Photography holiday in Andalucia, Spain

“Let your lens be expertly guided amongst the traditional white walled villages, bustling Mediterranean markets and stunning national park scenery of southern Spain.”

Highlights

Old sugar mill | Maro aqueduct | Marina del Este | Rio Torrox | Comares village | food market in Malaga | 4x4 safari across the Sierra Tejedas | evening meals in different restaurants | day at leisure

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08 Sep 2017
£ 775
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09 Oct 2017
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01 Jun 2018
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Our top tip:
Take feedback on board at the review sessions and try not to weigh yourself down with too many lenses and heavy pieces of kit. Note: Guests should bring a bridge style camera or DLSR. No camera phones!
Trip type:
Small groups. Max 10. Any age.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Shared house with private facilities or centrally located hotel.
Included:
Transfers, 5 full days of expert guided photography tuition.
Meals:
Breakfast starter pack in shared house. Buffet breakfasts in hotels. Evening meals taken in local restaurants. Picnic or tapas lunches, except on rest day.
Solos:
Single travellers welcome. No solo supplement applies.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Photography holiday in Andalucia, Spain

Environment

Sustainable Tourism Policy
We recognise that the environment, the community and the culture within which we operate and our relationship with local organisations, businesses and individuals is vital to the success of our business. We therefore commit in the long term to:
- Minimising the direct environmental impact of our operations and being proactively involved in activities that work to protect the natural environment.
- Working with our customers and other relevant interested parties, to understand and respect the needs of local people and our suppliers.

In support of the above we will work to:

- Support our local economy by bringing business to an area of high unemployment, particularly during the winter months
- Support community tourism initiatives in our village to bolster people’s pride in their culture
- Our photo holidays are taken in small groups (maximum 8 people) to minimise the impact on the environment
- Use locally owned traditional accommodation
- Raise the awareness of this policy amongst our customers and suppliers
- Use wherever possible organic fruit and vegetables or locally grown produce in season
- Inform our customers of the history and culture of our area
- Always behave in an environmentally responsible manner, for example take litter home with us; stay on well marked paths and discourage the picking of wild flowers.

Community
One of the main attractions of our holidays is the opportunity to stay in a traditional Spanish village where the local people are very welcoming. This is because we work very closely with our local community and we bring considerable business to the local shops, restaurants and home owners, particularly in the winter time. This is particularly important in a part of Spain where unemployment is very high, especially during the quieter winter months when there are fewer visitors.

We also encourage our clients to visit local shops and restaurants on their free day. We use only local guides & leaders and those employed by us are fully trained. We talk to our clients before and during walks to remind them about taking litter with them, not to take or damage plants or flowers, to stay on footpaths & tracks at all times and to be extremely careful about fire hazards.

Environment
Our group sizes tend to be small (maximum 4 people) and we always stay to way marked paths in order to limit damage to the wider environment. We buy a range of organically grown foodstuffs for our lunches & picnics, fruit & vegetables bought from the local street market, thus using locally grown, in season produce wherever feasible. We recycle all our food waste as much as we can.

Community

We will continue to use our local, restaurants, guides and shops. We will always encourage our guests to eat and purchase items in the village shops, walk whenever possible,not to waste electricity or water and behave in an environmentally friendly way.

15 Reviews of Photography holiday in Andalucia, Spain

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Reviewed on 02 Jul 2017 by

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


Torrox is a lovely village which really gives you the sense of being in 'real' Spain. Being taken to various locations, offered photography tuition and advice in a relaxed atmosphere is a fantastic way to spend a week - a great balance of focussing on a hobby while also being looked after on holiday. Sharing the time and meals with others on the trip, some of whom were painters rather than photographers, gives a lovely social aspect to the whole experience, and the tour operators and tutors add to that feeling by being friendly, welcoming and professional.

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


Prepare to enjoy yourself.

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


The tour operators seem well embedded in the community, and in such a small place the impact on the local economy must be beneficial. Meal times are taken at various restaurants and guests stay in different hotels and houses, sharing the financial benefit.

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


Great holiday, lovely people, well organised. Perfect if you want to do more than lay on a beach, but still want the feeling of being on holiday.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much for your review about your holiday. We are so happy that you enjoyed your photographic experience in Andalucia. As so many of our guests are solo travelers we really enjoy seeing our guests dine together and make new friends. The impact we have on the local community is very important and we appreciate the service and friendliness of all the village folk who help us to give you a wonderful holiday.

We very much hope to meet you again one day.

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2017 by

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


Lovely evenings with our group and always a lot of nice food and wine

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


None. All was clearly communicated before the trip

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


Yes

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


It liked it a lot as it was a mix of photography course and holidays and sightseeing as well. I would definitely recommend it !

