Jávea U3A
 

Spanish
Culture and Cuisine

Group Leader Angela Chantry and Tony Dearie
Email Addr spanish.culture.cuisine@u3ajavea.org
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Meeting Venue As arranged
Meeting Day and Time As arranged.

Our “get-togethers” will take place every 7/8 weeks, and will include visits to places of special cultural and historical interest, lunches/dinners at selected Spanish restaurants offering typical regional dishes, bodegas, guitar and flamenco music – everything that we enjoy about living in Spain! 

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Events Summary (full details follow this summary):

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Please be aware that members taking part in this activity do so entirely at their own risk. Members are responsible for their own medical cover.

 

 



In L’Olleria we discover the soul of glass

Day Trip

Weds 13th Sept 2017

Total Cost:

€ 28

Includes:

Coach, guided tours and lunch

Status:

Fully booked. A waiting list is in operation.

Payment:

In full

Due by:

Weds 28th June

 

Bank Transfer Code:

L'Olleria

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

07:45 for 08:00

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

17:30 Approx.

Organisers:

Angela & Tony spanish.culture.cuisine@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

L’Olleria is a town with a long tradition of craftsmanship and in past centuries glass was the most important material for the town, making L’Olleria one of the major glass producing areas around the world. The origin of those who brought the glass to the population is completely unknown but it is believed that it may have been the Romans who brought the beginning of the manufacturing process of the molten glass.

Our day excursion will include

  • a guided tour of the Capuchin Monastry which houses two museums: an exhibition of paintings and glass with more than a thousand pieces from various eras, and the ethnographic museum;
  • next a visit to a glass factory to see the process of glass production;
  • a tour of the Casa Santonja (the old "Palace of the Marau”) which contains valuable ceramics and a great noble hall, decorated with paintings influenced by the Enlightenment and liberal Freemasonry at the beginning of the 19th century.  It is being restored to house the future Museum of Glass Valencia, which will value the rich heritage and cultural tourism of the region. 

Finally, lunch is included at the local Restaurante Casa Manola.

See a full description of the trip.

 



Culture, Cuisine and a Spanish Brewery!

Day Trip

October TBA

Total Cost:

€ ?

Includes:

Coach, guided tours and lunch

Status:

Full details of this trip to be supplied shortly

Payment:

In full

Due by:

?

 

Bank Transfer Code:

 

Itinerary

Our day excursion will include

  • a guided tour of the La Socarrada beer factory, Xativa, with an explanation of the process of making craft beer, followed by snacks and beer tasting. Its characteristic rosemary and honey flavour and aroma define it as a gastronomic beer, known throughout the world;
  • a guided visit will then be made to the beautifully restored El palacio de los Condes de Cervellón at Anna, now a Heritage Centre - the Courtyard recreates the decorative world of the Arabs who were settled in this town from the twelfth century, with its splendid ceramic mosaics, coffered ceilings and plasterwork. 

Having worked up an appetite, we will re-board our coach and travel to the nearby town of Canals, where we will have lunch at the Restaurante El Cantó de Toni.

 

 



Our Spanish Culture & Cuisine Christmas Party!

          

Monday 11th December

Total Cost:

€ pricePerPerson

Includes:

Christmas lunch plus entertainment by Duo Intermezzo

Status:

Further details will be announced nearer the time

Payment:

In full

Due by:

?

 

Bank Transfer Code:

 

Organisers:

Angela Chantry and Tony Dearie spanish.culture.cuisine@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

This year the venue will be the newly renovated restaurant previously known as Restaurante Fuentes (near the Javea Players' Studio) which is now under new ownership and called Area 1.

There will be a Christmas lunch followed by an hour's entertainment by the very popular Duo Intermezzo who will perform a special programme of Spanish Christmas music and carols for our group.


Further details will be announced nearer the time.

 

 

 



River Cruise on the Guadalquivir

10 days

25th July- 3rd Aug 2018

Total Cost:

€ TBS but probably between €1350 & €1590 depending on cabin type.

Includes:

8-day Cruise, excursions, coach, overnight hotels, etc.

Status:

Trip is full. A waiting list will be in operation.

Deposit:

€100pp.

Due by:

24th April 2017 by bank transfer.

Balance:

 

Due by:

TBA

Payment:

In full

Due by:

TBA

 

Bank Transfer Code:

River Cruise

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

08:15 for 08:30

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

19:00 Approx.

