Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
Our bestselling Spain activity vacation is certainly one of our best-priced, staying in an off-grid eco-hotel in a totally un-spoilt area of mountains, lakes, forests and deserts. Our partners can arrange everything from kayaking and bird-watching to local wine-tasting.
Rafting Stargazing Kayaking Horse riding Whitewashed village of Castril and its fantastic suspended gorge walk/castle/outdoor pool Wild swimming in lakes and rivers Bronze Age settlement of Castellon Alto Flamenco dance class Natural Parks of Castril and Cazorla Sunset dinners on the hotel terrace Fascinating cave villages Orce´s Fortress of the Seven Towers Day trip to Granada and La Alhambra
€396To€607 excluding flights
7 nights, 8days.
€396pp 5 person room share, low season.
€607pp 2 person room share, high season. Price Includes: half board, 3 activities of choice, entrance fees Pasarela/Castle/Pool.
Extra nights and/or activities may be added.
€396pp 5 person room share, low season.
€607pp 2 person room share, high season. Price Includes: half board, 3 activities of choice, entrance fees Pasarela/Castle/Pool.
Extra nights and/or activities may be added.
Description of Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Sleeping maximum of 30, great place to book out as a group. You will need to hire cars though.
Tailor made. Minimum age 4-6 according to activities.
Easy to moderate, but tailor made so flexible
Family run off-grid small hotel.
Half board accommodation and 4 activities.
Plenty of restaurants nearby, but option for half board too. Organic, local food are the norm.
Solos welcome. Surcharge for single room.
115 Reviews of Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2021 by Richard RobertsExcellent, would recommend definitely for families with a yearning for adventure Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021 by Kirsty HarperExcellent in every way. Fantastic hotel with beautiful rooms and views, lovely hosts supportive of all ages, delicious meals, beautiful scenery in the area, great activities with excellent instructor for canyoning Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Aug 2021 by Helen BowmanAmazing...We highly recommend all the activities we did: kayaking, rafting, riding, canyoning, Segway, cooking, flamenco and archaeology. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Aug 2020 by Helen AinsworthExcellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019 by louise Briggs5***** Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019 by Charlotte BroughtonIt was such a wonderful break! The peace of the surrounding area was fantastic, still so undiscovered. Also the hospitality of Ilaria and her family was second to none! Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2019 by Anthony JohnsonThe best parts of the vacation were all the great activities Ilaria booked for us and the wonderful location, lovely food and great hosts. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019 by Nicola ChaltonWe loved rafting down a beautiful river with a family we had met at the hotel, horseriding, canyoning and an archaeology trip, all organised by Ilaria. The hotel is small enough to get to know everyone... One of our best vacations by far. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019 by Jeanette RyallBeautiful area with lots to see and do. Kayaking and rafting were two of our favourites. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019 by Jennie CurnowThere were so many memorable parts. It is difficult to pick out any one thing. It was a wonderful vacation. We loved all the activities - paddle boarding, horse riding, canyoning, farm skills, rafting. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Aug 2019 by Lee RussellExcellent Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jul 2019 by Dominic GalvinThe most memorable parts of the vacation were the beautiful raw rugged scenery. Ilaria and Des and their warmth and wonderful hospitality. The activities and the very friendly people who run them particularly the horse riding and the rafting. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jul 2019 by Claire ShawThe activities were the most memorable part of the vacation - we chose a varied range (Andalucian cooking, rafting, stargazing and horse riding) and all have given us great memories. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jul 2019 by Amelia CoccaWhat a brilliant vacation in the Castril region of Spain. We loved all the activities from horse riding, to canyoning to whitewater rafting, to hiking & kayaking & not forgetting star gazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jul 2019 by Susie CardosoWe had the best family adventure vacation and would definitely return! Ilaria and Des are the ultimate hosts!! Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jun 2019 by Lyn CollierWe thoroughly enjoyed it and wished we could have stayed longer than the week. This is the first time we have booked this kind of vacation and we are really glad we did. