If you fancy a change from whiling your days away lazing by the pool, enjoying the views, the peace and tranquility, there's so much to see and do during a visit to Andalucia, some of it right on the doorstep, some a day trip away. We can help to arrange excursions and activities ranging from the ultra-relaxing to the more energetic, depending on your inclination! From luxurious aromatherapy massages by wonderful local masseuse Julie, to horse riding with Finca don Carmelo, guided mountain walks- with picnics provided - with local guide Marta, or a visit to the famous Alhambra Palace, let us make your stay with us memorable!

Horse riding with Cortijo los Lobos

Perfect countryside for horse riding around Villa Amapola.

Our horses all live together in a family group and we try to make their living conditions as natural possible – the happiness of our horses is very important to us – we believe in our horses comfort and well being at all times. As a lot of our horses are rescue horses, we try to give them as calm and stress free a life as we can, to make up for their past traumas. We train with kindness and do not use whips. All of our horses are bare foot and ridden in bitless bridles – but don’t worry – this has only improved their behaviour. We have open fields, cool shady pine forests, olive groves and streams. For any of you who are nervous of heights, don’t worry, there are no very steep, narrow mountain paths, all the tracks are wide and we don’t ride on roads, (with the odd exception of a quiet country road if it links one track to another). We cater for all abilities and you choose the speed you are comfortable with. Our horses are kind and sure footed and we will ensure that we find the right horse for you and your requirements.

Multi Activities at Lake Vinuela

Kayaking, sailing, pedal boats, archery, 4x4 trail routes and multi activity days at Malaga-Outdoor.

Malaga-Outdoor at nearby Lake Vinuela offers a range of activities including Kayaking, Pedalo boats, Archery, Sailing, 4x4 routes and Multi-activity Days.

Simple kayak: € 10 / h.
Double kayak: € 15 / h.

Maximum capacity 4 adults.
Hydro pedal: € 20 / h.

Demonstrate your skill with the bow in our facilities, shooting at our different targets, which we update every year.
No previous experience is necessary, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Archery: € 5 / h.

Lake Vinuela is perfect for sailing since we usually have constant winds from North-South and South-North. Plesae note prior experience of sailing is required!
Hobby Cat 14: € 45 / h
Topper: € 25 / h

Our offroad trail rides follow several routes through the Axarquia area in 4x4 vehicles, exploring the natural park and enjoying its gastronomy and culture.
Prices start at €25 for a minimum of 4 people (please contact us for further details).
We can customise the route upon request.

Multi-activity packages include kayaking, pedal boating, sailing, archery (3 hours of activities) and food.
Tailored packages can be arranged for weddings, farewells, anniversaries, business meetings, birthdays and other events, so feel free to celebrate your special day with us!

Book a holistic or Tui Na Massage

Let us book you an aromatherapy massage using scented oils for relaxation and well being.

Sue offers two types of massage:

One is a relaxing holistic massage with oil. The other is Tui na. This is a therapeutic Chinese acupressure massage done over light cotton clothing. It's more of a medical massage and can be quite strong. It works at unblocking meridians and moving energy, whilst being relaxing and invigorating. It's very popular in yoga retreats Charges: 55 euros per massage.

Guided walks with Kristina

Kristina can take you for a beautiful undemanding stroll, an energetic morning hike or a full day’s expedition. All age groups welcome and she loves to explore with children too! Routes include walking high on the plateau on the old railway track that used to run from Granada to Malaga, where a stop for a cool drink at a pretty hilltop bar might be on the cards. Or through olive and almond groves along the local country tracks.

Kristina knows the local countryside like the back of her hand … and has some wonderful ideas for exploring the best the area has to offer.

Arabic-Turkish Cave baths El Ventorro

El Ventorro turkish baths and wonderful restaurant overlooking Lake Bermejales near Alama de Granada.

“Pure heaven! For 16 euros you can get entry to the baths and for an extra 15 to 30 euros you can add a massage. (on Tuesdays admission to the baths are half price). There is a large pool in the centre, and hot and cold tubs tucked away on the side. The best part is the steam room that smells of herbs. The baths are closed for siesta between 1:30 and 5, but this provides the perfect opportunity to eat at the restaurant, known for their grilled fish and meats. The iberican pork and grilled sea bass won't disappoint. Their soups are also fantastic. Try a tinto de verano con limon, a drink made of red wine and lemon soda - delicious!!”

Hotel Vinuela Spa

The Wellness Spa at Hotel Vinuela, where there is also a lovely restaurant overlooking the Lake.

Give yourself a pampering in the relaxing spa that will allow you to de-stress completely and find your inner peace and well-being.
Start your journey by toning your body with our aromatherapy and contrast showers, then plunge into our hamman to help release muscle tension, breathing deeply and calmly. You will unwind in a calming environment in the sauna and thermal tub overlooking the beautiful La Viñuela reservoir and its natural surroundings.

  • 60 minutes – 56€ (two people),

  • 15€ for each additional person.

  • 5 person maximum

To ensure availability, we highly recommend booking your spa treatment in advance: please dial 400 from your hotel room or phone us from your mobile on: +34 952 51 91 93 or +34 676 488 144.

Customers who are not hotel guests should contact reception and provide us with a credit card number in order to guarantee bookings.

The hotel restaurant is also an excellent spot for lunch or supper on the lakeside terrace with magnificent views, or a cocktail at sundown watching the sun set over the water.

Bird watching

Fabulous bird watching country around Villa Amapola in Southern Spain.

Andalucía is a birdwatcher's paradise and attracts ornithologists throughout the year. In particular the region of the Axarquia is a fantastic location for birding enthusiasts, with a rich variety of bird life including griffon vultures, kestrels, buzzards, hoopoes (pictured), red kites as well as golden and imperial eagles,

Granada's Alhambra palace is about an hour's drive from Villa Amapola.

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage listed Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. Explore beyond the beautiful Moorish architecture to learn the history of one of the most visited attractions in the world. Dating back to the 11th century , the Alhambra Palace is situated on the red hill known as Assabika which overlooks Granada. Guided tours are available to the Alcazaba, Charles V Palace, the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife, the Mosque baths and Gardens.

If you are interested in any of the activities and excursions listed above just let  us know and we wil be happy to make arrangements and reservations for you. Please note that some activities require advance notice.

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