Enjoy an 8 day Photography Holiday in Spain and improve your photography skills in a beautiful, relaxing environment where the climate provides the perfect place for you to explore your creativity.
We cater for people who want to improve their photo skills in this spectacular, scenic, colourful, vibrant and largely undiscovered area of Spain. We particularly welcome solo travellers and can guarantee a welcoming inclusive atmosphere with our friendly hosts who are always most anxious to ensure that everybody has a really great holiday. This photography vacation is suitable for beginners and more experienced photographers so everyone can learn photography skills and enjoy their Spanish photography holiday.
Our guests stay in a typical Andalucian style hotel situated in the wonderful mountain village of Torrox, situated east of Malaga. All rooms in the hotel have en-suite bathrooms and breakfast is included. The village is based just eight minutes drive of the beach to which a regular bus service operates.
We eat at local restaurants that offer delicious tasty local food in delightful environments. You will find the food on your holiday is fantastic and our guests tell us that this is one of the highlights of their photography holiday with us.
We have been offering holidays in this beautiful region of Spain for many years, and we know the best off-the-tourist track places for you to visit and photograph. On our Andalucia Photo. Holiday you will experience traditional and beautiful Moorish white villages, huge nature reserves, many orchards of oranges and olives, and snowcapped mountains with spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea.
The locations we visit to photograph include:
- Pueblos Blancos such as Acebuchal on the ancient boundary between Competa and Frigiliana
- Cultural sites such as the Kalachakra Buddhist Stupa - one of only four in the world
- Opportunities to sample a traditional Spanish way of life like the fish market at Caleta de Valez
- Geological phenomena like the Cuevas de Nerja
- Spectacular views such as the sun rising over Lake Vinuela
Your tutor is very experienced, very friendly and very conscious of the needs of the whole group. Each afternoon there is a workshop where discussions are held on the days activities and interesting & knowledgeable lessons are given to help prepare for the photography trip the following day.
If you wish to improve your skills in a beautiful and unique area of Europe then our Photography Holidays in Spain are the perfect way to spend your vacation!
We also hold Painting Holidays!
At the same time as running these Photography Holidays in Spain, we also hold highly regarded Painting Holidays. Visit our page here: www.awakenholidays.com/art-holidays/painting-holidays-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 painting. Although your daytime locations will be different, both groups meet up each evening for dinner together. Please use the enquire now button to request further information.
Dates and Prices
Photography Holiday in Andalucia Dates and Prices 2018/9
Dates available on request
There is no single supplement. We welcome non-photography partners at a cost of £550.
****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.
Your Package Includes:
- Airport Transfers*
- 7 nights’ accommodation
- Full programme of tuition
- Breakfast Pack (Breakfast is taken on a self-catering basis)
- All lunches and evening meals and wine (exc. rest day)
* Please note airport transfers take place around midday on the first day and between 08:00 and 10:00 on the last day.
What’s not included:
Flights aren’t included in our prices, but there are many well priced options from London Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds Bradford, amongst many others.
Torrox is the quintessential Spanish village with its narrow medieval streets, whitewashed houses nestled into the hillside, old ladies sitting in wooden chairs gossiping and children playing in the streets. It is a lovely traditional Spanish village that enjoys the best climate in Europe with over 300 days of sunshine each year. Torrox is where you will be staying, and a place that you might just fall in love with!
Torrox is situated in a very beautiful part of Spain with green hills, white villages, and massive nature reserves (one-fifth of Andalusian territory is under environmental protection). There are chards and olive trees and snow-capped mountain ranges with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.
From Torrox it is possible to visit the cities of Granada and Malaga. Nearby the Almijarra and Montes de Malaga nature reserves can be explored and these inland areas, where the mountain peaks rise to over 7000 feet, are home to many varieties of fauna and flora now lost to most of Europe. These nature reserve parks are a haven for walking.
Our guests stay in a delightful, typically Andalucian style 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. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and breakfast is included.
The hotel 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 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).
Q: What level of experience do I need?
A: Our tutor’s first job is to sit with each client to assess their current skill level, agree a set of objectives for the week, then spend time with each client on a 1-1 basis whilst on location and on the computer back at base to help them achieve their objectives in the timescale.
Q: How do I get there?
A: The price of our holidays does not include flights, allowing you to travel from your most convenient local airport, or to join us in Spain. The starting point for our holidays is Malaga Airport. Flights to Malaga are plentiful and competitively priced from most UK airports and from others in northern Europe. Airport transfers are provided at the specified times. Transfers from Malaga normally leave the airport at around midday on the day of arrival and return to Malaga at around 10:00. Transfers can be arranged at other times but there may be a small additional cost.
Q: Can I come by train?
A: It’s surprisingly easy to travel from the UK to Spain by train. In fact, it’s amazing that some people still think you need to fly. Take an afternoon Eurostar from London to Paris in just 2 hours 20 minutes, then the excellent Elipsos trainhotel from Paris to Madrid or Barcelona overnight, with onward train connections for Alicante, Malaga, Valencia, Seville or Granada (train fares not included in package).
Q: Will there be a lot of walking?
