Almeria walking vacation in Andalucia, Spain

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Responsible tourism: Almeria walking vacation in Andalucia, 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 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. Free logs provided for winter heating to minimise conventional oil fired central heating. Planting drought-resistant or tolerant plants to reduce the need for watering. Producing walking routes that keep to established historical trails and not to interfere with wildlife and flora & fauna corridors. Encouraging visitors to leave their car on our car park and to walk to the village to help reduce carbon footprint.

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 Mojacar. We encourage travelers to walk into village and use the local bus.


STOP PRESS: Wind up torches now replace battery powered torches and reusable plastic bags 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.

Reviews of Almeria walking vacation 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 06 Jan 2013 by

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


Experiencing the real and unspoilt Spain, sampling the local food and hiking in delightful countryside. No tourists and the rustic charm of the accommodation.

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


If you want total tranquility, the real Spain with its delicious tapas bars and restaurants and local wine ( all at amazing value!) and totally peaceful accommodation away from it all, but near enough to walk into the village, then this is the place for you.
The walks were very enjoyable taking anything from 3 to 6 hours, but do take a good picnic with you and supplement John's excellent guides with a large scale map. This would also give you the opportunity for free walking.
We went as a family with 2 of our daughters (28 and 23 years old) and boyfriend of the oldest. We booked all 3 cottages which worked well for us, but always breakfasted together in one and entertained playing card games etc. together in one. If everyone likes walking and eating local food then you will have a great time together.

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


We were there for a week and only ate out, as the evening would have been too cold for BBQs and we did not want to cook. The food in the restaurants in the village was all freshly cooked , varied and delicious and amazing value for money! We bought whatever we could in the village, even bringing 2 huge terracotta dishes home that cost 10 Euros!
We hardly used our hire car, only on 2 occasions to drive down to the coast.

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


A lovely vacation away from it all total peace and tranquility, great food and wine, charming comfortable, rustic accommodation and fantastic walks. Rate it highly!

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