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Your Online Handbook for Andalucia

We look forward to seeing you in the mountains. Please forward this link to all members of your party – and perhaps bookmark it for quick reference?
Any questions or concerns? Please call us on 01799 513331.

Essential Info.
Andalucia Handbook Information

Useful to know before you go

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Arrival

On your arrival in Canillas, you will be asked to hand in the signed disclaimer sent to the person who booked the holiday prior to your departure. This should be signed by all members of your party. See the Disclaimer tab for a copy and more details.
If you have not already provided the UK office with your passport details, we will also need to take a copy of your passports for the purposes of tourist registration, so please ensure you have your passport to hand on the first evening or bring your own copy if you prefer not to be without it.

Banks

There are no banks or cash machines in Canillas and the nearest one is the neighbouring village of Competa (a 45min walk or 10min drive). There is a cash machine at the airport.

Day Off – Wednesdays

Our resort staff have their day off on a Wednesday. In Restaurant la Plaza, breakfast is served but dinner is not included and the Restaurant la Plaza will be closed for dinner. Our staff can recommend some excellent nearby restaurants. There are no Organised Walks and there is no Office Hour so you will need to subscribe to Thursday’s Organised Walks on Tuesday evening.

Dietary Requirements

Please contact us now if you have not informed us of any dietary requirements. If you are organising a group, have you checked the dietary requirements of your party? This concerns vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. Unfortunately, we cannot cater for personal food preferences.

Duty of Care & At Your Own Risk

Our walkers organise days out during your stay. They are not qualified guides and you join them at your own risk. We put safety first but you are as responsible as we are! You join our organised days out at your own risk, responsible for your own safety and as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a duty of care to each other. Not being professionally responsible for you does not mean we turn a blind eye to safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to people joining our organised itineraries.
We deem the safety of our staff and guests to be of unparalleled importance and we therefore take our own safety measures and endeavour to minimise the possibility of personal injury and death. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care.
As with any person or organisation involved with activities where there is a possibility of personal injury or death, the issue of duty of care is ever-present and, in the absence of a qualified guide in ‘non-professional’ activities anywhere in the world, such as walking (whether organised by a company, club, university or even a friend) every member of the group has a legal commitment to all involved. This commitment to your fellow walkers should form the basis of your behaviour and actions during an organised walk, especially in the event of accident or injury.

Estimated Time of Arrival

If you are making your way to Canillas de Albaida independently, please contact us ASAP with your arrival time if you haven’t already. So that we can be there to greet you and settle you in. Please visit www.colletts.co.uk/eta and enter your details. Have a guess if you are not sure. Not required if you have booked an airport transfer.

Fly-Drivers & Self-Drivers

According to the AA, all valid UK driving licences should be accepted in Spain. If you have a new licence, then take both the card and paper sections.
If you have booked a hire car, a credit (not debit!) card is essential. It is generally swiped but not debited, although it is wise to make sure it is not being debited.
Self-drivers should familiarise themselves with the driving requirements for Spain, and the compulsory equipment that must be carried in your car. See www.theaa.com
For driving directions see our website here.

Hairdryers

There are no hairdryers in the bedrooms of the Posada and Villa. There are a small number of hairdryers available to borrow from the reception in the Posada and in the lounge at the Villa. Voltage for normal appliances is 220 – 240v.

Insurance

Being adequately insured during your stay with us is essential – we strongly recommend you buy a comprehensive holiday insurance package at the time of booking. Having a travel insurance policy is one of the booking conditions for joining us on a Collett’s Mountain Holiday. Full details are available on request or on our website – www.colletts.co.uk/walking-holiday-insurance

Collett’s Limited is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd. who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This can be checked on the FCA’s register by visiting the FCA’s website at www.fca.org.uk or by contacting them on 0800 111 6787.

Internet

Free WiFi access is available in the Posada la Plaza, Villa la Posada and the Restaurant la Plaza, for guests with their own laptops or other devices.

Mick

Mick is our man on the ground in Andalucia. Originally from the UK, he and his family moved to the area over 10 years ago. He is a wealth of knowledge and always eager to share details of the local history and culture. He will be hosting you on walks and at office hour, along with our own hosts.

Packed lunches

Packed lunches are available for purchase in Canillas. Simply order one at Office Hour for collection from Posada La Plaza the following day. Either a filled baguette for €3 or together with a juice and a snack for €5 (€18 for 6 days). Alternatively, the nearby village minimarket does made-to-order filled baguettes.

Other Info & Local A-Z

Local A-Z

Here is some local information in an A-Z format that will hopefully whet the appetite and help you hit the ground running.

Archez

Known as ‘the crown jewel of the seventeenth century’, the town in an excellent example of the Arabic heritage of the area, and under a 20min walk away. There is also a great local restaurant for Wednesday night.

