Painting & Sketching Holiday to Spain 2023

April 29th - 6th May

Painting & Sketching in Andalucia

Finca el Cerrillo is a small, charming hotel in the peaceful Andalucian countryside. The hotel is close to the traditional white villages of Canillas de Albaida and Competa in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara, Southern Spain. From its terraces there are sweeping views of the valley below and the nearby national park.


It's an idyllic location with plenty of inspiration for sketching and painting, there's an air conditioned studio on site, a swimming pool, pretty gardens and plenty of places to work outside or nearby. The 200 year old farmhouse is steeped in charming character, providing a wealth of subjects for those looking for inspiration. The three nearby villages of Canillas de Albaida, Competa and Archez are all Moorish style 'Pueblos Blancos' (white villages) with colourful, flower-decked balconies and narrow winding streets. 


There are 12 individually styled, spacious rooms and plenty of places to relax and enjoy the ambience. Outside, the terraced gardens with carob and palm trees surround both sunny and shaded patios. The swimming pool and deck areas have stunning views providing a pleasant place to swim or somewhere to relax on a comfortable lounger with a glass of wine or cold beer from the Honesty bar.


The hotel grounds offer a number of different patios and terraces for those who want to paint outside. These include a walled patio and a shady terrace under a huge old carob tree with a Moorish day bed for lounging outdoors, Alhambra style!


The hotel features in Alastair Sawday's special places to stay and is rated 5 stars on Trip Advisor.



Single person in a double room with en suite: £1205

Sharing a double or twin room with en suite: £1059 per person


What is included

5 days of tuition with Pam Smart

7 nights accommodation in a spacious air-conditioned en-suite room

7 breakfasts

6 buffet lunches served under the carob tree

7 dinners - a 3 course dinner every evening - some in local village restaurants

Airport transfers from Malaga airport (as long as your flight arrives to meet the standard transfer) 

Use of air-conditioned Studio


A 25% non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your place on the holiday. 

The balance will be payable by bank transfer 9 weeks before departure.


To make a booking you will need to complete a booking form which Pam will supply - click here or on the button below to contact Pam to receive a copy of the form. Payment information is detailed on the form.


What is not included

Flights, Insurance, Drinks, any excursion costs, 1 lunch midweek (most groups have a day out midweek)


You will need to arrange your own flights to and from Malaga airport. 

Jet 2 have published their flights for April 2023 but many airlines haven't yet. I have put together some information about suggested flights.

Food and Drink


Dinner is served at the hotel five evenings a week - it should be warm enough to eat outside on the candlelit terrace. The menu has been designed around fresh, locally sourced ingredients and presented with a new approach reflecting contemporary influences. A choice of reasonably priced wines, spirits and liqueurs are available in the honesty bar (drinks are not included in the cost of the holiday)

On two of the seven evenings, guests will be taken by taxi to a local restaurant in Canillas de Albaida or Competa. This is included in the cost of your holiday. 



Continental breakfast comprises:

Freshly squeezed juices

Locally made bread and conserves


Fresh fruit

Fruit compote and yoghurt



A buffet lunch of fresh salads, sandwiches, cold meats and cheeses etc