Unique and specialist walking tours and mountain walking lodge From the Himalayas, to the Blue Mountains, the Andes to the Drakensberg, The Rockies to the Golden Triangle, the natural, historical and unique wonder of these spectacular regions is equalled here in Andalusia, and particularly in the Axarquia mountain ranges. David and I have trekked and hiked extensively across the world, and here, in the mountains surrounding the beautiful white washed village of Competa, we have found a walking and hiking paradise. And it is our mission to share and teach about the immense history, the wonderful landscape, flora, fauna and wildlife of this splendid region, so that it may be enjoyed, understood and preserved. Preservation of this region is most important to us and we have started a programme to provide education about the environment here, free to children and their families in Andalusia, so that we can not only promote the area, but ensure that the next generation grow up appreciating as much, its importance in this little corner of the world. Working with Axareducacion, and the Ayuntamiento Park Rangers, we walk with children once a month, providing a fun and insightful day of information, games and prizes, finished off with food and refreshments at our walking lodge, Finca Los Pinos.
Living here in southern Spain we enjoy the fantastic benefits of over 300 days of sunshine per year, healthy Mediterranean diet and hopefully less day to day stress. We all want to stay healthy and this need does not stop when we live in such a great environment, but unlike countries with a colder climate we have the luxury of exercising outdoors all year round. Take for example running. Running is extremely popular and a lot of people choose the treadmill over running outside as they perceive that they will be less prone to injuries. Recent studies have shown, however, that on a treadmill the joints and ligaments are put under a lot more stress due to the repetitive nature of running on the same surface at the same angle for mile after mile. This contrasts with running outside where every step is different which strengthens your joints and ligaments and also improves balance and activates other area such as your core muscles for an all over body workout. There is also the added benefit of wind resistance outdoors which enables you to burn more calories in the same amount of time. Another study showed that on a treadmill the perception of speed is distorted so runners tend to run slower than if they were running outdoors. There are other great and surprising benefits of exercising in the great Spanish outdoors:
Sitting outside in the sun, looking out to sea from the bay of La Herradura, whilst having a coffee and talking to Stephen from Sail and Stay, is what living and working in Spain is all about! Stephen has managed to turn his hobby of sailing into a full time job, whilst living in the sun. His successful business, charm and likeability factor has meant that Sail and Stay has been approached a couple of times to be on television on “Living the Dream” type programs. The most recent will
The major A roads and motorways (Autovia) networks in Spain are superb. The average volume of traffic per kilometer of road is far less than most other EU countries. Long distance driving is regarded by many as a pleasure and the general absence of thousands of speed cameras is a welcome bonus. (even though they are on the increase in and around cities). The biggest threat to any Expat driver however are Spanish drivers that are perceived as agressive, inconsiderate and arrogant with no ability to anticipate danger, are totally reactive and have not yet found the indicator stalk after 45 years of Seat driving. However; EU statistics show a totally different story; fatalities in Spain are amongst the lowest in Europe with more accidents in rural areas than cities. Spain has halved it's fatality rate over the last ten years bringing it near to the high standard of the British and Scandinavian drivers. Well, how do they do it?