Photography holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees
Cost €70 return per person.
From Zaragoza it is 2 hours to our base in the Pyrenees.
Description of Photography holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees
This photography holiday in Spain’s Pyrenees brings keen photographers from around the world to capture the natural wonders of the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park. This is one of Spain’s oldest national parks, protected since 1918. In fact, this magnificent mountain region is so precious it has been lauded with many titles, including that of, UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a Biosphere Reserve.
This eight day small group photography holiday is suited to photographers of all interests and levels of experience. Landscape, wildlife or mountain flora, beginners or experts, you will be led by our expert photography guide, multi award-winning Iñaki Relanzón who specialises in conservation, nature and wildlife, and whose work has been published in leading international media. Iñaki has been travelling to, and working in this region for over twenty years and is committed to its sustainability. His work is truly inspiring and his passion for the region totally infectious. In Iñaki’s own words “the beauty of this landscape never ceases to amaze”.
The group size is a maximum of seven people, so there is plenty of time to learn and ask all the questions you need, with Iñaki covering all areas of photography during the week.
We host guests in our traditional, restored Pyrennean farmhouse, in the hamlet of Albella.
Finished to a very high spec, including deluxe ensuite bathrooms. Wi-Fi available. The price of the holiday includes just about everything, including transfers from Zaragoza airport or train station.
You do need to bring your own camera and accessories and, although we have a PC at the house for general use, we do recommend bringing your own laptop for uploading and viewing.
6 Reviews of Photography holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees
Reviewed on 09 Feb 2020 by Ian McCollThe most exciting part of the holiday was photographing the bearded vultures (lammergeiers) Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Mar 2018 by Phil DuddlesThe hosts Simon's and Lucy's friendly nature, knowledge and enthusiasm which ensured you had a good holiday. The Spanish Pyrenees are quite spectacular. I would highly recommend this holiday and would like to re-visit the area view the autumn colours. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Aug 2017 by Jaslena AhmadThe most memorable was nightly gourmet dining under the stars at Cassa Allue. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Mar 2016 by Colin BarclayOne of my favourite ever holidays.! I would heartily recommend the place and the area to either walkers or photographers, or to anyone else for that matter. It is a hidden corner of Spain unknown to almost all visitors who flock to the sunbeds on the costas. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Nov 2015 by Bert HandEach day was different, an adventure so difficult to point to any one specific highlight. Suffice to say this was one of the more memorable Photography Workshops I have been on. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jul 2015 by Marie-Louise GarrattThis is definitely one of the best holidays I have been on, such a wonderful mix of things, and it will definitely push you to your limits, well at least for me it did! Read full review
PlanetWe are passionate about the environment and the wildlife where we live. The Ordesa National Park is a World Biosphere Reserve and a ‘Special Protection Area for Birds’ with over 171 species, including the rare Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus). We support the Lammergeier Conservation Foundation by using guides from the Foundation, visiting the raptor feeding stations with guests and selling the Foundation T-shirts. This helps fund a breeding program in our area which has had great success.
There are also well over 100 species of butterflies and moths in our area, including the rare and beautiful Isabelina Moth (Actias Isabellae) and the Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia Pyri). We have been successful in hatching the eggs and releasing the caterpillars for these moths. The nature of photography requires a certain level of thoughtfulness, and stillness which is in tune with protecting the environments we photograph in. The instructor will let guests know the best way to travel through fragile areas and view wildlife with care so as not to disturb them.
At the farmhouse we have geothermal heating and hot water with minimal environmental impact. We also harvest rainwater for both the irrigation of our vegetable patch and garden, and for the washing machine.
We recycle all we can, including building materials and furniture. For example all the vanity units in the luxury bathrooms are unique secondhand pieces of furniture, adapted with a granite top and basin. All the furniture in the house is antique or secondhand and has been or is in the process of being restored by Simon, your host. Many of the external doors are secondhand and have been adapted.
The beams and stone from the four year renovation of the property have been reused throughout the building process. We continue to reuse this material now as we landscape the garden.
PeopleWe support the local economy wherever possible by employing guides, experts and teachers from our area. We offer english lessons to our guides, providing them with a greater opportunity for work.
We involve our neighbours with our holidays, offering the possibility to visit their houses which have changed little through the centuries. This gives a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the high Pyrenees. In return we make donations to the village fund, for amongst other things the maintenance of our historic chapel of San Urbez (hermitage).
We also offer a guided visit to the chapel of San Urbez, explaining the stories about our saint, his miracles and the architectural features. For this, we ask our guests for a donation in the chapel collection box.
We are involved in trying to preserve and restore the local pathways, acting as volunteers as the need arises. We will be running a path clearing holiday in the future.
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