Day trip: Algemesi, Lunch in El Palmar and Boat trip on Albufera Lake
Sep 8 all-day

Algemesi, Lunch in El Palmar and Boat trip on Albufera Lake

Sunday 8th September 2019

Led by: Anne Cattle & Lynn Clark


This day trip will provide the opportunity to visit the region immediately to the west and south of Valencia.  The cost includes a visit to a Festival in Algemesi, Paella Lunch in El Palmar and a Boat Trip on the lake.

The first visit of the day is to The fiesta of ‘La Mare de Déu de la Salut(Our Lady of Health)’ of Algemesí which UNESCO has recognized as part of the “intangible heritage of humanity” is famous for the human towers.

Our next port of call will be the village of El Palmar. Once an island, it is now accessible via a narrow road and even narrower bridge and is situated close to the City of Valencia on the banks of the Albufera lake. Once Europe’s largest fresh water lake, much of the area has been turned over to the cultivation of rice, but the Albufera is still home to carp and eels and an extensive bird reserve with, among others, egrets and blue herons making their home there.  The fishing boats which line the canals on each side of the village bear witness to the main livelihood of its inhabitants.

We will stop for lunch in El Palmar, which has a large number of restaurants that specialise in paella.
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a cruise on Albufera lake.
Once back on dry land we will have an opportunity of looking inside one of the cosy little thatched cottages called Barracas which are to be seen all over the area. Though very small, inside they seemed surprisingly spacious and comfortable.

Cost 40 euros per person

Sep 17 – Sep 21 all-day

17th to 21st September 2019
5 days, 4 nights

Trip leader Lynn Clark & Sue Popkin

On this trip we will be visiting some of the 68 small towns and villages that have been awarded the designation ‘Most Beautiful Villages in Spain’. Four of these villages are in Comunidad Valenciana and we will visit three of them plus two more that are located just over the border with Aragon.

Including half board at the Hotel and some lunches are included during the trip.

The single room supplement is €60

This trip is now full but we do have a reserve list.
If you wish to be added to the reserve list please contact

Day trip: Valencia Biopark
Oct 2 all-day
Day trip: Valencia Biopark

Valencia Bioparc

Led by: Sue Popkin & Lynn Clark

This day trip will include return journey by coach from Moraira to Valencia Bioparc, entrance fee and a three-hour guided tour.

The Bioparc is split into three main sections. There are no cages in the Bioparc. Barriers are created naturally using rocks, rivers and bridges.

African Savannah: You will find herbivores here such as Zebras, Impalas, Storks, Giraffes and White Rhinoceroses and you will be able to pet giraffes as they come over to see what’s going on. Another area shows Lions, Mongooses and Elephants.

Equatorial Africa: The largest section within the park, with the greatest amount of eco-systems and habitats. Here there is a large section for African birds, and you will also see Monkeys and Gorillas.

Madagascar: This is the place to venture to if you want to meet some Lemurs. These are the ones you can get closest too as they are free to run around in the area where you will be.

Lunch is not included, however, throughout the Bioparc you will find various places to eat such as the Samburu Restaurant that offers a 3-course meal or there is a snack bar in the Ndoki area which offers sandwiches or an Adult Menu offering hamburgers, chicken wings etc.

You are not allowed to take food into the Bioparc because feeding the animals is strictly prohibited.
So join us for a fantastic day out where you can really get up close to the animals and enjoy what has been described as the most advanced zoo within Europe.

Cost of the trip 35€
If you are interested in this trip please either put your name and email address on the list at the travel desk or email
Sue Popkin at

Day trip: Visit to Fonts d’Algar and Guadalest 
Oct 16 all-day
Day trip: Visit to Fonts d’Algar and Guadalest 


Visit to Font d’Algar Waterfalls and

Sightseeing and Shopping in Guadalest

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Leader:  Lynn Clark & Sue Popkin




Las Fuentes del Algar or Fonts de l’Algar are located about 15 km from Benimantell in Callosa d’en Sarria (Alicante).

In ancient times the waters of Fuentes del Algar were considered sources of health and wealth. Even thought that could rejuvenated swimmers.

Las Fuentes del Algar or Fonts de l’Algar are a natural paradise where the Algar river forms numerous waterfalls and tolls (natural pools) of great beauty where you can even take bath in summer.

After we have visited the waterfalls and had coffee, we will then take the coach up to Guadalest.  The village appears perched on a tiny pinnacle rising into the sky which makes it look absolutely amazing. This gives beautiful views of the green valley with many other mountains in the background. 

