Centre based walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain

“Flexible week of self guided walking from a luxury hotel featuring a choice of trails (11km - 17km) accessed by hire car, included transfer or on foot.”

Highlights

Cartajima | Alto Genal Valley | Ronda | Pujerra | Juzcar | Sierra de Grazalema | Zahara |

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Departure information

Flexible dates in March to June and mid September to November
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Our purchases are all made within a 20 km radius of the village except for a few specialist items but less and less of the things we need are sourced outside our local area preferring Andalucian products and services. We strive to keep our environmental impact as low as it can be whilst retaining the level of luxury that our guests demand.

Some of our projects have been culturally unacceptable such as composting. I tried to rent a little bit of land outside the village where we could make compost but the people are frightened of the idea, believing that it will attract unwanted vermin and others (wild boar perhaps!) apart from that failure I believe we have put in place over the years many energy and resource saving systems - no disposables, low energy lighting, solar panels, drought resistant plants where possible to mention just a few of our efforts.

We grow as many plants as space allows. Not a lot but every little bit helps. We only buy local food and, where possible, ecologically grown.

We have reduced our plastic consumption dramatically with innovative solutions. We use no disposable items. Bathroom products for example are large bottles of ecological olive oil shampoo, body oil and shower gel.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

In regular meetings with the mayor of this small community, we try to help him explore ideas for generating wealth in the village. We protest about outside workers coming in and environmentally unsustainable plans. We promote tourism to him as the future for the village - a sustainable, useful sort of tourism that will enable the villagers.

We contribute generously to all traditional events in order to assist the village in retaining its cultural heritage. Easter and the summer feria are the two main festivals which we support and encourage our guests to participate.

In an effort to spread the wealth, we encourage our guests to explore the village and patronise the bars and little shops. Each room has a folder with information about what is available in Cartajima, the Alto Genal valley, and in nearby Ronda. Our guests are always culturally sensitive and find that the villagers are eager to talk with strangers - not so many come this way!

Cartajima is a small but thriving community. The town hall, the Ayuntamiento, are doing a great job keeping traditions alive and providing opportunities for youngsters to keep them in the village.

My intention is always to help where I can, employ only local people or companies, encourage villagers to participate in small sustainable tourist enterprises, and do what we can to create entrepreneurial opportunities.

At our Andalucia accommodation we employ only women from our village who traditionally do not have the opportunities available to their male counterparts. We encourage our employees to take as active a role in the running of the accommodation as they can, and hope to offer them training in all aspects of hotel management.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Going on a 16km triangular walk from the hotel to two local villages, having a Cana (cold beer) in both at local bars, then returning to a warm shower and delicious three course home cooked meal with a beautiful local red wine. Perfect!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring water bottles and a phrase book - if you are planning to eat in the local
villages and don’t speak Spanish! Language is fine in the nearby town (Ronda) however and English and Spanish both spoken at the hotel.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes- I felt I visited places off the usual tourist track, but footpaths and walking routes were considerate of the surrounding countryside to ensure it is conserved.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An excellent getaway - either for some quiet R&R or a bit more of an adventure with a mix of walks suitable for different abilities. Home away from home and exceptional hosts!

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