Andalucia self guided cycling vacation, Spain

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Responsible tourism: Andalucia self guided cycling vacation, Spain

Environment

Almeria is a low rainfall area and so travelers are reminded that fresh water is a very precious commodity and should not be wasted, so use minimum for showering and washing. We ask that guests ensure that lights and ceiling fans are switched off when not required, and not to 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. Free logs are provided for winter heating to minimise conventional oil fired central heating.

We have planted drought-resistant and tolerant plants to reduce the need for watering. Producing walking routes that keep to established historical trails enable wildlife flora and fauna corridors to not be interfered with. We encourage visitors to leave their car in our car park and to walk to the village to help reduce carbon footprint. Wind up torches now replace battery powered torches and reusable plastic bags are available for shopping in village

Community

The past 20 years has witnessed a steady decline in the traditional industries of agriculture, mining and animal husbandry and the Mayor, along with the support of the Provincial and Regional Governments, is committed to the introduction of tourism as a replacement industry. Work has started on identifying and marking the old donkey trails that criss cross the almond and olive groves in the Sierra de los Filabres around Lubrin. We are proud to be part of the quest to breathe new life into the village of Lubrin.

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 and encourage travelers to do the same.

We provide travelers with a map of the village showing the locations of the village shops together with the bars and restaurants. We sponsor a village website and are listing the local services to show travelers that there are all the basic necessities on our doorstep.

We support our local PAWS (Peoples Animal Welfare Society) by taking stray animals to their compound and also by delivering personal and household effects to their charity shop in Mojaca

Reviews of Andalucia self guided cycling vacation, Spain

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2017 by

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


Cycling in the area is a joy with so few cars on the road and hardly a pothole in sight!. The off road routes are a good mix of terrain and good fun with some
wonderful views. Definitely worth getting to the top of the hill for. Lubrin itself is a very picturesque village nestling in the hills, with quaint whitewashed houses and narrow streets. The local tapas bars are great with wine 1 euro a glass and Tapas 1 euro each, means you can try the lot.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you want to go car free try and tie your flights in with the local bus which runs twice a day to Lubrin. However having a car does give you the advantage of
being able to visit the Alhambra in Granada -need to book this in advance. We used one of the local bikes and hired another from a bike shop in Garrucha on
the coast as the other bike was too large.

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


We purchased from the local shops in Lubrin and ate at the local Tapas bars, which supported these local businesses. The area is largely a rural farming
community, so by bringing tourists in to the area any extra spending by them is beneficial.

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


Vacation was great, we loved the cottage and its decor. The cycling was great, you need to be prepared for cold in the morning and hot by lunchtime when
cycling. Walking in to Lubrin in the evening was fun with the amazingly starry night sky and as it was only a 5 minute walk very easy to pick up supplies when
needed. In the warmer months the cottage would be lovely for Barbeques in the evening as it has terrific views.

Read the operator's response here:

Fizz and Gerry found a little dog stuck up the hill nearby with the tower on top. It transpired it had been missing for a couple of days and the owners were from Barcelona visiting relatives. They took it to a vet about 20kms away who scanned it for a chip and they then contacted the owners who luckily were still in Lubrin."

If there was such an award they would make Responsible Traveler of the Year

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2016 by

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


John the very helpful host. Good food and drinks in the the tapas bars. Lot of nice people of different nationalities.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Having a car in addition to bicycles is good. There are several nice villages ( with good food) to see which are hard to reach on a bike and Granada is well worth a visit. If biking be prepared for climbing, there is not much flat land. Very little traffic on the roads. End november can be cool.


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


Spending our money locally hopefully helped somewhat. The simple but good accomodation does not misuse the environment and most of the food in the tapas bars seemed to be short travelled.

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


Just what we wanted, an quiet small town with good opportunities for cycling and enjoyable tapas bars.

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2015 by

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


The glorious views and superb weather when we put the bikes in the car and cycled around the sea side.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make the most of the tracks and trails that you can travel straight from the door and use some of the superb restaurants in the area at siesta time

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


Yes - John is very careful about using local people and suppliers in all he does.

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


Excellent very enjoyable rural destination

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