Short break walking holidays in Andalucia

Price:
From £475 (5 days) excluding flights
5 Days £399; 7 Days £525; New Year House Party £475. Price includes: airport transfers, accommodation, meals and full activity programme.
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Dates:
2014: 31 Dec
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Short break walking holidays in Andalucia

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Environment

Sustainable Tourism Policy
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 therefore commit in the long term to:
- Minimising the direct environmental impact of our operations and being proactively involved in activities that work to protect the natural environment.
- Working with our customers and other relevant interested parties, to understand and respect the needs of local people and our suppliers. In support of the above we will work to:
- Support our local economy by bringing business to an area of high unemployment, particularly during the winter months
- Support community tourism initiatives in our village to bolster people’s pride in their culture
- Walk only in small groups (usually 10-15) to minimise the impact on the environment
- Use locally owned traditional accommodation
- Raise the awareness of this policy amongst our customers and suppliers
- Use wherever possible organic fruit and vegetables or locally grown produce in season
- Inform our customers of the history and culture of our area
- Always behave in an environmentally responsible manner, for example take litter home with us; stay on well marked paths and discourage the picking of wild flowers.

Our group sizes tend to be small (10-15 people) and we always stick to way marked paths in order to limit damage to the wider environment. Where necessary we buy fruit and vegetables from the local street market, thus using locally grown, in season produce wherever feasible.

Community

One of the main attractions of our holidays is the opportunity to stay in a traditional Spanish village where the local people are very welcoming. This is because we work very closely with our local community and we bring considerable business to the local shops, restaurants and home owners particularly in the winter time. This is particularly important in a part of Spain where unemployment is very high particularly during the quieter winter months when there are less visitors.

We also encourage our clients to visit tourist attractions in Andalucia including the Alhambra at Granada and thus support the wider Andalucian economy. We use only local guides and leaders and those employed by us are fully trained. We talk to our clients before and during walks to remind them about taking litter with them, not to take or damage plants or flowers, to stick to footpaths and tracks at all times and to be extremely careful about fire hazards.

The story of the provider of Short break walking holidays in Andalucia

Our story reminds me of an old advert where the consumer states “I liked it so much I bought the company!” Whilst Paul was renovating our newly purchased ruin I was asked if I would like to manage a rental property for a lady. This house was owned by Elaine Smith who was also the owner of a walking company. I enjoyed meeting the guests and ensuring that the house was spotlessly clean and comfortable for them during their holiday in Torrox. When Elaine decided to retire Paul and I saw a fabulous opportunity to keep this wonderful business alive. We are enjoying every minute of our new venture. The planning of our guest's special holiday is done in fine detail, deciding on the walking, painting and photography itineraries is great as we are always searching for even more special locations that we know our guests will enjoy. We love to finally meet the guests who we have been in close contact with since their first enquiry and are proud to know that so many of our walking, painting and photography friends return for another holiday with us.

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Short break walking holidays in Andalucia

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

Reviewed 30 May 2013 by Janet Herbert5 star rating

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


The flowers, mountains, birds, walks, food, people.........Impossible to pick out any specific part, the whole holiday was amazing!

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


This holiday offers a true taste of Andalucia. The guide was amazing, with an exceptional amount of local knowledge and enthusiasm. I particularly enjoyed holidaying with a small group. Perfect for people travelling alone.

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


Most definitely! We ate breakfast and dinner in the local restaurants and bars, and stayed in a small hotel right in the centre of Grazelema. Where possible, the food had been sourced locally, with the flour for the local bread being milled by Clive who runs the Tourist Office. Eva, our guide, lives locally and has tremendous knowledge of the area. Whilst out walking I encountered a couple of other walking groups who were being led by guides who had never visited the area before! The walks were focused around the village, so very little transport was needed. It was fantastic sharing my love of the natural environment with like minded people. I can't imagine how it could have been improved upon.

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


This was my first walking holiday, and I travelled alone. Very professionally organiased by Clive and Eva in Grazelema. I had a thoroughly superb holiday!

Reviewed 08 Jan 2013 by Anne McLoughlin5 star rating

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


The friendly, warm, inclusive atmosphere

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


Enjoy

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


Yes to all 3. Plus it was exceptionally good value even with exchange rate.

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


An uplifting experience. A good balance between activity, fun and relaxation.

