Sierra Nevada winter walking holiday in Spain
Description of Sierra Nevada winter walking holiday in Spain
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We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
At our Casa we try to be as adaptable as possible and do our best to accommodate all guests. Please just let us know of your specific needs and we will do what we can to help the trip go as smoothly as possible
Deaf and limited hearing:
Guests with limited or no hearing are very welcome here and we are on hand to assist.
'Free from' food:
At our Casa we want all our guests to enjoy the fresh, delicious meals prepared in our kitchen. As a matter of course we offer vegetarian and vegan meals . Were also happy to prepare coeliac meals and to cater for those with gluten, wheat, dairy and seafood intolerances, nut and other allergies.
Everybody is welcome at our Casa, irrespective of age, race and gender. LGBT travellers can enjoy the tranquillity of this place, the scenery, the walks, and the villages without any concerns.
1 Reviews of Sierra Nevada winter walking holiday in Spain
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 24 Feb 2019 by Jennifer Taylor
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The accommodation is a lovely place amidst magnificent scenery but the welcome from Anne and her team and attention to their guests' comfort was outstanding.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Just enjoy the lovely accommodation, the excellent food and wine and walking through lovely countryside.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes - local food was beautifully prepared with regional wines supporting smaller producers. There was a strong ethos of caring for the countryside and respecting the local people.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent. A memorable week. I would definitely highly recommend to friends and family.
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PlanetOur casa is a 400-year-old historic building which has been converted to a guest house in the village of Ferreirola in the Alpujarra of Andalucia. In developing our business in the Alpujarra our first priority was to provide low-impact, sustainable and environmentally conscious tourism.
Low impact tourism
Our activities are low impact: we accommodate groups of no more than 14 people. We organise walking holidays which do not negatively impact on the local environment. We always use designated footpaths for example, do not pick wildflowers, do not leave litter and do not cause any damage.
We also run a creative writing programme which does not impact negatively on the local environment.
Environmentally conscious tourism:
Water is a precious commodity in this area, which is prone to drought from time to time. We minimise water use with dual flush loos, showers rather than baths, and we have a drip system for our garden watering.
Energy saving: we use low-energy light bulbs throughout the house and our outside lights are on timers.
NO to plastic! We recycle our plastic waste. We regularly encourage our local shops and market traders not to use plastic bags, but to encourage shoppers to bring their own. We encourage our guests to fill their water bottles from a lnatural spring nearby rather than buying plastic bottles of water.
Recycling: As well as recycling our plastic, we also recycle our paper, cardboard and glass items.
Shopping: We buy produce and supplies locally and when possible, we buy organic food and non-polluting cleaning products.
PeopleOur activities are beneficial to both the local community and the environment.
The local community: members of the local community participate in and benefit from our business. We are the major employer in our village (population 28), employing three local people at the house. We provide economic benefits to local businesses including bars, restaurants, shops, the local laundry and the local bus company, as well as employing the services of local people from the building industry including plumbers, electricians, carpenters and builders.
Our premises: we restored a historic building that had fallen into ruin with great care and sensitivity, rather than bulldozing the site and erecting new buildings. The part of the Alpujarra where we are located is a conservation area so we maintained the traditional building style and used traditional materials such as chestnut beams and launa for the roof.
Protecting the local environment: We are fortunate to be located in a "Parque Natural" conservation area. However, it is also an area which has suffered and continues to experience minimal economic development. Through our business we are demonstrating that sustainable tourism brings significant economic benefit to the area, and we argue that for tourism to flourish here, the unique rural environment that is the Alpujarra's greatest asset must be preserved and protected.
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