Read the operator's response here:

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday with us so much.We try very hard to make the trip a holiday rather than a 'course ' whilst learning more about your camera and turning that good shot into a great shot! Thank you for joining us here in Torrox.

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2017 by

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


Seeing real Spain and the wonderful hill top villages with great people

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


Bring out laptop so you can see your photos of the day

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


Yes, always ate at local restaurants

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


A great experience where you see Spain as the locals see it and learn a lot from Rob our guide and teacher.

Reviewed on 01 Jun 2017 by

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


Visiting Kitty Sculptures garden - amazing pieces of work to photograph and a very beautiful setting.

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


Do not over pack camera equipment - 1 wide angle lens and 1 telephoto. Always carry water with you. Visit Al Hamra village.

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


Yes.

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


8/10

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2016 by

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


Loved El Torcal and walking through the rock formations... very memorable.

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




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


Yes

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


Excellent

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Brian, Many thanks for your wonderful review regarding your photography holiday with us. We are so pleased that you had such a great time. The group as a whole were fabulous people and i know that some lovely friendships have been forged over a shared hobby.It was our pleasure to have met you and we very much hope to see you again one day here in Andalucia.

Reviewed on 04 Jul 2015 by

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


The hosts were extremely kind and knowledgeable

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


enjoy yourself yes

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


yes I loved the locals, felt amazing to stay in a local community of wonderful people

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


it was best vacation I've had. I will definitely use responsible vacations again. I was very pleased

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so very much for your wonderful review. We are so happy that we were able to help you relax,have fun and of course help you out with your photography. You were with a super group of people and we know that you have made new friends.
We are very pleased that you have decided to come and visit again to enjoy our painting holidays. We look forward to seeing you very much.

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2015 by

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


This holiday involved the Photography Tour, and all of it was exciting. Our group of 4 was taken to wonderful sites, and our tutor was friendly, helpful and fun. In the evenings we ate at a local restaurant (a different one each night)in the company of the group of artists also with the same tour group. The food and the company were exceptional. The hosts of both tours, went out of their way to ensure we all had a wonderful time, even having the artists at their own home when the weather prevented them from going to the intended sites, and having us all to dinner on the last night. The whole experience was fantastic.

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


Don't hestiate to book - you'll have a wonderful holiday, and learn some photography on the way. The stated aim of Kevan, our tutor, was 'holiday first, photography second'. However, he took us to carefully selected, varied and very photogenic sites, and helped us with critiques of some of our photos.

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


Local people undoubtedly benefited - we stayed in a house owned by a local person, the artists were in a local hotel. We ate and drank at local restaurants, and seemed to give most of them a turn to host our party of 16.

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


Fabulous - wonderful hosts and tutors in a spectacular environment.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Margaret,
Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely review. It was such a pleasure to meet you both and we are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us so much.We have fond memories of your holiday here in our beautiful part of Andalucia.
Victoria & Paul.
xx

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2014 by

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


The locations for the photo shoots were excellent - especially Comares and the lake. Good company enjoyed over the varied evening meals.

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


Maybe do not weigh yourself down with too many lens, comfortable shoes and make the most of the review sessions.

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


Yes we rented local houses, ate in local restaurants and overall had minimal environmental impact.

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


I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was well organised.

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2013 by

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


The eclectic mix of photographic locations.


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


You need to be reasonably fit.

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


Yes, Photograph Andalucia tried to use local trades people as did we.

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


Great value for money - informative and friendly tuition, excellent accomodation
and hospitality.

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2013 by

1. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
The week was very enjoyable - good photography tips, great locations in Spanish villages and coasts, and with 'staff' that seemed more like old friends than small business operators. And it was excellent value for money.

Reviewed on 27 May 2012 by

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


Meeting the host, wonderful people who looked after our every need.

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


Book early, you don't want to miss out.

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


Yes as we used local restaurants and local accommodation.

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


Excellent.

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2012 by

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


The photography holiday in Andalucia included a wide variety of locations and excellent tuition. Accommodation in villas was comfortable and the food was of a very high standard - especially the picnic lunches which were superb. The ethos was very friendly and hospitable and the staff went out of their way to make the holiday enjoyable.

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




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


The holiday was run and mostly staffed by people living locally, and local restaurants, coffee shops etc were patronised. Transport was by minibus.

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


I really enjoyed the week and also felt it was excellent value for money.

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2012 by

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


Enjoyed the opportunity to take photos of working fishermen, landscapes and buildings at Caleta fishing port, ruined sugar mill and in and around Torrox, where we stayed.

