Cantavieja

Studio Golondrina is ideal for small artist groups, sharing a car and accommodation. The village is served by a daily bus connection to regional coach routes except on weekends and public holidays. Travel without a car might require an overnight stay en route.  Check here for public holiday dates http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/spain/2013.asp

The studio can accommodate four sculptors at any one time, with some flexibility. There are no fixed dates. You can arrive and leave when you wish but the minimum stay is five carving days. Studio work can be combined with non-working days to allow for other activities such as hikes and trips to local attractions. The only cost on non-studio days is accommodation. Every effort will be made to meet individual requirements. Why not combine a visit to the studio with a city stay in Barcelona or a beach holiday?

Non-carving companions can follow their own interests. The area is perfect for painting, photography, bird watching, hiking, adventure sports, biking and swimming. Spa treatments, gastronomical specialities, historical sites, museums, civil war remains, dinosaur and geological parks, paleoloithic paintings, artisan crafts and many other activities are all available within the immediate area. The studio can help plan any activity. The only cost for companions is accommodation.

 

Studio rates

£40 per carving day or Euro equivalent, including refreshments. Lunch costs are shared. The working day runs from 9am to 6pm.

There is no charge for the first stone block. Additional stone can be purchased at cost.

Terms for stays longer than five carving days are negotiable. 

 

                                      


 

How to book

Send a vacancy enquiry to mail@stoneinspain.org  or  complete the contact form.
Include details such as ideal/alternative dates, level of experience, number of carvers and non-participating companions, preferred accommodation, likely arrival airport and mode of travel.

Once agreed, bookings are reserved for 5 days subject to receipt of a course deposit of Euro 100 per person (or Sterling equivalent). The deposit is fully refundable up until four weeks before arrival. Within four weeks it will be credited toward a future visit. No deposit is required for accommodation.

                            


 

Where to stay

Two types of accommodation in Cañada de Benatanduz can be booked directly through the studio:

  • Shared self-catering apartment in converted rural house. Three double bedrooms. Euro 25 per person per night. Rooms can be singly occupied with no supplement.

  • b&b at Bar La Vega. 3 double self-contained rooms. Euro 35 per double room.     
A hearty three course lunch or evening meal with wine is available at the bar for 10 Euros.

Early booking is advised, especially during the August fiesta season and national holidays. Availability is not controlled by the studio.

For those with transport, self-booking alternatives are available in Cantavieja, a lovely market town 16kms to the south:

Hostel      http://www.cantaviejacasasara.com/        Excellent

Hotel       http://www.hotelbalfagon.com/?lang=en   Great value

Pension Julien  (+34) 964 185005   Basic but with excellent food. 

                                 


 

What to bring

Cañada de Benatanduz is at high altitude, with a daily temperature range of 15 degrees or more in summer. Long, hot summer days can be followed by crisp nights or wild electrical storms.  Come prepared for changing conditions. 

You will need stout boots and a sun hat for working in the studio. Some people find soft gloves useful. A sketchbook is always handy.

The workshops are covered by public liability insurance but visitors are advised to take out their own travel insurance. 
 

                                   

 

 

Local facilities

The village has a shop and a bar restaurant. A doctor visits twice a week. Cantavieja has a wide selection of shops, banks and restaurants. The neighbouring village of Villarluengo has a solar swimming pool. The village is surrounded by fantastic, scenic walks.