ local and medi...
  • Drinks
    Domestic juices and grapas, flavored with local herbs : cherry, mint, rose,...
  • Transportation
    Transfers on Hvar, from your place and back
  • Equipment
    Cookery accessories and aprons
From $88
/ person
Book for 5 guests, save 15% or more
Tue, Sep 29
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
$88 per person
$88 per person
Wed, Sep 30
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$88 per person
$88 per person
Sat, Oct 3
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$88 per person
$88 per person

Meet your host, Mario & Haja

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 10 Reviews
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I work in tourism since my youth. I was the owner of a restaurant and a bar on the island of Hvar, and worked for 25 years in catering, in Italy. While I cook for my guests I always want to convey them the experience and the love of local food and top quality wines. My wife Haja was a bank manager, after her retirement two years ago, we decided to replace the life in the town with life on our estate, in a stone Mediterranean house surrounded by olives. We are dealing with olive growing, olive oil production, organic farming of fruit, vegetables, ecological eggs ... and Haja enjoy in her hobby, making art & craft pictures and jewelry.
I work in tourism since my youth. I was the owner of a restaurant and a bar on the island of Hvar, and worked for 25 years in catering, in Italy. While I cook for my guests I always want to convey them the experience and the love of local food and top quality wines. My wife Haja was a bank manager, after her retirement two years ago, we decided to replace the life in the town with life on our estate, in a stone Mediterranean house surrounded by olives. We are dealing with olive growing, olive o…
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Dobrodosli u nas dom ! Nalazimo se na osami, okruzeni maslinama, borovima i ostalim mediteranskim biljem, udaljeni od Jelse cca 1,5 km

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 10 reviews.

Amanda
August 2020
This is a must if you want an amazing authentic cultural experience in Hvar. Mario picked us up right next to our hotel and drove us home once the evening ended. On the way to his home which he built himself (this was fascinating especially if you love architecture) he gave us some history of the island and informed us of his culinary background including his previous life in Italy. Mario also speaks Italian which made the evening even more enjoyable because it is my partners first language. Once arriving to their property you will be amazed by the views of the sea and country side. Mario and his lovely wife Haja grow and produce everything on their land (including their own salt from the sea). Before dinner we were able to pick everything from the garden for our salad. Mario had us try the best figs and grapes I’ve ever had directly from his trees. Haja prepared delicious finger foods before we started. Mario taught us how to prepare a traditional Croatian fish dish. It was all so amazing from the food to the local vineyard wine. Also if you are fortunate enough Haja will prepare for you her childhood favorite dessert. Definitely purchase some of her amazing infused olive oil that she makes herself. I hope to see them again we have never felt so welcomed and at home. This experience is ideal for any situation from a romantic couples dinner, solo or for a larger gathering of friends. This is a must do in Hvar.
This is a must if you want an amazing authentic cultural experience in Hvar. Mario picked us up right next to our hotel and drove us home once the evening ended. On the way to his…
Katja
August 2020
Great experience at the wonderful home of our hosts! Was a very special evening to remember. Definitely recommendable if you are interested in an individual experience and learning about food, cooking and living in Hvar.
Thom
July 2020
It was a great experience! Mario and Haja were very accommodating when we were late. They looked passionate about their project and it was amazing to be part of this! The food was great and we talked the whole time! Great experience!
Katherine
July 2020
Words cannot begin to describe how amazing our evening was! Mario kindly offered to pick us up from our hotel in Stari Grad and now we know why! Their house is positioned in mountainside of Hvar, tucked away privately so a lift up to it was perfect! Mario has built their home from scratch and my goodness it’s breathtaking! The size and the setting makes just visiting the house worth this trip in itself - but then the real magic started! Haja and Mario grow everything in their garden and before dinner we went and tried their fruits and picked our salad for our side dish! Haja and Mario gave us local wine, starters enough for 10 and took us through an olive oil tasting from their own groves! Marios experience as a chef automatically meant our main was going to be incredible and it didn’t not disappoint - possibly the best fish stew I’ve ever had! My boyfriend help Mario while Haja and I sipped on wine and I can honestly say, spending time with them felt like I was visiting friends! Friends that I’d known all my life. They make you feel so welcome and comfortable that you never want to leave! Next came watching the sunset from their garden and dessert (I need the recipe!) and a little after dinner drink under the stars where we continued to talk the night away, before Mario again, drove us back to our hotel! Oh and how could I forgot their gorgeous puppy Spero ❤️ if you are in Hvar, please please please book this! I’ve never had an experience like it and as I mentioned, I feel like I’ve walked away with friends for life! Thank you Haja & Mario x
Words cannot begin to describe how amazing our evening was! Mario kindly offered to pick us up from our hotel in Stari Grad and now we know why! Their house is positioned in mounta…
Isabell
July 2020
Haja and Mario were such wonderful hosts. They welcomed us warm-hearted into their paradise on the hill. We had amazing conversations with them. They were very open and inspiring and they made us taste amazing local food. It was all in all a very special experience for us.
Haja and Mario were such wonderful hosts. They welcomed us warm-hearted into their paradise on the hill. We had amazing conversations with them. They were very open and inspiring a…
Corinne
October 2019
AMAZING! Such a lovely and special evening! Mario and Haja’s house and experience is magical .... cooking the most delicious fish stew.... in their outdoor fireplace...harvesting our salad from their garden... sampling olive oils just pressed from the olives freshly picked from their trees... drinking local wine.... eating local foods... all in the charming setting of their unique home nestled on a hill... with a stunning view... amazing .... special... a must do!!! Their company is wonderful... you feel like a treasured guest in their home! We left with special tokens of our time, belly’s full, hearts happy... a memory we will cherish! Thank you thank you!!
AMAZING! Such a lovely and special evening! Mario and Haja’s house and experience is magical .... cooking the most delicious fish stew.... in their outdoor fireplace...harvesting o…

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Book for 5 guests, save 15% or more
  • Tue, Sep 29
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $88 per person
  • Wed, Sep 30
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    $88 per person
  • Sat, Oct 3
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    $88 per person

Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Dairy-free
Peanut allergy
Shellfish allergy
Tree nut allergy
Egg-free

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests of all ages can attend.

More tips

Please, inform us in time if you are intolerant of some food.
Do not hesitate to ask us for anoher date or termin.
We prefer min 2 participants for each experience.
Thank you for your understandng :)

What to bring

good will to cook and enjoy the food