Villa de Vida is now an official Associación or Club in Andalucía (13306 )
HOLIDAYS AND COURSES IN A MOUNTAIN SETTING
We can now offer Glamping Holidays alongside our Courses.
With four Bell Tents perfectly placed around the wild landscape of Villa De Vida, you can enjoy a peaceful getaway from the Hustle & Bustle of everyday living.
The location of Villa de Vida is unique. With absolutely no light pollution at night, you can sit outside your tent, on tactile wooden decking, watching the milky way above you. Enjoy a glass of local Andaluz wine, dine privately or in the company of other members. Our trained London Chef, Joe Juran can cater for all your dietary requirements. Using the finest food forest fresh ingredients, Joe will cook up a meal to remember.
During the day, you may take part in any of the courses running or simply relax on the decking around our pool over looking the valley towards Álora.
There are beautiful mountain walks & biking tracks.
In the local historic town of Álora there are boutique shops, bars & restaurants. The feel & architecture of Álora is typically Andalucian, with tiny cobbled streets, colourful flowers adorning the balconies, ancient flaking painted doorways & shutters look stunning against the white washed walls. Street cafes selling delicious varieties of tapas.
ABOUT VILLA de VIDA
Villa de Vida is a restored traditional Spanish Finca or
Sitting on a large plateau looking over an unspoilt valley towards Alora.
Surrounded by Manzania Olive Trees and Valenciana Marconas Almond Trees.
Within the wild gardens we have Cherry, Plum, Lemon, Pistachio, Peach and Avocado trees. Springtime is a beautiful scene, covering the mountainside in candy floss pastel shades of blossom.
We have our own Oak Woodland giving a beautiful depth of colour and history to our land, go and take a wander under the Oaks, breathe in their fresh air.
All of our trees and plants are fed by our own spring water from our well. All the plants and trees are grown using permaculture principles.
Nothing is sprayed, everything, absolutely everything is natural, see Mother Nature’s work at its best!
As part of your membership, you will receive discounts on your accommodation, food & drinks. Discounts on our various courses that run throughout the year.
from Malaga Airport, where you can hire a car.
Or you can jump on the train at the airport and and travel north to either Alora or Cartama Estacion. Where we will be happy to collect you from.
The Finca Villa de Vida is situated deep into the mountains, 6km from the main road in Alora or 9km from the main road in Cartama Estacion.
The road from Cartama is mostly tarmac with a dirt track for the last 3km. On the other side from Alora it is only 6kmbut with more dirt track than tarmac! No Sports cars please!
Accommodation can only be offered to members of the associación.
Venue Villa de Vida offers:
One double Bedroom with Double Bed next to the bathroom.
One Double bedroom with double bed, with space for a single bed.
One Family room with one double bed and two singles.
Please note we have extra single beds available if you prefer twin beds rather than a double.
All Villa de Vida Bedrooms have :
* Views of the valley.
* Mosquito nets at the windows.
* Fans available in summer.
* Heaters available in winter.
* All bedding & towels supplied.
* Shared Shower room with toilet and basin.
Downstairs at Villa de Vida:
Large open plan sitting room,
Large Table with seating.
Sofa Bed sleeps 2 people.
Fully fitted kitchen with Washing machine, hob, oven, fridges & freezer.
Downstairs Shower room with toilet & basin
OUTSIDE NATURAL SPACE
At the front of the Finca Venue Villa de Vida there is a paved terrace with Grapevines shading the front of the house.
There is a small parking area.
Tables and Chairs are dotted around the house and on the front terrace.
We have a covered BBQ and Pizza Oven area with bench seating and large tiled table.
There is a Plunge Pool built from recycled painted Pallets.
For 2019 we have plans for 3 natural Pools to cool the mind & body!
There are lots of private flat terraced areas for pitching your tent, sunbathing or to practise Meditation or Yoga.
We have built a Yoga Platform also from Recycled Pallets.
