How To Plan Your Holiday With Us

There are several ways you can travel to Cortijo Romero, the most popular being to fly to Malaga airport and then use our transfer service to Cortijo Romero.

Below you will find all the information about pricing: what’s included in your holiday; travel, transfers, insurance, and optional extras. Plus all the ways you can save money.

Please take some time looking through these options before you book.

When you book a holiday at Cortijo Romero, the price includes:

arts and creativity group

The Course

The 18-20-hour course of your choice.

See our courses
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Accommodation

Your place in a twin-share room. For single occupancy please see Optional Extras above.

See our Rooms
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Meals & Refreshments

All meals and refreshments (excluding wine, beer and soft drinks).

See our food
tai chi group

Yoga, Tai Chi & Dance

Morning sessions in yoga or tai chi, and an evening session in expressive dance - all optional.

Find out more
flower balcony of mountain village house

Visit the Region

A day visiting the stunning, traditional local villages, with the opportunity to shop, visit a bodega, enjoy a picnic and walk in the mountains (again, all optional).

Find out more

Travel to Spain

Your travel to Spain, and insurance, are not included in the price and you'll need to arrange these independently. Here are some tips, and we're always happy to discuss questions you may have.

Travel by plane

There are numerous flights from all over Europe to Malaga. You may like to check comparison websites such as Sky Scanner and Trip Advisor. The Malaga airport website is also very useful. Another option is to fly to Granada. There are fewer flights and no onward transfer service to our centre, but if you want to visit this ancient city, which is home to the Alhambra, one of the wonders of the world, it’s an easy bus or taxi journey from the city centre to Cortijo Romero.

BREXIT: If you have any concerns about your flights, please note that according to information published on the Government's website, flights will still take place after Brexit under any circumstances. See the links below for further information.

Government's website regarding visiting Europe after Brexit:
https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit

Easyjet explains how Brexit may affect flights:
http://www.easyjet.com/en/help/boarding-and-flying/brexit

Travel by train

We are conscious of the need to take care of the environment and so contribute towards this, and to encourage anyone who can to take the train rather than fly to Spain, we'll give £100 discount. When booking online, use the code T100. 

High speed services to Malaga and Granada operate from Madrid and Barcelona, connecting with similar services from many European countries. For comprehensive information, see the website “Seat 61”. The Spanish operator “Renfe” has more information in Spanish and English.

To book, the website www.loco2.com links the UK, French and Spanish rail systems and finds the cheapest price for each leg of the journey.

Travel by ferry

For ferries to Santander, see Brittany Ferries.

 

At Cortijo Romero our friendly team is at the end of the phone, 9 - 5 Monday to Friday, or leave us a message

You’ll need to arrange this independently and confirm you have it before departure. To get free medical care, you must have the EHIC as well as travel insurance. Please note travel insurance is a condition of booking; you will be asked to confirm that you have an up-to-date policy.

Travel options to Cortijo Romero

There are several ways to get to Cortijo Romero, but most people fly to Malaga and then use our transfer service - please note this is not included in our price. If you think you’d like to do this, please check our transfer times first before you book your flights. Please do call if you have any questions about this.

Our transfer service

To use this service, you’ll need to book it in advance, and ensure your flights meet the transfer times.

Arriving in Malaga:
  • First transfer for flights arriving by 12.15pm
  • Second transfer for flights arriving between 12.15pm and 3.15pm
Departures at the end of the week:

Flights from 12 noon onwards

If you can’t get flights that meet the transfer times, please contact us directly on:

£28

If you would like to use our transfer service between Malaga Airport and Cortijo Romero the cost is £28 each way.

Hire Car

If you want to travel more independently, and perhaps take some extra time to visit places en route to Cortijo Romero, hiring a car is a good way to do this. There are excellent car hire facilities at all Spanish airports, sea ports and main rail stations. The Malaga airport web site price-checks all 23 car hire companies operating there. Our recommendation is to use MalagaCar.com

Public bus

There are good services from all over Europe to Malaga, where you can meet our Transfer service at the airport (bookable in advance) or you can go all the way to Órgiva, just 15 minutes from Cortijo Romero, where we can pick you up free of charge (please arrange in advance). The local bus service can be booked through Eurolines and we can provide information for the services to Órgiva if you need this, or www.alsa.es is also good.

