Mar
19
Thu
2020
Day Trip: Fallas in Gandia
Mar 19 all-day

FALLAS IN GANDIA

THURSDAY 19th MARCH 2020

COST OF TRIP €20.00

Trip Leaders: Lynn Clark & Sue Popkin

The Fallas celebrations take place on 19 March in many Valencian towns on the feast of St Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters.  Originally, the celebrations were a series of bonfires where local carpenters cleared their workshops for the new year and burnt their scrap wood.  Nowadays, local districts vie with each other to design and build the largest and most colourful imagery. The Fallas are erected on 15 March, assessed by a judging panel on 16 March and then burnt down on 19 March!

The Fallas are often created to represent local and national political issues this includes the local mayor and councillors who are portrayed in a variety of unflattering poses.  In Gandia there are usually 12 extravagant Fallas spread around the old town, the largest reaching about 15 metres high all very colourful. We will have a Guide to explain what each Fallas represents as all the signs are in Valenciano.

At 11.30 onwards, there will be a flower parade by all the Fallistas in their traditional costume, finishing with a 10 meter high floral tribute of the Virgin de los Desamparados which is created from the processional offerings.

There will be a Mascleta (a firework display concentrating on noise rather than colour).

PLEASE NOTE GANDIA WILL BE BUSY AND VERY NOISY WITH FIREWORKS INTERMITTEN THROUGHOUT THE DAY.  

If you are interested in this trip please either put your name and email address on the list at the travel desk or email

Contact Lynn – travel-events@u3amoraira-teulada.org

Apr
5
Sun
2020
Day Trip: Palm Sunday – Palms Procession in Elche
Apr 5 all-day

PALM SUNDAY – PALMS PROCESSION IN ELCHE

SUNDAY 5 APRIL 2020

Cost €35 Price include Coach and Lunch

 Trip Leader Kay Bond & Lynn Clark

The historic quarter of Elche is capital of the region of Bajo Vinalopo in Alicante. Elche is the only place in the world where the tradition of crafting white palm fronds lives on. Palm branches are plaited into beautiful, creative forms and figures.

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent. Easter week then gets under way in Elche with the White Palm Procession, declared a Festival of international Tourist interest in 1997.

The main event of the day is the Palm procession, which starts at 11.00 am and is particularly striking for the 100s of Blanche White Palm leaves from the city’s palm groves carried through the streets by the faithful.

Easter week in Elche is the display of these white Palm arrangements, all competing to be the most creative in terms of size, height, decorative touches, attention to detail, complexity and artistic flair.

They are made by local craftspeople throughout the year and are famous all over the world.

The Parade starts firstly with the palms being blessed in Paseo de la Estacion, from there people taking part in the procession will make their way to Diagnol Del Palau, pass over the bridge of Puente de Altamina to their destination the Basilica of Sainta Marie.

Once the Parade is over you will have time to wander through the communal gardens of the Palm groves in the centre of Elche

The museums and monuments are open on Sunday from 10-14.00 hrs, and entrance is free.

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 at travel-events@u3amoraira-teulada.org

May
10
Sun
2020
Overnight Trip: Andorra & Costa Brava
May 10 – May 16 all-day

ANDORRA & COSTA BRAVA
10 – 16 MAY 2020
7 Days / 6 Nights

Leaders: Lynn Clark and Sue Popkin

 

Cost of the trip:  Price will range from €575 to €495 depending on numbers of bookings.   Single supplement : €168 ( €28 per night)

 

Our trip will start with a two night stop in the beautiful Principality of Andorra nestled between France and Spain, with duty free shopping and picturesque mountain walks. We then move on to the Costa Brava and to the home of Dali the world-famous genius of Surrealism. During our visit to Costa Brava we will visit Besalú, a medieval town with its astonishing fortified bridge, will also go to Girona for the Flower Festival and to see where the Game of Thrones was filmed and a visit the Catalan Venice.

10 MAY. MORAIRA – ANDORRA

We depart early morning for our trip towards the Principality Andorra and its capital La Vella. With stops on route for Coffee and Lunch before our arrival at the hotel, which is the Hotel 4* Hotel Delfor in the capital.  Then, free time, dinner in our Hotel.

Illuminated townscape in valley , Andorra

11 MAY. ANDORRA 

Breakfast and a free day to explore the region for tax reduced shopping in its different malls and shops, or enjoy its famous SPA Caldea. The charming old town – known as the Barri Antic – is home to 12th-century churches and a wonderful town square with valley views. Also a multitude of scenic walking trails easily the best way to take in Andorra’s mountainous landscape and mesmerising sunrises over the Pyrenees. Dinner in Hotel.

