Self guided walking tours in Andalucia, Spain

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Responsible tourism: Self guided walking tours in Andalucia, Spain

Environment

Wherever possible we use organic fruit and vegetables grown locally. We buy food at local markets which only stock locally grown produce in season, thus supporting the local agricultural community. Evening meals are taken locally in typical Spanish restaurants serving regional dishes.

We have the greatest respect for the local people and their customs and are anxious to share our knowledge of Andalucia with our guests. We take our clients to local fairs, processions and celebrations when they coincide with a vacation, and we explain the background. We also provide people with a history of Torrox and the surrounding villages during our hikes. We encourage our guests to speak to the local people in the village, if only to say hello. We work in partnership with local businesses and we generate new business and work in the local economy.

Guests have an opportunity to visit the local olive oil co-operative and purchase locally produced olive oil, local wine and other goods. We encourage clients to buy home-made products such as dried figs, raisins, honey, almonds and wine from housewives in the village.

Our guests stay in local village houses, which have been restored by local workmen and we have been careful to ensure that these houses have retained their unique Moorish character whilst providing all necessary comforts. This helps the Pueblo retain its immense charm and encourages sustainable tourism, which is necessary for the growth of a healthy local economy.

During our hikes 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.

Community

Our community and the village are very important to us. The local residents are very supportive of us and our guests and are so very welcoming. Our guests always tell us how pleased they were that we encourage them to use the local bars and restaurants on their rest day and that we are able to tell them about the rich history of the local residents. We promise to help support our community as much as possible.

Reviews of Self guided walking tours in Andalucia, 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 25 Mar 2013 by

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


The village we stayed in, Grazalema, was absolutely beautiful and the surrounding countryside was stunning. The mountain walks are amazing with the views of the Griffin Vultures being a huge highlight. Clive, who runs the tourist office for Grazalema was also a genuine highlight. He took real interest in our stay there and was brilliant at directing me to the veggie friendly restaurants. His commitment and passion for the local community and traditional arts shone through and enthused us in turn. All in all - a really great vacation.

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


To chat to Clive about the local culture/community - it's genuinely interesting and to just take full advantage of the amazing walks and wildlife. This is definitely not a staying indoors vacation!!

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


Yes. Again, Clive talked a lot about the importance of the local community and how sustainable tourism works there. We felt as we were based in the village that we were contributing by eating locally and buying locally and organically sourced produce. Even the woman who did our airport transfers, Eva, was a passionate conservationist who talked to us in great detail about the wildlife and the ecology of the area - so we'd learnt loads before we even set foot in Grazalema - which was brilliant!

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


I would rate this vacation as really enjoyable. It was exactly what we were looking for - the attention to detail (packed lunches everyday/ breakfast in the local cafe/detailed maps of the walks/access to Clive's knowledge) was fantastic.

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2013 by

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


The views were fantastic and the walking very pleasant. The walks were well organised.

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


A great time to go was early January as it was perfect walking weather. There is a great looking restaurant at El Achebuchal- the lost village. It would have been good to know about this before we went to arrange transport and have an evening meal.

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


Yes, it did bring money into a village that was not part of the tourist route.

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


It was great -the weather, walking and views.

Reviewed on 06 Apr 2013 by

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


The walks were very interesting and varied. The staff based in Torrox were very helpful when we had issues.

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


Check which accommodation you have been allocated. The first one we were allocated was very disappointing. Then the one we were moved to was fantastic. This made such a difference to the vacation.

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


Meals were taken in local bars/restaurants. Picnics were also resourced locally.

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


Good, but marred with the first accommodation and the issues we had with it.

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2012 by

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


Enjoyed the hikes and loved the coast North of Nerja & Maros.

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


Visit the Alhambra at Granada, it was lovely.

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


Stayed the first week at Torrox Pueblo and ate out in the village which economically, helped the village, we only used the car for transport to hike start & finish, not for traveling to the village centre.

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


8.

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2011 by

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


The views over the wild countryside of Southern Spain, combined with the light, which was strikingly clear and sharp.

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


Liaise with the company about your walking ability and the difficulty level of the proposed walks.

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


Up to a point. We spent money in the local cafes/ restaurants but the main outlay was to Brit expats.

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


Very successful, well organised and good value for money. We were very well looked after and the trip ran on oiled wheels.