Arrival

On your arrival in Canillas, you will be asked to hand in the signed disclaimer sent to the person who booked the holiday prior to your departure. This should be signed by all members of your party. See the Disclaimer tab for a copy and more details.
If you have not already provided the UK office with your passport details, we will also need to take a copy of your passports for the purposes of tourist registration, so please ensure you have your passport to hand on the first evening or bring your own copy if you prefer not to be without it.

Avocados & Almonds

Two of the principal crops of the area, with many local farmers switching from olives as a result of the falling returns.

Bakers

Bread can be purchased in the ‘Supermercado Andalucía’ mini market in Canillas. Rolls are available near the till and if taken to the deli counter at the rear they will be happy to make sandwiches with your chosen filling.
In Spain they are called Panaderias and are home to a dazzling array of pastries, such as croissants, napolitanas and cakes. They also sell empanadas (similar to cornish pasties) filled with chorizo or tuna.

Banks

There are no banks or cash machines in Canillas and the nearest one is the neighbouring village of Competa (a 45min walk or 10min drive). There is a cash machine at the airport.

Beer

If you would like a draught beer ask for ‘una caña’. If you would like a bottled beer ask for ‘una cerveza’. The most popular bottled beers in Spain are San Miguel, Ambar and Estrelle Damm.

Bike Hire

Mountain bikes are available to hire the neighbouring village of Competa, and cost around €25/day.

Birds

During your stay in Andalucía, you may see raptors, eagles, (golden and bonelli) peregrine falcons, and golden orioles.

Bodega

The term means wine cellar and is used to describe the number of wineries in the local area. One of these, Bodega Jarel, is just a 30min walk from Canillas and offers a short tour and wine tasting for a small fee.

Chemist – Farmacia in Spanish

In Spain a chemist is always indicated by a green cross. There is a chemist in the centre of Canillas opens at 10am.

Canillas de Albaida

This is the full name of the village which stands at 630m above sea level. It is believed that the village dates back to the thirteenth century and was named ‘Albaida’ (meaning white) because of the abundance of white flowers in the surrounding area.

Canilleros

The term used to describe natives of Canillas.

Collado

The Spanish word for a mountain pass or saddle.

Competa

Is known as the pearl of the Axarquia and is roughly a 45min walk from Canillas. It is a pretty and interesting village with a good number of tapas bars and restaurants.

Day Off – Wednesday

Our resort staff have their day‐off on a Wednesday. In Restaurant la Plaza, breakfast is served but dinner is not included and the Restaurant la Plaza will be closed for dinner. Our staff can recommend some great nearby restaurants. There are no Organised Walks and there is no Office Hour so you will need to subscribe to Thursday’s Organised Walks on Tuesday evening.
Some options for Wednesday:
Nerja Caves: The impressive Cueva de Nerja are a series of huge caverns stretching for almost 5km and home to the world’s largest stalagmite. It is about an hour’s drive by taxi.

Self-Guided Walks: There are a couple of self-guided walk options that you can borrow the route laminates for and which the navigation and routes lend themselves to easier self-guiding. Please speak to our staff for more details.

Doctor/Medical Centre

There is a local doctor who moves between Canillas and neighbouring Archez, as well as a 24hour clinic in Competa.
If you need to see a doctor during your stay, please come and see us and we will be happy to help. Remember to bring your EHIC card.

Duty of Care & At Your Own Risk

Our walkers organise days out during your stay. They are not qualified guides and you join them at your own risk. We put safety first but you are as responsible as we are! You join our organised days out at your own risk, responsible for your own safety and as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a duty of care to each other. Not being professionally responsible for you does not mean we turn a blind eye to safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to people joining our organised itineraries.
We deem the safety of our staff and guests to be of unparalleled importance and we therefore take our own safety measures and endeavour to minimise the possibility of personal injury and death. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care.
As with any person or organisation involved with activities where there is a possibility of personal injury or death, the issue of duty of care is ever-present and, in the absence of a qualified guide in ‘non-professional’ activities anywhere in the world, such as walking (whether organised by a company, club, university or even a friend) every member of the group has a legal commitment to all involved. This commitment to your fellow walkers should form the basis of your behaviour and actions during an organised walk, especially in the event of accident or injury.

Environmental Awareness

We would be grateful for your support in reducing our impact on the local environment.
‐ In the mountains, leave the landscape in its natural state, in particular take any litter away with you and do not pick flowers;
‐ In the Posada/Villa, turn off lights when you leave your room, turn down heating if not required and be conscious of your water usage.

Estimated Time of Arrival

If you are making your way to Canillas de Albaida independently, please contact us ASAP with your arrival time if you haven’t already. So that we can be there to greet you and settle you in. Please visit www.colletts.co.uk/eta and enter your details. Have a guess if you are not sure. Not required if you have booked an airport transfer.