12 MAY. ANDORRA – RIBES DE FRESSER – NURIA VALLEY – SANTA SUSANNA

After Breakfast we depart towards the Pyrenees area of Ribes de Fresser which is nestled between mountains and rivers, an idyllic natural environment at the gates of the Pyrenees. Once at Ribes de Fresser we will take the rack railway through the stunning nature preserve of the area. You will see the landscape richness formed by forests and meadows. Once at the beautiful Nuria Valley with its stunning views and sanctuary you will have free time for lunch. We continue on to Santa Susanna where we arrive at our hotel for dinner and accommodation.

Santa Susanna is halfway between Barcelona and Girona, the two great capitals of tourism in Catalonia. This is an ideal place for us to base ourselves while enjoying this area of Catalonia. Santa Susanna offers treasures in the form of paradisiacal and little uncrowded beaches as well as locations of great historical and cultural interest. The lovely hotel that we are staying in is the 4* Hotel Florida Park.

13 MAY.  FIGUERES – CADAQUES – SANTA SUSANNA

After breakfast we drive to the northern part of the Costa Brava, to the area of Figueres where the world-famous genius of Surrealism, Dali, had his workshop now a dedicated as a Theatre-museum. You will have free time to look around the area and time for lunch. Continuing on to Cadaqués which is the easternmost town of the Iberian Peninsula and a beautiful Fishing village where Dali lived in a small fisherman’s house.  It is currently adapted as a museum. Free time.

 

 

 

 

 

On our return journey to Santa Suzanna we pass through Ampuriabrava known as the Catalan Venice with its channels. which has a natural exit to the sea of ​​the region and the lands of Girona and surrounded by the Natural Park of the Marshlands of the Ampurdán and constitutes the most important residential marina in Europe , with about 24 km of navigable canals.  From here we return to our hotel for Dinner.

 

14 MAY. BESALÚ – GIRONA – SANTA SUSANNA

Breakfast and departure towards Besalú. Arrival and tour with official guide included. This medieval town with its astonishing fortified bridge is a journey into the middle east. Each street and each building tell a little about the history, the coexistence of cultures, the development of commerce and the hardness of the wars. Built on top of a hill it is possible to see examples of the  Middle Ages with the existence of important buildings and bridge , the Jewish baths , the church of the monastery of San Pedro from Besalú and San Julián, former pilgrim hospital.

We continue on to Girona City with its famous cathedral as seen on the Game of Thrones, and was once used by the Moors as a mosque, after their expulsion it was entirely remodelled and is now one of the most important monuments of Majorcan architect and an excellent example of Catalan Gothic architecture.

We are also in Girona when the Temps de Flors (the Flower Festival)  the brightest of them all. Started some 50 years ago is now one of the biggest and best events in Spain. The festival features a variety of flower arrangements that decorate the city, especially the old town. Wonderful arrangements and bouquets are made by local people and displayed both in public buildings and near their own homes.  Return to hotel for dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

15th MAY.  BLANES – TOSSA DE MAR – SANTA SUSANNA
Breakfast and morning visit of Blanes, fishing village with its beautiful coast shape. It is known as the “Gateway to the Costa Brava”, which stretches from Blanes up to the French border. We then move on to Tossa de Mar with its famous Old city entirely walled against the sea. In 1950 Ava Gardner and James Mason arrived in the small town to shoot Pandora and the wandering Dutchman and that gave the town some fame. In the movie the town was named Esperanza. Return to hotel for Dinner

16 MAY. SANTA SUSANNA – MORAIRA

We depart after breakfast for Moraira.  With stops on route for Coffee and Lunch before our arrival in Moraira.


Included in the price is, coach, excursions, bed breakfast and evening meals in Hotels and Guides.

We want to ensure transparency with our pricing structure. We have based our cost on the number of people who take up the trip as follows – so the more people the cheaper the price for all.

Up to 35 passengers cost €575.

36 to 45 passengers cost €525.

46 to 53 passengers cost €495.

Deposit required €60. Final balance will be informed to you nearer the date.

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

travel-events@u3amoraira-teulada.org

May
27
Wed
2020
Day Trip: Santa Pola – Wine & Tapas Tasting
May 27 all-day

THE TASTES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

Salt, Oil & Wine including a Wine tasting and Tapas

Wednesday 27 May 2020 

Cost: €40 per person

Led by: Lynn Clark & Kay Bond

We will depart from Moraira and head for the salt museum in Santa Pola.   The museum is set within a 6000 acre park. Salt has been produced in Santa Pola since Roman times and was an essential part of the local economy. The small museum is set in an old salt factory with some of original machinery and explains how salt was extracted, its characteristics and historical usage.

