Important: All events postponed until further notice or cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis

Sep
30
Wed
2020
September General Meeting @ Parador Hotel Javea, Sala Cabo La Nao
Sep 30 @ 09:30 – 12:30
September General Meeting @ Parador Hotel Javea, Sala Cabo La Nao

The Meeting is in two parts, between 9:30 and 10:50 members can socialise with each other, meet the Committee and Group Leaders, as well as visit the desks for Travel, Membership, Book Swap, DVD Swap and others.

The Membership Desks, for joining or renewing (up to April), are open from 09:30 – 10:30 only. All other desks will close at 10:50.

The formal part of the meeting starts promptly at 11:00 and lasts for about 15 minutes and is followed by a speaker.

All U3A Jávea members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that these meetings are restricted to members only.

Previous meeting minutes:

Agenda

1. President’s Welcome and Apologies

2. Approval of Minutes of last Meeting

3. Announcements

4. President’s Report

5. Vice President’s Report

6. Treasurer’s Report

7. Communications Officer Report

8. Group Coordinator’s Report

9. Membership Secretary’s Report

10. Questions from Members

11. Introduction of Guest Speaker and Presentation

12. Closure of meeting

September Meeting Speaker John Reynolds @ Parador Hotel, Sala Cabo La Nao
Sep 30 @ 11:15 – 12:30
September Meeting Speaker John Reynolds @ Parador Hotel, Sala Cabo La Nao

John Reynolds will be talking about the curious cyclists.  More details about his talk will follow nearer the date of the general meeting.

Oct
13
Tue
2020
Guernica: Picasso’s painting and the atrocity that inspired it by Peter Atkinson @ Casa de Cultura
Oct 13 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Oct
20
Tue
2020
“Northern Vietnam, and Borneo (Sabah & Kalimantan)” @ The Javea Players Studio
Oct 20 @ 10:30 – 13:00

Our October Travellers Tales presentation will be given by Gillian and Hugh Epsom: “Northern Vietnam, and Borneo (Sabah & Kalimantan)” .

Oct
28
Wed
2020
October – General Meeting @ Parador Hotel Javea, Sala Cabo la Nao
Oct 28 @ 09:30 – 12:30
October - General Meeting @ Parador Hotel Javea, Sala Cabo la Nao

The Meeting is in two parts, between 9:30 and 10:50 members can socialise with each other, meet the Committee and Group Leaders, as well as visit the desks for Travel, Membership, Book Swap, DVD Swap and others.

The Membership Desks, for joining or renewing (up to April), are open from 09:30 – 10:30 only. All other desks will close at 10:50.

The formal part of the meeting starts promptly at 11:00 and lasts for about 15 minutes and is followed by a speaker.

All U3A Jávea members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that these meetings are restricted to members only.

Previous meeting minutes:

Agenda

1. President’s Welcome and Apologies

2. Approval of Minutes of last Meeting

3. Announcements

4. President’s Report

5. Vice President’s Report

6. Treasurer’s Report

7. Communications Officer Report

8. Group Coordinator’s Report

9. Membership Secretary’s Report

10. Questions from Members

11. Introduction of Guest Speaker and Presentation

12. Closure of meeting

October Meeting Speaker Robert van der Loo @ Parador Hotel, Sala Cabo La Nao
Oct 28 @ 11:15 – 12:30
October Meeting Speaker Robert van der Loo @ Parador Hotel, Sala Cabo La Nao

Robert van der Loo will be talking about the life of a UN Peacekeeper Part 2.  If this talk is anything like his talk last year, then members are really in for a treat.  More details about his talk will follow nearer the date of the general meeting.

Nov
10
Tue
2020
La Malinche and the fall of the Aztec Empire: Heroine or Traitor? @ Casa de Cultura
Nov 10 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Lecturer: Angela Chantry

La Malinche standing between the Aztec leader Moctezuma II and Hernán Cortés

In the early 16th century, Hernán Cortés and his conquistadors defeated the great Aztec Empire, built a new city for colonists from Spain and took control of vast lands stretching from today’s south-western U.S. down through most of Central America.

One of the reasons for the success of this conquest was due to the invaluable help of a young woman, Princess Malinalli, known today as La Malinche. Born to noble parents, after the death of her father and re-marriage of her mother, she was sold into slavery to Mayan traders who in turn sold her to the Spanish invaders. Her linguistic abilities brought her to the attention of Cortés and she became his translator and confidante. Malinche’s story can be interpreted in different ways. She has been known as the mother of Mexico, and even Mexico’s Eve (the son she had with Cortés was likely the first mestizo person, of European and indigenous Amerindian heritage). This view is not shared by all Mexicans, however, and for some, La Malinche is the symbol of a great betrayal that led to the death of millions of her fellow indigenous people.

