Self catering accommodation in the Spanish Pyrenees

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Self catering accommodation in the Spanish Pyrenees

Environment

Unlike many of the nearby self catering apartments, we avoid the over packaged “hospitality pack” with single use plastic sachets and capsules. Instead, we try our best to minimise plastic waste by refilling containers from bulk supplies wherever possible (detergent, washing powder, tea, coffee. sugar etc).

We ensure all guests are fully briefed on rubbish separation and recycling on arrival.

Sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and all towels are taken back to our farmhouse where we can wash them with recycled rainwater. This also has the advantage of keeping the towels softer!).

We are keen lovers of fauna and flora and active supporters of the local Lammergeier conservation foundation. Last year we collected over 400€ in donations from our clients.

In high season, we encourage our guests to make use of the nearby park shuttle bus and enjoy the many walks that can be done straight from the house, thus minimising car use.

Community

When we send instructions for arriving at the the cottage, we also point out it is more convenient as well as more beneficial to our community to shop locally. In fact, guests at Casa Petirrojo are rewarded with a discount when they shop at the local Torla supermarket (rather than stock up at the hypermarkets in the big towns).

We are members of the Sobrarbe or Pyrenees Geopark network. So as well promoting and explaining the amazing geological heritage of the area, we also promote the use of artisan food products made with in the Geopark such as honey, cheese, jams etc.

We always recommend local mountain guides and are happy to book tables for our guests to eat out at our favorite local restaurants. We also arrange for the Torla taxi drivers, some of which speak English, to meet any guests arriving on public transport.

We support our local talented artist by leaving cards in the house and recommending a visit to her gallery. We also recommend a visit to the local goat farmer to buy his amazing cheese (they might just let you cuddle the baby goats!).

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