As an important part of the course we have arranged a guided tour of the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace including the compound of Generalife, Granada’s greatest artistic wealth of Spanish-Muslim art. It is the most renowned building of Andalusian Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions. Amongst the many urban and rural architectural tours we will go for a group dinner at Parador de Granada located in the Alhambra grounds.
The Alpujarra is a natural and historical region in Andalucía, Spain, on the south slopes of the Sierra Nevada and the adjacent valley. The average elevation is 4,000 feet above sea level which extends over two provinces, Granada and Almería with the administrative centre being Órgiva.
The high villages have lost population as younger people seek work in the cities, in Spain and elsewhere in the European Union. On the other hand, tourism has greatly developed as the natural beauty of this area has become better known however, this area has not yet felt the full benefits. Tourism remains down; accommodation remains empty for much of the year resulting in some shops and restaurants having to close down.
The Sierra Nevada and most of the Alta Alpujarra is protected under various national and international schemes, ensuring that the rural and the urbanistic features are preserved. The priority now is to promote “sustainable tourism” and as far as possible to extend the tourist period.
Fees include accommodation and breakfast. Other food and airport transfers are each students own responsibility.
The group will be staying in the picturesque whitewashed village of Pampaneira, which hugs the steep slopes and lush river gorge of the Poqueira Valley. In this idyllic location students will share rooms, have breakfast included, and also have access to the popular restaurant and bar on site. The accommodation, resembles the towns architecture that is typical of Las Alpujarras, with its white houses, flat roofs, chimneys and tinaos. It has a vibrant flourishing artisan tradition including ceramics and textiles, and has been included in the register of most beautiful villages in Spain (a National Tourism Award). The town includes numerous bars, cafes and restaurants featuring traditional Alpujarranean cuisine and wines from local vineyards.
It is strongly recommended to stay with the group, however if your resident in the Alpujarras and don’t require accommodation please inform the visiting school by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDIO SPACE + EQUIPMENT
Our workspaces will be based at our accommodation location in Orgiva with accessibility to a dedicated classroom in the Bubion. There will be a variety of internal and external studio spaces used for tutorials throughout the daily programme.
Students will work in groups on different farms/sites and are therefore expected to manage their time and study schedules as a group between site visits, studio design time, tours and lectures.
Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and relevant software. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.
Fees do not include flights. All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing their own travel to and from Spain. Students are also required to organise any visa required for entry to Spain, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. The AA takes no responsibility for the organisation of visas.