You will find many shops selling souvenirs, crafts and local produce such as honey, wine, handbags etc.

Guadalest is famous for two buildings, the first is Guadalest castle (Castell de Guadalest) which can only be accessed by walking through a 15 foot long tunnel carved out of the rock. This is known as the Portal de San Jose.  The castle was built by the Moors over 1,300 years ago. In 1609 King Felipe the third ordered all the Moors to be expelled leading to an uprising after which the Moors were defeated and left Spain.

The other famous building that you will often see photographed or on postcards is the white bell tower of Penon de la Alcala which rises up seemingly precariously perched on the mountainside.


Cost of the trip is €15.00
Including entrance to the waterfalls
If you are interested in this trip please either put your name and email address on the list at the travel desk or email
Lynn Clark at
Giving the name of the trip

Day trip: Visit to turron and chocolate factories
Nov 14 all-day
Day trip: Visit to turron and chocolate factories

Thursday – 14th November 2019
Led by Sue Popkin & Lynn Clark

Making Turron

We will begin our day with a tour of the Turron Factory in Jijona with ample time to visit the shop and purchase supplies of this typically Spanish confectionery.

We will then visit Campello for lunch where you we will have a three course meal which is included in the price of the trip. The restaurant is opposite Campello’s beautiful beach.

From there we will travel to Villajoyosa for a guided tour of the Valor Chocolate Factory and again we will visit the shop to stock up with chocolate for our return trip to Teulada.

Cost of the trip 35€
If you are interested in this trip please either put your name and email address on the list at the travel desk
or email Sue Popkin

Day trip: La Zenia Boulevard pre-Christmas shopping
Nov 27 all-day
Day trip: La Zenia Boulevard pre-Christmas shopping


Leaders: Lynn Clark & Sue Popkin

La Zenia Boulevard is the largest shopping Centre in the province of Alicante. It is designed as a Shopping City and represents a new concept of shopping and looks like a real Mediterranean town, with streets and squares. 150 stores such as Adidas, Alcampo, C&A, H&M, Zara, Zara (Home), Mango, Swarovski, Media Mart, and the largest PRIMARK store in Europe. The complex itself also has many restaurants, tapas bars and cafés.

Cost of the trip €10.00
If you are interested in this trip please either put your name and email address on the list at the Travel desk or email
Lynn Clark at
Giving the name of the trip

Christmas Shopping in Barcelona
Dec 2 – Dec 5 all-day
Christmas Shopping in Barcelona

Christmas Shopping in
Optional trip to The Church at Monserrat with the famous Boys Choir and the Black Madonna.
3rd to 6th December 2019
– 4 days and 3 nights –

 Led by:   Lynn Clark and Anne Cattle

We thought it was time to revisit the beautiful city of Barcelona.

You will see the festive Christmas lights, a variety of shops to appeal to many and also the Christmas markets.

Barcelona is famous for its exquisite architecture that forms part of the city and its surroundings.   There will be plenty of time for both sightseeing and shopping. We are also planning to visit the Boys Choir in Monserrat and we will also give you the opportunity to visit the Barcelona stadium.

On this trip we will be staying in a four star hotel in the Centre of Barcelona approximately ten minutes’ walk from the northern end of the famous and vibrant Ramblas.  Our accommodation will be on a bed and breakfast basis.  For lunch and evening meals you will find a very good selection of restaurants very close to the hotel.

Basilica at Montserrat Monastery

A visit to Montserrat Monastery is popular for three main reasons, the Gothic building of architectural significance, it is the home of Montserrat’s masses and choral concerts and, it houses what is arguably Montserrat’s most important feature – the statue of the Black Madonna.

Some of the other sights to be seen in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, his work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This amazing cathedral is certainly worth a visit. The tourist bus stops right outside, there is an entrance fee of around €15.

Park Guell is decorative public park composed of architectonic elements and a system of gardens also designed by Gaudi. The tourist bus stops a short walk away and this is certainly worth a visit. One café on site.

Casa Mila in the town centre easily walkable from our hotel. There are many other fantastic buildings to be enjoyed either on the Tourist bus or by walking.

Christmas Markets a wander to the Ramblas you will find lots of interesting stalls.

Cost of the trip is €250.00
To include Bed and Breakfast in a four star hotel.
within 5 to 10 minutes off Las Ramblas.
Single supplement will be €95.00
To secure a place, please pay a deposit of €60 per person at the Travel Desk at the next monthly meeting

If you are interested in this trip please email Lynn Clark