I do not think I have ever woken up to my alarm and been happy to get to work. This is before I had the pleasure of spending a week at Cortijo Caseria del Mercado. A good friend of mine who runs a Partner Acrobatics training camp there (this is amazing as well and is discussed later in this article) had on a whim invited me to come do some woofing at Cortijo Caseria del Mercado. I had never heard of woofing at this point, but after a very brief description I decided it sounded quite lovely and thought I would give it a try. I have absolutely no regrets about this decision. Everything about Cortijo Caseria del Mercado was amazing, the food, the people, the scenery, the environment, watching the acrobats do their thing, the hosts, it all just worked together so well and I seriously recommend Cortijo Caseria del Mercado to everyone. Below you will find out everything you need to know about Cortijo Caseria del Mercado and what makes it such a special place.Cortijo Caseria del Mercado

How to get to and from Cortijo Caseria del Mercado

Cortijo Caseria del Mercado is located about 3 hours from Malaga and is fairly simple to get to from the airport. Whether you arrive by plain or train to Malaga your first order of business is getting to Orgiva, then onwards to Cortijo Caseria del Mercado. From the airport you walk straight out and wait for the “A” bus. This isn’t listed on the map at the bus stop but if you wait there it will come eventually. Its only about a 5 min ride with a cost of 3 Euro and you are dropped off at the main bus station in Malaga. This is also right beside the train station that will take you anywhere in Europe. Once inside head to the ALSA counter and buy a ticket to Orgiva. The bus leaves daily at 3pm and the ticket cost 11.85 Euro. From Orgiva you will need to arrange a ride with the farm.

If leaving the farm and heading to Malaga you can just reverse the above. Simple. I chose to head to Granada, this is also an easy trip and highly recommended as Granada is awesome. You can read about how to get from Orgiva to Granda in my post here.Cortijo Caseria del Mercado

The food at Cortijo Caseria del Mercado

Everything about Cortijo Caseria del Mercado is organic, from the food you eat to wine you drink. It all comes from the farm and is absolutely delicious. The bread truck comes up the mountain daily and delivers fresh bread.  You are well fed and will never go hungry. The kitchen is stocked and you have full access, just like home. You are really treated like family here and it’s a fantastic comfortable feeling. My personal favourite was cutting the jamon right off the leg. You will never go hungry at Cortijo Caseria del Mercado.

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What an average day is like at Cortijo Caseria del Mercado

Work starts at 8am and is meant to be a 6 hour day. I was up at 7am to shower and at the breakfast table by 7:30am. This is what I like to call first breakfast and it will consist of anything you like. I chose granola and fruit to start the day light because I knew what was going to come later. For the next 2 hours you could be doing just about anything depending on the time of year. All the work is at a relaxed pace and fun to do. At 10am work stops and it is time for second breakfast. This is where I would load up on bread and meat. I got in the habit of making an epic sandwich that was meant to fill me for the next few hours. After about a 30-45 minute break its back to work. The day is supposed to end at 2pm but because of the hot sun most days ended at around noon. We would then go back for a couple of hours in the evening (sometimes).

At 2pm it is time to feast. You join the Cortijo Caseria del Mercado family and eat a fresh and delicious meal. This is really a feast and my gracious hosts favourite words at this time seemed to be “more, more”. I stuffed myself daily. The afternoon is all about relaxing. This can be done at the pool, in a hammock, in the garden, or any other of the beautiful spots close by. If your lucky there will be some acrobatics to watch, they are a friendly entertaining bunch and very welcoming. In the evening I would usually have a light supper and an early bed time. You can read a very descriptive post about my first day at Cortijo Caseria del Mercado here. Pool at Cortijo Caseria del Mercado

The amazing and astonishing partner acrobat training at Cortijo Caseria del Mercado

Cortijo Caseria del Mercado also offers a wonderful venue for retreats. While I was there I had the pleasure to watch the fine folks from partner-acrobatics work their magic. Emily, Niko, and Lorenzo are great at what they do and everyone I spoke to that was participating in their retreat highly recommended them. I could sit for hours and gaze at them while they do their thing. They have a giant apparatus that helps throw the students into wild airborne manoeuvres. They are having a great time while doing it and smiles were on all faces.

What else is around Cortijo Caseria del Mercado?

Cortijo Caseria del Mercado is located in a most beautiful location. There are ample opportunities for trekking and visiting small untouched and untouristic traditional Spanish villages. One day myself and some friends from Cortijo Caseria del Mercado made the walk to Orgiva where we enjoyed cheap beers and tapas.Castaras Spain

Summery of my time spent at Cortijo Caseria del Mercado

The only reason I left Cortijo Caseria del Mercado was to visit a friend in Valencia. My original plan was to return a week later but a family related issue meant I had to head to Paris immediately. By this point I was rather far and Turkey was calling my name so unfortunately I was not able to return. This is not the last time I will be there and that I am certain. I enjoyed everyday at Cortijo Caseria del Mercado and this place is what Finding The Freedom is all about. Whether you are an aspiring woofer, an experienced farm hand, or a soon to be acrobat I can not recommend Cortijo Caseria del Mercado enough. Thank you to all the wonderful people there that made my stay so great!Joaquin hanging tomatoes Caseria Del Mercado

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