Nov
24
Tue
2020
“Touring Tasmania by car” @ The Javea Players Studio
Nov 24 @ 10:30 – 13:00

Our November Travellers Tales presentation will be given by Nigel & Sue Bentley: “Touring Tasmania by car”.

Nov
25
Wed
2020
November – General Meeting @ to be advised
Nov 25 @ 09:30 – 12:30
November - General Meeting @ to be advised

The Meeting is in two parts, between 9:30 and 10:50 members can socialise with each other, meet the Committee and Group Leaders, as well as visit the desks for Travel, Membership, Book Swap, DVD Swap and others.

The Membership Desks, for joining or renewing (up to April), are open from 09:30 – 10:30 only. All other desks will close at 10:50.

The formal part of the meeting starts promptly at 11:00 and lasts for about 15 minutes and on this occasion is followed by the Christmas Extravaganza with mince pies and sherry served.

All U3A Jávea members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that these meetings are restricted to members only.

Previous meeting minutes:

Agenda

1. President’s Welcome and Apologies

2. Approval of Minutes of last Meeting

3. Announcements

4. President’s Report

5. Vice President’s Report

6. Treasurer’s Report

7. Communications Officer Report

8. Group Coordinator’s Report

9. Membership Secretary’s Report

10. Questions from Members

11. Introduction of Guest Speaker and Presentation

12. Closure of meeting

Dec
2
Wed
2020
Wine Appreciation Christmas Lunch
Dec 2 @ 13:00
Empty glasses set in restaurant. Part of interior
Dec
3
Thu
2020
WAGS TOO Christmas Lunch
Dec 3 @ 13:00
Dec
8
Tue
2020
Mayflower 1620: The voyage and its aftermath @ Casa de Cultura
Dec 8 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Dec
11
Fri
2020
Valencia a pre Christmas day trip, guided visit to some of the gems in the city followed by an exceptional lunch @ Valencia
Dec 11 @ 08:45 – 18:00

TOTAL COST WILL BE 40 EURO EACH THIS INCLUDED COACH, ENTRIES, GUIDE, LUNCH, DRINKS (WITHIN REASON!) GRATUITIES EXTRA

BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THIS TRIP – DON´T DELAY, LAST YEAR WE FILLED UP VERY QUICKLY

We are taking bookings for this trip but please note that we may be forced to reschedule or cancel if the Covid-19 situation dictates

Friday 11 December 2020

Depart Arenal 08:45 then Interiors at 09:00

Returning to Javea at 18:00 approx.

When we arrive in Valencia we will enjoy a coffee break before embarking on a really interesting walking tour. This is an ideal trip for those new members who may not have explored the delights of Valencia. However we always find new things to discover about our favourite local city whenever we visit, so please do join us.

Here´s a sample of some of the places we may decide to visit – the exact itinerary will be decided nearer the time. Our guide is a resident of Valencia and speaks fluent English.

Mercado de Colon, Plaza Ayuntamiento, Mercado Central, The Commodity Exchange Building (Lonja de la Seda), San Nicolas (this church has been refurbished recently and it is known as the Sixtine Chapel), Cathedral and Basilica, Almoina (roman remains- this is the origin of Valencia, and is very very interesting museum)…

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We had a fabulous lunch at this restaurant last December, so what better than a repeat this year!

Full details and menu options will be published later (vegetarian option available) but as it was over subscribed last year our advice is to BOOK NOW.

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The table layout has obviously changed to reflect social distancing

Currently we have been informed that masks must be worn on the coach at all times – if you are not able to comply with this requirement, please do not book a place.

We may need to arrange alternative cash payments (a suitable location in Javea) as there might not be a meeting for the months before the trip. When we do arrange this cash payment location we would ask you to ensure you have the correct money available to reduce contact as much as possible.

Obviously you will be able to pay by bank transfer – details available by clicking here this is still definitely our preferred method of payment. Just quote Valencia Xmas on your transfer.

We know a number of you join us in small groups, so if one of you would be able to pay by bank transfer for you and your friends it would make payments far easier for all. If you do please do inform the Trip Leader by email beforehand, so we can ensure everyone is added to the trip list.

