Inside, children have access to three different spaces:
- the kitchen and DIY space, where adults, sometimes helped by children, prepare chapati with locally sourced organic flours, and where children can practice drawing, painting, sewing and other exciting activities sitting around tables at their height;
- the calm room, covered with jarapas (locally made carpets) for quieter activities such as puzzles, pearl necklaces, the doll’s house, as well as a reading corner;
- the mattresses room where children can jump, tumble or hide in caves or huts!
We also have a large garden with teepees, an area where children can play with water and earth, a table for lunch and, in the center, a large wooden “pirate ship” built by the parents, consisting of a slide, a swing, a set of entangled branches, a climbing wall to get to the boat above, and below it, a very pretty kids kitchen with a multitude pots and seeds.
All around, a breathtaking view of the mountain!
Here are a few photos of those spaces:
We open 4 mornings a week, from Monday to Thursday, from 10am to 2pm. Thursday is the long-awaited excursion day for all: we go to the plains below, crossing acequias (water channels built in the time of the Moors), and sliding down terraces until we get to the second “pirate ship”, this time personified by a giant fig tree. We sometimes also go down to the Bermejo river (“vermeille”), with its golden water, or continue to an dried out alberca (artificial basin for irrigation), which offers many opportunities to climb, jump and hide.
The bigger children enjoy a second day of excursion, usually on Tuesdays: they explore the surroundings, walk up to the nearby village of Capilerilla, or get lost in the narrow streets of the old quarter.
For photos of excursions, check out this article.
On Fridays, children can enjoy the weekly fruit and vegetable market which takes place on the main square of the village of Pitres. They can walk or cycle around as they wish, as cars are not allowed to cross the market. This is an ideal environment to learn how to handle money, to meet the villagers, buy gems, or climb to the church square to savor a delicious yoghurt kindly offered by the cheese seller …
A few photos of the market:
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