You’ll need to arrange this independently and confirm you have it before departure. To get free medical care, you must have the EHIC as well as travel insurance. Please note travel insurance is a condition of booking; you will be asked to confirm that you have an up-to-date policy.

Optional Extras

Room supplements

Your booking includes a place in a twin-share room. If you are booking with a travelling companion you will be in a room together. Alternatively you will be placed with another person of the same gender. (Couples may share a double or twin room depending on preference and availability.) If you prefer not to share, you will need to pay a room supplement.

Standard single

£118

Massage & coaching sessions

These are bookable on site.

Approx. €40 per session

40e 

Dietary requirements

If you vegan, wheat / gluten-free or dairy-free, our cooks can prepare your meals for an additional £22 (per week). See our Delicious, Healthy Food Page for full details

£22

Ways to Save

Plan Ahead

Book early
  • 6 months in advance and get £60 off
  • 3 months in advance and get £30 off

Just pay £100 deposit to qualify and the balance is payable 6 weeks before departure.

Book flights early 

As well as getting lower fares, you’re more likely to get the times you prefer, particularly if you want to meet our transfer service.

Do Something Different

Discounts, low-cost holidays and environmental tips
 
  • Book 2 consecutive weeks and get a discount of £60 - this also helps reduce the impact on the environment, by having two holidays but with only one flight. This discount will increase for two-week bookings on holidays in 2020 to £150.
  • Our Treeplanting weeks are a very popular low-cost option. Contribute to the local environment and enjoy a great week of camaraderie in our stunning mountain environment.
  • You can get lower-cost holidays in the low season, when flights will also be cheaper - and all seasons are lovely here!
  • Help the environment - travel by train to Spain, instead of flying, and we'll give you £100 discount. Use code T100. 

Connect With Us

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Join the Friends of Cortijo Romero 

Just £20 a year to get additional exclusive offers, or win a free holiday in our regular draw! The Friends' membership fee helps to fund the Bursary scheme and TreePlanting project.

Travelling on a Shoe String

If you are on a low income, working as a carer, or any kind of state benefit, ask us about a bursary.

How to book

We wish to make your holiday a positive experience right from the start. To help with this, we offer a different kind of booking process

1. Call

Please be assured that we’re not a pushy sales company! When you call us, we’re not going to try to ‘sell’ to you – we genuinely want to help you with the process. We are a small team and we’ve all been on a course at CR, so we know the process you need to go through to choose your holiday and make your travel arrangements, and we are happy to talk you through it.


If you want to do things a bit differently – travel by train, for example, or stay on afterwards locally - we can help with that too. Our office hours are 9 – 5, Monday to Friday, but outside those hours you can leave a message and we’ll call you back.

2. Reserve

You’ll need to check that there is a place available on the course of your choice, and whether we have the type of room you’d like (single, twin share or double.) You can do this either by email, phone or on our website.


This provisional booking requires no payment, but we’ll then hold your place for you, with no obligation, while you move to the next stage (if we need the place before we hear back from you, we’ll contact you first to check whether you still want to go ahead or not before we release the place).

3. Flights

Your place is safely held in order to give you time to check on any personal arrangements you may need to make, such as arranging time off work – but most important, before you commit to booking your holiday, please check flights are available that suit you. If you're planning to use our transfer service, you'll need to get flights that meet the transfer times. 

4. Confirm

Once you’ve got your flights and you’re ready to go ahead, you’ll need to pay £100 deposit to confirm your place. This can be done either on our website or by card over the phone. (If paying in Euros, please contact us for the details.) The full balance is due 6 weeks before departure.

FAQs

Below are some of our frequently asked questions. If you don’t see an answer to your question please call our friendly team today for answers and advice.
  • 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.

Earlybird Discounts

Book early and save money! See our Courses page with Earlybird price deadlines.

  • £60

    6 Months Ahead

  • £30

    3 Months Ahead

Booking with a difference

We wish to make your holiday a positive experience right from the start. To help with this, we offer a different kind of booking process.

1. Call

to make any initial enquiries and at any point with further questions

2. Reserve

by phone, on the website, or via email - no deposit needed

3. Flights

book flights to meet our transfer and make any other arrangements

4. Confirm

pay £100 deposit and the balance is due 6 weeks before departure

Talk with one of our friendly team today 01494 765775 or email us at cr@cortijo-romero.co.uk

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