Painting holiday in Andalucia

“Put the emphasis on fun, food and friendship as you aim to improve your skills within a variety of Andalucían locations under the watchful tutelage of professional painters.”

Highlights

Based within the charming village of Torrox Pueblo | paint at an abandoned Andalucían property | stunning views over the mountains and the Med | a day’s painting at the beach | scenes of bobbing fishing boats | paint at the botanical gardens near Malaga | free day at leisure | paint within the mountain village of Frigiliana | experienced professional instruction and feedback throughout | guest tutors include: Dawn Oliver, Robert Dutton, Gerda Kohler, Klaus Hinkel and Barry Herniman |

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24 May 2017
£ 799
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09 Jun 2017
£ 899
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23 Jun 2017
£ 899
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08 Sep 2017
£ 899
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09 Oct 2017
£ 899
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Our top tip:
Alongside a fair selection of 75ml tubes it would also be pertinent to bring your own retarder to slow down the drying process. Also, pack a good standard of acrylic paper as opposed to heavier canvases.
Trip type:
Small group. Min age 18.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Painting programme in a friendly and social setting.
Accomm:
Comfortable Andalucian style hotel with 9 guest rooms, located in central Torrex. Twin or double en-suite rooms. WiFi available.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, experienced tutors, easels and drawing boards.
Meals:
6 picnic lunches and 6 dinners at local restaurants.
Solos:
Individuals welcome with single rooms available at a surcharge.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Painting holiday in Andalucia

Environment

We recognise that the environment, the community and the culture within which we operate and our relationship with local organisations, businesses and individuals is vital to the success of our business. We operate in an area which has one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe – around 30%, particularly during the winter months as many of the jobs available are seasonal for the duration of the summer tourist season. We are very pleased therefore that we have been able to provide economic support for our local community by bringing business to the local economy during the winter months.

70% of our turnover is spent in local businesses and our clients spend money in the village as well. We use locally owned and run accommodation by preference and promote the local heritage, architecture, culture and gastronomy of our region wherever we can. We aim to where possible purchase our equipment and food from locally produced sources. We support our local farmers by using local produce in season wherever we can and use local guide services.

Community

We support local income generation and small business enterprises by supporting locally owned shops and restaurants. We have encouraged the local olive oil Co-operativa de Nuestra Senora de la Nieves to inform clients about production of virgin olive oil through guided tours of the production facility. We encourage the production of local crafts & produce by marketing to our customers – eg vino del terreno, pottery and ceramica, virgin olive oil, avocado oil products.

Our guests are given the opportunity to buy locally made gifts to take home and spend around 5,500 euros in the village per annum (based upon number of clients pa x average 55 euros per client). Money earned is ploughed back into restoring and maintaining village houses.

Our guides are steeped in local knowledge and are able to show people how not to disturb local flora & fauna.

Reviews of Painting holiday in Andalucia

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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 02 Feb 2014 by

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


The painting experience and teaching.

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


Do NOT stay at AL Andalus Hotel. The people there are very friendly, but the rooms (not only mine), I hear, are humid and stinky.

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


Yes. It was obvious from how particularly friendly everybody local was to our group.

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


Perfect, other than for accommodation.

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2013 by

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


The weather made the holiday as we were able to paint in early November in warm sunshine, but otherwise the mix of people on the course contributed to an interesting week as there were some serious painters and others who just wanted to dabble. The organisation was very smooth and everything was made easy for us as we were transported to our painting destination each day and meals with wine were provided every day apart from our one "day off".

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


It is possible to enjoy this holiday whether you are a beginner or serious painter but you need to remember that there will be different levels of skill and some people will require more attention from the tutor and her assistant than others. Most people travelled on their own and the painting provided a mutual interest.

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


We stayed in a small hotel and ate our meals at different restaurants in the town.

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


I found it very enjoyable and relaxing; the organisers were efficient and friendly and created a welcoming environment.

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2012 by

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


Difficult to say as it was all fantastic. I guess meeting a wonderful group of people and being tutored by a fantastic artist. Also loved staying in local houses and becoming part of a traditional village for a week.

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


Don't overload yourself with canvases as they are heavy - take good acrylic paper, paints as recommended (plenty of paint as you will use a lot - I took 75ml tubes which was fine) and a retarder as the paint dries quickly in the sun. There were some mdf boards to paint on there.

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


Yes - it brought trade to a village that needed the income.

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


Brilliant - I had such a good time. Everything was catered for. The food was excellent and plentiful and everything well organized.

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2012 by

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


It was all good, but the trip to and lunch in Acebuchal was a highlight.

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


Prepare to have a lovely, relaxing time with a conscientious, friendly and hospitable crew and the company of new friends - and - develop your artristic talent.

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


As Jill & Dave have an organic farm and put a lot of business the way of local folk, it almost goes without saying.

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


Excellent! If not the best holiday I have ever been on it was certainly among them, despite some unusually indifferent weather. See my written feedback report also.

Reviewed on 26 May 2012 by

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


Views over mountain and coast with a picnic lunch, a quaffable rose and two bonkers dogs.

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


Check shop opening times before you run out of breakfast supplies. The town is on a hillside, so some ups and downs before your walk. Take sticks if you find uneven steep ground a challenge, and plenty of water if walking in hotter months.

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


The company works hard to support local eateries.

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


Very accommodating staff team and extras. Walking gradients more challenging than anticipated, but at a pace that enabled everyone to complete the walks. You will be billeted in a variety of local homes in the village so feel well immersed in the community.

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2011 by

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


A day on the beach, with glorious colours, when it became clear to all of us the full meaning of Anna's suggestion that we should "tune in" with all our senses if we really wanted to have a deep painting experience.

