Cortijo Romero
Cortijo Romero

FAQ's

When is the pool available?

The pool is available for use all year round, but is not heated. Swimming is usually from April - October, although some people use it during the cooler months. Even if you don't go in, it's a wonderful place to sit or sunbathe at any time. By May, many people can't stay out of the pool and midnight bathing is a regular feature in the hottest months.

What is the best day/time to arrive and depart?

Courses run Saturday - Saturday and our Transfer service operates from Malaga airport on Saturdays as follows:

  • Flights arriving in Malaga airport by 12.15 pm will be met by the first transfer.
  • Flights arriving between 12.15 pm and 3.15 pm will be met by the second pick-up.
  • For the return transfer at the end of your holiday, flights should depart Malaga airport from 12 noon onwards.

For costs see our Prices page and for more on ways to get to our centre, see the Travel page.

If you can’t get flights that meet the transfer times, please contact us directly on 01494765775 (if calling from outside the UK, please use +44 1494 765 775). We’ll always help you find a way to get to Cortijo Romero!

Are the holidays suitable for families with children?

Many guests are also parents, of course, but they often come to Cortijo Romero partly to have a break from family duties. Also, the centrepiece of each holiday is a course or workshop for adults interested in their own development - and it's very difficult to concentrate on that whilst also attending to children. For these reasons, the holidays are for adults only.

Will I be able to get to Granada city to visit the Alhambra?

Only one or two holidays at Cortijo Romero include a trip to Granada and the Alhambra. However, it's quite easy to go there by public bus or taxi instead of taking the more local tour of the mountain villages, which is included in all our holidays. Should you wish to do this, we can book a ticket and taxi for you and/or provide bus timetables. 

An alternative is to come to Spain a few days before your holiday at Cortijo Romero (or return a few days after it). Granada is easy to reach by public transport from Malaga and has abundant accommodation of every kind. Or you can fly directly to Granada and then come to Cortijo Romero by public bus. It's a great place to spend a few days; parts of it are a world heritage site and the Alhambra is one of the wonders of the world. 

I can only get flights to arrive or depart outside your recommended timings. What do I do?

If you can only get flights arriving after, or departing earlier than our recommended timings, please check with our bookings office, +44 (0) 1494 765775, before booking them. We can often still arrange additional transport for you but extra charges will apply. Very late arrivals are not possible.

How do I claim an advertised discount?

Please note when provisionally reserving a place where you have seen the offer with any code if applicable.

Can you cater for special dietary needs?

Our food is vegetarian. We can cater for most specific dietary needs, such as wheat-free, gluten-free, etc., at an additional charge of £21 per week. Please check with the bookings office first.

Can I fly to another airport in Spain other than Malaga?

There is a good airport at Granada, and although there are fewer flights than there are to Malaga, some people prefer this option, perhaps combining it with an extra few days in Granada, a wonderful city which is home to the Alhambra, one of the wonders of the world. There is a public bus from Granada and we can collect you (no charge) from the bus stop in our local village. Please ask our office for further details, on 01494 765775.

I've got to cancel my booking. Do I lose my money already paid?

You can always transfer to another week within the next twelve months. For full details, please see our Conditions page.

Do I qualify for a bursary?

We have a bursary fund for those in receipt of state benefits, who have a very low income or are unpaid carers for a dependent person. Please contact us for full details and to apply.

How do I get to your centre from Granada?

From Granada to Cortijo Romero takes about an hour by taxi or hired car. Public buses take 1¼ - 1½ hours. The last bus leaves about 5 pm from the city centre. We can collect you (no charge) from the bus stop in our local village.

What discounts are available?

There are two types of discount: Standard Discounts and Special Offers. 

1. Standard Discounts

  • Earlybirds - book with £100 deposit, 6 months in advance and you will receive a £60 discount; 3 months in advance and you will receive a £30 discount. 
  • Two Consecutive Weeks - book two consecutive weeks and you will receive a £60 discount (£150 outside the main season; see our current brochure or contact us for relevant dates.)   

2. Special Offers 

Can I make a provisional reservation without paying a deposit?

You can make a provisional reservation with no obligation, without paying any deposit. We will hold the reservation while you make your arrangements, and will always contact you first if we need the space.

Do you cater for disabilities?

Our centre is not on entirely level ground (being in the mountains) and there are a few steps and gently sloped paths in places. Handrails are in place to assist in these areas, and guests in wheelchairs have visited us. Excursions may be more difficult – please contact us to discuss specific needs.

Are the rooms warm outside the main season?

The rooms are all well heated and some also have underfloor heating, so you can be cosy in the cooler months of the year. There are plenty of thick blankets if you need them, and in the lounge you will find a roaring fire to gather round on winter evenings.

Is it OK to come as a solo traveller?

Most of our guests travel alone, whether they are actually single or in a relationship. This is an opportunity, for many, to get a fresh perspective on life and discover something new about themselves.

Can I attend both courses in the same week?

When there are two courses running at the same time, you need to choose and book for one course only.

What clothes should I take?

Well firstly, you don't need anything formal; things are pretty relaxed at Cortijo Romero. Apart from that, it depends on the time of the year.  

From the beginning of May to the end of September, it is hot almost all the time, it very rarely rains and you won't need to wear much at all. However, if you are sensitive to strong sunlight, you might want to have clothes with long sleeves, plus a sun hat. A light jersey or similar should be enough for evenings. 
 
Outside of those months, the weather is more changeable; it can still be hot and sunny but evenings and early mornings are cooler, so another layer for such times is a good idea. You might get the occasional windy day, so a windproof or waterproof jacket can be useful if you go on the all-day trip into the mountains, or to take walks at other times. In mid-winter, a warm sweater or jacket is a good idea. 
 
In general, we recommend that you take a variety of light layers, rather than lots of heavy ones; that way, you will have more flexibility. Many people take too many clothes on a first visit!

If you like to walk in the mountains, strong shoes are essential. Good trainers are OK for most of the year, as are strong sandals (not flip-flops or the like); in the cooler months, walking shoes are better, although you don't need boots. In mid-summer, some guests like to walk up mountain river beds to waterfalls; for this, some waterproof footwear is necessary.

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