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Cofrentes and Albarracín 2014

In early May, the Travel Team organised a very successful and enjoyable trip to Cofrentes and Albarracín.
On the journey, they visited a wine museum in Utiel, a winery in Requena.

In Cofrentes, the group stayed in the Hotel Balnearios de Cofrentes, a spa resort. At the time of the visit, Cofrentes was celebrating a 3 day festival which included a medieval market, the Maderada (a raft procession down the Rio Cabriel) as well as the normal "spanish" fiesta activities.

There was a boat trip down the spectacular canyons of the Rio Jucar and
a guided tour of the town of Cofrentes.

On the return journey, the group visited Albarracín, the former capital of the moorish kingdom Taifa. Perched high on a hill, with impressive boundary walls, the town has a maze of tiny streets and old red coloured buildings.

Joni Hills' report on the trip.

Photos by Clive White and Joni Hills.

Click the first thumbnail to see the slideshow.

Cofrentes-Albarracin-2014
A00 Wine making Museum - Utiel
A00 Wine making Museum - Utiel
A01 - Wine Making Museum
A01 - Wine Making Museum
A02 The roof
A02 The roof
A03 Wine tank converted into lab
A03 Wine tank converted into lab
A04 Old tank containing old equipment
A04 Old tank containing old equipment
A05 ceiling of an old wine tank
A05 ceiling of an old wine tank
A06 Some wine
A06 Some wine
A07 Guide explains it all
A07 Guide explains it all
A08
A08
A09
A09
A10
A10
A11
A11
A12 Karen finds some sun
A12 Karen finds some sun
B01 Waiting to visit winery
B01 Waiting to visit winery
B02 Passing the huge tanks of wine
B02 Passing the huge tanks of wine
B03 Vicente Gandia barrels
B03 Vicente Gandia barrels
B04 Giant Bottle
B04 Giant Bottle
B05 Jacqui and Ian - posers
B05 Jacqui and Ian - posers
B06 Listening to the guide
B06 Listening to the guide
C01 Journey by train
C01 Journey by train
C02 To the old winery
C02 To the old winery
C03 We just about all fitted in
C03 We just about all fitted in
C04 Visit to Hoya de Cadenas estate
C04 Visit to Hoya de Cadenas estate
C05 Passing the vines
C05 Passing the vines
D01 Arriving at the old winery
D01 Arriving at the old winery
D02 Guide gives us some history
D02 Guide gives us some history
D03 The old winery
D03 The old winery
D04 The old winery
D04 The old winery
D05 Some view
D05 Some view
D06 Some view
D06 Some view
D07 Vines go on forever
D07 Vines go on forever
D08 Just in case we forgot whose winery it is
D08 Just in case we forgot whose winery it is
D09 Inside the house
D09 Inside the house
D10 Inside the house
D10 Inside the house
D11 The courtyard
D11 The courtyard
D12 Wall sun dial - exactly GMT
D12 Wall sun dial - exactly GMT
D13 Gather around - I want to tell you a story
D13 Gather around - I want to tell you a story
D14 Could hear a pin drop
D14 Could hear a pin drop
D15
D15
E01 Inside the old  winery
E01 Inside the old winery
E02 Barrel art display
E02 Barrel art display
E03
E03
E04 Barrel art
E04 Barrel art
E05 Barrel art
E05 Barrel art
E06 Barrel for a party
E06 Barrel for a party
E06a
E06a
E07 Upstairs for the tasting
E07 Upstairs for the tasting
E08
E08
E09
E09
E10
E10
E11 Cheers
E11 Cheers
F01 Lunch - two of those that didnt order chicken with almond sauce
F01 Lunch - two of those that didnt order chicken with almond sauce
G01 Arrival at Hotel Balneario Spa Resort, Cofrentes
G01 Arrival at Hotel Balneario Spa Resort, Cofrentes
G02 Old Church opposite hotel
G02 Old Church opposite hotel
G03 Walk around the campus
G03 Walk around the campus
G04 Up the steps and into the grounds
G04 Up the steps and into the grounds
G05 Flying squirrel
G05 Flying squirrel
G06 I see no tourists
G06 I see no tourists
H01 Cofrentes from the coach
H01 Cofrentes from the coach
H02 Cofrentes Castle
H02 Cofrentes Castle
H03 The Nuclear Power Station
H03 The Nuclear Power Station
H04 One of the tiled mosaics
H04 One of the tiled mosaics
H04a Walk up the old streets
H04a Walk up the old streets
H05 Odd rock formation is the distance
H05 Odd rock formation is the distance
H06 Castillo de Cofrentes
H06 Castillo de Cofrentes