Reviewed 09 Feb 2013 by Susan Strickland4 star rating

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


Lovely walks, fantastic weather, excellent accommodation (especially enjoyed the large sunny roof terrace), wonderful multi-course evening meals with lots of wine and cava (also very well provided for a vegetarian like me)

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


A walking stick is useful, but they have spare ones to lend you if you can't bring your own

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


Yes - local restaurants, cafes, bakeries and accommodation providers must have benefited a lot - also walking must be an environmentally positive (and healthy) activity

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


Highly - I am very tempted to try their Grazelma walking holiday if I ever had the opportunity

Reviewed 11 Jan 2013 by Katherine Green4 star rating

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


Almost everything! The setting was beautiful, the people very welcoming and friendly, the food excellent and the walks fabulous with stunning scenery. (and the very sunny weather at the beginning of January also helped!)

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


Think about adding a couple of days to visit a local city or do more exploring of the area - it would make the trip even better.

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


Yes - meals at local restaurants. Would have liked there to have been a local guide.

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


Excellent

Reviewed 20 Dec 2012 by Geraldine Whitehead4 star rating

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


Scrambling up mountains to see the glorious views from the tops

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


just go and enjoy it, if you have a good pair of boots the rest of a great holiday is all provided.

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


We were a small group and packed out anything we packed in, so made no difference to the environment, except what we took away in our cameras.

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


A great holiday, strenuous walking, wonderful food and wine, and good company. What more could you want?

Reviewed 29 Nov 2012 by Tricia Keogh4 star rating

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


The people, the food, the walking.

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


Book flights early as busy airport. You don’t need to dress up at all.

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


Absolutely. I loved the considerate and ethical aspects of the holiday.

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


Fantastic. Had so much fun and the scenery was amazing. We were assessed on the first day for appropriate walks and fitness. I was lucky to be in a group of fit walkers and so the walks were high and long. Loved it.

Reviewed 04 Feb 2012 by Karen Jones4 star rating

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


Seeing a Golden Eagle for the first time.

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


Take stout, comfortable walking boots and several layers if travelling in winter months.

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


Yes we used local restaurants and ate home-grown produce.

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


Excellent. Well organised, relaxed and friendly.

Reviewed 31 Jan 2012 by Emma Henrion4 star rating

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


Walking in glorious mountains with excellent guidance and hosting from the leaders

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


You may be able to borrow walking poles from the hosts ( saves packing/ carrying ) - but do check. If walking in winter - it can be cold so bring a good warm fleece. The group was about 20 strong - if this is too big a group for you, please NB

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


Yes - great care taken to leave nothing behind us. Local restaurants and shops definitely benefited.

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


Excellent.

Reviewed 10 Nov 2011 by Rochelle Hawkins4 star rating

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


Great company, great food, very well organised, lovely hospitality from Gill & Dave, great to have the dogs walking with us!

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


Be prepared to walk up & up & up : )

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


Yes - we only purchased things from the local supermarkets & ate in the local restaurants.

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


Lovely experience, very relaxing.

Reviewed 08 Mar 2011 by Diane Montgomery4 star rating

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


I have 3 teenagers and to get away and only walk, eat, drink, read and sleep without having anything else to think about was absolute bliss. We were welcomed and treated like family from the minute we arrived. Everything taken care of by our wonderful hosts. Oh and the food was amazing !

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


No tips really, just turn up and go with the flow, not one person in our group had a gripe.

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


Yes definitely, we ate in local restaurants.

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


Fantastic, couldn’t fault it.

Reviewed 04 Feb 2011 by George Tasker4 star rating

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


The easy sense of 'extended family' that Gill and Dave offer to guests, helpers, restaurateurs, dogs and cats of all ages - a rare thing greatly appreciated. Also, I've had a week in January of perfect walking weather - 80% sunny, some cloud, some rain overnight - in the gentle scenic foothills of the Sierra de Almijara, and have returned fitter, seriously relaxed, and ready to do battle with the remainder of the British winter.

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


Maybe try to fly with cabin baggage only - no check-in queuing, no baggage carousels, less carbon footprint, generally more fun. They leant me a walking pole for the week, which helped me achieve this.

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


The only environmental guilt I have is the 3 hour flight. All evening meals except one were in Spanish-run local restaurants, all food supplied by the operator was local and excellent, a good proportion garden-grown. Accommodation is in local houses. All walks were within a short minibus trip from Torrox. The business is very sustainable, and I think the local economy benefits greatly from it.

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


Somewhere between 4 and 5 stars, really - I went on my own without the family, so I could hardly claim it's the best holiday of half a lifetime's experience, but I do feel some sense of rebirth, greatly enjoyed the company, and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes walking.
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Small group adventure holiday

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

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