FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why paragliding in Spain?
Because in Spain we have a great climate, beautiful mountains and warm winds, just what you need for your perfect flying holiday. We also have good food, wine, incredible scenery and a lot to offer in the way of tourism. Our idea is to mix these and base them around a holiday flying in a paraglider. Our great climate allows you to fly all year-round.
For that reason, in a one or two week holiday, you can complete courses that would take months elsewhere. It is likely to be more cost-effective to take a holiday with us in our variety of flying sites compared to traveling back and forth to your local paragliding area.
You will also travel, get to know new places, different people and all at affordable prices.
Learning Spanish? Why not… you may practice your Spanish with us as well!
How to get here?
BY PLANE: There are three major airports located less than an hour and a half drive: Malaga, Sevilla and Jerez. The most popular is Malaga, the largest airport in the south of Spain.
RENT A CAR: Hiring a car could be the best option, and sometimes is cheaper than to take a bus! There are several Rental Car Companies in the airports which offer very good prices. You can find cheap offers on their websites. Please check the fuel policies (we always recommend full to full) and insurance options/costs for deposit or top up insurance policies.
BUS: There are Bus Companies which make the route to Algodonales from Malaga or Sevilla. You may take a bus or a taxi from the airport to the main Bus Station in the town, then take a bus to Algodonales. If you can't find a direct line to Algodonales you can try to Ronda or to Olvera, which are close to Algodonales, and change to another bus to Algo.
TAXI: We can arrange a private taxi to the airport for you. The price is approx. 100€. Sometimes there are more people taking the same taxi and you can share the price with them. You can also take any taxi at the airport, but ask for the price before!
Do I need to hire a car?
You don’t… We provide transport to flying sites and for the retrieve. But if you want, you can hire a car for visiting the surrounding areas, for your non-flying partners or if you cannot take on time our airport shuttle. Hiring a car could be the best option, and sometimes is cheaper than to take a bus! There are several Rental Car Companies which offer very good prices. You can find cheap offers on their websites. Please check the fuel policies (we always recommend full to full) and insurance options/costs for deposit or top up insurance policies.
Where do I fly to? Will I be collected?
The local airports are Sevilla, Málaga or Jerez. Ideally, you need to fly into the main airport at Malaga, which is the largest airport in the south of Spain and tends to be the cheapest and easiest. We only provide free airport transfers from/to Malaga airport, for groups of minimum 3 persons and on the arrival planned dates (normally on Saturdays at 13:00h). If you can not make our transfer times, then you can take a Bus or a Car hire (which is reasonably inexpensive, budget between 50-120 Euros).
What extra costs can I expect?
Breakfasts and other meals are not included in the prices.
Restaurants and shops at Algodonales are really cheap; for example, a coffee costs 1,20€, a beer (50 ml) 2€, a breakfast by 2,5€, a dinner by 10€
Our hostel has a shared kitchen with all facilities, and you can cook your own food if you wish.
Flying License is not included in the prices. If you want to join any of the associations, as FAI, APPI or BHPA, in order to get the flight license and insurance with them you should pay the fee. This is not mandatory and we will inform you about the prices when you are here (approx. 120 euros yearly).
What is the daily schedule?
We start at 9:00h with theory lessons at the school, and there is a briefing with the students, pilots, and instructors around 10:30h.
After the daily briefing, we go flying.
The flight sites are around 30 minutes to one hour by car from Algodonales.
We spend the whole day flying in the mountains (or the coast), up to sunset.
On our return to the town, most of the people have a dinner together.
In the case of bad weather, we spend more time in theory lessons and we can organize an alternative activity for the group, or anyone can do whatever they want, as a touristic tour, hiking,… or just resting for the next day.
What clothes to bring?
You just need to bring adequate comfortable clothing and a jacket (It can be cold at the top of a mountain). and walking boots, ideally with ankle support. Bring a sun hat, sun cream, sunglasses. Bring a swimming costume, as there is a lake that you can canoe or swim; there is a swimming pool in our hostel (summer time). We provide towels in accommodation.
Do I need an insurance?
The students booked in any of our beginner's courses have an accident and a third-party insurance included in the price.
For qualified pilots booked in holidays or tours, they must have an accident insurance, full rescue/repatriation cover – specific to paragliding.
For citizens members of EU, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to reduced-cost, sometimes free, medical treatment that becomes necessary while you’re in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland. EHIC full info here. Some Insurance Companies:
JS INSURANCE: http://www.jsinsurance.co.uk/
SPORT COVER DIRECT: https://www.sportscoverdirect.com/
What about non-flying partners?
All are welcome. Algodonales is a beautiful area; There are massive amounts to keep everyone busy while you are flying. horse riding to kitesurfing. picnics & canoeing and beautiful white hillside villages of Andalucia, everything is out there to do and explore. We can organized tandem flights to non-flyers. They will need a car because we cannot guarantee a place for them in our vehicle.
What in case of bad weather?
You can be sure that we never give up! If the weather is bad in our area, we are going to move to a different one, with better weather. There are more than ten different flying spots in a radio of 150 km around Algodonales, at the coast or inland. Anyway, in the very unlikely event that you can not fly because bad weather, we will give you credit towards another course in the future. The bad weather days will be used for either lectures. theory lessons (not only for beginners, we have some lectures for experienced pilots like for example “How to use and pack your parachute reserve”.
Our aim, on all type of beginners courses, is to complete as many tasks as possible. If some tasks are not completed, because of bad weather or participants illness or injury, it is possible to complete in a different day, until qualification. If a minimum of 3 days training is not achieved, we will time credit up to a maximum of 3 days, to be taken to the school within 6 months of course commencement.
I am from UK… can I get the BHPA license?
Yes, our school is recognized by the BHPA. You can get BHPA license on arrival with us. The cost of the licenses is not included in the price of the course.
On your return home?
Once you have qualified to fly solo you will normally join a paragliding club and fly with more experienced pilots who will help you to progress and share their knowledge.
We will give you a certificate of the course you have completed. We can request an FAI IPPI card (which is an international fly license that indicates your level), APPI license or BHPA license (for British).
Any alternative activities in the area?
In the rare event of bad weather and the inability to fly, we have some alternative activities to keep you entertained:
Touristic Routes, throughout typical white villages all over the Sierra, with visits to museums, Natural Parks, Gastronomic Stops,…
Visits to the nearest cities: Cadiz, Sevilla, Ronda, all of great touristic interest.
Archeologic tours. In the nearby areas, there are many remains of ancient cultures such as Phoenicians, Romans, Moors…
Trekking: There are a lot of routes through Grazalema’s Natural Park with amazing landscapes, animals and forests.
Mountain bike: You can hire bikes to cross the routes through the Natural Park. One of which is an old disused railway with tunnels, bridges, stations,… and of course, always a restaurant to end your ride!
Canoe: You can also rent canoes enjoying the nearby lakes of Zahara.
Can I buy a glider?
Our shop is fully stocked with all the equipment you may wish to purchase for flying and all at incredible Spanish prices.
What is paragliding?
Paragliders look vaguely like parachutes as these are from where they evolved. However, they are very much more. Paragliding is now at a very exciting stage in its development, from being just a fun method of descent from the hills, Paragliding now offers the pilot the sensation of true free flight for hours upon hours. Using modern high-performance materials a canopy only weighs about 7kg and packs neatly into a rucksack. This makes this “airplane in a bag” totally portable and can complement other sports such as skiing and mountaineering.