Our groups are small and manageable on a very personal level, between 4- 8 people, we can integrate excellently with the local community who welcome us as interested, unobtrusive guests. Over the years we have built up a solid network of local people who support our efforts with enthusiasm, helping and giving us a very special relationship with the Trujillo community.
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. Extremadura has one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe around 30%, particularly during the winter months as many of the jobs available are seasonal. We are very pleased to provide economic support by bringing business to the local economy during off season months.
70% of our turnover is spent in local businesses and our clients spend money in the area as well. We use locally owned and run accommodation and promote the local heritage, architecture, culture and gastronomy of Extremadura wherever we can. We aim to purchase our equipment and food from locally produced sources. We support our local farmers by using l produce in season for the recipes we use in our cooking classes.
We support small business enterprises, locally owned shops and restaurants. We encourage the production of local crafts & produce by marketing to our customers eg. the excellent local Guardiana wines from the Tierras del Barro, pottery and ceramics, virgin olive oil, pimenton, jamon iberico de bellota and the handcrafted chocolates made in Trujillo from pure cacao beans.
Our guests are given the opportunity to buy locally made gifts to take home and spend around 5,500 euros in the area per annum (based upon number of clients pa x average 55 euros per client).Much of the money earned is ploughed back into restoring and maintaining the architecture of Trujillo.
Our guides live in Extremadura, local knowedge is part of their lifes, they are able to show clients the delights of Extremeno culture, architecture, art, gastronomy and local flora & fauna.
We are very much involved with projects in Trujillo such as conserving monuments through the organization Conserva Trujillo" which is currently applying for inscription to UNESCO World Heritage - Patrimonio de la Humidad. All entrance fees to monuments contribute directly to conservation. With our clients we help to support these local incentives.
The Palacio de Piedras Albas is a building from the 16th century, it does not need air conditioning in the warmer months, it has a natural air flow which keeps it fresh. It has been part of the town for over 500 years and has a great deal of appreciation and interest within the local community which helps to create a positive and vibrant atmosphere for the future.