Art and craft taster holiday

Andalucia, Almeria, Spain

8 days from
per person

Average user rating

Holiday Itinerary

You will be blown away by this unique 7 night arts and craft holiday that has been created for creative minds who seek luxury, inspiration, and a charming rural setting with so many delightful arts to get your hands on!

For those who find it hard to choose just one type of creative activity, this craft taster holiday is for you. Away from the well-trodden tourist trail, you will stay in the Andalucian mountains, be well fed, relax by the pool and awaken each new day to a new hands-on creative activity.

This amazing craft holiday has been lovingly dreamt up by artists who don’t like to restrict themselves to just one passion. One day you’ll be working with clay, the next painting hand made cards, and when you’re not crafting a silver ring, you will be in the kitchen, learning and tasting some regional Spanish recipes.

Perfectly suited to all artistic levels and experience, for those just starting out, pick a piece of ceramics to finish, to the brave, try the potter’s wheel. Every level is encouraged, and you will have the tuition needed to find your own artistic strength and voice. Aside from that, it is simply pure fun, whilst being spoiled and looked after in the Spanish countryside.

Five amazing, creative women have come together in this ultimate artist’s paradise to bring you something unique. While your hosts, Kathryn and Karen, look after you in the gorgeous Cortijo accommodation, you will also spend time with Julie, Clare and Trina; all very inspiring women who will get you passionate to learn something new each day.

Whether you come alone or bring friends, you will be meeting new people with similar interests, who love a good laugh and enjoy creating something new.

You will see from the moment you arrive that this white washed Cortijo has been transformed into a place for people to relax, get inspired, embrace the outdoors and explore the surrounding area. Each room has a unique beauty with modernity and an elegant, rustic, countryside charm; a balance not lost on its guests. Lounge by the pool, kick back with a book from the library, or sketch on the verandah; whatever you do, make sure you make yourself at home.

Who is it suitable for?
- Suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced
- Minimum age 18
- Although this holiday tends to attract a lot of women, men are certainly welcome
- All craft supplies will be provided and are included in price

I'm a solo traveller - can I join?
- This is a great holiday for the solo traveller as you will be surrounded by great company and it is a great way to meet like-minded people with similar interests
- Prices are per person and based on one person staying in The Almond Room; a twin bedroom with terrace and access to a shared bathroom shared with one other room
- Upgrades to rooms with an ensuite bathroom can be made for an extra charge subject to availability
- If there are two people travelling together who wish to share a room, a discount will be applied

When can I start?
- This holiday begins on selected Saturdays throughout the year
- Craft holidays are for 7 nights / 8 days
- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
- All holidays are on request so please email us and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

Typical itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Saturday - Settle in and explore
- You will be greeted at Almeria airport and transferred to your holiday home at Cortijo Alameda, where you’ll enjoy welcome drinks, lunch, and time to get to know each other
- The afternoon will be free for you to start exploring your surroundings and meeting new friends
- Dinner will be served in the early evening

Sunday - Ceramics workshop
- After breakfast you’ll head to The Bedar Arts Centre for your ceramic workshop with Trina​
- Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, where a short talk will be given on the history of the local area​
- Head back to the art studio for the afternoon to finish your ceramic pieces
- Dinner will be served at the Cortijo in the early evening

Monday - Soap making & card workshop
- Today you’ll spend the day at Cortijo Alameda, making organic soap in the morning
-  After lunch, Julie will be hosting a handmade greetings card workshop

Tuesday - Silver ring making
- Today you will meet Clare at her home studio, Castellon de Bedar, where you’ll learn how to make a silver ring using traditional methods
- Lunch will be served at Castellon de Bedar, and you will be picked up and transferred back to Alameda in time to relax before dinner

Wednesday - Day out of your choice
- You will visit either a local village famous for it’s pottery history, an organic olive oil mill where we will have an olive oil tasting, a trip to the white washed town of Mojacar perched on a hilltop above the coast, or a trip to Lubrin to taste some of the local tapas
- Tonight you will have dinner at La Montaña, a fabulous restaurant in El Campico

Thursday - Cooking a Spanish lunch and sangria
- You’ll learn to prepare and cook some stunning regional dishes, using local ingredients; culminating in a delicious 3 course lunch accompanied by homemade sangria