For Yoga groups visiting us, we can move this to any suitable location you prefer.
**Is Catering included in the Price of the Course?
No, ,Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner plus soft drinks are available to buy in the associacion shop.
**Do you cater for Vegans?
Absolutely! Most of the produce used is our own seasonal produce from our Permaculture farm, including Microgreens!
Everything else is sourced locally from Organic Farmers.
**Can we supply our own Food?
Yes of course, there is a fully fitted kitchen at your disposal, but the area must be kept available at certain times for preparation & cooking for the other course members.
** Can we pitch our own Tent?
Yes you can, please email us for prices
** Can we have our own BBQ?
During the summer months from June to October NO BBQs are permitted in Andalucia due to the high Fire risks.
ACCOMMODATION PRICES FOR MEMBERS ONLY
One Double Bedroom
2 people €60 per night
One double bed
2 single Beds
4 people €120 per night
One Double Bedroom
1 person €50 per night
2 people €40 per night
extra person sharing tent €10 per night
At Peak times:
New Years Eve
July & August there will be an extra charge of 25%
Minimum 2 Night Stay
FOOD PRICES FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Microgreen Salads €5.00 per person
Continental Breakfast. €5.00 per person
( cereal, yoghurts,bread, baguettes, hams, cheese )
Lunch €5.00 per person
( salads, Pasta, Risotto, soups etc.)
Dinner. €10.00 per person
( Paella, Pasta, Risotto, Quinoa salads etc)
Drinks are extra
We have homemade produce for Sale in our shop
All Foods are discounted for members in our Association
100g €2.80 sunflower shoots & Peashoots
€3.00 radish, nasturtium, broccoli & pizzo mustard
Permaculture Produce, is seasonal, you may, under guidance only, collect your own produce from the Food Forest.
Butternut Squash Hummus €2.50/€3.50
Mandarine & Chilli Jam €2.00/ €3.00
Mandarine, Almond & Cacao
Peashoot Pesto €2.00/€3.00/€4.00
Pea & Mint Puree €2.00/€3.00
Pumpkin Chutney €2.00/€3.00
Mels Rockin Hot Chilli Paste €2.00/€3.00/€4.00
Sundried Tomatoes €3.50/€4.50 ( summer only)
Dried Chilli Powder €1.50
Dried Chilli Flakes €1.50
Dried Basil €1.50
Dried Thyme €1.50
Almond Butter €2.80/€4.00/€6.00
Chilli Oil 100ml €2.50
ÁLORA is a traditional Andalucian town with steep and narrow streets lined with orange trees, white-washed town-houses, plenty of tapas bars and restaurants where you can eat well at very reasonable prices and some fabulous historical architecture and pretty plazas and fountains.
The “Valle del Guadalhorce” is the valley of the river Guadalhorce, which is situated inland to the West of Málaga city connecting the Costa del Sol to the hinterland. The 804 sq km region of the “Valle del Guadalhorce” is a huge swathe of fertile agricultural land, one of the richest areas in Spain, a huge garden blessed with its own wonderful microclimate.
While first colonised by the Romans, it was the Moors who have had the most long lasting influence on the area. Throughout the region there is visual evidence of their work in taming the tumbling streams into irrigation systems which brought fertility to the whole of the valley.
The region’s principal towns lie under the Sierra de Mijas to the South, a long ridge of hills which separates the “Valle del Guadalhorce” from the nearby Costa Del Sol. To the West can be found the vast Sierra de la Nieves National Park, a sparsely inhabited area where rare and abundant wildlife thrive in the mountains and forests.
Commonly known as the Malaga or Ardales "Lake District", these are three stunningly beautiful turquoise lakes bordered by lush green pine forests: a tranquil retreat where you can swim, boat, fish or picnic on the shores.
The Malaga to Ronda railway line which runs from East to West through the region, passes through Pizarra and Álora, on its way to the nearby spectacular world renowned El Chorro Gorge cliff walk, before going onwards towards Antequera.
