GRANADA, ALPUJARRAS & NERJA
Saturday 21st to Thursday 26th May 2016
(6 days, 5 nights)
Leader: Carol Mantle
DAY 1 we will leave Moraira making several stops en route. We hope to arrive at about 4pm in the beautiful city of Granada which is the capital of the province of Granada, in Andalusia. Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the point where four rivers merge, the Beiro, the Darro, the Genil and the Monachil.
DAY 2 free day in which you will have an opportunity of visiting the Alhambra. A Moorish citadel and palace, which was captured from the Moors by Queen Isabella & King Ferdinand in the fifteenth century.
This is also the Palace in which King Henry the VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, grew up. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy.
DAY 3 is a free day to explore Granada. You will be able to visit the Cathedral in the main street of Granada and in the vicinity of the Cathedral is a Moroccan type market with little shops is narrow streets.
It is possible to take a bus to Sacromonte and walk down through Albraicin to the main street of Granada. This is a relatively easy walk but has some very interesting buildings and views on the way down the hill. Some of the sights you will see are Granada spread out before you including the Alhambra, the Cathedral in the centre of Granada and the Serria Nevada in the background.
Albaicín is located on a hill on the right bank of the river Darro. It is the ancient Moorish quarter of the city and transports the visitor to a unique world: the site of the ancient city of Elvira, so-called before the Zirid, the Moors renamed it Granada. It housed the artists who built the palaces of Alhambra on the hill facing it.
The Sacromonte neighborhood is located on the extension of the hill of Albaicín, along the Darro River. This area, which became famous in the nineteenth century for its predominantly Gitano (Gipsy) inhabitants, is characterized by cave houses, which are dug into the hillside. The area has a reputation as a major center of flamenco song and dance. After the evening meal we will be collected by mini bus and taken to one of the caves at the top of the hill in Sacromonte. Many of the U3A members have seen this show and we have had nothing but good reports on the authenticity of the whole experience. The cost of this show is included in the cost.
DAY 4 we will visit one of the White Villages in Las Alpujarras. The Alpujarra is a natural and historical region in Andalucía, Spain, on the south slopes of the Sierra Nevada and the adjacent valley. The average elevation is 4,000 feet above sea level. It extends over two provinces, Granada and Almería; it is sometimes referred to in the plural as “Las Alpujarras”. This area is widely written about in many works of fiction which are based around the history of Spain.
DAY 5 we will depart after breakfast to the Costa Tropical and visit Nerja a typical fishing village with it white houses and narrow streets. You can walk down to the famous Balcon de Europa pictured opposite. Late afternoon we will return to the hotel and that evening the hotel will put on a special meal with entertainment put on for our Group only.
Day 6 in the morning we will leave Granada for our return trip to Moraira with several stops and we would expect to arrive in Moraira at approximately 7pm.
Although there are activities and day trips planned during this trip, you have the option of taking part or not.
The cost per person will be about €315
depending on the number of people taking up places on the trip.
Half board and day trips to Las Alpujarras and Nerja are included. Entrance to the Alhambra, the Flamenco Show and the special meal and music put on for our group only at the hotel on the last night, are also included in the price of this trip. Single room supplement: €100
To secure a place on this trip, you will be required to pay a deposit of €60 euros per person at the Travel Desk.