Read the operator's response here:

We are sorry that it was not immediately apparent but we do make a very significant contribution to the local economy in the pueblo of Torrox. Three quarters of all our income is spent there on such things as food, restaurants, car maintenance, petrol, house cleaning, local labour, building work etc. Included in this expenditure is payments to the owners of the houses from whom we rent. This money is paid in Euros and helps to maintain the houses and pays for building works, house cleaning and local taxes. We are very proud of the contribution we make to our local economy and hope very much that we may continue to contribute in this area of very high unemployment during the current economic downturn.

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2010 by

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


Dave's walking itinerary and Gill's packed lunches.

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


Take walking poles, carry plenty of water and suntan cream.

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


Yes. We stayed in local houses and used local shops and restaurants. It was easy to recycle all our waste.

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


Excellent. The best self guided walking vacation we have ever had.

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2009 by

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


Walking up a dry river bed and emerging to glorious sunshine and amazing views of the mountains and sea.

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


Remember it's a walking vacation and expect to climb some hills. You'll be well looked after from the moment of arrival to departure.

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


We ate at local restaurants in the village and other food was bought locally. Not sure about minimizing environmental impact - we did fly there after all.

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


Excellent.

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2007 by

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


Having wonderful walks in beautiful surroundings without having to worry about lunch, directions or getting back to the accommodation.

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


Any level of walker would enjoy this vacation as the walks are tailored to the individual. Directions are excellent so no worries about map reading skills.

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


Shopped and ate in the locality - very friendly village. Provided lunches made from local produce where possible.

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


Excellent. Am considering a repeat visit in future.

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2007 by

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


The variety of walks, local authentic food and the friendliness of the local people.

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


Be well kitted out for walking, ie plenty of sun screen - wear a hat! During the summer, undertake the walks in the morning thereby avoiding possible heat exhaustion.

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


Yes, we attempted to shop for groceries in the local village and eat out at the local restaurants. During our walks we were very conscious about not leaving any rubbish.

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


It was an excellent break for people who are not lovers of the beach. Good exercise, good food, good wine - what a vacation should be all about. Obviously, lots of opportunities for relaxing at the end of walks.

Reviewed on 29 May 2007 by

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


We enjoyed being able to walk on good paths in out of the way places at a pace and distance that suited us. For us it was not about the distance travelled, it was the journey itself and we saw some fantastice views, unusual plants and interesting places. The organisation was excellent and every care was taken for our safety without spoiling the experience. The picnic lunches were fab!

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


Take ear plugs - we arrived in the Spanish election season which can be very noisy late into the night!

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


Yes.

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2007 by

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


Getting to live in an actual house with a Mediterranean view in the beautiful village of Torrox, delicious picnic lunches with beautiful mountain vistas.

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


We were a bit worried about finding vegetarian food in Spain. The vegetarian lunches from Dave and Gill were great, but dinners were a wildcard. We found a great local vegetarian caterer who we'd recommend to other vegetarians in the region.

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


Yes.

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2007 by

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


The La Fuerta walk up the mountain and back again. Challenging, breathtaking, and ultimately satisfying.

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


Explain your level of fitness in advance so you can tailor the walks properly.

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


Probably, but it was hard to tell. I have to confess that there were rather more English people in the town than I had expected.

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


Enjoyable. Gill and Dave were incredibly helpful, nothing was too much trouble. As we were quite fit, the walks would have benefited from being more challenging and longer.

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2006 by

We really enjoyed our vacation. Dave and Gill were attentive, thoughtful and welcoming hosts. They made strenuous efforts to ensure we enjoyed our time by taking us around the village and giving an info'pack covering all necessary information. We also were given a Spanish mobile to allow us to stay in contact and the packed lunches were superb. The accommodation was very comfortable and we wanted for nothing (even a birthday present for my husband!).Dave was meticulous in his arrangements, picking us up from the airport, taking and picking us up from the walks and even arranging a trip to Granada -both Dave and Gill were so obliging.

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


The most memorable aspect of the vacation was our last walk-not because it was a superb walk but because it was challenging. My husband loved it because it was like going thru' the jungle, I hated it because I was covered in scratches and fell in the river and my daughter thought my antics were funny. So memorable!

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


Tips for other travelers-go on this vacation and wear long trousers for the Imman walk!

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


We used all local facilities and bought local produce (honey not gin!).

4. Any other comments?


Although I couldn't give this vacation 5 stars, this bears no reflection on the vacation but on other more diverse and expensive vacations that we have been on. This is a 4star vacation at a very reasonable price and we will definitely go again. This vacation gave our world a break. The real significance of this review is the length of it as I type with 2 fingers and usually limit my response to single words!

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