Organisers:

Angela Chantry and Tony Dearie spanish.culture.cuisine@u3ajavea.org

 

Andalusia: Tradition, Gastronomy and Flamenco

Sevilla - Cádiz - El Puerto De Santa Maria - Isla Minima - Sevilla

Itinerary

Below is a very detailed schedule of the trip, identifying all the wonderful places that will be visited. After the itinerary, is some information about the river cruise, the layout of the ship and what is include and what is not included.

Wednesday 25th July

08:30 Departure from Interiors, Jávea port (opposite side of the road); comfort stop on the motorway.
11:00 Refreshment break at the Hotel Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana, located in the beautiful Sierra Espuna regional park; visit the gardens and chapel.
 
12:30 Re-board our coach and continue to Almería.
14:45 Check-in to the 4* Hotel Nuevo Torreluz (or similar), situated in the heart of Almería's old quarter, located between the town hall, the cathedral and Paseo de Almería. There are several shops, tapas bars and restaurants nearby. The port is a 12-minute walk away, and you can walk to the beach in around 20 minutes.
 
  The rest of the afternoon/evening is free for your own sightseeing or relaxation:
 


La Alcazaba

Founded by Córdoba caliph Abd ar-Rahman in 995 AD, it is the second largest Moorish fortress in Spain. You'll have sweeping views of the cave quarter of Barrio de la Chanca below.

 

Almeria Cathedral

It looks like a fortress from the outside, but it is a beautiful cathedral inside. The reason for its robust construction was to protect its treasures from Barbary pirate raids.

 


Parque Nicolas Salmeron

 

 

 

 


Almeria Museum

The Museum is one of the most important in the Almerian province and maintains the largest collection of archaeological remains in Almería.

 

 

 

Museo de la Guitarra

The museum is dedicated to Antonio de Torres Jurado (1817-1892), a famous Spanish guitarist.

Thursday 26th July

08:00 Breakfast.
09:00 Check-out from hotel and load suitcases onto coach.
11:30 Visit to the Jardín Botánico Histórico La Concepción, Málaga. Free time for refreshments in the café and to explore the garden. Acknowledged in 1943 as a “garden of historical and artistic interest”, it covers a total of 3.5 hectares. Located on the side of a hill, its landscaped layout comprises a series of waterfalls, streams, fountains, flights of steps, greenhouses, large trees and centuries-old palms, the latter constituting one of the finest collections in Europe. Next to the entrance to the garden is a shop where gifts and souvenirs may be purchased. There is also a cafeteria which is famed for its home-made vegetable soups, salads, cakes and sandwiches.

13:30 Re-board our coach and travel to Sevilla.
17:00 Board cruise ship: MS La Belle de Cádix.


Unpack and settle into your cabin.

Evening: Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail.

Dinner on board.
Free evening.

Details of the ship, meals, what is included and what isn't etc. is listed after the itinerary.

Friday 27th July

 

Sevilla - Cádiz.

Full-board on board.

Guided visit of Sevilla on foot. Return on board and beginning of the cruise. Passing the Doñana National Park, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve, and the city of Sanlucar de Barrameda. Arrival in Cádiz in the evening. A tour of Cádiz by night.

Saturday 28th July

 

Cádiz - El Puerto de Santa Maria.

Full-board on board.

Guided walking tour of Cádiz to see its cultural and historic richness. Cruise to El Puerto de Santa Maria. Excursion to Jerez and visit of a “ganadería” (a property where bulls are raised), the chance to learn about this living symbol of Spanish culture. Spanish-themed dinner and evening of entertainment.

Sunday 29th July

 

El Puerto de Santa Maria - Isla Minima.

Full-board on board.

Tour of the Osborne cellar and tasting of local wines. In the afternoon, cruise to Isla Minima. Pass through the Doñana National Park, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve and the city of Sanlucar de Barrameda, where the river joins the Atlantic Ocean. Tour of a genuine Andalusian hacienda located on the banks of the Guadalquivir followed by an equestrian show.

Monday 30th July

 

Isla Minima - Sevilla.

Full-board on board.

Excursion to a nature reserve and tour with a forest guide. Cruise toward Sevilla. Free evening.

Tuesday 31st July

 

Sevilla.

Full-board.

Guided visit of Granada. This grandiose and verdant site owes its prestige to its Moorish monuments, especially the Alhambra: a palace straight out of the 1001 nights. Discover the Generalife, a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens. Free time and return to Sevilla. Flamenco presentation on board.

Wednesday 1st August

 

Sevilla - Córdoba.

Full-board on board.

Day devoted to an excursion to Córdoba, once part of the Caliphate of Córdoba. Enjoy a “tapas” lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Sevilla. Free time. Gala evening.

Thursday 2nd August

 

Sevilla.

Buffet breakfast on board.

