Jávea U3A


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

Jan Davies: travel.jd@u3ajavea.org
Barbara Gorrod: travel.bg@u3ajavea.org
Charo Brown: travel.charo@u3ajavea.org
Sue Sieber: travel.sue@u3ajavea.org
Jan Wylie: travel.janw@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.


6th-11th September Asturias. By train/coach.
26th Sept-3rd October

Costa Brava. (Bookings Closed).

Thurs 18th Oct Ontinyent (Day Trip).
Thurs 15th Nov Valencia City Centre (Day Trip).


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.



Asturias (by train)

6 days 5 nights

Thurs 6th-Tues 11th Sept

Total Cost:

~€500pp (+ single supp €115)


Train, hotels


There are places available but they must be booked immediately.



Due by:

See below



Due by:

15th August (bank xfer only)


Bank Transfer Code:









Charo Brown travel.charo@u3ajavea.org

Attention all those who have booked for the Asturias trip in September. 

Please let Charo know that you still intend to come on the trip as she can release the places to the waiting list if you are not coming.


If you did not pay your deposit or full amount by/at the June Jávea U3A Meeting then . . .

you must immediately pay by bank transfer or conact Charo.


Please note that the trip has not yet been fully costed so there may be an additional payment to be made in cash on the day of departure.
Other items to note are:-

  1. This trip is only open to Jávea U3A members.
  2. You must provide Charo with a photocopy of your passport for the hotel booking.
  3. Please ensure that you have adequate insurance cover - the Jávea U3A does not provide any form of insurance for those participating in it's activities.

Charo is planning to organise an Asturias-themed meal with typical Asturian food, drink, folk music and dancing if there is sufficient interest.  Please let Charo know if you are interested.



Day 1 Thursday 6th September

Jávea to Alicante/Valencia by coach.

Alicante/Valencia-Gijón by high speed train ALVIA (Premier class).

Hotel yet to be decided, but it will be in Gijón.

Day 2 Friday 7th September

GIJÓN :          Free time to explore:-  “Playa San Lorenzo” There you can visit La Iglesia de San Pedro, Don Pelayo statue, Oficina de Turismo, Las Termas Romanas, Estación Nautica, Museo Jovellanos, Elojio del Horizonte, Acuario and El Museo Ferroviario. 

At the other end of the beach there are The Museo Pueblo Asturiano, Estatua Madre del Emigrante, Parque Isabel La Catolica, El estadio de futbol “El Molinón”(Local team el Sporting de Gijón), La Plaza de Toros, La Feria de Muestras (only open in August), playa El Rinconín, Paseo y parque de Begoña.


Day 3 Saturday 8th September

Museo Formula 1 Fernando Alonso

OVIEDO:       Pre-romanic building Santa Maria del Naranco (mentioned in Dan Brown´s “The Da Vinci Code”), then short bus trip (walkable for those interested, but steep) to San Miguel de Lillo chapel.
An audiophone guided visit to Oviedo Cathedral  (duration 45mins).   
Lunch time.

COLUNGA:   (Muja) audiophone guided tour of Museo Jurásico (Dinosour Museum).
Trip to the Playa Griego area of Colunga to view some impressive Dinosour footprints left in the Jurassic mud (now rocks) - tide permitting.


Day 4  Sunday 9th September

COVADONGA:        To visit the Pilgrimage Cave of La Virgen de Covadonga (La Santina) followed by an audiophone guided visit to La Basilica (Long history of resistance to the Moors).
Fantastic for walks in the Peaks of Europe - no time this trip, sorry).

LOS LAGOS AND PEAKS OF EUROPE (weather permitting). This route is a test of endurance in the Vuelta a España cycle race. At this venue for some there is a chance to do some walking. For the remainder, there is the opportunity to eat and drink and relax in the bar with panoramic views and clean mountain air. Charo will need to know who is eating at the restaurant to book the tables.

CANGAS  DE ONIS:   The first capital of Christian Spain. (That’s where Charo was born). Opportunity to see the famous Roman Bridge (even walk across it if you like, but be warned – it’s steep and uneven underfoot).


Day 5 Monday 10th September                  

TEVERGA:     San Salvador de Alesga . Parque de Prehistoria.
Time permitting, Cudillero (fishing port) for lunch, then back to Gijón.  

Free time for packing, relaxing and doing your own thing.


Day 6 Tuesday 11th September

Back to Jávea.


The trip is limited 38 people.

A deposit of  €200 will be required on or before the June General Meeting, balance by 15th August (by bank transfer only).

Travellers will be advised by email as soon as the final balance is known. The cost is yet to be assessed, but is expected to be similar to last year's trip (i.e., €450pp, single supplement €115).



Ontinyent ( + Monestary Sant Jeroni, Pau Clar).

Day trip

Thursday 18th October

Total Cost:

€ 15


Coach, entrance to Monestary & guided tour.


Bookings open, places available


In full

Due by:

September General Meeting


Bank Transfer Code:



Interior·s, Jávea Port

08:45 for 09:00


Interior·s, Jávea Port

Approx 19:30


Joni Hills travel@u3ajavea.org


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.


Ontinyent 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

We finish at a beauty spot called Pau Clar with a river walk, which is just outside the town.




Valencia City Centre

Day Trip

Thurs 15th November

Total Cost:

€ pricePerPerson




Bookings and payment in September




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:

jan barbara charo janw sue
Joni Hills Jan Davies Barbara Gorrod Charo Brown Jan Wylie Sue Sieber

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


  • 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 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:


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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