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Cortijada Los Gázquez is an eco-retreat for the creatively minded. We run creative courses which tailor your experience of the environment in a way which allows you to maximise your understanding and creative response...

Price:

From 314 euros per person

Duration: 7 days
Departures: Saturday to Saturday two weeks out of each month e.g 24th-31st July plus short breaks and tailor made creative courses.
Start point: Vélez Blanco, Almería, Andalucia.
End point: Vélez Blanco, Almería, Andalucia.
 

Art + Ecology Holiday, Andalucia, Spain

Los Gázquez is a retreat for the creatively minded. Should your compulsion be to draw or paint or to exercise any multiple of creative disciplines, Los Gázquez provides the space, time and opportunity to make a holiday a deeply fulfilling one.

And should you wish to share the experience of this creative retreat, Los Gázquez runs a series of art and design courses throughout the year. The ethos of these programmes is to tailor your experience of this environment in a way which allows you to maximise your understanding and creative response. Los Gázquez has designed six courses under the following titles...

Art Forms in Nature
Botanical Illustration
En Plein Air
Ancient and Popular Architecture
Las Ramblas
Altos Caminos

The atmosphere for these courses is very much for the guest to bring their knowledge and skills, their passions and enthusiasms to a group of people in an atmosphere of camaraderie and sharing, should your abilities be professional or yet to be discovered.

Los Gázquez is here to guide you, to encourage you, to help you to access the creative and ecological opportunities you need to have a fulfilling and inspiring experience.

Cortijada Los Gázquez is also a family refuge far from the noise of any city or town. 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. This is semi wilderness, a vast alpine desert caught in the rain shadow of the Cordillera Baetica. With an average rainfall of 400mm skies are nearly always blue and sunlight is bountiful. Winters are short and can be cold whilst summers are long and hot appearing to compress spring and autumn into smaller seasons.

The combination of all these elements has made Los Gázquez an ideal location to exploit the natural resources which are so abundant here. Resources necessary to create power to a place remote and fully independent from the grid.

However, at Cortijada Los Gázquez, being environmentally and socially responsible needn't compromise one’s love of design.

These were once five old farm houses, a cortijada, now converted into one very beautiful space. On the one hand great homage and respect has been given in it's 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.

Here you will find uncomplicated luxury with minimal intent. And here you will find peace of mind, body and spirit in far more profound ways than the phrase was intended.

What price includes

 
  • Creative Courses, full board and tuition included
  • Eco-Guest House
  • Artist's Residency
  • Art + Ecology
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Vélez Rubio

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Murcia del Carmen

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
There are 5 trains daily from Madrid Chamartin to Murcia, taking around 4-4.5 hours. First train departs Madrid at 0713 (arriving in Murcia at 1143), and the last train departs at 1900 (arriving 2327). There are 4 buses a day from Murcia to our nearest station of Vélez Rubio (duration 1.30) where we can collect you via prior arrangement.

How to get there:
Train from London to Murcia (via Madrid)

 
Plan your journey by train to Madrid
 

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Vélez Rubio

Nearest train station to finish point:
Murcia del Carmen

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station
There are 4 buses a day from our nearest station of Vélez Rubio to Murcia (duration 1.30).There are 5 trains daily from Murcia to Madrid Chamartin, taking around 4-4.5 hours.

How to get back:
Train from Murcia to London (via Madrid)

 
Plan your return train journey from Madrid