Jávea U3A
 

Travel

Group Leader Joni Hills
Email Addr Joni Hills: travel@u3ajavea.org

Charo Brown: travel.charo@u3ajavea.org
Jan Wylie: travel.janw@u3ajave.org
Rhona Wells: travel.rw@u3ajavea.org
Tricia Davey: travel.td@u3ajavea.org
Val Johnson: travel.vj@u3ajavea.org
Dave Butt: travel.db@u3ajavea.org

Irene Charlesworth: travel.ic@u3ajavea.org


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Meeting Venue Far end of Main Hall, Parador, Jávea.
Meeting Day and Time Last Wednesday of the month, 10:00 - 10:55.
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The Travel Team arrange a variety of one day trips and activities throughout the year, and longer excursions to more distant parts of Spain, with hotel accommodation.

The Travel Organisers are on hand to collect money and names for trips on the morning of the general meetings in the Parador Hotel. Please see the conditions for booking and payments.

 

Events Summary (full details below):

For Jávea U3A trips, click on destination to go to the event description.

 

 

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

 

 

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Monastery Sant Jeroni de Cotalba, Ontinyent Town and Beauty Spot Pau Clar

Day Trip

24th January

Total Cost:

€ 15

Includes:

Coach and entrance to Monastery and Guided Tour

Status:

Full, (Wait List)

Deposit:

€15

Due by:

 

Balance:

 

Due by:

 

Payment:

In full

Due by:

 

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Ontinyent

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

08:45 for 09:00

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

19:30 Approx.

Organisers:

Organiser travel@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

Monastery Sant Jeroni de Cotalba, Ontinyent Town and Beauty Spot Pau Clar

Our first stop after coffee and a comfort break, is to the Royal Monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba, where we will have a guided tour in English. The Monastery is located in the municipal district of Alfauir (Valencia), was constructed on the Cotalba rise in privileged natural surroundings, around 5 miles from Gandia. It is private property and has been open to the public since the year 2005, through an agreement with the Valencia Regional Government's Culture Council.

It is one of the most notable and best preserved monastic constructions in the Valencian Community. This fact is accentuated by the diverse styles found at the complex, as it started out as a primitive medieval Gothic structure in the 14th Century before being fundamentally developed between the 16th and 18th Centuries. This stunning monument, which in the past belonged to the Hieronymites, was declared a Place of Cultural Interest in 1994. Its construction dates back to 1388 and it contains important Moorish, Gothic, baroque and neoclassical features. Visitors can admire its entrance patio with a Gothic tower, its orange tree patio, its Moorish cloisters, an old church with a baroque chapel, the old chapterhouse with the image of the Virgin of Health, the olive oil mill with a fresco by Father Borrás (a Last Supper from the Juan de Juanes school), the grain storehouse, the wine press, the stables and the old friars' kitchen, as well as the impressive romantic gardens and the Gothic aqueduct in the surrounding area.

Ontiniente Town Centre - MONUMENTS OF THE CITY

Then onto the city centre of Ontinyent, which is the most seductive part of the city, loaded with history. It´s not easy to uncover but the mystery which shrouds the centre is an excellent incentive to start digging. The historic centre is comprised of houses packed into narrow streets which meander up and down over a series of small hills and culminating in the old walled part of the city known as the Vila. The industrial areas and new residential areas have lead to an increase in the height of buildings and these now obscure, to a large degree, the beautiful old bell tower of La Vila, which rises above the old part of the city.

The presence of the textile industry in the city has determined the structure and character of the city particularly now that the city is the focal point of the Valencian textile industry. The metamorphosis of the city from an agricultural centre to an industrial one was completed in the 50´s. Although there are many indications of its agricultural past, particularly along certain roads where there are still many areas of cultivation and the improvised stalls that many people put up outside their houses in the town, where it is typical to see fruit and vegetables for sale. You can see it in Poble Nou and in Sant Antoni street, built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The source of the city´s life has always been water and the profusion of wells and springs In the area has given rise to the popular, but misguided myth, that the name Ontinyent originates from Fontinyent, but it is certainly true that this abundance facilitated the concentration of numerous mills along the rivers that once flowed freely through the area. By the 18th century there was a thriving industry comprised of wool and paper manufacture among others as well as numerous sheep pens and grazing areas. Back in the Medieval period, Ontinyent was one of the ten most important cities in Spain, as is attested to by the sheer volume of documentation from the era that is housed in the Municipal Archive.

Pau Clar River and Waterfall, River Walk



Trip to Altea and optional walk to Albir Lighthouse

Day Trip

Thursday 28th February

 

Total Cost:

€ 10 pp

Includes:

coach

Status:

Places Available

Deposit:

€pp.

Due by:

 

Balance:

 

Due by:

 

Payment:

In full

Due by:

30th Jan 2019

 

Bank Transfer Code:

None Cash payments only please

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

08:45 for 09:00

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

17:30 Approx.

