Andalucia self guided walking holiday, Spain

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Responsible tourism: Andalucia self guided walking 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 we use a 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 the 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.

Planting drought-resistant or tolerant plants has reduce the need for watering. Producing walking routes that keep to established historical trails has meant that wildlife and flora and fauna corridors are not 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 available for shopping in village.

As this is a walking holiday all main transport is done with your own two feet, reducing our carbon emissions and ensuring the area is preserved.

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 as walking routes. 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.

Reviews of Andalucia self guided walking 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 26 Apr 2016 by

We loved the holiday and will be recommending it to a number of our friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2016 by

The scenery on the North and West walks. Hospitality and helpfulness of our hosts. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2016 by

The amazing landscape; so different from where we live! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2015 by

Fantastic and restful Read full review

Reviewed on 16 May 2015 by

Just what we wanted. We used the local restaurants and bars, used the local taxi, shopped in the village. They are all very friendly and helpful but it does help if you speak a bit of the language. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 May 2014 by

The entire experience was delightful, and it would be too difficult to pick out any one aspect. We had a terrific time. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2014 by

Great holiday, great weather, our hosts Gale and Terry were fantastic and made us very welcome. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Apr 2014 by

Excellent. Incomparably superior to the normal Mediterranean / Canaries packages. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2014 by

The first sunny morning at Cortijo Fuerteventura was lovely, the garden beautiful and sitting out for breakfast delightful. The welcome from Terry and Gail was also great and the information provided by them and John about the local area invaluable. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2014 by

Peaceful location, excellent or walking, Beautiful scenery, friendly and welcoming people, great wine..... Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Feb 2014 by

An excellent break...A splendid welcome from our hosts and the lovely inhabitants of the village. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2013 by

Very nice relaxing experience...All pretty memorable, but particularly enjoyed eating in Lubrin. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2013 by

Excellent. We loved our typically Andalucian accommodation and warm welcome, and fell in love with the area. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 May 2013 by

Brilliant, enjoyed every minute...the best part was climbing the small hill out from the cortijo, wondering where the village was, and suddenly, there it was, below us, tucked up in its hollow amongst the hills. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2013 by

It was a really enjoyable and relaxing holiday...There were some wonderful scents and lots of bird song. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2013 by

We really enjoyed our week. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. . John and Mair were very helpful with the self guided walk which we did and with advice on nice beaches to visit. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2013 by

Excellent....Lovely place to simply relax and unwind. Great walking in the hills. We were lucky to be there at the time of the October food festival which was great fun and the weather was perfect throughout our stay. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Dec 2012 by

Absolutely fabulous holiday. The beautiful scenery- vast blue skies and total peace and quiet and amazing views. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 May 2012 by

The peace and tranquility of the cortija and surrounding area. Being able to start all walks from the cortija meant that we did not have to drive. The accommodation was authentic and entirely comfortable. The owners were available and helpful if required but recognised their guest’s needs for their own space and freedom. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 May 2012 by

A really relaxing and enjoyable stay in a beautiful and unspoilt part of Spain. Our hosts were very welcoming and happy to help if we needed them. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Hopefully we'll be back. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2012 by

The most memorable parts were the landscape, peace and flowers in the countryside. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2012 by

Villages and countryside truly wonderful and with the almond blossom in bloom, very pretty. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2011 by

Lovely apartment with pool in a spectacular location. Exceeded our expectations in every respect. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 May 2011 by

Brilliant & quite different for an accessible European destination...Very hospitable hosts; friendly & very 'Spanish' village Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2011 by

The beauty and the peace were most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2011 by

Most memorable were the beauty and quietness of the location, it was a pleasure to stand still and hear nothing but birdsong…A lovely week, better than expected even. Would consider going back. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2011 by

Most memorable were the buzz and activity in the village during the fiesta del pan. The walks in the mountains surrounding the cortijo. The almond trees in full blossom. Very friendly owners John and Mair were always helpful with advice and local knowledge. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2010 by

Our villa was gorgeous and there was fantastic walking right on our doorsteps and plenty to do just a short drive away. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2010 by

It was a very peaceful and relaxing holiday. The owners (John and Maya) who lived on site, were very friendly and very helpful without being overbearing. They are keen to develop the walks further, and are working with the local community to do this. A really peaceful place in the real Spain where you can relax in the knowledge you will not be "ripped off" Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2010 by

We were extremely well looked after on our visit, and had a wonderful time... The wildlife and scenery exceeded our expectations. A magical location combining the best aspects of remoteness with easy access to the village centre. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2010 by

Almond blossom blowing in through the doorway, picturesque old men with skin as gnarled as the almond bark greeted us with friendly "Olas" as they herded goats across the blossom studded mountains were the most memorable parts. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2010 by

Great location ...peaceful and relaxing accommodation - with everything you'd need within short walking distance in a very friendly and genuine corner of Spain. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2010 by

Super local walks... local wines and cuisine. Very enjoyable. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 May 2009 by

The beauty, peace and tranquillity of Lubrin and the surrounding country was the most memorable part. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 May 2009 by

We awoke to morning sunshine filtering through the bedroom window and enjoyed the setting sun on the back patio with a glass or two of wine accompanied by sounds of the local goat herdsman "talking" to his goats and the tinkling of the bells around their necks Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2008 by

Very relaxing and in a lovely setting, with friendly and accommodating hosts. Read full review

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