H07 Rehearsing for tomorrow
H07 Rehearsing for tomorrow
H08
H08
H09 Looking on
H09 Looking on
H10 Ready to parade
H10 Ready to parade
H11 Band on the run
H11 Band on the run
H12 The Castle
H12 The Castle
J01 Rio Cabriel from the castle
J01 Rio Cabriel from the castle
J02 Walking down to the Maderada  festival
J02 Walking down to the Maderada festival
J03 View back to the town
J03 View back to the town
J04 View of Rio Cabriel back to the town
J04 View of Rio Cabriel back to the town
J04a Beautiful view
J04a Beautiful view
J05 Jacqui wonders where Ian is
J05 Jacqui wonders where Ian is
J06 Still walking
J06 Still walking
J07 Start of the Maderada
J07 Start of the Maderada
J08 First ones to get wet
J08 First ones to get wet
J09 Its not a boat race
J09 Its not a boat race
J10
J10
J11
J11
J12 And the band played on
J12 And the band played on
J13 Getting close to the end now
J13 Getting close to the end now
J14 Not a wet T-shirt competition
J14 Not a wet T-shirt competition
J15 The crowds look on
J15 The crowds look on
J16 Preparing to leave the water
J16 Preparing to leave the water
J17 The final - a dead heat
J17 The final - a dead heat
K01 Pretty house
K01 Pretty house
K02 The medieval market
K02 The medieval market
K03
K03
K04 Church
K04 Church
K04a The Church in Cofrentes
K04a The Church in Cofrentes
K05 The castle
K05 The castle
K06 One of the three tiled historic mosaics
K06 One of the three tiled historic mosaics
K07 Where the rivers Cabriel and Jucar join
K07 Where the rivers Cabriel and Jucar join
K08 On a guided tour
K08 On a guided tour
K08a Our Guide, Valeria
K08a Our Guide, Valeria
K09 There were some hills
K09 There were some hills
K10 Statue
K10 Statue
K11 Plaza La Valle
K11 Plaza La Valle
K12 Plaza La Valle - Another historic mosaic
K12 Plaza La Valle - Another historic mosaic
K12a Another historic mosaic
K12a Another historic mosaic
K13 Karen fails to get out of the photo
K13 Karen fails to get out of the photo
K14 Fountain in plaza
K14 Fountain in plaza
L01 Show before the paella
L01 Show before the paella
L02
L02
L03
L03
L04
L04
L05 Watching the show from the castle steps
L05 Watching the show from the castle steps
L06
L06
L07
L07
L07a
L07a
M00 Bridge across Rio Cabriel
M00 Bridge across Rio Cabriel
M01 Waiting for the river cruise to start
M01 Waiting for the river cruise to start
M02
M02
M03 Here comes the river boat
M03 Here comes the river boat
M04 Rio Jucar
M04 Rio Jucar
M06
M06
M07 All aboard
M07 All aboard
M07a
M07a
M08 Valeria with the river trip guide
M08 Valeria with the river trip guide
M08a Valeria translates
M08a Valeria translates
M08b
M08b
M09 Rio Jucar
M09 Rio Jucar
M10
M10
M11
M11
M12
M12
M13 Castillo de Chirel
M13 Castillo de Chirel
M14 Castillo de Chirel
M14 Castillo de Chirel
M15
M15
M16 Another Castillo
M16 Another Castillo
M17
M17
M18 Massive cliffs
M18 Massive cliffs
M18a
M18a
M19
M19
M20 End of the route
M20 End of the route
M21 On our way back
M21 On our way back
M22
M22
M23
M23
M23a
M23a
M24
M24
M25 Mountain soars above us
M25 Mountain soars above us
M26
M26
M27
M27
M27a
M27a
M28
M28
M29 Back on dry land - almost
M29 Back on dry land - almost
N01 Balneario de Cofrentes - our hotel
N01 Balneario de Cofrentes - our hotel
P01 Albarracin
P01 Albarracin
P02 Its a long way up there
P02 Its a long way up there
P03 Keep walking - there is a bar somewhere
P03 Keep walking - there is a bar somewhere
P04 Getting close
P04 Getting close
P05
P05
P06 The castle ramparts
P06 The castle ramparts
P07 A room with a view
P07 A room with a view
P08
P08
P09 Narrow streets
P09 Narrow streets
P10
P10
P11
P11
P12
P12
P12a Picture Postcard
P12a Picture Postcard
P12e A shady retreat
P12e A shady retreat
P13
P13
P14 The Cathedral
P14 The Cathedral
P15 back in the town centre
P15 back in the town centre
P16
P16
P17
P17
P18
P18
P19 Panorama
P19 Panorama
P8a
P8a
P8b
P8b
Q01 In Segorbe
Q01 In Segorbe
Q02
Q02
Q03 Olive Oil Museum
Q03 Olive Oil Museum
Q04
Q04
Q07 Not as many smiles as at the wine tasting
Q07 Not as many smiles as at the wine tasting
Q08
Q08
Q09
Q09
Q6 The Tasting
Q6 The Tasting
Q6a
Q6a
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