Casa Ana, your base for the week, is a beautiful retreat for writers, walkers, and anybody who enjoys an inspirational landscape of beauty and peace. Ferreirola, in which Casa Ana sits, is a small village nestled deep within the famous range of Alpujarras mountains in stunning Andalucia: famous for its Moorish history, and the surviving influence of the Moorish way of life. Casa Ana’s mesmerizing mountain location provides the perfect vantage point for thinking, writing, dreaming, walking, not to mention talking and enjoying yourselves. The spacious house was recently restored by Anne Hunt, a charming host who has run literary events and art festivals throughout the world.
Ferreirola is small, peaceful village within walking distance of Casa Ana. It boasts one laid-back bar and two or three superb restaurants within walking distance. Also near the house is the wonderful natural sparkling water spring, and the restored ancient threshing circle: many find these iconic spots interesting and inspirational.
During the week a couple of optional excursions will be on offer, including a trip to nearby Pampaneira, during which one can enjoy majestic views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains as well as the town’s lively cafes and shops.
As you will see from the programme, the week is designed for people who want to stay close to Casa Ana, working with their own inspirations and bonding gently with other participants and tutors. Please be aware that Casa Ana’s location is remote, though should you wish to explore the region further your host will be able to advise on car hire or private bus charter (please see the Travel section).
We recommend arrival on the Saturday (the first day of the holiday) to arrive at Casa Ana by no later than 6pm (i.e., with a flight arriving into Malaga before 3.30pm) for the welcome and evening meal with the group. Malaga airport is currently served by a number of airlines including Ryanair, Easyjet, Norwegian Air and British Airways. We recommend Skyscanner to find flights and advance booking where possible.
We can recommend a reliable taxi service onwards from Malaga or Granada, or there are buses that run from the airport to near the house, nearest stop Órgiva or Pitres. The timetable for local buses can be found here in English. Please do check the bus timetable ahead of travelling if taking the bus, as some services run infrequently even in the tourist season.
If you wish to stay overnight the evening before travelling on to Casa Ana, we recommend the Hotel Venecia in Malaga, where Literary Adventure guests have traditionally met for a meal before the journey to the retreat. This is optional, but can be a nice way to meet your fellow participants. Do let us know if you plan to stay the night before, and we can put you in touch with your fellow Adventurers.
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