Painting vacation in Andalucia, Spain

“Put the emphasis on fun, food and friendship as you aim to improve your skills within a variety of Andalucían locations under the watchful tutelage of professional painters.”

Highlights

Based within the charming village of Torrox Pueblo | paint at an abandoned Andalucían property | stunning views over the mountains and the Med | a day’s painting at the beach | scenes of bobbing fishing boats | paint at the botanical gardens near Malaga | free day at leisure | paint within the mountain village of Frigiliana | experienced professional instruction and feedback throughout | guest tutors include: Dawn Oliver, Robert Dutton, Kevin Scully and Klaus Hinkel |

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13 Sep 2021
£950
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28 May 2022
£950
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04 Jun 2022
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11 Jun 2022
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Our top tip:
Alongside a fair selection of 75ml tubes it would also be pertinent to bring your own retarder to slow down the drying process. Also, pack a good standard of acrylic paper as opposed to heavier canvases.
Trip type:
Small group. Min age 18.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Painting programme in a friendly and social setting.
Accomm:
Comfortable Andalucian style hotel with 9 guest rooms, located in central Torrex. Twin or double en-suite rooms. WiFi available.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, experienced tutors, easels and drawing boards.
Meals:
6 picnic lunches and 6 dinners at local restaurants.
Solos:
Individuals welcome with single rooms available at a surcharge.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We recognise that the environment, the community and the culture within which we operate and our relationship with local organisations, businesses and individuals is vital to the success of our business. We are very pleased therefore that we have been able to provide economic support for our local community by bringing business to the local economy. we buy locally grown food for our picnic lunches and shop in the community markets and village shops. Our guests dine in various family owned restaurants which is of great benefit to the community especially as we mainly operate out of the tourist season.
We use locally owned accommodation and promote the local heritage, architecture, culture and gastronomy of our region wherever we can. We aim to where possible purchase our equipment locally. We support our local farmers by using local produce in season wherever we can and use local guide services.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We support local income and small business enterprises by supporting locally owned shops and restaurants. We encourage our clients to purchase local, handmade or locally produced crafts. all meals are taken in family owned restaurants in the village. The cleaners and maintenance ladies and gentlemen are all Spanish and live within the village.
We try to minimise the use of transport where possible and refuel in the local petrol stations where possible. Our guests are encouraged to recycle waste and minimise the use of plastic water bottles. we are keen to share the history of our wonderful village and also of the rich and diverse history of Andalucia and Spain.

Climate

7 Reviews of Painting vacation in Andalucia, Spain

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Reviewed on 16 Jun 2019 by

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


Painting each day at beautiful and varied sites around Torrox Pueblo. This challenged our outlook and extended the scope of our creativity. This was seamlessly organized by Vicki and Paul. Of real value was the opportunity to benefit from daily demonstrations by our tutor and to meet and paint with other painters.

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


I would recommend taking minimal painting supplies. I took too many and it slowed me down! Paintings can be started on site with minimal materials and completed at home in studio. Weather: first week of June but needed a sweater or jacket in the evenings.

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


We took all our meals (except those prepared and hosted by Paul and Vicki in their home) in local restaurants and shopped in pastry shops, pharmacies, and convenience store; local residents didn’t hesitate to greet us with “hola”.

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


It was fabulous. I also spent a week in Malaga. One of the best trips of my much travelled life!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much for the 5* review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your Andalucian experience and became part of our village for a week. We hope to have the pleasure of your company again one day.

Reviewed on 02 Feb 2014 by

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


The painting experience and teaching.

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


Do NOT stay at AL Andalus Hotel. The people there are very friendly, but the rooms (not only mine), I hear, are humid and stinky.

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


Yes. It was obvious from how particularly friendly everybody local was to our group.

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


Perfect, other than for accommodation.

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2013 by

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


The weather made the vacation as we were able to paint in early November in warm sunshine, but otherwise the mix of people on the course contributed to an interesting week as there were some serious painters and others who just wanted to dabble. The organisation was very smooth and everything was made easy for us as we were transported to our painting destination each day and meals with wine were provided every day apart from our one "day off".

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


It is possible to enjoy this vacation whether you are a beginner or serious painter but you need to remember that there will be different levels of skill and some people will require more attention from the tutor and her assistant than others. Most people travelled on their own and the painting provided a mutual interest.

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


We stayed in a small hotel and ate our meals at different restaurants in the town.

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


I found it very enjoyable and relaxing; the organisers were efficient and friendly and created a welcoming environment.

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2012 by

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


Difficult to say as it was all fantastic. I guess meeting a wonderful group of people and being tutored by a fantastic artist. Also loved staying in local houses and becoming part of a traditional village for a week.

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


Don't overload yourself with canvases as they are heavy - take good acrylic paper, paints as recommended (plenty of paint as you will use a lot - I took 75ml tubes which was fine) and a retarder as the paint dries quickly in the sun. There were some mdf boards to paint on there.

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


Yes - it brought trade to a village that needed the income.

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


Brilliant - I had such a good time. Everything was catered for. The food was excellent and plentiful and everything well organized.

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2012 by

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


It was all good, but the trip to and lunch in Acebuchal was a highlight.

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


Prepare to have a lovely, relaxing time with a conscientious, friendly and hospitable crew and the company of new friends - and - develop your artristic talent.

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


As Jill & Dave have an organic farm and put a lot of business the way of local folk, it almost goes without saying.

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


Excellent! If not the best vacation I have ever been on it was certainly among them, despite some unusually indifferent weather. See my written feedback report also.

Reviewed on 26 May 2012 by

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


Views over mountain and coast with a picnic lunch, a quaffable rose and two bonkers dogs.

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


Check shop opening times before you run out of breakfast supplies. The town is on a hillside, so some ups and downs before your walk. Take sticks if you find uneven steep ground a challenge, and plenty of water if walking in hotter months.

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


The company works hard to support local eateries.

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


Very accommodating staff team and extras. Walking gradients more challenging than anticipated, but at a pace that enabled everyone to complete the walks. You will be billeted in a variety of local homes in the village so feel well immersed in the community.

Reviewed on 16 May 2011 by

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


A day painting in the gorge, followed by a lovely village a fab meal by a pool on a ridge and a lovely walk back to our accommodation

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


very well run trip, easy going atmosphere, a creative dynamic vacation. Worth walking in the area too. So take walking shoes.

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


Yes, local business used.

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


Very good, vacation, fab food at local restaurants and owner’s house, great way to increase your creativity and meet people.

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