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Andalucia Trip

June 11 - June 18

About the event

Lonely Planet describe Andalucia as ‘A Cultural Marinade’

“Part of the fascination Andalucía holds for people springs from its peculiar history. For eight centuries the region sat on a porous frontier between two different faiths and ideologies, Christianity and Islam. Left to ferment like a barrel of the bone-dry local sherry, the ongoing cross-fertilisation has thrown up a slew of cultural colossi: ancient mosques transformed into churches; vast palace complexes replete with stucco; a cuisine infused with dashes of North African spices; and a chain of lofty white towns that dominates the arid, craggy landscape, from the tightly knotted lanes of Granada‘s Albayzín to the hilltop settlements of Cádiz province”

Read more from Lonely Planet here

Join me on a photographic foray into Andalucian life. It’s an easy place to get to via Malaga. We’re based in the mountains behind Malaga – an area known as Alpujarra

About Casa Las Chimeneas – an elegant collection of village houses that has been welcoming guests to the Alpujarra since 1998. There are nine lovely rooms, all with fabulous views across the hills to the sea in the far distance. We provide very comfortable accommodation, with plenty of antiques and books and nooks and crannies, together with a delightful little restaurant that will surprise you by the quality of its freshly made seasonal produce. Emma and David have been welcoming guests to the Alpujarra since 1998. There are nine lovely rooms, all with fabulous views across the hills to the sea in the far distance.

Interested in reading about the area and village life before you go? Emma’s book is a great way to get a little insight into Mairena and the community.

Restaurant Las Chimeneas – (next door) is where breakfast and evening meals are served. Evening meals are prepared by Soledad who has been part of the Chimeneas family for many years. The menu is a delicious blend of traditional Alpujarran and North African cuisine with recipes handed down over generations. The dining room is a truly wonderful place to enjoy an intimate meal in the winter months or a cool beer after a long day’s walking. Olive logs burn in the cast-iron stove through the winter, and the terrace provides uninterrupted views over the surrounding mountain ranges and on to the Mediterranean in the distance.


Price: £675.00


  • half board for 7 days
  • all tuition with Graham (ShutterBugs)
  • transfers to and from Malaga (from suggested flights)
  • day trip to Granada and entrance to Alhambra
  • transfers to and from Yegen for day trip
  • other local transfers eg. trip back from Ugijar, Valor etc
  • cookery demonstration with photography opportunities
  • trip to see Mairena olive mill

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Lunches and picnics (picnics can be ordered for 7 Euros)

To book please contact Casa Las Chimeneas:

email: info@laschimeneas.com

phone: 0034 958 760089

NB Please do not book flights until the holiday is confirmed

Download a pdf about the holiday here

Interested in reading about the area and village life before you go? Emma’s book is a great way to get a little insight into Mairena and the community.

Schedule: Pre-breakfast tuition: 7.30-8.30am; Breakfast: 8.45 am; Supper: 7:30 pm

Suggested itinerary for the week (subject to change)

Sunday 11th: Flight from Bristol to Malaga. After picking up your hold bags our drivers will meet you. It’s a 2.5hr trip to our base at Casa Las Chimeneas in Mairena.

Introductions: the group, the house, our hosts Emma and David and the setting (on the terrace);
lunch on the terrace

Evening option: trip out to see and photograph the sunset

Monday 12th: Relaxing into Andalucian life. Early morning photos then out and about around the local villages. You will have the chance to enjoy the village scenes, amazing views and landscapes as well as the opportunity to meet the locals going about their daily lives farming the land, buying fish and bread from the visiting vans etc. 

Tues 13th: Wild plants, flowers, birds and butterflies. Andalucia is host to a very rich variety of wildflowers in widely diverse habitats, some species growing nowhere else. The blues and purples of the wild rosemary and lavender contrast with the golden yellow of the broom and gorse, which in turn make way for the pink convulvulus. There are many varieties of wild Mediterranean orchids to be found, as well as irises, gladioli, stunning red poppies and pink and purple wild sweet peas. We can further practise getting those close up shots with our cameras. Be prepared to lay on the ground taking the best shots. Those with vario tilt screens on their cameras will have the easiest time! Please note – all wild flowers will be weather dependant so please be aware that this part of the itinerary may be subject to change. 

Wed 14th: Trip to Granada and the Alhambra

Rich in history and spectacular architecture dates back to the Moors and Romans thousands of years ago. It’s always been a crossroads city – a mix of North African and European culture and ideas. The city is still heavily influenced by its Moorish roots and you will smell hookahs, couscous, and incense

The Alhambra – a castle and a fortress, a royal palace and a town, amazing gardens and a summer retreat, the Alhambra is all of that and much more. It was built between the XIII and the XIV centuries and was the crown jewel of the Emirate of Granada, whose territories stretched from part of Córdoba, Sevilla, Jaén, Murcia and Cádiz, to the whole of Almería, Málaga and Granada

The Albaicin – the historical Arab quarter of the city. A walk through here, with its narrow streets and characteristic architecture, will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a completely different city.

To finish we’ll take in the view at Paseo de los Tristes – provides a fantastic view of the Alhambra

See David’s blog about a trip to Granada

Thurs 15th: Free day to do as you please – just stay around the village or choose from an option offered by our hosts eg a walk down to the market town of Ugijar (2hr) which has lots of tapas bars as well as a great little museum and market selling local produce or maybe visit the ancient church of Jubar previously site of mosque and synagogue with talk about local history and the Moorish heritage

Friday 16th: Traditional crafts of the Alpujarras – today we’ll seek out local artisans there will be opportunities to photograph Alpujarran cooking, cheese making, weaving etc. Tourism has ensured that traditional crafts have once again become fashionable, many of the beautiful ceramics and pottery are produced using the traditional methods of throwing and the designs of the Al-Andalus of the Arabs and the Moors. These plates, bowls and jugs come in a bright array of luminescent green and blue swirls and arabesque touches. We will also visit Lola who still spins and weaves on the family looms owned by her father and aunt who worked in the family workshop when the area still produced silk by the keeping of silk worms fed on the leaves of the local mulberry trees

Sat 17th: Vistas and villages of the Alpujarras – the region of mountain villages known as Las Alpujarras clings to the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada, cloven by deep, sheltered valleys and gorges which run down towards the Mediterranean. We will visit the whitewashed village of Yegen , well known for its mouth-watering cured ham, jamón serrano.   The Alpujarran mountain air is ideal for drying the sweet-tasting ham. After taking some photos we can try it at one of the many bars, which have hams hanging from the ceiling. We can also visit the previous home of the British writer Gerald Brenan, who lived and wrote here for over fifty years after the First World War where many of his Bloomsbury friends came to visit.

Sun 18th: Late start and optional morning excursions, lunch, easy afternoon, farewells and transfer to Malaga airport ready for flight home to Bristol

Click here for suggested Easyjet flights

To book please contact Casa Las Chimeneas:

email: info@laschimeneas.com

phone: 0034 958 760089

Download a pdf about the holiday here

More extras:

  • Massage from 35 euros an hour with Kat our resident masseur
  • Cookery classes – 1 hour from 15 euros per person (depending on numbers)
  • Day trip to Guadix from 25 euros per person (depending on numbers)
  • Wine tasting at award winning local bodega Buenavista Veleta wines (15 euros per person)

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June 11
June 18
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Graham Parish
07977 562447


Calle Amargura 4
Mairena, Granada 18493 Spain
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