Fauna

The entire region of Liébana forms a natural reserve where native tree species still exist forming beautiful forests that serve as a home for animal species that are protected or in danger of extinction, such as the capercaillie, the Cantabrian brown bear, the golden eagle and the occasional wolf. Roebucks, deer and rebecco are also abundant, as are wild boar.

Fincas

Translates to ‘estate’ and is used to describe the many farmhouses in the area.

Flora

From the end of February through to May the area is awash with colour thanks to the local wildflowers. Canillas is in the centre of a rich agricultural area and walking in the area you will often see various crops including almond, avocados, grapes, pomegranates and lemons.

Fly-Drivers & Self-Drivers

According to the AA, all valid UK driving licences should be accepted in Spain. If you have a new licence, then take both the card and paper sections.
If you have booked a hire car, a credit (not debit!) card is essential. It is generally swiped but not debited, although it is wise to make sure it is not being debited.
Self-drivers should familiarise themselves with the driving requirements for Spain, and the compulsory equipment that must be carried in your car. See www.theaa.com
For driving directions see our website here.

Guides & Other Activities

If you would like to book a Mountain Guide or Bike Guide, or an activity such as canyoning, horseriding, please ask a member of staff for more information. It is important that you understand that: these excursions and activities are neither run nor controlled by Collett’s (even if advertised by us); that we only act as your agent; and that your contract for these services is with the third party supplier in question and not Collett’s Limited. Consequently, we are not responsible/liable for the provision of any such third party excursions or activities or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the supplier.

Hairdryers

There are no hairdryers in the bedrooms of the Posada and Villa. There are a small number of hairdryers available to borrow from the reception in the Posada and in the lounge at the Villa. Voltage for normal appliances is 220 – 240v.

Internet

Free WiFi access is available in the Posada la Plaza, Villa la Posada and the Restaurant la Plaza, for guests with their own laptops or other devices.

Lucero

An impressive and distinctive pyramidal peak. During the Franco era it served as a lookout for the Guardia Civil as they tried to hunt down partisans. On the very top of the mountain you can still see the remains of a lookout cabin.

Malaga

An often overlooked gem, Malaga is a beautiful and historical city with plenty to offer visitors. The opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003 triggered the city’s cultural rebirth, and visitors are now flocking to this port city which boats excellent transport, top-class cuisine and fascinating monuments, from Moorish and Roman times through to modern day – while retaining its authentic Andalucían feel.

La Maroma

Also known as Tejeda, is the highest peak of the Sierra de Tejeda range at 2066m. The Sierra de Tejeda joins in the Also known as Tejeda, is the highest peak of the Sierra de Tejeda range at 2066m. The Sierra de Tejeda joins in the south east a second range called Sierra de Almijara. Both mountain ranges are part of the National Park that runs in a NW-SE orientation, working as a geological barrier between Malaga and Granada. There are other peaks in the area, like Navachica (1,834m, the 2nd highest mountain of Malaga after Torrecilla), Cerro del Lucero (1,771m), Cerro de Albucar (1,752) and El Cielo (1,501m).

Maps

We have a number of maps available to borrow resort or they can be purchased in the nearby town of Competa. Alternatively they can be purchased on Amazon in advance of your holiday. The best map for the area is called Axarquia Tour and Trail (ISBN-13: 978-1904946663). At present, most of the walks we use are covered by this map.
Please note that these maps are a far cry from UK Ordnance Survey maps and are not particularly accurate, and as such many of the smaller paths on which we walk are not marked. The gridlines marked are not kilometre squares (hence their rectangular shape) and cannot be used for measuring distance as people are used to. This and the poor way marking on the trails are reasons we do not advise self-guiding in this location.

Market Day

Monday in Canillas and Saturday morning in Competa.

Meal Times

All meals are served in the Restaurant La Plaza which is located directly across the square from the Posada.
Breakfast is available from 9am (earlier on walk days departing early).
Dinner is held at 7.30pm.
For those arriving late on Saturday, a late dinner is available – please ensure you have confirmed your ETA with the UK Office or contact the resort mobile.

Mick

Mick is our man on the ground in Andalucia. Originally from the UK, he and his family moved to the area over 10 years ago. He is a wealth of knowledge and always eager to share details of the local history and culture. He will be hosting you on walks and at office hour, along with our own hosts.

Migas

Old fashioned Andalucían staple food for farmers, made with both wheat and corn.

Nispero

Type of locally grown fruit also known as medlar.

Nuestra Señora de la Expectación

(Our lady of expectation) church, located in the village square in Canillas.

Office Hour

Is held every evening (except Wednesday) from 6.30pm either in the Restaurant la Plaza or (weather permitting) outside in the square. Over a relaxed and informal drink, Mick and our hosts will present and talk you through the two walk options for the following day. You can then chat with our staff, ask questions and obtain details of (and subscribe to) the walks, before meeting at the designated time the following morning.