If you need to sit in a specific area of the bus, for mobility or other reasons please do confirm this with the trip leader in advance, and we will help if we can. It may not be possible to do this at the last minute on the day of travel.

Trip Leaders are Dave & Avril Butt. Please email travel.db@u3ajavea.com

NOTE: IF THERE IS A RESURGENCE IN THE PANDEMIC WE WILL HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO CANCEL THE TRIP – IF THIS HAPPENS ALL MONEY PAID WILL OBVIOUSLY BE REFUNDED.

Dec
15
Tue
2020
“Sulawezi & Papua New Guinea” @ The Javea Players Studio
Dec 15 @ 10:30 – 13:00

Our December Travellers Tales presentation will be given by Cherry and Tony Cabban: “Sulawezi & Papua New Guinea”.

Jan
21
Thu
2021
Valencia – subsidised trip only 5 euro a seat
Jan 21 @ 08:30 – 18:30

We are taking bookings for this trip but please note that we may be forced to reschedule or cancel if the Covid-19 situation dictates

5 euro each

Thursday 21 January 2021

Departing Arenal 08:45 then Interiors 09:00

Departing from Valencia at 17:00 with an expected return to Javea at 18:30

Due to the Covid-19 corona virus we will not been able to run our usual subsidised trips in October and November to Valencia and Alicante, so we have decided to run a January trip to Valencia as a thank you to all of our patient members.

Keeping it simple – our coach will drop us off in the centre of Valencia city and pick us up at the same location. You are then free to spend your time as you wish.

Currently we have been informed that masks must be worn on the coach at all times – if you are not able to comply with this requirement, please do not book a place.

We do need to arrange alternative payments methods (a suitable location in Javea) as there will not be a meeting for the two months before the trip – as yet we do not know about the other months either! Where we do arrange this cash payment location we would ask you to ensure you have the correct money available to reduce contact as much as possible.

Obviously you will be able to pay by bank transfer – details available by clicking here this is still definitely our preferred method of payment. Just quote Valencia January on your transfer.

We know a number of you join us in small groups, so if one of you would be able to pay by bank transfer for you and your friends it would make payments far easier for all. If you do please do inform the Trip Leader by email beforehand, so we can ensure everyone is added to the trip list.

If you need to sit in a specific area of the bus, for mobility or other reasons please do confirm this with the trip leader in advance, and we will help if we can. It may not be possible to do this at the last minute on the day of travel.

Trip Leaders are Dave & Avril Butt. Please email travel.db@u3ajavea.com

NOTE: IF THERE IS A RESURGENCE IN THE PANDEMIC WE WILL HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO CANCEL THE TRIP – IF THIS HAPPENS ALL MONEY PAID WILL OBVIOUSLY BE REFUNDED.

Jan
27
Wed
2021
January – Open General Meeting @ To be advised
Jan 27 @ 09:30 – 12:30
January - Open General Meeting @ To be advised

This meeting is an Open Meeting where members of the public are invited to come along to see what the Association is about.

Group Leaders exhibit or demonstrate their group activity and are available to answer questions and accept new members into their groups.

Committee Members are also on hand to answer questions and explain further about U3A Javea.

Feb
24
Wed
2021
February – General Meeting @ To be advised
Feb 24 @ 09:30 – 12:30
February - General Meeting @ To be advised

The Meeting is in two parts, between 9:30 and 10:50 members can socialise with each other, meet the Committee and Group Leaders, as well as visit the desks for Travel, Membership, Book Swap, DVD Swap and others.

The Membership Desks, for joining or renewing (up to April), are open from 09:30 – 10:30 only. All other desks will close at 10:50.

The formal part of the meeting starts promptly at 11:00 and lasts for about 15 minutes and is followed by a speaker.

All U3A Jávea members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that these meetings are restricted to members only.

Previous meeting minutes:

Agenda

1. President’s Welcome and Apologies

2. Approval of Minutes of last Meeting

3. Announcements

4. President’s Report

5. Vice President’s Report

6. Treasurer’s Report

7. Communications Officer Report

8. Group Coordinator’s Report

9. Membership Secretary’s Report

10. Questions from Members

11. Introduction of Guest Speaker and Presentation

12. Closure of meeting

Mar
17
Wed
2021
La Floración de Cieza: Wednesday 17th – Friday 19th March 2021
Mar 17 @ 08:30 – Mar 19 @ 18:00

The word “Floración” conjures up the magic of spring in Murcia  as the contrast of soft colours and sweet smells inundate the orchards and farmlands. For around a month the fruit orchards of Cieza will be enveloped in an extraordinary blanket of pink and white as fruit trees, particularly the peaches for which this area is so well-known, burst into flower. This is a great time to visit and to enjoy the town’s culture, cuisine and traditions. Cieza has a rich historical legacy inherited from different cultures that have occupied its territory since antiquity. Its Palaeolithic and Neolithic remains are unique in the whole Mediterranean fringe and the examples of cave paintings have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

NB The programme is provisional until hotel/visits etc. have been confirmed and a date for booking this trip will be published nearer the time.