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jun 2019 by Angela AhernThe scenery in Granada is spectacular, hot by day but lovely and cool at night Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jun 2019 by Ewa WietlickaThe canyoning was the most memorable part of the vacation Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jun 2019 by Rebecca ThrelfallBrilliant family vacation with excellent hosts offering a lovely eco-friendly hotel with great food, excellent support organising activities and a truly memorable experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jun 2019 by Rupali GleesonCanyoning, spending the morning on a farm or horse riding were amongst the most memorable parts of our vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 May 2019 by Laura PottertonThe most memorable part of the vacation was definitely the owners of the hotel. The vacation was off the beaten track and yet, we found more than ever to do. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Apr 2019 by Claire RhodesI really liked our visit to the local organic farm where we milked goats, made cheese, made bread and baked it in a traditional oven then ate our efforts along with local wine and honey. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Apr 2019 by Chris AldenIt is difficult to say which part of this vacation was the most memorable - Andalusian farm and meal, horse-back riding in canyons, walks along mountain rivers to waterfalls, or just enjoying the hospitality of our hosts Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Oct 2019 by Ruth ShillThe most exciting part of the vacation was caving. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019 by Helen SoppittA unique enjoyable experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Aug 2019 by Tim MasonPaddle boarding was great family fun and the stargazing was fantastic. The light pollution is so minimal that the sky is amazing to view. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2019 by Daniel RiddenDriving around and enjoying the amazing scenery was the most memorable part our vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Sep 2018 by Clare DavidWonderful, with warm hosts and beautiful surroundings. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Aug 2018 by Patrick AndrewsExcellent. As adults we loved the location (so quiet, with such great views) and the hospitality. Our 12 year old son loved (most of) the activities and hanging around with other kids. And Ilaria and Des and their children held it all together beautifully. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Aug 2018 by Jeremy AnsonOur expectations were high before we arrived, but they were exceeded. A very memorable and enjoyable vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Aug 2018 by Anna RobinsonAs a family of 5 we all thought this was one of the best vacations we have ever had. We would recommend it to anyone. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Aug 2018 by Lynda FullerSo many exciting activities within 30 minutes drive of the hotel and then lovely relaxing evenings in the patio dining area made this a really special vacation for both adults and kids. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2018 by Fiona GaultierThe vacation was a great success for our whole family. Activities to keep all ages and levels of fitness happy - canyoning, paddle boarding and rafting with other families were particular highlights. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Aug 2018 by Niki TaiwoWe loved the whole vacation - the perfect blend of relaxing and being active!! Canyoning specifically deserves a mention! As does a visit to the local farm to milk goats and make bread and cheese. Spending time at the accommodation was relaxing and sociable with great food in a beautiful non-touristy part of Spain - loved it!!! Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Aug 2018 by Sarah LaughtonOne of our best vacations! The children had a fantastic time and we met lots of other lovely people through the activities. Food great, hotel and region beautiful. Very memorable stay! Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Jul 2018 by Jane SargentBrilliant fun...The house is in a lovely remote spot which is totally idyllic! Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jul 2018 by Gemma CarrBest vacation ever! A most relaxing (sitting, looking out at the wonderful countryside at breakfast and dinner time), exciting (rafting and horse riding) and unique (taking a shower under a waterfall) experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jul 2018 by Fatima RaufAbsolutely brilliant...Absolutely, the whole ethos of the hotel was geared around this from energy production to activities supporting local farmers etc Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jul 2018 by Becky TatumFantastic, this place is a hidden gem. If you want something different to your average beach vacation it is perfect. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Jun 2018 by Kenny ThomsFantastic host and hostess Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2018 by Nick LevitskyThere are so many memorable moments from our stay - stunning views, beautiful sunrises & sunsets, crystal clear night sky, amazing accommodation, great activities (kayaking , rock climbing, horse riding, milking a goat(!), making cheese and bread) and of course Ilaria and Des our hosts. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Mar 2018 by Brendan OWe swam, kayaked, rode horses, rafted down rivers and went for hikes through the superb national parks in the area. The "Lake District" of Spain lived up to its reputation and we found swimming in the man-made reservoirs was a great experience. It was one of the best vacations we had. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Apr 2018 by Natalie FairbairnThe most memorable moments were rock climbing, kayaking and visiting the hot spring pool at Negratin Reservoir. A lovely host and a beautiful area! Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Oct 2017 by Sean BullmanSeeing parts of Spain we would never have found without input from our hosts. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Oct 2017 by Tanya HayesWe loved the rafting trip. My 7 year old was buzzing from the excitement of jumping off rocks into the river and rafting down the small white water sections. The farm visit was excellent too with Des and Ilaria's eldest son, Ludo, providing the translation for everything from the goat milking and horse riding to cheese and bread making. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Sep 2017 by Jonathan StevensWe loved it all. The rafting, the kayaking, the rock climbing, the peace and tranquility, the lovely local people, Des and Illaria, the house, the stars and spending time together. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Sep 2017 by Sara AnderssonThe most memorable was definitely rafting and milking goats (not at the same time). Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by Julie CoxExciting activities - all arranged by Ilaria! Super vacation in a great place. Lovely friendly and helpful hosts! Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by Alexandra HaxtonSo hard to choose a memorable moment. We loved all the water activities particularly the canyoning and rafting. The kids loved making new friends. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Aug 2017 by Lisa WilliamsMemorable: the beautiful 360 degrees view from the hotel and sitting out on the patio enjoying it. Exciting: rafting trip - thrilling, don't miss it! Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Aug 2017 by Andrea CombesReally relaxing and slowing down and spending time together as a family. We also enjoyed the farm visit, kayaking, rafting and Castril, loved the bronze age site too! Kids really enjoyed making friends and 'chilaxing' in the pool. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Aug 2017 by Fiona MillerLovely people with a great sense of humour and concern for safety of the smallest members of the group ran it. For Dad - the National Park walks and swims. The hotel was lovely - Des and Elaria's warmth and enthusiasm set the tone. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Aug 2017 by Craig ButteryThe canoeing on La Bolera reservoir the people there were a massive help, the lake an amazing blue colour and the meal overlooking afterwards was really nice and very affordable. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Jul 2017 by Louise BanhamThe views over the olive groves from the hotel were stunning but it was the warmth and helpfulness of our hosts Ilaria and Des that really made the vacation...We absolutely loved our week here Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jul 2017 by Sally SherriffThe warm welcome from Ilaria, Des and family, rafting, visiting the farm and visiting Castril was the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jul 2017 by Bree BrennanOne of the best, memorable vacations - perfect vacation for teenagers with a great range of activities. A real Spanish experience of local food & culture - Fantastic! Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jul 2017 by Fiona DWe loved the activities like rafting and canyoning. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jun 2017 by Carolyn SheehanThe kayaking and horse riding were great fun made all the more enjoyable by the beautiful scenery of Andalusia. Some great walks. We loved the town pools full of fish and particularly the cave cafe/bar. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jun 2017 by Rachel WardIt was all exciting and memorable! Rock climbing gave us all a real sense of achievement, the setting is stunning and there's just so much to do. Fantastic! We all had a really great time with a good mix of excitement and relaxation. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 May 2017 by Les LittlefordA beautiful location with really helpful hosts. Castril is exceptionally beautiful. If your Spanish is poor the English and Italian speaking hosts are a wealth of helpful information. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Apr 2017 by Jayne DohertyOne of the most beautiful views in the world from El Geco. One of the best vacations ever!! Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Sep 2017 by Moya FillmoreRafting, and swimming, in the river was the highlight. The bronze age mountain village was also really amazing. It seems a very remote area, with hardly any people, and very little traffic, which was a blessing as the roads are mountainous twisting and quite scary. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Sep 2017 by Deborah YewdallThe location is marvellous, really beautiful and there is a wealth of activities to enjoy in the area. Kayaking and swimming at the lake in Castril was stunning, we had the place totally to ourselves as eagles circled overhead, beautiful. We also enjoyed swimming in the river in the national park. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Apr 2017 by Emma HickeyThere are many memorable moments on this vacation. Our favourite was visiting Castril town, it's a very beautiful little town with lots of different walks at varying degrees of ease. The walk way along the wooden track caressing the mountain edge, overlooking the river is breathtaking. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Feb 2017 by Molly HooperThe hikes - they were breathtaking! Beautiful scenery and waterfalls. It was fantastic - one of the best vacations I've ever been on! Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Jan 2017 by Emma JacksonOur most memorable moments was the visit to Jose-Marie's farm, where he enthusiastically showed us round, cooked us some delicious food, made cheese, milked (tried anyway) goats, a truly delightful and enthusiastic gentleman. Second was swimming with the fish in the outdoor swimming pool with the beautiful sunlit mountains in the background with goat bells quietly tinkling nearby... Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jan 2017 by Cristina PiccoloThe kindness and dedication of our guest house!!! If you want to enjoy nature in a beautiful rural hotel that is the place to be! Excellent trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Jul 2017 by Deborah WarehamWe all like the rafting the best. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Apr 2017 by AnonymousThe most memorable part of the vacation was our 5 hour walk which involved scrambling up a mountain and was a real challenge for my fear of heights! Really rejuvenating, healthy, family bonding time. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Sep 2016 by Lydia ClarksonI can't recommend a vacation here highly enough Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Sep 2016 by Helen El-HossPerfect. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Jul 2016 by Tania ChandlerDon't hesitate, book it and enjoy! Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Oct 2016 by Jimmy OsborneThe scenery in the area is amazing, it's like being in a cowboy movie - the mountains, valleys and ravines are breath-taking. It's easy to have a good time when you're surrounded by all of that. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Sep 2016 by Kelly LewisWe loved this vacation. Everything was as we had hoped if not better. We felt totally relaxed and stimulated during the whole trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Sep 2016 by Adrian ShawIt was fantastic, I loved every day of it, and wished we had stayed there longer.. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Aug 2016 by Simon CoxBest bits: White-water rafting, horse riding, cave restaurant. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Aug 2016 by Trupti TandonWe especially enjoyed rafting and stargazing where we were led around the Milky Way and star constellations by an expert from Malaga. Amazing seeing Saturn and its moons as well as distant galaxies! We also loved all the wild swimming opportunities. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Aug 2016 by Lesley BenderExcellent. This was a departure from our usual beach resort vacation and with three girls to amuse was probably the best family vacation to date. The activities were excellent and varied and the mountain views superbly panoramic. The accommodation was simple, rustic and suited us perfectly. The hosts were very attentive and like old friends by the end of our stay. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jul 2016 by Anna RoseIt is really difficult to pick just one memorable moment from such a relaxing yet exhilarating break. We took part in Rafting, Pizza making, Canyoning, Farm Visit and Spanish Dancing and enjoyed them all. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jul 2016 by Sarah PickeringIt was a brilliant vacation, the first time we have done anything like it and I'm sure it won't be the last. We saw a side to Spain we'd never seen before whilst keeping the whole family entertained. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2016 by Lucy SchonbergerWe loved the amazing views in all directions from, the great range of exciting activities organised by the owners, who were fantastic hosts and so friendly and helpful, and the total relaxation of really getting away from it all. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2016 by Amanda PoveyA gloriously friendly hotel with a perfect location for a peaceful retreat into a Spain we rarely get to experience Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Aug 2015 by Nikki RogersBook it ! You won't be disappointed. There is something for everyone to do. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Aug 2015 by Clare DuncanIt was fantastic, our most memorable vacation ever and we were all sad to leave. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Nov 2015 by Anna McConnellLovely. Peaceful hotel, good food, beautiful countryside, interesting and varied activities which work for children and adults. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Aug 2015 by Claire HarrisThe Alto Plano is a beautiful region and we enjoyed all the activities we tried. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Aug 2015 by Brent KilmurrayExcellent. We had a really wonderful family vacation. Thank you to Illaria and Des for being attentive and helpful and making our stay so enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jul 2015 by Heather Iqbal-raynerVery enjoyable. The hotel is beautiful and the owners are excellent hosts. Very warm and welcoming and knowledgeable about where to visit in the local area. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jun 2015 by Alicia ShepherdIt was great. The Altiplano is a beautiful region perfect for both a relaxing and quiet vacation but also if you want to fill your vacation with sports and activities. Our hosts couldn't have been more helpful and friendly and really made our vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2014 by Hanh NguyenWe enjoyed the treks and had some good time to relax. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Sep 2014 by Lyndsay TurleyIt couldn't have been better. A wonderful, wonderful family vacation (children 8 & 9). Read full review
