FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PLAN YOUR TRIP TO SPAIN
If you have booked a tour or course with us, the next step is to make some arrangements for your trip:
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IF YOU ARE COMING BY PLANE, PLEASE READ THISThe nearest airports to Algodonales are Malaga, Sevilla, and also Jerez.
The start and end dates of your booking are arrival and departure dates, we don't fly on those days. You should arrive during the first booked day and check-out on the morning of the last booked date.
Of course, feel free to come earlier or to depart later if you want to extend your holidays. In this case, please let us know it if you need extra nights for accommodation.
AIRPORT SHUTTLE: We provide a free airport transfer to/from the Malaga airport only (we do not have a shuttle service to Sevilla or Jerez Airports). The shuttle only runs on the set travel dates (normally on Saturdays). The shuttle service is at the airport at approx 13:00 h on the arrival and departure date. Please keep this time in mind when you book your flights.
We require a minimum of 3 people to run the shuttle.
HOW TO GET HERE
OUR ADDRESS: Avenida de la Constitución, 44. Algodonales. 11680. SpainIf you cannot take our airport shuttle service then you can try another way to get here:
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.
TAXI: We can arrange a private taxi for you. The price from Malaga or Sevilla to Algodonales 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 other taxi at the airport, but ask for the price; it will be often more expensive than our private service.
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.
Malaga Bus Station (Paseo de los Tilos, s/n. 29006 Malaga, Spain). Website: http://estabus.malaga.eu/
Sevilla Bus Station (Plaza Prado San Sebastián, s/n. 41004 Sevilla, Spain). Website:
WHEN AND WHERE TO MEET US?Remember that the start date of your booking is the arrival date only (usually on Saturday); we don't fly on this day. Please, meet us the day after (usually on Sunday) at 9h00 at our place: Avenida de la Constitución, 44. Algodonales.
Please come to the briefing with everything you need for a day of flying: dress in adequate, comfortable clothing, including a jacket (It can be cold at the top of a mountain). Bring a sun hat, sun cream, sunglasses. If you have your own flight equipment, please bring it.
It is also a good idea to have a packed lunch with you. Bring your reusable bottle for water and help reduce single-use plastic.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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€. The accommodation 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. 75- 120 euros yearly).
What is the daily routine?
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. We normally have a pack-lunch with us, but if there is a time we prefer to have lunch in a local restaurant to taste real Spanish food.
On our return to the town, most of the people like to have 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 to pack?
Pack adequate comfortable clothing: warm clothes if your course is in winter. You will need a jacket in spring; it can be cold at the top of a mountain. Bring walking boots, ideally with ankle support, a sun hat, sun cream, sunglasses and also a swimming costume, as there is a lake that you can canoe or swim.
For students enrolled in a beginner's course, a long sleeved t-shirt is a good idea for ground handling practice. Long pants will avoid scratches on your legs.
We provide towels in accommodation.
Bring your reusable bottle and help reduce single-use plastic. There are good water fountains here and you can also refill your bottle from the tap.
Do I need insurance?
Only the students signed up in any of our beginner's courses have an accident and third-party insurance included in the price. Anyway, to buy your own accident and travel insurance is recommended.
Qualified pilots signed up in holidays or tours must have their own 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 theory lessons, and not only for beginners but also masterclasses for more experienced pilots.
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.
What to read before my beginner's course?
If you are a student booked in one of our beginner's courses, it is a good idea to have previous knowledge about paragliding. You can read the following documents:
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).
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.
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 the 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 good Spanish prices. If you are interested in buying a glider please contact us in advance due to it could take weeks to get the items here.