Organised Walks

Every day apart from Wednesday and Saturday we offer two different walks, one more demanding than the other. The programme is put together in advance by our staff and we would ask you to accept their discretion with regard to the routes that are offered.

Transportation required for our organised walks is included in the price of your holiday. Our staff will be happy to organise taxi transportation for the day off or to self-guide, which you pay locally for.

Packed lunches

Packed lunches are available for purchase in Canillas. Simply order one at Office Hour for collection from Posada La Plaza the following day. Either a filled baguette for €3 or together with a juice and a snack for €5 (€18 for 6 days). Alternatively, the nearby village minimarket does made-to-order filled baguettes and sells fresh fruit, chocolate and other snacks.

Parque Natural Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama

The name of the nearby natural park which we visit on many of our walks.

Paraje de las Cuestas

Located in Canillas, this is the point where two Roman roads are joined together by a Roman bridge over the river Turvilla.

Petrol & Diesel

Petrol = sin plomo (95 & 98 octane)
Diesel = gasoleo A
The nearest petrol station is located on the way out of the village on the road to Competa.

Rainy Days

Hopefully there won’t be any! If you are unlucky, please bear in mind that the weather in the mountains can be very localised and it is not unusual to leave the village on a rainy day to find brighter conditions higher up or nearer the coast. Suggestions for what to do if it does rain are available at Office Hour or please ask a member of staff for more information. Our Organised Walks would only be cancelled if it is deemed that the weather makes conditions dangerous.

Red File & Resort Charges

There is a red file kept in Restaurant La Plaza in which we record any purchases of packed lunches, drinks or snacks. Similarly, any day trips and taxi rides used (outside of those included in the holiday price) will be added to your page. On the eve of your departure you can settle up with the Posada owner, Gustavo, in cash (Euros) or card.

San Antón Hermitage

Built in the 17th century in the lower area of the town about half a kilometre from the village square. It is named after the local saint whose Saint’s Day falls in mid January and is celebrated with a big festival involving music and local cuisine.

Santa Ana Hermitage

A simple temple built at the highest point of Canillas and offering splendid, panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Siesta

Probably needs little introduction as a short nap taken in the early afternoon, after the midday meal. The word is from the Latin hora sexta ‐ “the sixth hour” (counting from dawn, therefore noon, hence “midday rest”). In Canillas the siesta isn’t such a ‘short’ affair ‐ shops and banks etc. generally close from 2pm until about 5pm.

Smoking

Since January 2011, smoking in public places has been illegal in Spain. All of our accommodation is non-smoking.

Sauna

There is a sauna and jacuzzi located on the top floor of the Posada la Plaza which guests are welcome to use for a charge of €20 for the week or €7 for each visit. Please let one of the team know if you are interested in using these, so they can inform you of the notice times of use and process so they can warm them up.

Stamps

You can buy stamps from a post office in Competa. A stamp (‘un sello’ in Spanish) to send a postcard to the United Kingdom (Reina Unido) from Spain will cost around €0.65 and it will take about 4 days to get there.

Supermarkets

There are three small supermarkets (Andalucía, Dori, & Rosarito) in Canillas. The largest of which is Andalucía on the main road just a short walk from the Posada, which also sells daily fresh baguettes and rolls which can be bought and taken to its Deli counter at the rear for various fillings.

Swimming

Guests staying at the Villa have use of a communal swimming pool. It is also sometimes possible for guests staying in the Posada to use this pool, if you would like to do so please speak to our organisers.

Taxis

Taxis are available to hire in Canillas at very reasonable rates.

Tea & Coffee Making Facilities

There are tea and coffee making facilities in the small area on the first floor of the Posada la Plaza and in the ground floor kitchen in the Villa la Posada which will be available 24 hours.

Towels & Bed Linen

One bath towel and one hand towel is supplied for each guest. Towels are changed every two days and linen every three days.

Water

The tap water in the area is safe to drink. If you would prefer bottled water, it can be purchased cheaply locally from the minimarket. Remember to take plenty of water out walking with you.

Weather & Climate

Please don’t ring us to find out what the weather will be like during your holiday! We would hate to get it wrong and with mountains it is hard to get it right! Generally, the prevailing weather in Andalucía during the spring and autumn is good and mostly dry, but as in any mountainous area, the weather can be unpredictable and very localised.

If you wish to find out about the local weather before you go, visit www.aemet.es and search for Canillas de Albaida.
As for temperatures, April and end of October/November can sometimes be chilly first thing in the morning and in the evenings with temperatures rising to high teens in the middle of the day. In May you would expect daytime temperatures in the low to mid 20s. An up‐to‐date forecast will be available at Office Hour each evening. Naturally, our Walk Organisers keep a firm eye on weather conditions and try to ensure it is safe to proceed with an excursion, but it is everybody’s responsibility to consider the possibility of cancelling an excursion (and voice any anxiety) if worried about the risk of adverse weather conditions.