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


The tour operator is mainly geared up towards walkers and painters. You will get support with photography from a helpful and friendly tutor, but don't expect a structured or tailor-made course. You will stay in a village house generally owned by a UK expat and the quality of the accommodation varies considerably from en-suite and spacious to somewhat cramped, with bedroom lacking an external window. Operator good on booking and pre-arrival information but not strong on day-to-day organisation: e.g. Day one: we had a smooth transfer from the airport and then had to wait around in the sun and drive around for over an hour before sitting down to a welcome meal while they moved people who were dissatisfied with housing. Picnic lunches are simple and unimaginative, generally a filled roll, one piece of fruit, plus a child-sized fruit-flavoured drink and snack bar. The day we were served a decent restaurant lunch we were told we would not get evening meal, as per contract. We insisted and were given a light 'tapas' supper, which was fine.

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


Evening meals are taken at local restaurants in Torrox or Torrox Costa so this feeds into local economy to some degree. This is a small business run by ex-pats who support other businesses by this arrangement but who also try to do as much as possible from their own home. Tutor flies in from UK and house/ farm help also from UK, apparently working for board and lodging.

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


I enjoyed my break, and have improved my photography skills somewhat. I don't feel this matched Responsible Travel's slogan 'travel like a local'. The only contact I had with local people was through conversations I initiated with photography subjects. I wouldn't rate this as very ethically-minded holiday and anyone booking should note that in some markets (Frigiliana and Torrox Costa), a number of local people feel they are being exploited by photographers.

Read the operator's response here:

We are pleased that Audrey enjoyed the beautiful locations, that she found the tutor friendly and helpful, that she enjoyed her break and has improved her photography skills.

Providing an educational establishment type structure is difficult given the wide range of expectations and skills – this is after all a holiday and our overall concern is that our guests have a lovely holiday and at the same time improve their photography skills both of which outcomes have been achieved in this case. Indeed other guests on this holiday have commented “Had a lovely holiday here again – as good as last October. John has been great again; he cannot do enough for us, is very encouraging and has a great sense of humour”.

I am sorry to learn that Audrey did not enjoy the picnic lunches. We pride ourselves on the quality of our picnics. Firstly, a decent length break in a pleasant place (thought out in advance), and then we serve wine, salads, tomatoes, chutney etc. I am sorry to say that on this occasion the tutor did not add these extras at the beginning of the week but that this omission was rectified towards the end. We do ask clients to be responsible for their own water. The "child-sized fruit-flavoured drink" is a 250 or 300 ml serving of fruit juice, no water or added sugar, and we've been using these for 9 years without prior complaint.

Finally, I cannot stress enough how important our business is to the local community. Indeed many of the local restaurateurs have told us that, if it wasn’t for our custom during the winter months, they would have had to close. In addition, we spend thousands of Euros in the local shops buying provisions for our holidays. We use a local garage to service our vehicles, local people for cleaning and maintenance. It is true that we tend to use houses owned by foreigners but this is a Spanish village and there are very few properties which are Spanish-owned for rent. Nevertheless, the rentals we pay for the use of these village houses pays for maintenance, electricity, cleaning etc all of which bolsters the local economy at a time of great economic hardship in this part of Spain.

Again, it is all a matter of perception. Comments from the same holiday include: “All you would want from a photographic holiday.” “The instructor, John, was very approachable and accommodated everybody’s needs”. “Excellent overall and good value for the money”.

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2011 by

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


The group and John (the teacher) was the foundation for a great experience. OK, it was a photographic holiday but it also contained other elements to make for a great experience. The venues we were taken to were good, we got an overview of the countryside around Torrox. Food was generally good and socially it was great. It was great to be guided by a knowledgeable teacher and to see how others in the group visualized the venues we visited through their cameras. I had not been to Spain for over 30 years and on the way from Malaga to Torrox I had serious misgivings when I watched the rather less-than-pleasing developments along the coast. Torrox was great though, it had very little to do with the style on the coast.

2. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Yes, to some extent.

3. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
A great experience in a great location. I'd happily go for something similar in the future and I'll have no hesitation to recommend this holiday to friends.

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2011 by

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


The excellent tuition and sociability of Johm, the photography teacher.
The good weather, lovely villages, scenery and accommodation.All great for taking hundreds of good photographs and gaining experience of how to do them better.

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


Check the tour comapny website because Google Search doesnt give you the company using the Photography Andalucia search. Be aware before you book that the main work of the organisation is on the painting and walking holidays, not photography and that this is obvious throughout the holiday, and also on the website.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Benefit for local people was only the money spent by the group. There wasnt any impact on the environment- positive or negative

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


It was very good because of the excellent tutor.

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