Member since: 07 Jul 2005
How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
- We work in partnership with local businesses and we generate new business and work in the local economy. Guests have an opportunity to visit the local olive oil co-operative and purchase locally produced olive oil, local wine and other goods.
- We encourage clients to buy home-made products such as dried figs, raisins, honey, almonds and wine from housewives in the village of Comares. We also take guests to dine at a cortija run and owned by a local Spanish women entrepreneur.
- Our guests stay in local village houses, which have been restored by local workmen and we have been careful to ensure that these houses have retained their unique Moorish character whilst providing all necessary comforts. This helps the Pueblo retain its immense charm and encourages sustainable tourism, which is necessary for the growth of a healthy local economy.
- During our walks our guests are encouraged to behave environmentally responsibly. We stay on well marked paths and we always take our litter home with us. We do not encourage the picking of wild flowers and plants.
- The trip also includes an optional visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Alhambra so that we are contributing to the on-going maintenance of this important Andalucian monument.
- Wherever possible we use our own organic fruit and vegetables grown on our own farm just outside the village of Torrox Pueblo. Where we buy food we use local markets, which only stock locally grown produce in season, thus supporting the local agricultural community. Evening meals are taken in local Spanish restaurants in the village serving regional dishes.
- We have the greatest respect for the local people and their customs and are anxious to share our knowledge of Andalucia with our guests. We take our clients to local fairs, processions and celebrations when they coincide with a holiday, and explain the background.
- We also provide people with a history of Torrox and the surrounding villages during our walks. We encourage our guests to speak to the local people in the village, if only to say hello.