Travel & Transfers
Andalucia Handbook Information

Travel & Transfers

Before leaving home

Passport – Is it in date? Contact the passport office here if you need to renew your passport
Walking Holiday Insurance – Do you have any? Contact us on 01799 513331 or click here for details
Flight Check-in – Remember to print off your boarding pass
Baggage – Have you checked the size & weight of your baggage?
Book Airport Hotel – Click here
Book Airport Parking – Click here

Transfers & Arrival Day

If you are booked to join an Airport Transfer, you will be met by a member of our staff at Malaga airport at a pre‐arranged time. Details of transfer times are sent by post by Dee Collett to the person who booked the holiday approximately 2 weeks before your holiday.

We meet by the “La Manon” café (previously “Café Daily” café), which is straight ahead on the left as you leave baggage reclaim, and inside the arrivals hall of the terminal building, and is the only cafe in the terminal building. A member of our team will take you to your transfer vehicle but will not accompany you on your journey. The transfer time is just over 1 hour.

Important Notes concerning Collett’s Transfers – We try to keep ‘waiting at the airport’ to a minimum, but you have booked a transfer on the understanding that it is a possibility on both your day of arrival and departure. We are not offering a personal taxi service. Our transfer times are set to help us group people together from a number of different flights, both morning and afternoon. Waiting may also be caused by delayed flights – within reason. Please cancel your airport transfer and make your own plans if you are not happy with these arrangements, which by and large work very well.

On arrival in Canillas, you will be met by another member of our staff who will help you with your luggage and settle you in to your room. Please note that as the village square is traffic-free guests staying in the Posada will be dropped off a short distance from the Posada.

Directions for Fly-drivers & Self-drivers

If you are self-driving or hiring a car rather than joining us on a transfer please refer to our Driving Directions here.

All guests (whether staying in Posada or Villa) should make their way to the Posada la Plaza. You can check-in from 12pm onwards and if you have provided us with an ETA, a member of Collett’s staff will be available to meet you. Please contact us if you have not yet provided an ETA, or are delayed. Click here to submit your E.T.A.

Parking – there is no parking available in the immediate vicinity of the Posada or Villa. On street parking is available near the mini market in the centre of the village.

Google Map Directions

Go to www.bit.ly/PosadaLaPlaza for Google Map Directions from any location.

Resort Contacts

Useful Numbers & Contact Info.

Click here to print this page as a PDF.
Please ensure you have the following telephone numbers with you on your day of travel.

Collett's Mountain Holidays
c/o Posada La Plaza
Plaza Nuestra Señora del Rosario
29754 Canillas de Albaida
Málaga
0034 952 554 807
0034 609 167 127
Collett's Resort Mobiles - Main 0034 650 084518 (Mick) or 0034 691 300 639
Collett's Mountain Holidays UK - 0044 (0) 1799 513331 Monday - Friday 9am-6pm / Saturday 9am-3pm

Packing Suggestions
Andalucia Handbook Information

Checklist & Packing Suggestions

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Essential Items

☐ Passport
☐ Euros or credit/debit cards (there is no cash
machine in Canillas)
☐ Holiday Insurance
☐ EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)
☐ Mobile telephone & charger
☐ Signed disclaimer
☐ Medication?

Flyers

☐ Flight tickets and/or printed boarding pass
☐ Have you checked the size & weight of your baggage?

Fly Drivers

☐ Driving license
☐ International Driving Permit (if required for driving in the EU)
☐ Printed copy of driving licence ‘check code’ Visit www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence
☐ Car hire voucher
☐ Credit card of the lead driver
☐ Sat Nav & European road map
☐ Torch

Self Drivers

☐ Driving license

☐ International Driving Permit (if required for driving in the EU)
☐ Ferry / tunnel ticket
☐ Insurance & car registration documents
☐ European breakdown cover
☐ GB Sticker (must be displayed in the EU)
☐ Warning triangle (must be carried in the EU)
☐ Fluorescent bibs (must be carried in the EU)
☐ Spare bulbs
☐ Sat Nav & European road map
☐ Torch

General

☐ Clothes, footwear & wash kit
☐ Sunglasses, sun hat & sun cream
☐ Swimming kit (for hot tub/sauna in the Posada or
swimming pool at the Villa)
☐ Travel hairdryer (limited availability in
accommodation)
☐ Camera, memory card, batteries & camera charger
☐ Binoculars
☐ Pocket reference books (e.g. flowers)
☐ Spanish phrase book
☐ Games, playing cards, books?
☐ Continental plug-adapter
(European voltage for normal appliances is 220-240 Volts)
☐ A level of fitness to suit your own intentions!

