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.


Thursday 21st June Tabarca Island (Day Trip).
6th-11th September Asturias. By train/coach.
26th Sept-3rd October

Costa Brava.

Tues 16th-18th Oct Benidorm Cancelled
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.



Tabarca Island

Day Trip

Thurs 21st June

Total Cost:

€ 20


Coach, Ferry to Tabarca


This trip is now fully booked.


In full

Due by:



Bank Transfer Code:

Cash only


Interior·s, Jávea Port

08:30 for 08:45


Interior·s, Jávea Port

19:00 Approx.


Joni Hills travel@u3ajavea.org and

Sue Sieber


The coach will take us to Santa Pola where we will take a ferry to Tabarca Island and spend four hours exploring the Island, which is 1750 meters long, with a maximum breadth of 300 meters and it is absolutely flat. It is unique because it is the only island that is inhabited on the Alicante coast. The western end is remote, yet in stark contrast the eastern end is populated by the village of Nova Tabarca, which homes a small population of 100 people. There is a beach close to the Port where we embark.


The Coves are plentiful around the island and the waters are calm.  It is a recommended snorkelling venue.  I would recommend walking away from the closest beach to find one of the lesser populated coves for the best snorkelling.  I would also recommend taking a picnic as well as a sun hat, sun cream and plenty of water.

There are numerous restaurants where drinks and lunches can be bought but they can be a little expensive.

History and Buildings of Tabarca




Asturias (by train)

6 days 5 nights

Thurs 6th-Tues 11th Sept

Total Cost:

~€450pp (+ single supp €115)


Train, hotels


There are still 2 places available but they must be booked by or at the June General Meeting.



Due by:

Weds 27th June General Meeting



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.

Because the next Jávea U3A Meeting on 27th June will be the last before the trip, please let Charo know by email if you intend to make your outstanding payment in cash or by bank transfer.  If you are paying cash please note that payment in full will need to be made at the June meeting.

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).



Costa Brava

One week trip

26th Sept-3rd Oct 2018

Total Cost:

£ 556 (+ cost of coach)


4*Hotel (all inclusive) + four day trips


Places still available.



Due by:

Payment direct to Saga on booking.



Due by:

Payment direct to Saga due on 13th July.


Bank Transfer Code:









Barbara Gorrod travel.bg@u3ajavea.org


Holiday to the Costa Brava (maybe to re-live memories of holidays in the 60´s).
One week, all inclusive at Ilunion Caleta Park, S´Agaro 4*hotel.

Includes 2 trips out to Tossa del Mar and Palamos and Callela de Pallafrugel.
Optional trips include one to Barcelona and another to Figueres to Dali Museum.

Single rooms are available at no extra cost, but they are small.


This holiday is being arranged by Saga.

Barbara has some Saga booking forms and will always bring them to the meetings. The form can be completed and return to her so that they all get sent off together.

Barbara will be at the October Meeting. If you have your passport details then you can complete the form and return it to her there, and she will return it to Saga.

If you can't attend the meeting, please email Barbara for the form and details of the procedure.

Saga will contact you directly for your deposit of £150 by credit or debit card.

The balance is due 12 weeks before the holiday. Saga will contact you.

Saga's phone no from Spain is 0044 1303 774030.
Email is group.travel@saga.co.uk.



3 days/2 nights

Tues 16th-Thurs 18th Oct


Trip Cancelled. If you have already paid for this trip, please call at the Travel Desk to receive a refund.


Barbara Gorrod travel.bg@u3ajavea.org


Valencia City Centre

Day Trip

Thurs 15th November

Total Cost:

€ pricePerPerson




Details TBC.




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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