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Holiday type Creative holidays
Singles holidays
Special interest holidays
Country Spain
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £1509
Travel partner GoLearnTo
Duration 7 nights
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0330 333 6737

Unique Paint Safari in Almeria, Spain

This is not your standard painting holiday. If you love art and have a passion for adventure and trying something new, this paint safari holiday is the perfect creative course for you. This unique creative and cultural holiday will leave your senses stretched and fulfilled and your artwork scaling new heights. Set in the unspoilt Parque Natural Sierra María-Los Vélez, you will stay at a stunning eco retreat providing you with the space, time and opportunity to unleash the creative within that promises a painting holiday with a difference. Every morning you will be taken by Land Rover to one of the numerous, fabulous and virtually hidden locations known only to Simon and very few others, to spend the day painting. Groups are kept to a maximum size of just three so you can easily access the nooks and crannies of the Parque Natural Sierra María-Los Vélez together and totally relax on your own personalised painting safari. Your tutor and guide is Simon, a graduate of ‘Fine Art’ from Manchester School of Art as well as postgraduate at The Royal Academy Schools in London. Simon and his wife Donna also host residencies for professional artists who will typically be on hand during your stay to discuss techniques and all things creative with you, as well as other guests on the course. Donna will be doing all of the catering and she cooks to a very high standard and creates dishes she has picked up from her extensive travels around the world including North African and Mediterranean cuisine, and all guests will come together to socialise and relax over delicious food at mealtimes. Be inspired by nature and the natural landscape to create your own unique work of art during your week on this paint safari holiday with a difference.



Included

  • 7 nights / 8 days accommodation in a private en suite room at the eco lodge
  • Please note that you may check in anytime after 2pm on your arrival day and check out by 12 noon on your departure day
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week
  • Wine with dinner each night
  • 6 days painting tuition from artist and ecologist Simon
  • Transport in the Land Rover each day to discover hidden locations and to explore the amazing landscape
  • Painting equipment – easels, drawing boards, lightweight folding chairs
  • You can buy other materials on arrival by prior arrangement or bring your own
Day 1- Arrival day
Saturday - Arrival day - Check in any time after 2pm on Saturday (earlier arrivals may be accommodated on request) - You will be welcomed on arrival by your hosts Simon and Donna - Take the rest of the day to settle in, relax or maybe stroll around the land - Simon is always keen to explain the ecology systems employed at the house and will happily show you around - In the evening you will be joined by Simon, Donna and the resident artist for an informal and relaxed dinner at the house
Day 2-6
Sunday – Thursday - Each day, enjoy a leisurely Spanish breakfast before setting off for your day in the Land Rover with Simon - Enjoy a gourmet picnic prepared for you in the open air whilst you are settling in to your day's painting - In the evening you will enjoy dinner at the house with your hosts - On one of these evenings the resident artist will be more than happy to give you a presentation of their work, their influences and their experiences in the professional world
Day 7
Friday - Penultimate day - This morning, enjoy a leisurely Spanish breakfast before setting off for your day on safari with Simon - Enjoy another delicious picnic lunch surrounded by nature - In the late afternoon you will review your week’s work, either together with other members of the group or, if you prefer, individually - In the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner with your hosts and resident artist.
Day 8
Saturday – Departure day - After breakfast you are kindly asked to check-out of your room ready for departure taking home with you new creative skills, and a commitment to yourself to pursue your work once you have returned back home

Please note this itinerary is an example only and may change slightly due to time of year and the weather conditions.
This is an eco family refuge far from the noise of any city or town set in. Here the night sky is unpolluted by metropolitan light, on summer nights you can gaze at the stars for hours - In the daytime the air is hot and suffused with the pungent scent of pine trees - Skies are nearly always blue and sunlight is bountiful and with long warm days, the combination of all these elements makes an ideal location in which to exploit the natural resources and learn to paint and draw - You’ll stay in a 'carbon neutral' guest house sitting within the national park surrounded by 50 acres of land which is arable, almond and pine as well as an olive grove and orchard - Heat and light from the sun, thermal winds and wood from the land combine in a system of solar panels, wind mills and fires to cook and create energy - Rain water is harvested from the roof, waste water is managed and utilised through a system of reed beds and a grey water recovery system is used to irrigate the dry land - However, being environmentally and socially responsible needn't compromise design and the house where you’ll stay was once 5 old farm houses, now converted into one very beautiful and luxurious space - On the one hand great homage and respect has been given in its restoration to the simple vernacular architecture of the building, and on the other hand a crisp eye for detail has been employed which makes the place seem stunningly modern - There are 6 double rooms, 2 of which are twins and 2 with disability access, all rooms have en suite bathrooms with wet rooms - You may check in anytime after 2pm on your arrival day (earlier check-in’s are possible on request) and check out is by noon 8 days later

This holiday is booked by phone. Click 'book now' to make a reservation request to our travel partner who will call you back to confirm your booking details and take payment. To speak to a representative now please call 0330 333 6737.

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