Painting Holidays in Andalucia
Painting holidays are based in the typical white Andalusian pueblo of Torrox, some 50 km east of Malaga, we offer painting holidays for small groups of artists of all standards and experience. Our objective is to improve your technique, regardless of your starting point. Our resident professional artist, Anna Martin, will provide you with expert advice and commentary on your work, and introduce you to new techniques to enhance your skills.
Our Painting Holidays are about discovering the hidden Spain, including the scenery, flora and fauna, architecture and culture. The accommodation is in the Hotel al Andalus, a wonderful boutique hotel, and we provide delicious local food in a friendly and inclusive environment.
Our holidays are a wonderful way to immerse yourself in your art as well as making new friends and having lots of fun. We encourage solo travelers and charge no single supplement. The sunshine, mountains, dining and tuition will ensure that you have an unforgettable holiday.
We have guest tutors on our painting holidays thus ensuring that all types of medium are covered throughout the year. Our specialist tutors use mediums such as pastels, water colours and charcoal. Please use the enquire now form for further information.
We also hold Photography Holidays!
At the same time as running these Painting Holidays in Spain, we also hold highly regarded Photography Holidays. Visit our page here: www.awakenholidays.com/art-holidays/photography-holiday-in-andalucia
Our Painting Vacations and Photography Breaks run consecutively meaning that these holidays are perfect if you would like to bring a partner or friends that enjoy photography. Although your daytime locations will be different, both groups meet up each evening for dinner together. Usually accommodation for painters is in a lovely hotel in Torrox and photographers stay in charming houses in the same village, but we are very happy to make other arrangements to best meet your needs. Please use the enquire now form to request further information.
Dates and Prices
2018/9 Dates & Prices
Dates & prices available on request
****Transfers from Malága to Torrox leave the airport between 12.00-12.30 on arrival day . Transfers from Torrox to Málaga airport leave Torrox at 09.00 am. For courtesy transfer please book flights to arrive and depart within these times. Transfers by private taxi can be arranged for other times. Cost is 60 euros payable by the guest to the driver.****
Special offers are available at certain times of the year. Please see above for more information or use the enquire now form to request further details.
- Airport Transfers*
- 7 nights accommodation
- Full programme of tuition
- Breakfast Pack (Breakfast is taken on a self-catering basis)
- All lunches and evening meals & wine (exc.rest day)
* Please note airport transfers take place around midday on the first day and between 0800 and 1000 on the last day.
Package does not include:
- Flights aren’t included in our prices, but there are many well priced options to Malaga from most European airports.
Torrox is a ‘pueblo blanco’ – a white village nestled in the hillside just 57kms east of Málaga. The town is steeped in a rich history, and it is a privileged spot to have a rest, as well as to enjoy its mountains and its beaches and of course to try some of its gastronomic specialities and taste some of the famous local wines.
Still untouched by tourist development here you can truly appreciate the Spanish way of life and have unmatched mountain and sea views. In Torrox you can find popular architecture such as the Moorish Quarter and wine and raisin presses and interesting industrial architecture such as the Sugar Factory.
Torrox is an ideal base for exploring this fascinating region with its mountains, national parks, and famous old towns. Local activities include hiking in the local countryside, horseriding in the Sierras or touring the local villages to sample their wines and cuisine. There are Roman ruins all along the coast and the caves at Nerja for those with sightseeing in mind. The ruins of the Roman Village at the Torrox Lighthouse are protected as a Property of Cultural Interest. The National Hunting Reserve of the Sierras Tejada and Almijara are closeby, and the famous Alhambra Palace, Granada and skiing in the Sierra Nevada are also within easy reach.
It’s official: Malaga resort of Torrox has Europe’s best climate
The sign that greets you as you enter the resort could be dismissed as a piece of shameless self-promotion, but Torrox can indeed claim to have the best climate in Europe – and have the paperwork to back it up. A study of 21 Mediterranean municipalities, all of whom make a similar statement, has found that the weather of the town cannot be bettered anywhere on the continent.
The report – which was compiled over six years by weather forecast company MeteoGroup – concluded that the geographic location of Torrox resulted in excellent year round temperatures.
With it being open to the sea to the south and surrounded by mountains to the north, the resort’s average annual temperature is 18 degrees Celsius.
Our guests stay in a delightful boutique hotel in the stunning mountain village of Torrox, situated east of Malaga, and they enjoy all the comfort of modern conveniences in a pleasant traditional setting.
The Hotel al Andalus offers a comfortable stay in a friendly atmosphere, excellent service and a central location. It is accessible by car, has a lift and is therefore suitable for people with mobility problems. Wi Fi is available in the hotel.
“The Hotel al Andalus is situated in a convenient position close to the main square. I first stayed there in May when in Torrox on a painting holiday. I loved the quirky Spanish atmosphere. It is very reasonably priced with clean, comfortable rooms and friendly staff. The breakfast is simple but plentiful I returned for two nights last week with my husband. He fell in love with it too. If we are in that part of Spain in the future we shall certainly try and spend some more time at the Hotel al Andalus.”
The pretty village square is a popular meeting place. With its orange trees, fountain and good range of bars and restaurants, it’s a great place to while away an evening. The square is only a short 5 minute walk from the hotel.
The village is a short bus ride from the beach (4.5 kilometres).
What equipment do I need to bring with me?
- Drawing Boards
- Lightweight Folding Chairs
- Water Jars
What is not provided:
- Paper/canvasses/sketch books
Are there many single people on your holidays?
We particularly welcome single people on our friendly and inclusive tours.
What is the average age of people who go on your holidays?
We have people of all ages on our holidays and everyone is welcome.
Are vegetarians catered for?
Yes, there is a vegetarian option every night.
“I thought it was an excellent painting holiday. I have been on several but this one was the best. Good mix of beach, hills and I very much enjoyed the botanical gardens. Very enjoyable. I wanted to loosen up and achieved that. I enjoyed the journey!”
Lesley Marsh, July 2012
“I have had the best holiday. I have felt very well cared for and looked after so thank you all. I have enjoyed the excellent company, the delicious food and the superb organization. The painting was great – thank you”
“I thought Anna an excellent teacher who was able to communicate with enthusiasm not just the technical aspects of painting but also the importance of accessing the creative side. Regarding the hospitality shown this was second to none. I would certainly recommend this painting holiday. I felt I came away a better artist. The holiday was good value for money.”
“I had a wonderful time and met some great people. Anna is a gifted painter and an excellent tutor. As a novice painter i was made to feel at ease straight away and I have come home with a painting I am proud of. It was a fabulous experience and I will be telling all my friends about it.”
“It was a wonderful holiday overall and it exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the variety of painting experiences – mountains, beach, city, harbor, countryside etc. I learned a lot from Anna – she is a very creative artist and my painting improved considerably thanks to her example and encouragement. The food was very good as was the company.”