Friday - Precious Metal Clay workshop
- Today you’ll have a precious metal clay (PMC) workshop where you will learn how to work with PMC and to design your own unique pendant, earrings, bookmark or even a silver name tag for your pet
- Farewell dinner and time to show and share the works you've created throughout the week

Saturday - Departure
- An early breakfast will be served to accommodate the airport transfers to Almeria airport

About your holiday hosts
- Passionate about people and creating, Kathryn and Karen moved to Andalucia 6 years ago from the UK and haven’t looked back
- They have created a relaxing safe haven for people to discover a wide range of arts and craft and develop new creative passions
- Karen is interested in any type of crafts she can get her hands on and is responsible for the PMC day on this holiday
- Kathryn teaches the soap making class, and has a love of cooking, growing vegetables and gardening in general

About your instructors
Trina Doerr
- Trina is a Canadian ceramic artist and painter whose studio is in Bedar
- She specialises in ceramics and her work is on show in both her art studio, as well as a gallery in Mojacar
- She has two very large tile installations in the village of Bedar, which you can see while at the art studio
- You can choose to use clay in many different ways; a pot, a tile, something on the wheel, or decorate a ready made piece

Julie Allen
- An all-round crafting Goddess, Julie moved to Bedar 7 years ago and is a regular at the Bedar art studio
- As well as ceramics, Julie specialises in painting greeting cards
- She teaches a wonderful class at the Cortijo where each person will be amazed at the painting techniques they can achieve with very little experience.

Clare Purt
- A renowned silversmith for over 25 years, Clare recently moved to Bedar to set her studio up
- When in the UK, Clare had more than one famous client, including royalty
- Clare will guide you through the process of creating a traditional silver ring

What will I create?
- Ceramics
- Organic soaps
- Handmade greeting cards
- Traditional silver ring
- A gorgeous 3 course meal of local dishes
- A unique piece using precious metal clay

Where will I be staying?
- This bright, lovingly restored Spanish Cortijo offers Andalusian style and a warmth that makes this the perfect, cosy getaway
- Up to 8 guests can be accommodated in 4 twin bedrooms, each elegantly designed with rustic touches that flow with the surrounding countryside
The Terrace Room
- Double bed, en-suite shower room with a private terrace overlooking the swimming pool
The Courtyard Room
- Large ground floor twin bedded room with a private shower room
- Direct outside access
The Almond Room
Twin beds, shared bathroom with shower and roll top bath; this room has access to a shared terrace
The Olive Room
Double bed, shared bathroom with shower and roll top bath
- All bedrooms have hairdryers, robes and slippers for you to use
- Superb inground swimming pool with lounge chairs
- Many terraces to relax on
- Petanque pitch
- Games room, complete with an honesty bar and pool table
- WiFi throughout
- Comfortable lounges and a library for relaxing
- Although serene and isolated in the countryside, only a 30 minute walk into town
- Check in upon arrival, and check out by 11am on departure day (please note: the complimentary airport transfer will leave at 7am on the last day)

Restricted mobility access
Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- First of all, please note that the accommodation does not have disabled access
- It is an old Cortijo so there are various steps and levels throughout the property
- On the ground floor there is a walk-in shower

Are meals included?
- Breakfast is an important start to the day and each morning you will be welcomed with homemade granola, fresh baked breads, local jamon, cheeses, seasonal fruit picked from the orchard, fresh eggs from the hens in the garden, and Kathryn's own creation of delicious whisky marmalade

Lunch and Dinner
- Depending on the day and life’s whims, lunches are either served at the Cortijo or at local restaurants
- Whilst at the Cortijo, home cooked meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients are served with Spanish wine or beer, cooked with the intent on bringing you all of the flavours of the local region to the table

- If you have dietary requests these must be communicated to us at the time of booking

What can I do in my free time?
- Enjoy country walks, games, petanque, pool, darts and swimming at your Spanish home
- Your hosts would be happy to arrange for yoga, massage, or reflexology from well qualified local instructors at an extra charge
- Head out for some tapas and drinks with your friends in the lovely town of Lubrin, a 30 minute stroll away