Reviewed on 07 May 2014 by David GrahamWe had a brilliant vacation. The food and hospitality were excellent and our hosts were intimately familiar with the language, locality, food, history and culture. The hotel is as off the beaten track as one could imagine and is in a tranquil and scenic setting. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Apr 2014 by Lisa HardieThe best parts were the location, kindness of hosts, accomodation, amazing stars at night Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Sep 2014 by Debra BassnettTranquil but with lots of opportunities to challenge yourself or your family!! Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Sep 2014 by Peter LawWe would rate this vacation very highly, particularly the approach of Des and Ilaria - nothing was too much trouble and they were always cheery and helpful. There are plenty of activities to do, sites to see and places to visit - would certainly recommend for a family vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Sep 2014 by Fiona wolfendenIt was really really good and I would like to return - either by myself to chill and walk or if we can organise ourselves and others like this summer then return next summer .... Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Sep 2014 by Deborah StapletonExcellent - I would like to return, perhaps in the spring to see the rivers and waterfalls fuller with winter melt and the Olive blossom. We had a super time. The location of the hotel with its 360 degree views of olive groves and distant sound of sheep bells facilitated relaxation. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Jul 2014 by Alison BowyerThe most memorable aspect was the hotel itself and the great service provided by Ilaria and Des. They are fantastic hosts and arranged all the activities for us as well as providing notes for the various walks and excursions we did. My husband and sons particularly liked the canyoning. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jul 2014 by Gillian SteadVery relaxing. Derek and Ilaria were very helpful hosts. Couldn't have asked for better! Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Apr 2014 by Philippa McGuinnessThe vacation was excellent, we felt relaxed when leaving...the evening meals were fantastic, and all activities were arranged for us so there was no stress. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Aug 2013 by Simon SquibbFantastic, the whole family loved it and I have every intention in returning. There is so much to do in this area that you cannot possibly get it all in in one vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Jul 2013 by James MetcalfeThis vacation provided all the activities and breathtaking scenery you could want from an adventure vacation. The natural parks and reservoirs flourish due to natural spring water and provide waterfalls and swimming points along the hikes across the rolling mountain sides. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jul 2013 by Sara DudleyWe will always remember our first view of the accommodation; it is in a lovely setting and is a beautiful hotel. Ilaria gave us a very friendly greeting, which was just wonderful after our drive...Completely brilliant. Best vacation decision I've made in a long time. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jul 2013 by Tracey DaviesAn excellent all round vacation experience. Fun, sun, activities, relaxation, education and making new friends in a stunning location! Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Feb 2013 by Maria FalgoustFantastic, relaxing, and inspiring! A great place for friends, families and couples. The region is stunningly beautiful and the hiking is top-notch. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Sep 2013 by Sandy Levine10/10 !!! Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2013 by Siobhan Devaneyexcellent, loved every minute of it...the canyoning was brilliant Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Aug 2013 by Claire KilburnFantastic vacation - lots of activities to keep you busy but also very relaxing. Would definitely recommend to friends and family. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jul 2013 by Jane BarrettWe really enjoyed the fantastic food and views from the hotel. Our hosts were extremely helpful and friendly - nothing was too much trouble. All the family enjoyed the horse riding, kayaking and star gazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jul 2013 by Stuart WrightVery enjoyable. The hotel owners were very hospitable and keen to share their knowledge of the area, the food excellent and the hotel itself clean and comfortable with many unusual touches. