Danish Pia Bruun is a qualified Nature Guide. Her passion is to take people on all kinds of fantastic adventures. Almost every week-end Pia has something super interesting going on. Pia says: ” Enjoy the beautiful scenery of sunny Andalucia. We offer great adventures like walking and trekking into the mountains, horse riding, bicycling, padel surf and kayaking, climbing cliffs and descending canyons discovering the Earth´s impressive nature. An adventure tour is a wonderful way to get to know Andalucia while you have fun and gain new skills. We inform you about upcoming activities and new experiences while staying and studying at Marbella Design Academy in Monda – Spain. We hope to see you soon. Pia Bruun.” You can email Pia for upcoming programmes. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Sports & Golf
Are you into snow boarding, skiing, hiking? No, we’re not joking. Surprisingly not many people know about Sierra Nevada, the great ski resort in Granada only a 2 hour drive away from Monda.
Sierra Nevada, in Spain, is Europe’s most southerly mountain range, where it is possible to go skiing in the morning and still have time to make it down to the beach for a swim in the late afternoon! http://www.sierranevada.es
The highest peak in the Sierra Nevada mountain range is named Mulhacen measuring in at 3,482 metres from sea level.
There are 16 Green, 40 Blue, 50 Red and 9 Black slopes, providing the perfect skiing and snowboarding conditions, whether you are a professional or a beginner. Incredibly, Sierra Nevada skiing provides night-time skiing on Saturdays from 19:00 to 21:30 hrs., but this of course for safety reasons is subject to weather and snow conditions.
If free-styling is your sort of thing, then you will be pleased to know that Sierra Nevada has 1 half-pipe, full range of rails and jumps, 1 mini-park containing a selection of ramps and rails and a small lift.
Skiing and snowboarding equipment may be rented there and typically costs approximately 30 to 50 euros. The ski pass onto the slopes can cost up to 40 euros, but can be cheaper depending if you ski during peak or low season.
Don´t forget that Sierra Nevada is not only a winter place, there are also some interesting summer activities going on such as hill walking, mountain biking, hiking, climbing and water sports.
If you are into big challenges when it comes to hiking, then it is a fantastic hike to reach Mulhacin. It takes 3 days and is pretty hard. You stay over night halfway in a refugio/hostel. You sleep in big dormitories together with 20 others. You can eat at the refugio. The meals are filling, tasty and full of calories to give you a kick start for the next days hike. Our Founder and Chairman Helle Byrn did this tour in 2003. We only recommend our strongest students to try this out and only during July, August and to mid September or else you can be surprised by heavy snowstorms.
Sierra Nevada is only 207 kilometres (roughly a 2.5 hour drive) from the Academy, making it an ideal week–end break after some hard studying.
EL ROCIO, every year on 26TH of JUNE: The “Saca de las yeguas” is a century old tradition celebrated in Almonte every July 26, coinciding with the Fair of San Pedro, the patron celebration and old cattle fair. In the days leading up to this celebration, the people of Almonte go off into the marshes to collect the mares and foals that graze throughout the year in different areas of Doñana National Park and herd them together. On the morning of the 26th, the group runs through the streets of the village of El Rocío, up to the chapel, where they are blessed by the priest. At this time, the Association of Marsh Cattle gives a foal to the Virgen del Rocio and continues on its way out of the village, heading towards Almonte. Once they have arrived there, the animals are locked up for cleaning (known as tuza) and foals are fitted for future sale. Animals that are not sold but already prepared are returned to the marsh.
This is quite a spectacle and something not to be missed. The town of El Rocio it self itself is uniquely different with its very wide sandy roads and pretty Andalusian houses. Seeing all the mares and the foals running through the town followed by the Yeguarizos/Cowboys is a sight as from another century. Marbella Design Academy has been there. See our video on this link: El Rocio – Marbella Design Academy was there!
As a student at Marbella Design Academy you will have the opportunity to enjoy Spain and study at the same time.
Marbella Design Academy, your place in the Sun where new experiences are on the doorstep.