How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
We employ a single parent local woman to carry out the domestic cleaning and a retired farmer to maintain the gardens. We use a local builder to maintain the fabric of the old Cortijo and outbuildings and a local plumber and electrician to maintain the infrastructure. We locally purchase hard and soft furnishings, white goods and electrical items.
We also locally purchase our food and household items in the village supermarkets and encourage travellers to do the same. For fruit & veg we use our local Wednesday street market, which stock locally grown produce in season, olive oil, honey, goats cheese and almonds.
Almeria is a low rainfall area and so travellers are reminded that fresh water is a very precious commodity and should not be wasted, so use a minimum for showering and washing. We ask that guests ensure that lights and ceiling fans are switched off when not required, and do not leave TV, Video, Hi-Fi etc in standby mode – switch off at the set. Separate household waste is sorted into general waste, glass, paper & cardboard and plastic for deposit to the village recycling bins. Wind up torches now provided.
During our walks our guests are encouraged to behave in an environmentally responsible manner. We stay on well marked paths and we always take our litter home with us. We do not encourage the picking of wild flowers and plants
We advertise the dates of all the local fiestas so that our guests can enjoy an extra dimension to their holiday. Guests are recommended to visit the unfortunately twindling number of old gentlemen that are making baskets using traditional craft which were used to produce many items related to farm work.
Also recommended is a visit to the Sunseed Project developing ways of reclaiming semi-arid land and helping the lives of people living on such land.