09:00 Disembark and load cases onto our coach.
10:45 Refreshment break at Estepa where we will have a guided tour of Chocomundo, Museo de Chocolate, the largest chocolate museum in Spain and considered as one of the best in the world.

12:30 Free time for lunch (own expense) in a nearby café bar/restaurant.
14:00 Re-board our coach and travel to Jaén.
16:45 Check-in to the Parador Jaén Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina, a luxury four star hotel built on a 12th century Arab fortress. Free time.

20:00 Dinner (included).

Friday 3rd August

08:00 Breakfast.
09:00 Check-out and load cases onto coach.
11:00 Visit to Quesos de Leyva, a family business dedicated to the manufacturing of Artisan Cheese, produced in the Finca El Castañuelo of Guadix.

12:30 Free time for lunch in nearby café bar/restaurant (own expense).
14:00 Start the return to Jávea.
16:00 Refreshment break en-route.
19:00 Approx. arrival at Interiors, Jávea port.

 


The River Cruise and the Ship "MS La Belle de Cadix"

All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hair-dryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

The cruise will include

  • all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8,
  • drinks included are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat,
  • drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from a special list,
  • double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom,
  • excursions listed in the programme - evening of flamenco and on-board entertainment,
  • assistance from an on-board multi-lingual host/hostess,
  • farewell gala dinner,
  • travel assistance and repatriation insurance,
  • all port fees,
  • free wi-fi.

Not included:

Drinks from special wine list, champagne from the on-board bar, drinks ordered during excursions or transfers, cancellation and baggage insurance, personal expenses.

A supplement is payable for cabins on the middle and upper decks.

Dress Code:

Casual and comfortable during the day. More elegant clothing may be worn in the evening.

Plan of the ship, cabins and decks:

The Route:

 

 


Spanish Culture and Cuisine

Group Leaders: Angela Chantry & Tony Dearie.


PAYMENT

Payment By Cheque

Payments of €50 or over can be made by cheque at the General Meeting to one of the Spanish Culture and Cuisine Group Leaders.

However, we prefer that you pay by Cash or by Bank Transfer as Cheques cause the Jávea U3A considerable extra work and also result in bank charges. Thanks.


If you really need to pay by Cheque, then it should be made payable to:

ASOC SOCIAL DE LA TERCERA EDAD DE JAVEA

and please remember to put the name of the Trip on the reverse of the cheque.

 

Bank Transfer

You can pay for Spanish Culture and Cuisine Events by Bank Transfer.

Each Trip has a unique Bank Transfer Code and you must use this code along with names and membership numbers of those being paid for as part of the Bank Transfer Reference. See Payment By Bank Transferfor details.

Once payment has been made, you should send an email to the Trip Organiser to confirm your payment, quoting your name(s), membership number(s) and the name of the trip.


PHOTOS From Previous Events [Click on the camera icon to view the photos].

Photos from the day trip to Manises in May 2017.

Photos from the Tuna de Xàbia evening in February 2017 at Nau Nau Club Nautico, Jávea.

Photos from Christmas Party 2016 on 12th December 2016.

Photos from A day in Cullera 2 on 13th October 2016.

Photos from A day in Cullera on 4th October 2016.

Photos from La Noche de Flamenco in September 2016.

Photos from the Folklore Lunch in June 2016.

Photos from the Mar Menor - Lorca trip in May 2016.

Photos/video from the Tuna de Xàbia evening in March 2016 at Club de Tenis, Jávea.

Photos from the visit to 3 museums in Valencia in February 2016.

Photos from the Tuna de Xàbia evening in October 2015 at Club de Tenis, Jávea.

Photos from a visit to the Maserof Winery and Museum in June 2015 in Sierra Bernia.

Photos from the day trip to Valencia to visit the Mestalla and the Bullring in May 2015.

Photos from the trip to Ayna in April 2015.

Photos from the trip to La Piscina Flamenco show in March 2015.

Photos from the trip to La Piscina Flamenco show in January 2015.

Photos from the Christmas Party held in Jávea Players Studio in December 2014.

Photos from a visit to the Maserof Winery and Museum in November 2014 in Sierra Bernia.

Photos from the evening at L'Escut in September 2014 featuring Duo Intermezzo.

Photos from the evening trips to Casa Calleja in June/July 2014.

Photos from the 4 day trip to Tortosa, Montserrat and Vinarós in May 2014.

Photos from the day trip to Novelda in March 2014.

Photos from the Trencall Restaurant "Paella Lunch" on January 2014.


Spanish Culture and CuisineGroup Leaders: Angela Chantry & Tony Dearie.