For Walking

☐ Strong, light, comfortable walking boots,
which support the ankle
☐ Waterproof jacket (and trousers – optional)
☐ Clothing suitable for hot and cold temperatures
☐ Lightweight rucksack (25 litres plus)
☐ (Telescopic) walking poles
☐ Basic first-aid kit
☐ Water bottle
(min. 2 litres, 3 litres is recommended for harder walks)
☐ Map case
☐ Compass, whistle, torch, survival bag

Disclaimer
Andalucia Handbook Information

Important

On arrival, you will be asked to hand in the disclaimer sent by post to the person who booked the holiday.
1. The disclaimer below sets out the relationship between your party and Collett’s Ltd., emphasising that we are not qualified guides and that you walk at your own risk
2. Ideally it will be signed by each member of your party and handed to us on your arrival. If you require more copies, click here to download a printable PDF copy.

Copy of the Disclaimer

Party Name:
Mobile Phone No:

Everything you do during your stay in Andalucía is done ‘at your own risk’.
To make your arrival in Andalucía as plain sailing as possible, please could you and each member of your party read and sign this disclaimer, handing it to us on your arrival. If it is not possible to obtain all signatures prior to your holiday, signatures will need to be obtained on your party’s arrival in Andalucía.

In these days of litigation, it is important you and your party understand your relationship with Collett’s and without your party’s signatures on this disclaimer, you will not be able to join our Organised Walks and we would be reluctant to pass on information and opinions to you during your stay.

Information & Opinions
We are happy to offer information and opinions on the area (such as additional walks and places of interest). We always endeavour to give accurate and appropriate information and opinions, but we do not take any responsibility for them and they are acted upon by you at your own risk. By signing this disclaimer, you agree you do not hold Collett’s responsible for any information or opinions it offers you during your stay and that you do everything during your stay with Collett’s at your own risk.

Organised Walks
The Walk Organisers attend these on a goodwill basis so that you might partake in an itinerary you might not otherwise come across during your stay in a sociable atmosphere with like-minded people.
By signing this disclaimer you confirm the following:

  • You understand the Walk Organisers are not qualified mountain guides.
  • You join them at your own risk and of your own free will.
  • You are part of an autonomous group, responsible for your own safety and happy to accept the discretion and actions of any or all participants on that Organised Walk or activity in the event of injury to you, the need to have you rescued or otherwise.
  • You will only sign up to an Organised Walk having independently studied the route sufficiently and deemed it to be within your capability.

Transport
When joining an Organised Walk or excursion, you might be asked to share a local taxi with, or drive/accept a lift from someone who is not in your booking party, to and from the Organised Walk or excursion. By signing this disclaimer you accept that Collett’s will not accept any liability in the event of a road accident and that all such journeys shall be taken at your own risk.

By signing this disclaimer you further agree and accept that your return transfers between Malaga airport and Posada la Plaza and daily transport to and from Organised Walks and excursions, will be organised by Posada la Plaza and not Collett’s and will be supplied by either Posada la Plaza or a third party transport provider. You therefore accept that Collett’s is not responsible for these services, and will not accept liability in connection therewith.

Activities supplied by Third Parties
We are happy to inform you of (and book) activities supplied by third parties but it is important that you understand that: these excursions and activities are neither run nor controlled by Collett’s (even if advertised by us); that we only act as your agent; and that your contract for these services is with the third party supplier in question and not Collett’s Limited. Consequently, we are not responsible/liable for the provision of any such third party excursions or activities or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the supplier. This applies to all activities advertised by Collett’s in our brochure, on our website and in resort.

Finally, during your stay, you might inadvertently (or not!) be included in photography that subsequently appears in Collett’s promotional materials. By signing this disclaimer, you agree that this is ok with you.

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Procedures & Safety
Andalucia Handbook Information

At Your Own Risk, Duty of Care, Procedures & Mountain Safety

As you will know, we offer two organised walks daily (except Wednesdays) which you can join at no extra cost. Our walk organisers are not qualified guides and you join them at your own risk. We urge you to decide individually and independently which of the two organised walks best suits your level of fitness and ability, so that the progress and safety of others is not compromised. We do not offer a formal self-guiding option in Andalucia, as the quality of maps and waymarking makes it difficult. However, if you choose to walk independently, we cannot take responsibility for any information or opinions that might be passed on to you by our own people.