Organisers:

Organiser travel@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

Day Trip to Altea and optional walk to Albir Lighthouse

We are organising a day trip to Albir and Altea. The coach will leave Interiors, Av Asturias March, Javea Port at 09.00 calling first of all to Albir for coffee and those Members who wish to do the Lighthouse Walk (Optional to alight. The coach will then take Members to Altea where they can climb to Atea Old Town and the church on the hill or visit the shops and seafront restaurants. The Lighthouse walk is along a metalled road all the way.

The streets leading up to the Old Town are quite steep but the views at various stages are well worth the trek and there are a number of interesting craft shops, artist’s galleries, bars and restaurants on the way.

The Albir Lighthouse walk is approx 4 kilometers each way, on a good tarmac path with extensive views of the coast and mountains. It follows the contours of the coast out to the Lighthouse with good views of Peñon Il’Fach in Calpe. I estimate it will take two to two and a half hours, with a further half hour walk back along the sea to Altea.. Therefore you will have time for lunch or walk up the hill to Altea Old Town. We return from Altea Train station in the south end of the main street on the N332. We return from Altea at 16.30 arriving in Javea at about 17.30.



Camino de Santiago( Stage 10a (Etapa 10) from Ontinyent to Fontanars de Alforin 1st. half).

Day trip

Friday 22nd.March 2019

Total Cost:

€ 15

Includes:

Coach,

Status:

 

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Payment:

In full

 

Bank Transfer Code:

 

Departure:

Jávea Bus Station

08:45 for 09:00

Return:

Jávea Bus Station

Approx 19:30

Organisers:

Charo Brown travel.charo@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

Camino de Santiago

Camino de Alba is a recent addition to the Camino de Santiago from Javea to Almansa in 12 (easy) stages. The total walk length provides the justification for an official Camino de Santiago pilgrim stamp.

We completed the 12 stages at intervals during October 2017 - May 2018, collecting official Camino de Santiago

 

The Stages

Stage 1 (Etapa 1) from Jávea Port to Jesús Pobre was successfully completed on Weds 18th October.  

Stage 2 (Etapa 2) from Jesús Pobre to El Verger was successfully completed on Weds 8th November.

Stage 3 (Etapa 3) from El Verger to Pego was successfully completed on Weds 22th November.

Stage 4 (Etapa 4) from Pego to Forna was successfully completed on Weds 6th December

Stage 5 (Etapa 5) from Forna to Villalonga was successfully completed on Weds 7th March.

Stage 6 (Etapa 6) from Villalonga to L'Orxa was successfully completed on Weds 14th March.

Stage 7 (Etapa 7) from L'Orxa to Beniarrés was successfully completed on Weds 21st March.

Stage 8 (Etapa 8) from Beniarrés to Albaida was successfully completed on Weds 4th April.

Stage 9 (Etapa 9) from Albaida to Ontinyent was successfully completed on Thurs 5th April.

Stage 10 (Etapa 10) from Ontinyent to Fontanars de Alforin was completed on Weds 11th April.

Stage 11 from Fontanars de Alforin to La Font de Figueras was completed on Weds 18th April.

Stage 12 from La Font de Figueras to Almansa was completed on 9th/10th May.  



Day Trip to Valencia city centre & Oceanografic

Day Trip

Thursday 4th April

Total Cost:

€31 includes Coach and Oceanographic (Group 20 min) (€10 City Centre - Coach Only)

Includes:

Coach and Oceanographic

Status:

Places Available

Payment:

In Full

Due by:

30th January

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Oceanographic

Departure:

Interiors, Jávea Port

08:45 for 09:00 Prompt

Return:

Interiors, Jávea Port

18.30 Approx

Organisers:

Dave Butt & Rhona Wells travel.db@u3ajavea.org

Note: to take advantage of the group rate the Oceanografic must be paid at the time of booking.

Itinerary

Day Trip to Valencia city centre & Oceanografic

Valencia is a fascinating city with many things to see and do but on this trip we are visiting the Oceanografic, with an option of visiting the City Centre. We will spend the day looking at the fascinating sea creatures and wonderful birds in a landscaped environment.

 

You will visit Antarctica, Arctic, Indian Ocean and other tropical seascapes.  All these creatures are displayed as naturally as possible.  On some days there are dolphin or sea lion or penguin displays in the amphitheater.  You will find notice boards which will inform you of the times of these displays.

There are two restaurant and various other eating places. Price includes entrance to the Oceanografic. If you wish you can leave the Aquarium and go into Valencia for a wander and lunch. You can of course stay in the Oceanografic all day if you chose.

The City Centre option is free time to wander wherever you wish.  For those Members who love shopping El Cortes Ingles has a 5 storey Department Store just a stone’s throw away from the Oceanographic.

The coach departs the Oceanographic at 5.00pm prompt with a subsequent pick up in the City Centre about 15 minutes later.  Due to parking restrictions we are not able to wait around in the City Centre, so please ensure you are there in good time.  Otherwise you will be left behind!

Note: The City Centre pick up point is the same as the drop off point.