Trekking on quads gives you the ability to cross terrains which would be demanding by foot, and to cross greater distances, so you can see the stunning landscape up close and from a completely different perspective. Quad-bike treks are great fun and provide amazing views of El Chorro and the surrounding area. We recommend
We are situated in one of the most stunning locations in Andalucia, with undulating hills and valleys, from September to April the cooler temperatures are ideal for your group or family hiking trail holiday or course.
Please email for more information on hiking trail routes around Ermita de las Tres Cruces.
If Climbing is your thing and you would like to incorporate a trip to El Chorro, come and stay with us in Alora for a course and then we can arrange a Spanish language Climbing trip or just take you there to enjoy the amazing selection of climbs available, we can recommend The Olive Branch at El Chorro if you would like to stay closer t othe Cliffs!!!!
At Villa Peña de Vida we offer Reconnection & Healing Ceramonies through the use of natural plants.
We have our experienced Herbal medicine practioner - Ras Binghi Iword, with a mountain of knowledge at his disposal through natural remedies & a diet of Alkaline Vegan medicines, he can advise & heal you. Please email for more information
In the early 1920s it was officially opened by King Alfonso XIII who walked its whole length and gave it its name. Since that time, the Camino has become one of the wonders of Spain.
The El Chorro Gorge is beautiful, with huge walls of rock as high as 400m along its three Km length. “El Chorro” can be loosely translated as the "spurt,"
Deep into the mountains at El Chorro or local to our Course Venue, there are many linked tracks of gravel & dirt, giving you access to some incredible single track rides. At El Chorro you will find steeper tracks for the more experienced riders & locally a more undulating mountain experience. Check out this website for Biking routes in our area of Las Cruces
The Sierra Nevada Ski area is a ski and snowboarding resort in the Sierra Nevada natural park & mountain range. The ski area is on the north western slopes of Veleta, the third highest peak in Spain and most southerly ski resort in Europe.
You could be skiing in the warm afternoon sunshine, stay over night in Granada and be on the beaches of Southern Spain sunbathing the next morning!
Alora to Sierra Nevada 2 hours
The Coast to the Ski Resorts only 2 and a half hours!
Which do you prefer? Skiing or Snowboarding?!!
The British Ski Centre offers professional ski & snowboard tuition with native English instructors.
All the Instructors are appropriately qualified, contracted and experienced for ski and/ or snowboard instruction.
1 hour private tuition 48.00 euros
2 hour session 86.00 euros
Family session....4 to 10 people 230.00 euros (4 hours)
Lots of different deals to suit your budget!
Please visit their website. www.sierranevada.co.uk
Ronda is a stunning town sitting at the top of a deep Gorge called El Tajo, which is spanned by a stone bridge, El Puente Nuevo, which took 42 years to complete & was finished in 1793. The height and views are breathtaking & unforgettable!
Ronda is the third most visited city in Andalucia, a visit to one of their Bodegas is a must!
There are the Arabic baths in Ronda too, there is a large cauldron which was used to heat the water, which you can still see. Apparently the star shaped air vents in the roof were copied from the even more famous bathhouse at the Alhambra in Granada.
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If you are a Yoga Teacher or you are part of a Yoga group , go to our page “TEACHERS GROUPS & CLUBS” for group prices to stay at Villa de Vida....sleeps up to 12 people with Bell Tents coming soon.
If you own a Martial Arts club or are part of an MMA club, if you are part of an extreme terrain fitness club and would like to stay at our Villa de Vida in the mountains of Andalucia please go to our page “TEACHERS GROUPS & CLUBS” for group prices
The surrounding hills make for a great Fitness experience!
If you have a Meditation and Mindfulness group, this location will be perfect for you, deep in the hills of Andalusia, a beautiful peaceful setting to calm & inspire.....
please go to our page
“ TEACHERS GROUPS & CLUBS” for group discounts
Stay at Villa de Vida, a large traditional Finca, big enough to take groups of up to 12 people, fully fitted kitchen and 2 bathrooms. A great base to explore the surrounding hills & valleys or to experience the culture of the cities of Andalucia including, Ronda, Seville, Granada & Cadiz!