In short, everything you do during your stay in Andalucia is done at your own risk. In the event of personal injury or death, we are not liable for efforts made by us to enhance your stay, amongst which are our organised walks and perhaps verbal suggestions. It is a fact that activities undertaken in the mountains are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such an area with Collett’s Mountain Holidays – or indeed independently – you are exposing yourself and your party to the (thankfully small) possibility of personal injury or death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

We put safety first but you are as responsible as we are!
You join our organised walks as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a duty of care to each other. Not being professionally responsible for you does not mean we turn a blind eye to safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to you. Your safety is essential to us and we therefore take our own safety measures, endeavouring to minimise the possibility of personal injury and death. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care. We assess, communicate and manage risk as part of a formal company Health & Safety Policy, which is regularly reviewed and includes the training our own walkers. We try to make people aware of the importance of mountain safety and their responsibilities as part of a group. As with any person or organisation involved with activities where there is a possibility of personal injury or death, the issue of duty of care is ever-present and, in the absence of a qualified guide in ‘non-professional’ activities anywhere in the world, such as walking (whether organised by a company, club, university or even a friend) every member of the group has a legal commitment to all involved. This commitment to your fellow walkers should form the basis of your behaviour and actions during an organised walk, especially in the event of accident or injury. At the heart of our procedures are basic mountain safety measures, which should be undertaken by any walker when preparing for a day out in the mountains, especially when walking/climbing in a group, where your actions (or inaction) could compromise your safety as well as that of other people in the group.

Some notes about our Organised Walks

Our programme of organised walks is put together on a goodwill basis by our own walk organisers and we ask you to accept their discretion where the selection of walks is concerned. You won’t be disappointed. When deciding to join an organised walk, please remember somebody else’s opinion of a walk is not your knowledge. Try to acquaint yourself independently with the proposed route using the relevant map to help you decide if it is suitable for your level of fitness and experience. Also, ask about precipitous features if prone to vertigo. Some walks feature ledge paths with significant drops and switchback tracks on steep slopes. Wednesday is our staff day off and there are no organised walks on this day. Our organised walks take place in a sociable and informal atmosphere and, whilst you are encouraged not to join one unless you are certain it is within your physical capabilities, we walk at the pace of the slowest person and pause regularly. In the event of a walk organiser being ill, we cannot guarantee the excursion will take place. Children can join our organised walks but only if accompanied by a guardian, who takes full responsibility for their safety and behaviour.

Procedures on meeting up for a walk – All organised walks will depart from the Posada La Plaza at a time established at Office Hour the night before. Prior to leaving, the walk organiser will run through an equipment checklist and at the start of the actual walk, he/she will state the following:

  • They are not qualified guides and everyone joins them at their own risk;
  • The party is walking as a group of non-qualified individuals and the walk organiser, as someone who knows the route, is the nominal leader only;
  • Everyone should follow the course and progress of the route on their map checking the correct route is being adhered to;
  • They will generally walk at the pace of the slowest person in the party and it is the responsibility of each member of the party to keep the rest of the group in sight;
  • If anyone wants to rest at any time, they should not hesitate to ask;
  • If anyone wants to leave the party at any time could they please let someone in the group know, otherwise we might have to assume you are lost and alert mountain rescue;
  • Everyone owes a ‘duty of care’ to each other. In the event of an accident, the organiser will act in a way they deem safest to offer assistance, but would of course appreciate the assistance of the rest of the party;
  • If it is the first time the organiser has done a route, the party understand this and it is an ‘adventure’ for all involved.

Here are some notes that might help you refresh or improve your awareness of safety in the mountains. When in the mountains and when planning itineraries, apply your mind to safety at all times. Poor preparation is often the cause of many accidents and dramas. As a general guide to safety we have used information published by the Italian Alpine Rescue Corps and the British Mountaineering Council to produce the following notes:

Prevention Of Accidents – Basic Rules For Increased Safety In The Mountains

  • Never underestimate the dangers and the risks attached to a day out in the mountains – hostile environments, rapid changes in weather conditions, etc.
  • Select itineraries within your level of fitness and technical/physical ability and within those of your party members.
  • Do not go alone – if possible, go with others or, for more safety, go in the company of an alpine guide or a qualified organisation. (Collett’s is not a qualified organisation but we will endeavour to arrange local guides if requested to do so). Prior to departing, research and familiarise yourself adequately with the characteristics and difficulties of the itinerary. Study carefully the relevant topographical map.
  • Let someone know where you are going and leave details of your itinerary. (Do not change your itinerary without informing somebody).
  • Have a contingency plan in the event of the unexpected. An innacurate or out of date map, route deterioration or a landslide, could all cause a change in your itinerary.
  • Mountain Weather conditions should always be taken into account. A forecast is available from local tourist offices every day and whilst variations in mountain forecasts are not uncommon, they are worth consulting.
  • Have the right clothing. You should have a robust pair of walking boots/shoes, which support the ankle. Take a waterproof/wind-proof jacket and some spare clothes in your rucksack.
  • Be responsible. Always carry the relevant map at all times. Carry safety equipment such as a compass, torch, whistle, spare food and an understanding of how to use them in case of emergency. If you have a health condition, please ensure that you carry any necessary medication at all times, and inform another member of your party so that somebody is aware of your circumstances.
  • Have adequate insurance cover. Don’t leave home without it, you can’t take out insurance after you departure!

