FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PLAN YOUR TRIP
If you have booked a tour or course with us, the next step is to make some arrangements for your trip:
Plan your trip to Algodonales, Spain
WHEN TO ARRIVE AND DEPART?If you come by plane, the nearest airports to Algodonales are Malaga, Sevilla, and also Jerez.
The dates of your booking are starting and finishing dates. You should arrive on the day before the starting date, at any time, and depart on the day after the finishing date.
i.e. If your reservation is Sunday, Sept 22th at 9.00 to Friday, Sept 27th at 20.00 you should arrive on the 21st. We start at 9:00 a.m. on the 22nd and finish on the 27th evening. You must check-out on the 28th.
FOR FREEWe provide a free airport transfer only from/to the Malaga airport (we do not have a shuttle service to Sevilla or Jerez Airports) on the set travel dates, normally on Saturdays.
The shuttle service is at the airport at 13:00 h on the arrival date (the day before the starting date of the course or tour) and departs from Algodonales approx. 10h00 on the check-out day (the day after the finishing date). Please keep this time in mind when you book your flights.
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:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Accommodation is not included in the price of our paragliding courses or tours. Why not? well, because we don't like to increase the price with something that maybe you don't need; you might be travelling in your camping-car, or you want to look for yourself.
Anyway, we co-operate with local hosts and we are happy to arrange your accommodation if you like; you can add a room to your package during the online booking process in just a couple of clicks.
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 1,5-2€, a breakfast by 2,5€, a dinner by 10€. The accommodation has a shared kitchen with all facilities, so you can also cook your own food if you wish.
Our paragliding school is recognized by several associations and federations (APPI, BHPA, FAI, RFAE). This means that you will qualify for a paragliding license with them upon completing your course with us. The fee to join any of these organizations are not included in the price of the course, but joining a federation is not mandatory.
It’s not so much about how old you are, it is more about your general level of fitness, health and mental state.
Although no medical examinations are officially required to learn to paraglide, you should be in generally good health. You should be fit and active and have good coordination. You must be able to run a bit for around 5-15 meters on take-off and landing and you could be walking up hills carrying a 15-20kg rucksack full of paragliding equipment.
If you suffer from any medical condition such as epilepsy, giddiness, heart condition, osteoporosis or diabetes you should ask your Doctor’s advice before taking part in paragliding course.
The student's maximum weight must be 120 Kgr.
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.
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.
Beginners Paragliding courses: Max. 7 students on a group with 2-3 instructors.
Guided tours: Max. 8 pilots per instructor.
XC Camps: Max. 7 pilots per instructor, and a driver who tracks the pilots with GPS.
Only the students signed up in any of our beginner's courses have a basic accident and third-party insurances 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.
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.
The bad weather days can be also used for theory lessons, and not only for the students but also masterclasses for more experienced pilots.
Anyway, in the very unlikely event that you can not fly because bad weather, we will give you credit towards another course or tour in the future. If some tasks of a course are not completed, because of bad weather, it is possible to complete on a different day, until qualification. If a minimum of 3 days flying 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.