The salt lagoons attract a variety of wildlife, especially flamingos and there are viewing platforms. You will also be able to observe the nature in the Natural Park of Salinas de Santa Pola, with flamingos, white-tailed teal, white jars, spoon ducks, common egrets, yellow tailed gulls and stilts etc. This spectacular reserve is declared a Zone of Special importance for Birds.

After a stop for lunch, we head for the Enrico Mendoza bodega in Alfas de Pi.  There will be a tour of the attractive grounds and the wine cellar with an English-speaking guide. This will be followed of course by a tutored tasting session with some tapas. Also included will be Olive Oil tasting. You will also have an opportunity to visit their shop for any purchases you wish to make.

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  travel-events@u3amoraira-teulada.org

 

 

Jun
16
Tue
2020
Overnight Trip: Teruel, Albarracin & Cuenca
Jun 16 – Jun 18 all-day
Overnight Trip: Teruel, Albarracin & Cuenca

TERUEL, ALBARRACIN AND CUENCA

16 – 18 JUNE 2020

3 days / 2 nights

Trip Leaders: Kay Bond & Lynn Clark

Cost of the trip:  Price range from €250 to €210 depending on numbers booking see below –  Single supplement: – €50.00

 Teruel – Our first stop is Teruel a high-altitude town in the mountainous region of Aragon. Renowned for jamon serrano, it’s pottery, surrounding archaeological sites, with its Moorish influenced architecture, and is a world heritage UNESCO site.

Albarracin – We will visit Albarracin, known as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. It’s not surprising since this small village seems to have come out of a fairy tale! It is situated on the banks of the Guadalaviar river. It’s steep and narrow cobbled streets are great to explore and are picturesque around sunset, converting this village into a magical place.

Cuenca – Cuenca village, is a delightful old municipality revealing the secrets and intrigues and of course it’s Hanging Houses.  Cuenca is in the autonomous community of Castille-La Mancha in central Spain. With its historical walled town, steep cobbled streets and medieval castle ruins. Perched on a limestone spur high above the Jucar and Huécar rivers. Its cantilevered houses that hang over the Huécar gorge, just seemingly clinging on to the cliff edges. This village is also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Included in the price is, coach, excursions, bed breakfast and evening meals in Hotels and Guides.

We want to ensure transparency with our pricing structure. We have based our cost on the number of people who take up the trip, the more people the cheaper the price for all:-

Up to 35 passengers cost €250.

36 to 45 passengers cost €230.

46 to 55 passengers cost €210.

Single supplement €50.00


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

travel-events@u3amoraira-teulada.org

Sep
29
Tue
2020
Overnight Trip: The “White Villages” of ANDALUCIA & RHONDA
Sep 29 – Oct 4 all-day
Overnight Trip: The "White Villages" of ANDALUCIA & RHONDA

THE ‘WHITE VILLAGES’ of ANDALUCIA AND RHONDA

29th SEPTEMBER – 4th OCTOBER 2020

6 Days / 5 Nights

Prices range from €530 to €460 depending on numbers booking – see below

Trip leaders: Lynn Clark & Kay Bond

An opportunity to visit the Costa Del Sol and some of the best white washed villages in Spain along with a chance to spend time in beautiful Malaga, Marbella and Rhonda.

 We will visit the once sleepy fishing village of Nerja, also one more of Spain’s best voted pretty villages – Frigiliana.  Plus, we haven’t forgotten the beautiful village of Mijas nestling comfortably in the mountainside. This is just a taster. Full details including prices will be available at next month’s meeting and in our February newsletter.

Included in the price is the cost of the coach, excursions (entrance to Oasys and the boat trip in Marbella), bed breakfast and evening meals in the Hotels.

We want to ensure transparency with our pricing structure. We have based our cost on the number of people who take up the trip so the more people the cheaper the price for all costs as follows: 

Up to 30 passengers cost €530

31 to 40 passengers cost €475.

41 to 53 passengers cost €460.

Single Supplement €140. (€28 per night)

 Deposit required €100. Final balance will be informed to you nearer the date.


If you are interested in this trip and want to put your name on the list for full details to be emailed to you.  Please email Lynn at  travel-events@u3amoraira-teulada.org