Guests are collected from Malága Airport and taken to their charming accommodation in the town of Torrox. You will have time to explore the surroundings at your own pace and meet your hosts in the evening. Dinner will be served at the local restaurant.
You will start your day by meeting your tutor at a beautiful mountainside villa, where you will discuss what your expectations are and what you wish to achieve during your stay. Draw, sketch, paint, and spend the afternoon at Casa Maria before heading to the local restaurant for dinner in the evening.
Torrox is known for having over 300 days of sunshine a year, so you will spend this day with your tutor sketching or painting at one of the many pristine beaches, where you will be able to capture the beauty of the Mediterranean. A picnic lunch will be served at the beach and in the evening you will spend time with your colleagues over a delicious dinner and drinks.
Today you will paint in the wonderful port-city of Malága. You will be taken to one of the city's beautiful architectural wonders and spend the day painting on location. Return to Torrox in the evening and enjoy a wonderful dinner.
This will be your free day. You can either continue working on your paintings or explore the town of Torrox and other surrounding areas at your own pace. You can take the day to enjoy the beach or visit Vélez-Málaga and enjoy the Andalusian charm that this whole area has to offer.
Today you will paint or sketch in the 'lost village' of El Acebuchal - a beautiful hamlet located within the natural park of Sierra Tejeda. The small hamlet, with its rich history, is the perfect place to work on your painting technique and enjoying a delicious local lunch.
On the last day of your painting vacation you will be able to enjoy the shaded plazas and the quiet streets of the city, put the finishing touches on your paintings and get the chance to ask for some final advice from your tutor. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the whole group at the local restaurant before packing your bags.
Grab a quick breakfast and head to the airport with the complementary shuttle service provided by your hosts.
You can choose to stay in a restored Moorish-style house, where you will have your own private bedroom with bathroom and share common living space with other guests. All houses have beautiful views of either the mountains or the town.
Guests can also stay in a stylish family-run hotel, La Casa, and enjoy beautiful views of the Torrox Pueblo and a superb terrace.
For the duration of your painting vacation, you will be served three daily meals, freshly prepared using locally-sourced ingredients. You will either dine in local family restaurants or together with your hosts at their home, Casa Maria. On the fifth day (your free day), you can explore the local culinary scene on your own.
The painting vacation takes place in the beautiful Moorish town of Torrox, in the Andalusian province of Málaga.
How to get there:
Please book your flights to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP).
Klaus has been a professional artist for more than 20 years, specializing in watercolor. He has his own art studio in the village of Frigiliana and has been teaching his techniques to all who want to learn from scratch or improve their existing technique.
Is this painting vacation available to all levels?
The painting vacation is available to all experience levels, suitable for both complete beginners, intermediate or advanced painting enthusiasts.
When is the painting retreat available?
The painting vacation in Torrox is available several times per year. Please check our calendar for availability.
How far in advance should I book?
The program is in high demand, please make sure to book well in advance.
Is WiFi available?
WiFi is available at the hotel accommodation and in restaurants in Torrox. WiFi is not always available in the moorish-type homes guests stay at.
I am vegetarian. Can I book this painting vacation?
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets can be accommodated for the duration of your stay. Guests need to get in touch in advance to discuss dietary requirements, since food is not served à la carte.
Are there any check-in and check-out hours?
Since group transport is offered from and to the airport, all guests arrive and leave at the same time. For arrival at other hours than those mentioned for the group transfer, please get in touch.
Where should I land? How do I get to the accommodation?
Please book your flights to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). The courtesy transfer from Málaga Airport leaves at 12.00 p.m. on arrival day. The courtesy transfer from Torrox to Málaga Airport on departure day leaves at 09.00 a.m. For other arrival and departure times, a private taxi can be arranged for you at an extra cost. Please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.
What should I pack?
Please make sure you pack light and comfortable clothes, sunscreen, insect repellent, anti allergy medications (epi pen). Please note that guests are responsible for bringing their own brushes, paint, paper/canvases/sketchbooks. A full list of needed materials will be provided to guests after booking.
Is any equipment provided?
You will be provided with easels, drawing boards, lightweight folding chairs, sun umbrellas, water jars.
Is this available for people with limited mobility?
Unfortunately, this experience is not suitable for people with limited mobility. Guests are expected to walk, carry their bags and be able to climb steps and stairs.
What’s the weather like in Torrox?
Torrox enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year, September has an average temperature of 24°C / 75°F and May has an average temperature of 20°C / 68°F.
How many people are to be expected on the painting retreat?
There is a maximum number of 10 participants.
Do I need a visa?
Guests traveling from EU and/or Schengen member states may enter Spain for up to 90 days for tourist purposes without a visa. Please contact us for further guidance.
Are there any age restrictions?
Please keep in mind that you must be at least 18 or accompanied by an adult to take part in this experience.
What language is used during the painting classes and other activities?
The entire experience is available in English.
"The holiday with Dawn Oliver as guest artist far exceeded my expectations.I was looking for an art holiday but with a very Spanish feel to it and that is exactly what i got! Loved Torrox village! I arrived needing help with the most basic of skills. Dawn has been nurturing, open, interesting and fun. I have renewed my love of painting and we learnt some fabulous techniques that i can apply to future work. Thank you all for a fab holiday!”
“I really enjoyed all the wonderful painting locations we visited and i really loved being part of a fun group of like minded people. Staying at Hotel la Casa was worth the upgrade. It’s a beautiful little hotel. Sincere thanks to our hosts Paul and Victoria for the delicious dinners!”
"“I loved my holiday- it was so much more than i had expected.Paul and Vicki were exemplary hosts who catered for our every need.An excellent mix of locations and the tutor, Klaus Hinkel, was very inspiring.The Spanish banquet at Paul and Vicki’s home,Casa Maria was fantastic. Paul and Vicki looked after us all and we were made to feel like friends. The wine was fab too!!I would come on a Paint Andalucia holiday again……it really exceeded all my expectations. It was my first time away alone and i was nervous but didn’t need to be at all.”
"I enjoyed the opportunity to learn a new skill in a lovely, friendly environment which felt so relaxed. Klaus Hinkel’s tuition was a good balance of demonstration and hands on painting for the guests. i very much enjoyed visiting a different location each day. a definite highlight and it added a special dimension to the holiday.”
"The holiday was very well organised, the company was great. Dawn is a super tutor who is most helpful and most of all has made the tuition great fun.We had a great selection of meals too which i enjoyed very much."