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jun 2013 by Angela WilliamsVery good. We will consider returning for relaxation and some challenging walking, lovely views and a range of activities. We would recommend the vacation to anyone with similar interests. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Apr 2013 by Bridget LovellA fantastic retreat - exceptional hospitality in an incredibly beautiful place. The setting and scenery, the warm hospitality and relaxing, homely atmosphere and the peace and tranquility were the most memorable parts. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Feb 2013 by Jo BurnettA fantastic vacation. We couldn't have wished for a better week and have brought some lovely memories home with us. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jul 2012 by Simone FiaccaventoWe signed up for the canyoning as well and that was truly exciting and a bit scary. The stargazing just fabulous, never seen so many stars! The food was very good and Ilaria and Derek (the hosts) could not be more helpful. We will definitely go back for more walking. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2012 by Catriona MacnvienThe whole vacation was memorable and exciting, definitely one of the best family vacations we have had. Highlights were swimming in a waterfall and kayaking in a beautiful lake. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe are fully committed to renewable energy in a way very few other hotels are. We have a fully ‘off grid’ system (not connected to the national grid) with an extensive array of solar panels for both electricity and hot water. We are more than happy to show our guests how everything works. Our central heating system is driven by a biomass boiler (burns locally sourced olive pits and waste-wood pellets). We use energy-efficient light bulbs. Baths also have shower facilities to encourage the sensible use of water; all the toilets have dual flush; the room keys have energy saving cards attached. For washing we use an eco-ball and prefer ecologically friendly cleaning, washing and personal hygiene products, though they are very difficult to source in this part of Spain! We change bed sheets and towels every 4 nights, unless otherwise requested.
For larger groups we promote the use of a local community taxi for airport runs.
Our land is mostly wild, with Almond and Olive orchards which had not been exploited for some time. We do not use pesticides so the trees are organic though not certified as such,. We grow organic fruit and vegetables in our own kitchen garden, raise free range chickens and buy in other items from local organic farmers. We have dedicated recycling bins for guests to use, which we add to our own domestic recycling. We also practice composting, which is a great way to use up vegetable peelings and chicken manure!
We support the Foundation Gypaetus, for the reintroduction of the Bearded Vulture which reached the brink of extinction in Europe a few years ago. The FG has a rearing site in the natural park of the nearby Sierra de Cazorla and every year release into the wild a number of vultures, which are then tracked for a minimum of five years. The majority of the released birds have taken up residence in the Sierra de Castril, very close to the hotel. We offer interested guests information about the whereabouts of the birds and how to get to the various sites (without jeopardising the nests) plus special information cards to fill out in case the birds are spotted. And of course it is amazing how many other beautiful things you see when out looking for something else!
PeopleFirst and foremost we are promoting this fantastic region, the Altiplano de Granada, which is new to international tourism. We see the economic benefits sustainable tourism could bring to a rural community which is (at present) over-dependent on agriculture and EU grant aid.
Secondly we are championing the gastronomy, culture and tradition of a ´land that time forgot´, which is to say a place virtually unchanged and untouched by the stresses and strains of modernity. Here the pace of life is different. Family and tradition are respected. The hard won secrets of how to live well with limited resources are still handed down the generations. We offer our guests the chance to meet local farmers and artesans who promote and demonstrate their commitment to this lifestyle.
We look after our guests by buying in and growing organic produce and we also sell local organic products such as olive oil, oregano, honey and saffron. We also promote glass products from a local artesan who is reviving the town´s ancient tradition of glass production. Our preferred guides and workshop leaders are mostly young local people with enthusiasm and a passion for nature. We encourage all our guests to make use of local restaurants and shops by offering them extensive information and by using our language skills and contacts to book and organise things on their behalf to ensure an enjoyable and tailor-made experience.
All our specialist activities are offered by local outdoor pursuits companies with young qualified guides who care about the environment as much as we do. Your custom will provide them with much-needed work. We have chosen to work with some companies instead of others because of their commitment to the customers and the enviroment, proven through the years.
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