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About us

Paladares travel is an independent company, offering bespoke gastronomic holidays, cooking classes and wine tours in Portugal and Spain. The company is based and registered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our team members are currently based in Amsterdam, Lisbon and Porto.

We offer food- and wine focused vacations in beautiful locations for the solo travellers, couples, and groups, including groups of friends on holiday or corporate teams on retreat.

Portugal and Spain
We concentrate on Portugal and Spain, where one can still eat wonderful rustic regional food at traditional “tascas” and “tabernas”. At the same time a group of younger generation chefs has been changing the culinary scene, through an inventive and more refined approach to cooking, thereby gaining much-deserved attention. Not only do these two countries offer a vast diversity of regional food, there is also an enormous variety in wine styles and regions. These days wines from diverse Iberian wine regions like Douro, Alentejo, Vinho Verde, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Penedès and Rías Baixas make regular appearances in the annual top 100 lists of leading international wine magazines.

Cees Lafeber
Paladares Travel was founded by Cees Lafeber. Cees has enjoyed a career of more than 15 years as an international banker, thereby travelling around the globe while living in various countries, including England and The Netherlands. It was during his time working for an investment bank in London, that Cees was inspired to develop his passion for cuisine, travel and Portugal & Spain and create a gastronomic travel company. Paladares Travel commenced its activities in 2006.

Paladares Travel is run by Cees and his enthusiastic team which has a wealth of travel and food & wine expertise. Equally as important as our formal wine education and our tasting skills, is our passion for good food & wine and a love of traveling. We combine our skills, experience and our passion with a deep affection for the frequently uncharted delights of Portugal and Spain.

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