Walking & photography holiday in the Alpujarras, Spain

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2017: 4 Nov

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Walking & photography holiday in the Alpujarras, Spain


We encourage guests to experience, enjoy and learn about the environment of the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada National Park. We have done this by designing walks (straight from the door of the guest house, so no car needed) using the ancient, established footpaths.

Guests can experience not only the flora and fauna and the natural landscape but also the ancient systems of terracing and irrigation, created by the Moors some thousand years a and unique to the Alpujarras. We show our guests the terracing and stone walls built by the Moors as well as examples of the many miles of waterways, man-made pools and sluice systems that sustain the environment even now. The Moorish system is a miracle of engineering, but also precious and fragile and we aim to promote understanding and respect for it amongst our visitors.

Through our walking holidays and our emphasis on the peace and beauty of the environment we aim to encourage low-impact, environment-appreciative tourism.

This in turn helps to promote awareness amongst local people of the economic benefits of an unspoilt environment, and contributes to the argument that sustainable tourism is of stronger long-term benefit to the local economy than short-term-employment construction projects.


The area of the Western Alpujarras known as La Taha, where Casa Ana is located, is considered the jewel of the area and yet it is the least populated. Villages such as Ferreirola and others in La Taha were once thriving but have been in decline since the 1960s to the point where the resident populations are too small to support a healthy economy.

By bringing visitors to the area and promoting sustainable tourism, we are contributing to the local community in several ways. Firstly we encourage guests to visit the local restaurants and bars, to buy produce at the weekly market and to browse the shops supplying local crafts and produce. Secondly we ourselves work with local businesses, from the laundry service to the village baker, butcher, fishmonger and family-run supermarket. Thirdly, we also provide good working conditions and wages for local people, including cleaners, cooks, maintenance experts, and occasionally the local painter and decorator, plumber and electrician. By offering employment we hope to help younger people find work and so have the possibility of remaining in the area.

We have also helped to animate the village of Ferreirola: four years ago we were given permission to grow vegetables on an abandoned plot right in the centre of the village. We share the garden with some neighbours and we grow organic vegetables, herbs and flowers. The locals have enjoyed seeing the transformation of the garden from a mat of straggled weeds to neat rows of abundant vegetables. Hard work but we love it!

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