Andalucia self guided cycling holiday, Spain

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Responsible tourism: Andalucia self guided cycling holiday, Spain

Environment

Almeria is a low rainfall area and so travellers are reminded that fresh water is a very precious commodity and should not be wasted, so use minimum for showering and washing. We ask that guests ensure that lights and ceiling fans are switched off when not required, and not to leave TV, Video, Hi-Fi etc in standby mode switch off at the set.

Separate household waste is sorted into general waste, glass, paper & cardboard and plastic for deposit to the village recycling bins. Free logs are provided for winter heating to minimise conventional oil fired central heating.

We have planted drought-resistant and tolerant plants to reduce the need for watering. Producing walking routes that keep to established historical trails enable wildlife flora and fauna corridors to not be interfered with. We encourage visitors to leave their car in our car park and to walk to the village to help reduce carbon footprint. Wind up torches now replace battery powered torches and reusable plastic bags are available for shopping in village

Community

The past 20 years has witnessed a steady decline in the traditional industries of agriculture, mining and animal husbandry and the Mayor, along with the support of the Provincial and Regional Governments, is committed to the introduction of tourism as a replacement industry. Work has started on identifying and marking the old donkey trails that criss cross the almond and olive groves in the Sierra de los Filabres around Lubrin. We are proud to be part of the quest to breathe new life into the village of Lubrin.

We employ a single parent local woman to carry out the domestic cleaning, and a retired farmer to maintain the gardens. We use a local builder to maintain the fabric of the old Cortijo and outbuildings, and a local plumber and electrician to maintain the infrastructure. We locally purchase hard and soft furnishings, white goods and electrical items. We also locally purchase our food and household items and encourage travellers to do the same.

We provide travellers with a map of the village showing the locations of the village shops together with the bars and restaurants. We sponsor a village website and are listing the local services to show travellers that there are all the basic necessities on our doorstep.

We support our local PAWS (Peoples Animal Welfare Society) by taking stray animals to their compound and also by delivering personal and household effects to their charity shop in Mojaca

Reviews of Andalucia self guided cycling holiday, Spain

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


John the very helpful host. Good food and drinks in the the tapas bars. Lot of nice people of different nationalities.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Having a car in addition to bicycles is good. There are several nice villages ( with good food) to see which are hard to reach on a bike and Granada is well worth a visit. If biking be prepared for climbing, there is not much flat land. Very little traffic on the roads. End november can be cool.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Spending our money locally hopefully helped somewhat. The simple but good accomodation does not misuse the environment and most of the food in the tapas bars seemed to be short travelled.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Just what we wanted, an quiet small town with good opportunities for cycling and enjoyable tapas bars.

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The glorious views and superb weather when we put the bikes in the car and cycled around the sea side.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make the most of the tracks and trails that you can travel straight from the door and use some of the superb restaurants in the area at siesta time

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - John is very careful about using local people and suppliers in all he does.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent very enjoyable rural destination

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