We have our own Permaculture farm on site, this means that you will be fed with the best nutritionally packed foods available! Including Microgreens!!!
We grow our produce naturally without any use of Pesticides to add to the Good Life experience!
Are you looking for somewhere Peaceful, Inspirational & Beautiful?
Villa Peña de Vida is a tranquil setting ideal for writers that need space & peace.
For Artists the surrounding countryside and light will inspire even the amateur painter...complete a basic course or come with your Art Group and enjoy the abundance of light & colour.
Stay at Villa de Vida, a restored traditional Finca with 3 large double bedrooms, large kitchen, sitting room, outside terrace, plunge pool, BBQ area,outdoor Pizza oven, 2 bathrooms.
sleeps up to 12 people, up to 50% off!!!! please email for full details.
A beautiful front terrace, covered with wild grape vines, a comfortable seating area to relax and unwind after your course. With views of Almond and Olive groves down the valley towards Alora.
The View from one of the bedroom windows!
We have 2 double bedrooms and one family room, each room has one double bed and the family room has 2 extra single beds. We have more single beds available if preferred.
Please email Sam for Group Prices,....
We can cater for groups of 6 to 10 within the Villa.
We can cater for you or you can stay on a self catering basis.
All bedding & Towels are included.
Free WiFi can be arranged.
2019 will see the addition of 4 Bell Tents on the surrounding terraces and a Natural Pool.
For 2019 we will have Bell Tents on the surrounding terraces of the VILLA DE VIDA
The Tents will be beautifully & tastefully decorated to very high standards.
Each Tent will have its own private terrace with out door seating, situated next to our Natural Pool for that early morning refreshing dip!
*Continental Breakfast: ( self service) Cereals, Breads, Baguettes, local Serrano ham & cheeses, fruit juices, tea & coffee & herbal teas
* Lunch: Light Lunch, Salads, Pastas, Microgreens ...see below for full details
Evening meal....served in The Villa Or The main House...see below for full details
Veggie & Vegan options available.
All foods are sourced locally from Organic suppliers or grown on our Permacultu
VEGETARIAN & VEGAN OPTIONS
Broccoli & Sugar snap Tagliatelle
Above...Bruschetta with Microgreens.....
other dishes include:
Plum tomato & Beetroot soup
Three bean Italian salad
Spanish chicken with pears & rice
Courgette, potato & cheddar soup
Griddled Courgettes with pine nuts & goats cheese.
Beetroot & Carrot soup
Braised red cabbage with bacon & apple
Almond, chicken & potato soup
For Lunch & your Evening meal there will be Meat options as well as Vegetarian & Vegan options. With fresh Baguettes from our local Panaderia, Olives & Olive Oil from local Organic suppliers. The meals are large & hearty, anything extra must be paid for.
Quinoa with butternut squash, spring onions & pine nuts on a bed of Spinach leaves.....most of the ingredients for all meals are grown on our Permaculture farm, the rest is sourced from local Organic suppliers.
Our Soups are not just soups! They are raved about all over the world!
CONSCIOUS EARTH PERMACULTURE FARM & VILLA DE VIDA CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR INJURY ON ANY OF OUR COURSES OR RETREATS.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR HEALTH & TRAVEL INSURANCE IS UP TO DATE ( A COPY IS REQUIRED AT BOOKING & ON ARRIVAL)
if you would like further information please email us .
VILLA de VIDA is a non-profit association
Registered with the Junta de Andalucia 04/09/2018 number:13306
Activities & Accommodation are reserved for the members of the association.
Conscious Earth Permaculture Farm is used to host our courses in Earth Bag Building, Microgreen Day Course & The Permaculture Experience
Conscious Earth also grow & sell Microgreens & Permaculture produce in Malaga Province.