Spain hiking vacation, Walking in blossom

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23 Feb 2017
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02 Mar 2017
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Environment

The hotel we use on this vacation is Alqueira De Morayma set in its own grounds and has an organic farm attached to it where they produce their own olive oil, wine and St Johns Wort oil. This is all done using as much solar power as possible. The rooms are part powered by solar power and wind power and built in the traditional Alpujarran way.
Our vacations have a very strong focus on nature and the environment and we spend a lot of time in local nature reserves. Guests are made aware of the unique flora and fauna and we talk specifically about endangered species and reintroduction efforts. We focus our guests attention on local efforts to preserve flora and fauna and we like to think our vacations significantly contribute to raising awareness of the Spanish mountain environment.

We do everything we can to reduce carbon emissions from transport by encouraging guests to travel by train. We minimise our pick-ups by grouping people together. We also make a concerted effort to reduce transport during activity days by offering as many local walks as possible and with at least one 'transport-free day'.

Community

This vacation has a strong focus on the local culture. We discuss how people lived in the past, how the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarras valleys got depopulated and we try to encourage discussion about and understanding of the local history. We discuss the varied and interesting history. We also visit a small museum which houses old artefacts from the local area and gives a great idea of how people farmed and lived in times gone by. We visit the unspoilt villages of the region and have lunch in the local bars where possible, this is a good way of giving money back to the local community.

Where possible we employ local staff and make use of local services. We encourage our guests to visit the local markets and make use of local activity providers while on our vacations. A large proportion of the income derived from our vacations goes directly into the local community and we try to ensure that this is directed to small, local businesses.

Reviews of Spain hiking vacation, Walking in blossom

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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 11 Mar 2015 by

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


The scenery and the Almond Blossom were spectacular.

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


Good walking boots as plenty of up and down hill walking

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


Yes, Lunches were taken in local tapas bars, and purchases were made at the lovely hotel. Both putting income back into the economy.

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


A lovely short break walking experience. The location is just beautiful and Dan organised the daily activities well. I would certainly recommend this trip to any walker.

Reviewed on 03 Mar 2015 by

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


The landscape was so beautiful it almost made you cry! The location was great, and the people were wonderful.

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


Make sure you are fit before going there. This is a mountainous region, not a flat one. And be prepared to take photos!

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


Yes, of course. We ate local food, even bought the fantastic local products... and will spread the news of the beauties of this region.

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


A wonderful experience that has teached me many things. I am looking forward to the next adventure!

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