Lladró Factory & Albufera Lakes – Guide Tours

Day Trip

Tuesday 14th May

Total Cost:

€43 euro per person

Includes:

Coach, Tour guides, lunch, boat trip

Status:

Places Available

Payment:

In Full

Due by:

January Meeting

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Lladro

Departure:

Interiors, Jávea Port

08:45 for 09:00 Prompt

Return:

Interiors, Jávea Port

18.30 Approx

Organisers:

Dave Butt & Jan Wylie travel.db@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

Day Trip to Lladró Factory & Albufera Lakes – Guide Tours

Our trip starts at 08:45 at Interiors, Javea and will include a fully guided visit to the Lladró Factory near Valencia, we then go on to El Palmar for lunch (starters, paella cooked on wood fire, dessert and drinks, incl. house wine and coffee). Before lunch we will be joined by our guide who will be explaining the park, Albufera history and other details on the boat trip) we will be taking a boat trip around the lake and finally a visit to a Barraca (the traditional fisherman’s cottage).

Details

We travel by coach for a visit to the main area for Porcelain located in Tavernes Blanques, near Valencia. The Lladró factory is spread over a huge 1,000,000 square foot site where all the Lladró works of art are born.

Before the factory tour we will stop for coffee and a comfort break Upon reaching the factory we have a fully guided tour (in English) lasting approximately one and a half hours. During this tour we will see the artisan’s workshop and also the artists at work. We will be shown every step in the entirely handmade process of creation from the design of the original model to the final piece when it is fired in the kiln.

We then pick up our guide and travel to the village of El Palmar. Once an island, it is now accessible via a narrow road and an even narrower bridge and is situated close to the City of Valencia on the banks of the Albufera lake. Once Europe’s largest fresh water lake, much of the area has been turned over to the cultivation of rice, but the Albufera is still home to carp and eels and an extensive bird reserve with, among others, egrets and blue herons making their home here.

Walking into the village itself, it would be easy to think that its restaurants are all it has to offer, but the fishing boats which line the canals on each side of the village bear witness to the main livelihood of its inhabitants.

We are stopping in El Palmar for lunch and visiting our restaurant for a three course lunch including ½ a bottle of wine, water, soft drinks, coffee and the main course will obviously be their speciality dish - paella.

In the afternoon, we will enjoy a cruise on Albufera lake. Once back on dry land we will have opportunity of looking inside one of the cosy little thatched cottages called Barracas which are to be seen all over the area. Though very small, inside they seemed surprisingly spacious and comfortable.

Note: the only cost not included is the refreshment stop before visiting the Lladró factory.

 


The Travel Group

If you cannot attend the Parador you can contact any Travel Organiser via the website. Please see the Methods of Payments below for payment options. ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME on our day excursions, trips, and special events. So are your ideas for any future excursions.

Come and talk to us:

charo janw
Joni Hills Charo Brown Jan Wylie Rhona Wells Tricia Davey Val Johnson Dave Butt Irene Charlesworth

We would like to remind everyone that we are not tour operators or certified travel guides, but volunteers! As you would expect, we carry out a lot of research for the trips offered, frequently visiting places ourselves first in order to carry out “a reckie”. For this reason, on day trips the travel organiser and his/her partner does not pay for the travel element of a trip, but do pay for meals, guided tours etc. On longer excursions to the different regions within Spain, the travel organiser pays 50% of the cost of the trip.

We are looking for more members to join us as Travel Organisers and help with organising trips. If you might be interested, please contact the Group Leader at the address above.

 


Methods of Booking and Payment for Travel Trips

BOOKING

  • Each trip is documented on the WebSite and the date of the Initial Booking Session will be defined in the trip description. The Initial Booking Session will normally be at a specified General Meeting at the Parador, in which case emails received before the Initial Booking Session will be ignored until after the session.
  • If you want to book on one the trips then you should come to the Parador General Meeting and speak to the appropriate Trip Organiser. There you can book your place (and if required, a place for your partner) and pay the required amount. 
  • If you come to the Travel Desk at the Initial Booking Session, you are also allowed to book and pay for up to a maximum of 2 other members but this is only possible once the current queue has been processed.
    [Members will book and pay for themselves and then immediately join the back of the current queue to book and pay for 1 or 2 friends. This gives priority to those Members that are in the queue when booking starts.]
  • Payment secures the booking.
  • Once the Initial Booking Session at the General Meeting is over, you can send an email to the Trip Organiser to find out whether there are still places available.
    Email communication with the Trip Organiser does not guarantee your place on the trip. 
    Your place is only secured once you have paid the required amount.
    You can do this by
    (a) attending the next General Meeting and paying then,
    (b) paying by Bank Transfer (once paid, send an email to the Trip Organiser to confirm your payment),
    (c) or getting a friend to pay for you at a subsequent General Meeting. 
  • For trips with a two-stage payment (i.e. a deposit then a final balance), if you fail to make the final balance payment on time then you may lose your place on the trip, as well as your deposit.
  • Once a trip has been paid for, it cannot be cancelled nor can the cost be refunded. However, if the Member finds another person to take their place, or there is a waiting list, then a full refund can usually be arranged.

PAYMENT

Payment By Cheque

Payments of €50 or over can be made by cheque at the General Meeting to one of the Travel Group representives.

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


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.

 

Payment By Bank Transfer

Your can pay for your Travel Trip 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.

 


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