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


To practise painting with acrylics, in order not to be total beginners with this medium.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, indeed. We had our evening meals in local restaurants and the meals we had with the organizers were 90 per cent vegetarian, using fresh local vegetables. We were hosted in houses in the village.

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


A wonderful experience: place, teacher, participants, organizers.

Reviewed on 16 May 2011 by

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


A day painting in the gorge, followed by a lovely village a fab meal by a pool on a ridge and a lovely walk back to our accommodation

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


very well run trip, easy going atmosphere, a creative dynamic holiday. Worth walking in the area too. So take walking shoes.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, local business used.

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


Very good, holiday, fab food at local restaurants and owner’s house, great way to increase your creativity and meet people.

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2011 by

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


The excellent support from painting tutor Anna, with helpful demonstrations, encouragement and varied locations to paint in. A genuinely warm welcome and lovely food and drink.

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


Check in advance what painting materials to take.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We stayed in the village so shopped locally and ate in local restaurants. Meals provided included locally grown organic fruit and veg.

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


Excellent, really enjoyed it.

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2011 by

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


The group of participants were really lovely both weeks (I did 2 consecutive weeks with the same company).

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


I think it is really important to have a clear idea of what sort of thing is on offer. the trip was far too tame for my tastes. The first week i expected more painting tuition and the second i though we would be walking in the high andalucian
mountains, this was not the case. perhaps booking 2 one-week trips was a mistake, since it felt as if one repeated the other, certainly in terms of eating.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


yes and no. The people at the finca are very nice and working a lot to develop an organic-style small holding but to be honest i had hoped to integrate with the locals and this never happened. the only spanish i got to speak were in the cafes in the evenings. everyone else - from guides, to drivers and even the people who's home we were staying in, were English so i felt that i was supporting the local ex-pat community rather than the locals to the area. the restaurants were Spanish-owned.

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


I had a nice time, but think my expectations were off track perhaps and i was made to feel a little bit like another cog in the tourist wheel. As i said, the hosts were very accommodating with their house, but i think they packed too many people into the groups so the balance of a small home-stay feel and a commercial event are being pushed a bit.

Again, I would not criticise them too much, but perhaps needed to have a clearer idea of what was being offered i how this fits with what i want from a holiday. I am sure that i will take some happy memories away with me, the people i met and the places i visited.

Read the operator's response here:

Firstly, it is good to know that overall Vicky had a nice time with us and that she enjoyed the company of the other guests. However, she makes a number of points on which I would like to comment.

I am sorry that she feels she did not get the level of painting tuition she expected during the first week and, although this was not the experience of all the guests, we do accept that this criticism has some validity.

I think Vicky found that the group was rather large and although we always employ two tutors when the group is eight people or more a problem arose because the role of the second tutor was not properly defined so that some clients did not receive the level of tuition they would expect. As a result of Vicky’s comments, a new timetable and allocation of duties have been agreed so hopefully the problem should not reoccur and we are grateful to have received this constructive criticism.

With regard to her second week, we do not know why Vicky thought that she would be walking in the high Andalucian mountains as our holidays are clearly marketed as easy to moderate walking holidays and this is apparent both from the sample itinerary on our website and from the programme which was sent out prior to the commencement of the holiday.

With regard to the meals, our holidays are week-long holidays and we always visit the same restaurants every week. I should point out that Torrox is a small place so we do not have an option to change the restaurants week on week which is why Vicky felt she was repeating week 1.

We employ English speaking staff because 100% of our clients speak English which is the only language we market in. However, our staff also speak Spanish fluently, live in Spain and are extremely knowledgeable about the local history, flora, fauna, gastronomy and culture. Anna Martin, our painting tutor, is half Spanish and is always more than keen to chat in Spanish to anybody who wishes to speak with her.

It is true that the houses are mainly owned by Northern Europeans. The local Spanish population is quite elderly as many of the younger people have moved to apartment blocks on the Costa. As a result many of the houses have fallen into disrepair. Northern Europeans have been buying the houses and renovating them and this is something that the local and regional governments have been very keen to promote because of the money it brings into the local economy. You will appreciate that we can only rent houses of a certain standard and these renovated houses do offer a lovely experience of living in a Spanish village but with the modern conveniences that our client group demands.

Vicky acknowledges that the restaurants we use are Spanish owned (some of which we pretty much keep alive during the winter months). Indeed our little company spent €20,000 in restaurants in Torrox in 2010. What she doesn’t mention is the money we spend on food in the local market and in local shops, the fuel we buy from a Spanish petroleum company staffed by Spanish workers, the local Spanish-owned and operated workshop we use for vehicle maintenance and repairs, the local laundry where we send our tablecloths, the Spanish cleaners for the houses, the Spanish builders who maintain them and so on. 75% of our turnover is spent in Torrox and this is gratefully acknowledged by the local people with whom we do business.

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2009 by

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


The friendliness, professionalism, enthusiasm, knowledge and helpfulness of all the people concerned with the holiday. Nothing was too much trouble. Everything was done for us. We began to lose the ability to make decisions!!

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


Be prepared for a week full of inspiration, fun, friendliness, good food and wine and the chance to bounce ideas off each other. Some prior knowledge of how to paint with acrylics would help.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Those whose houses were rented to us, and the owners and workers in the various cafes or restaurants we patronised benefited. I believe any food left uneaten was recycled by the animals on the holiday organisers farm! As our accommodation was in the narrow streets of Torrox we walked to and from our houses keeping us fit and pollution out.

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


Excellent value for money.

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