A; There is as little or as much walking as you want. We tend to drive to places and meander around with our emphasis being to get the shot. To think more about it than just point and shoot. We visit several places in the week and are never very far from the vehicle and some of the time is spent back at base with a computer looking at what we’ve got and preparing a little slideshow for our farewell evening. However, Torrox is a hillside village so there are many steps in the village which may be a problem for people with limited mobility.
Q: What equipment do I need to bring with me?
A: This holiday is suitable for DSLR and bridge cameras. Please bring at least one empty memory card (two would be useful), a second battery, a card reader that works with your memory cards and most clients find a tripod useful at some stage during the holiday (N.B. we have a couple available but with larger groups these may have to be shared). Also you will need a USB memory stick minimum 4 GB. A laptop will be very useful.
Q: Is the accommodation comfortable?
A: Although the houses are typical Spanish village houses, they have been modernised, they are well equipped with good bathroom facilities, the beds are a good standard, and you will not be overcrowded. They are equipped with fridge freezers and hairdryers, and satellite free-to-view television is also provided. Most of our houses have English TV and/or DVD (please specify your requirements when booking).
Q: Will I have to share?
A: Houses are allocated on a shared basis. All our bedrooms have their own bathroom. We do have a limited number of one-bedroom houses if you prefer not to share.
Q: Is there a swimming pool in the village?
A: There is a lovely all year round swimming pool in the village within easy walking distance of most of the accommodation. The swimming pool as a retractable roof and is open air during the summer months.
Q: Are there many single people on your holidays?
A: We particularly welcome single people on our friendly and inclusive tours.
Q: What is the average age of people who go on your holidays?
A: We have people of all ages on our holidays and everyone is welcome.
Q: Are vegetarians catered for?
A: Yes, there is a vegetarian option every night.
Q: What does a breakfast starter pack mean?
A: We place a breakfast starter pack in all the houses comprising tea bags, ground coffee, orange juice, water, bread, butter, jam and cereal. Should you require further provisions there are many grocery shops in the village and fresh bread can be purchased from the bakery in the Plaza.
Q: Are towels provided?
A: All linen is provided (except swimming towels). Laundry and hairdryer facilities are provided in the houses.
Q: Is there internet access in the village?
A: Wi-Fi is available at any time in the Hotel Casa. You can stay as long as you like for the price of a cup of coffee. Some of our houses does have wi-fi and if you particularly want access in the house please advise us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Q: Can I bring along somebody who does not wish to photograph?
A: Certainly, and we will provide full information about places to visit, shopping etc.
Q: Would I have to start very early in the morning?
A: Your programme starts at 10:00 in the morning except for the sunrise day when departure from the village will be much earlier, especially in the summer months.
Q: Are any evening activities organised?
A: Dinner is taken as a group each night except when you are free to choose your own.
Q: Can I stay for extra weeks?
A: Yes, provided we are given sufficient notice.
Q: Can I pay in Euros/dollars?
A: Payment is by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. There is a 3% surcharge for debit/credit card payments. We can certainly arrange for you to pay in Euros, dollars, and most other currencies.
Q: It is possible to book a day tour to the Alhambra in Granada?
A: Yes, we can help you with the arrangements if you give us notice in advance.
“Great programme, every enthusiastic and dedicated tutor, good balance between activity and free time. It was great to fully concentrate on photography for one week with all other things being taken care of. The programme was very varied so there was always something interesting for everyone.”
“Most certainly I enjoyed the holiday. Overall balance was spot on with well conceived itineraries. Accommodation reached expectations and it was nice to see some blue skies at last. Kevan has been a very attentive and likeable tutor. His choice of locations made the holiday. A lasting impression will be that the holiday was organised by very nice people with the sincere intention of providing you with the holiday you came for. Job well done! Thanks.”
“A most enjoyable experience. All the team are friendly and helpful. The location is ideal; gives one an insight into the ‘real’ Spain. The programme was unhurried and varied. I now have the basics of grounding to build on and improve my photographic skill. In all I thought Kevan was most helpful and demonstrated an empathy to everyone’s needs.”
“I have had a fantastic time. I have found it challenging, interesting and had lots of fun. I have learned loads and been inspired. I will be going out on more shoots in future. Photographing people was great – I want to do more and learn more. The handouts were a brilliant help to consolidate. 10/10 for all. I really can’t think of any improvements.”
“Enjoyed the staff, company, other guests, food and locations… I learned a lot about photography, as hoped. Careful patient tuition, care taken to answer questions including those which needed researching.”
“The tutor’s professionalism and expertise were shared with us in a most educative way that provided me with a lot more skills and opened me up to new photographic challenges. His patience and encouragement were inspiring and his gentle control gelled the group to provide a wonderful learning environment.”
“The tutor was excellent. On day one he discussed our individual expectations, requirements and level of experience. For the rest of the trip he worked from those individual baselines to increase our knowledge and improve our abilities. He was friendly, encouraging and answered all questions patiently regardless of how basic they might have been, a true professional. Over the week I got lots of useful information, made copious notes and have improved my photography and learnt more about the post processing.”
“Our tutor looked after us splendidly all week, and it was not easy with such a range of abilities and camera equipment in the group. He was always helpful and great fun and we all learned to take better photos. We particularly enjoyed the meals in all the different locations, and not having to order was great.”