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Las Palmas Gran Canaria
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Persons: 1
Category: Other
Host ID: 61471
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: December 5, 2017

[ENGLISH]

This is a rural house in the heights of Agaete that operates as a staffed mountain hut. The building in which we established the refuge and cafeteria was the former village school, located at the foot of an impressive cave settlement, a place of extraordinary ethnographic interest, although still not properly known and studied. Here, in the past times, fishermen from the coast and peasants from the mountains used to barter their products. From here a vast network of trails led the travelers to every corner of the island. Due to its exceptional landscape (in front of the Tamadaba forest and ovelooking the Valle de Agaete until the sea), its natural resources, its strategic position as a door between the coast and the highest peaks (Cumbre) of Gran Canaria, it looked the perfect location for us to create a facility inspired on the mountain huts already existing in other parts of the Archipelago.

We are driven by an idea of tourism rooted into Gran Canaria's culture, history and people, that make it possible for tourists and locals to meet, supplying travellers with cultural tools in order to understand the area they are in and orient themselves in their excursions. A form of tourism that, we believe, might also become a trigger of economic development in this rural part of northern Gran Canaria that has been increasingly losing inhabitants due to the decline of the agricultural sector.



The main restoration works are done, but still there is a lot of things to do such as making furniture, decorating, promoting our facility on internet... Beside that, we need help with the day by day chores (cleaning, cooking, taking care of the customers). If you are interested in spending some time here with us, partly working and partly enjoying what the place has to offer, please contact us and tell us something about yourself and your skills. We need enthusiastic and serious (enthusiasm and reliability are far more appreciated here than skills) people willing to get involved in the project we are trying to accomplish.
Right know our priorities are carpentry and web designing, but this should not prevent you from telling us what your skills are, especially if you are planning to come here later on.

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

We only host one helper at a time.

The preferred minimum stay is two weeks. Longer stays are also possible after a two weeks trial.

The helping hours per day are typically 5 (five days a week). When you are not helping, you are nonetheless expected to keep the house clean, as you would do in your own house.

In this particular phase in which we haven't yet fixed definite patterns, timetable flexibility on your part will be highly appreciated.

We offer a bed in the facility and three meals a day. The house has wi-fi, common spaces for relax and reading, a big sunny terrace.

Please, if you are interested, contact us by e-mail.

We speak Spanish, English, French, Italian.


[ESPAÑOL]

El "Refugio El Hornillo" es una casa rural compartida en la cumbre de Gran Canaria, en el barrio más alto del municipio de Agaete. La casa en la que desempeñamos la actividad de alojamento y cafeteria es la antigua escuela del pueblo, ubicada en el centro de una vasto poblado troglodita, que representa unos de los lugares de maximo interés etnografico de Gran Canaria, aunque todavía no adecuadamente conocido. Aquí, en este umbral entre costa y montaña, los pescadores de Agaete y los campesinos de la cumbre intercambiaban sus productos. Desde aquí los caminantes llegaban a todos los rincones de la isla a través de una vasta red de senderos. Por sus valores paisajisticos y naturalisticos y por su ubicación estrategiga como puerta hacia la cumbre de Gran Canaria, el lugar nos pareció perfecto para la creación de un establecimiento turistico inspirado en los refugios de montaña ya presentes en otras islas del Archipielago.

Nos anima una idea de turismo arraigado en la realidad de la isla, su historia y su gente. Que favorezca el encuentro y intercambio entre turistas y lugareños. Que proporcione herramientas para que lo viajeros entiendan en profundidad el territorio, en que se hallan y se orienten en sus escursiones. Y que sea motor de desarrollo economico de esta zona de la medianía de Gran Canaria que ha ido despoblandose a lo largo del tiempo.




Ya hemos terminado las reformas de la casa, pero todaviá quedan muchas cosas por hacer: construir muebles, terminar la decoración, crear una pagina web, promover el refugio). Además de esto, necesitamo ayuda en las tareas diarias de la casa (limpieza, cocina, colada, atender los clientes...). Si estás interesado en una estancia en el Refugio-Bar- El Hornillo, parte trabajando con nosotros y parte disfrutando lo que el lugar ofrece, contacta con nosotros, contando algo de ti y tus abilidades. Por todo lo que hemos dicho antes, necesitamos gente dispuesta a involucrarse con entusiasmo en el proyecto que estamos llevando a cabo.

La estancia minima es de dos semanas. Los helpers que quieran quedarse más tiempo tendrán que superar un periodo de prueba de dos semanas. Se admite un maximo de dos helpers a la vez.

La casa posee wi-fi y espacios comunes donde relajarse y leer. Hablamos español, inglés, francés, italiano.

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