Some Points Specific To Mountainous Areas

  • Avalanches – residual snow and early snow falls, coupled with high summer temperatures can lead to the risk of avalanche. Avoid walking on steep sided, snow covered slopes.
  • Lightning – thunderstorms are a feature of mountain weather. If lightning is close, avoid any cables, summits, ridges, trees and caves. There are various opinions as to the best course of action in this event, but it is probably safest to sit the storm out on a rucksack in open ground.
  • Residual Snow – in early-mid summer be aware of residual snow on some trails. Late lying snow can be treacherous underfoot, and if you slip it may be difficult to stop. There may also be hidden hazards underneath (ditches, streams etc). If you are concerned, talk to members of your party and if appropriate, consider walking around these areas. If you are thinking about crossing any snow, always ascertain, as far as possible, what risks are involved and only cross if you think it is safe to do so.
  • Rock Falls – due to the easily fractured nature of limestone, loose rocks and rock fall are a significant feature of the mountains. Take care when walking near the base of cliffs, and consider taking a climbing helmet if planning a long walk in such areas. Be careful not to dislodge loose rocks yourself, as there may be other people below you. Warn other if you dislodge a rock. In English the usual shouted warning is ‘Below!’, but in Spain you should shout ‘Piedra!’.
  • Steep, loose paths – many of the waymarked routes in the area include sections of steep, rocky track, often loose under foot. Walking poles are widely recognised as being helpful on such terrain. Check the gradient of any paths you are unsure of using a map and looking at the contour intervals. If faced with exceptionally steep ground, the general rule to remember is not to go up if you don’t think you can come back down.
  • Vertigo – many of the routes in the area include paths that traverse steep sided sections of mountainside. If you suffer from vertigo then sections like this can give you a sense of exposure. Plan your walks carefully.

Emergency Procedures

Based on information published by the Spanish Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (FEDME), the Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l’Escalade and the British Mountaineering Council – for anyone wishing to take the following emergency notes with them on an itinerary, a printed copy is available:

  • Stay calm and do not do anything on impulse.
  • Evaluate the situation and identify the actual dangers;
  • Take immediate and sensible precautions to prevent further risk;
  • Give spare clothing to the injured person and do your best to provide shelter
  • All reasonable efforts should be made to cope with the situation without resorting to the rescue services, providing that you do not make any injuries worse than they are already. If self-help is not possible, rescue services should be contacted. Call for 112. The rescue team will need to know where you are and have an idea about the condition of the victim;
  • If you do not have a mobile, you would have to use a nearby dwelling, or descend to find a landline. Choose a safe route – this might not be the quickest, but the possibility of a second accident must be avoided;
  • Mark the casualties’ position on a map and take it along with you. Going for help is a relatively easy decision to make if there are four or more people in the party. At least two can leave to ring for help, leaving one to care for the casualty. If there are only two or three in the group then this becomes a more difficult judgement. In this situation, attracting help from others in the mountains will help;
  • To attract attention use the International Distress Signal, using either a light, a whistle or by shouting: six long flashes of a torch/blasts of a whistle/shouts/waves in succession, repeated at one minute intervals. Repeat until replied to. A reply is given 3 times a minute (every 20 seconds) in either a visible or audible manner. If a helicopter is involved, the pilot’s questions can be answered as described on the right;
  • If no local help is forthcoming a decision will have to be made to leave the casualty alone or potentially sending somebody on his or her own. To make this decision you would have to consider the injury, the conditions and the capabilities of the other members of the party; and
  • As far as the injured are concerned, do for them only those things that you are certain you can do safely.

Emergency Contact – Call 112

If the operator manning the emergency line does not speak English and you are unable to communicate, please try calling one of our staff and we will relate the information as best we can.

  • Call 112 – give your full name.
  • Say where you are calling from and let them know your telephone number.
  • If the location of the accident (and casualties) is far away, try to memorise some landmarks to help the search party find the group.
  • Explain in brief what has happened.
  • Give the time of the accident and the exact number of casualties and their relative conditions.
  • Give the number of people in the rest of the group still at the accident, and try to remember the colour of their jackets etc. in order to aid finding them.
  • Describe the weather conditions and the visibility.
  • Do not leave the place from which you are making the call, in case the rescue services have to contact you again.

Mountain Weather

We keep a firm eye on weather conditions and try to ensure it is safe to proceed with an excursion, but it is everybody’s responsibility to consider the possibility of cancelling an excursion (and voice any anxiety) if worried about the risk of adverse weather conditions

  • Winds increase and temperatures drop at altitude
  • Snow and ice are not uncommon at high altitudes, especially in early and late season
  • Take plenty of liquid (min. 2-3 litres)
  • Protect yourself from the sun with high factor sun cream, sunglasses and a hat
  • Plan your route according to the weather
  • Plan for worse weather than forecast as the weather can change rapidly
  • Always carry clothing for poor weather, even if the day starts fine