22nd to the 27th September 2014

-6 days, 5 nights-

 

Leaders:    Carol Mantle & Anne Cattle

On this Trip we will be visiting Chinchon, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Aranjuez, Alcazar de San Juan and Almagro.

Chinchon
Chinchon

Day 1 we will leave Moraira heading for Segovia for our first night.  En route we will be stopping in Chinchon for lunch.  We will have a chance to discover the Plaza Major constructed in 1498.  At the time of construction large squares were of an irregular shape and the houses surrounding the Plaza were owner by Farmers.  Over the years the Plaza has been used for numerous activities such as theatre, bullfights, film sets and many other things.

Roman Aqueduct
Roman Aqueduct

After lunch we will continue on to Segovia.  Our Hotel in Segovia overlooks the Roman Aqueduct.  The accommodation in Segovia is on a B&B basis.  We should arrive and be settled into our rooms by late afternoon giving us time to freshen up before going out for the evening.  There are numerous restaurants within easy walking distance from our hotel.

 

View of Segovia
View of Segovia

Day 2 The morning will be free to explore Segovia. There has been a settlement on the sight of the city since Roman times but it is believed it was abandoned during the Islamic invasion. In 1088 the city began to be repopulated and in the Middle Ages the textile industry was founded. In 1474 Queen Isabella was crowned in the Church San Miguel, which is a beautiful Church and well worth a visit. The Church is situated off Plaza Major. In the afternoon there will be an optional trip to Granja Palace with it’s wonderful gardens.

 

Day 3 After breakfast, luggage will be loaded onto the coach and we will leave for Salamanca.

Walled City
Walled City

En route to Salamanca we will visit Avila, which is sometimes called the Town of Stones and Saints. Avila claims that it is one of the towns with the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic Churches (and bars and restaurants) per capita in Spain. It is notable for having complete medieval town walls built in the Romanesque style. The last time the Travel Group visited Avila there was a tourist train that traveled around the city. The trip took approximately one hour. This is a good option if you want to see everything without having to walk. We will be in Avila for approximately 4 hours so there will be plenty of time for sightseeing and lunch.

 

Hotel Las Claras
Hotel Las Claras

We will arrive in Salamanca late afternoon and after having time to freshen up we will have Dinner in the 4*Hotel Las Claras.

 

The Old Cathedral, Salamanca
The Old Cathedral, Salamanca

 

Day 4 After breakfast there will be a walking tour of the City which will include the very large and beautiful Plaza Mayor, the new and the old Cathedrals, Casas de Las Conchas (houses of shells) and the University area with its museum……….

 

The Facade of The University
The Facade of The University

 

……Salamanca University was founded in 1134 and has one of the oldest libraries in Spain .Salamanca rose to prominence during Spain’s golden age between 1550 and 1650. It was during that period that Columbus was lobbying King Fernando and Queen Isabella to seek out a western route to the Indies. He made his case to a council of geographers at the University. In the next century the morality of colonisation in the Indies was debated by the School of Salamanca. After the walking tour there will be free time to explore the city for yourselves. Evening meal will be served in the Hotel.

 

Day 5 After breakfast we leave Salamanca and head off to Aranjuez with its famous Royal Palace and gardens.

Palace at Aranjuez
Palace at Aranjuez

In 1560 it was the Palace of Philip II of Spain who was the Consort of Queen Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. Aranjuez has a grid layout of streets for the cultivation of strawberries and asparagus. Aranjuez also inspired the composer Joaquin Rodrigo to compose the Concierto de Aranjuez. There will be plenty of time to visit the Palace and gardens. There Is also a tourist train which will give further opportunities to explore Aranjuez. On leaving Aranjuez we will head towards Alcazar de San Juan where our accommodation includes half board.

Plaza Mayor, Almagro
Plaza Mayor, Almagro

 

Day 6 After breakfast we board the coach for our trip back to Moraira. En route we will visit the ancient town of Almagro. Tradition has it that Don Gonzalo Yanez granted a charter to the town in 1213. We will continue our return to Moraira through the region of Castilla La Mancha.

 

 

 

The cost per person will be about €405

depending on the number of people taking part.

Single room supplement: €100.

To secure a place, please pay a deposit of 60 euros per person

at the Travel Desk at the next general meeting.

If you are unable to get to a General Meeting please contact Carol

at carol.mantle@hotmail.com

 

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