Please see the PDF document below for full details of the itinerary.

La Floración de Cieza - Copy

Mar
31
Wed
2021
March – Annual General Meeting
Mar 31 @ 09:30 – 12:30
March - Annual General Meeting

The Meeting is in two parts, between 9:30 and 10:50 members can socialise with each other, meet the Committee and Group Leaders, as well as visit the desks for Travel, Membership, Book Swap, DVD Swap and others.

The Membership Desks, for joining or renewing (up to April), are open from 09:30 – 10:30 only. All other desks will close at 10:50.

The formal part of the meeting starts promptly at 11:00. There is no speaker at the meeting.

All U3A Jávea members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that these meetings are restricted to members only.

Minutes of previous General Meeting:

Minutes of previous Annual General Meeting 2020:

Agenda

To be a advised nearer the time

Apr
22
Thu
2021
Bioparc Valencia day trip or just the city
Apr 22 @ 09:00 – 18:00

Provisional – We are planning this trip for Thursday 22 April 2021 hopefully we will be able to travel then.  Please do check the website regularly for out travel events.

Thursday 22 April 2021

We will confirm the date and cost to all members nearer the time.

Please do add this to your diary for next year.  All being well we will be able to start taking booking later in the year.

Departing from Calle Bruselas Arenal at 09.00 – then opposite Interiors at 09:15

Total cost for this trip will be approximately 27 euro each – that includes, the coach and entry to the Bioparc. If you are only going to the city the cost should be 10 euro each.  Please note that the cost will be confirmed when bookings are open.
Remember to bring your camera – let´s see what great photos we can all take!

 

Our preferred payment method is by Bank Transfer use this link for details.  We will also be at the travel desk at the monthly meeting to take cash payments.

IMPORTANT – To ensure we can allocate your bank transfer payment correctly please quote the name “Bioparc” in the Concepto box on the transfer form, the box can be quite small, but we don´t want to book it to another member!

Please do remember to check with the trip leader that these are places available before making a bank transfer payment.

Note: If you have mobility issues, or prefer to sit in a specific area on the coach please do let us know at the time of booking and we will try to arrange an appropriate seat on the coach.

Trip leader Dave Butt email travel.db@u3ajavea.com/

May
3
Mon
2021
Medieval Festival Ibiza, 3rd–10th May 2021
May 3 @ 09:00 – May 10 @ 21:00

Medieval Festival Ibiza, 3rd–10th May 2021

To celebrate the declaration of Ibiza’s Old Town (Dalt Vila) as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, every May the old town hosts vibrant celebrations including three days of street parties, musical performances, artists and medieval re-enactments.  Visitors can enjoy the multicultural legacy left through the ages by Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Christians. The streets are transformed back in time with flags, awnings, banners and murals, filled with market stalls where you can watch ‘medieval’ crafts being produced, and taken over by street performers such as magicians, acrobats, belly dancers, snake charmers and musicians. This medieval festival offers a great opportunity to experience Ibizan cultural legacy to its fullest and as an added bonus, entry to all galleries and museums in Dalt Vila is free during the festival. There will be plenty of free time to enjoy the festival, as well as optional organised tours to the north of the island and the nearby island of Formentera. Travel will be by the fast ferry service between Denia/Ibiza (2 hours) and staying on a bed & breakfast basis in a centrally-located hotel.

Please see the PDF below for further details – this tour will be available to book in September/October once the ferry schedules/hotel/tours etc. are published and the price can be confirmed. Meanwhile, if you would like to express your interest in the tour, please send us an email.

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May
13
Thu
2021
Sagunto – guided tour and lunch
May 13 @ 08:45 – 18:30
Sagunto - guided tour and lunch

Provisional – Sagunto day trip with a guided tour and paella lunch

Thursday 13 May 2021

IMPORTANT – PLEASE DO NOT BOOK YET

Please do add this to your diary for next year.  All being well we will be able to start taking booking later in the year.

Departing from Calle Bruselas Arenal at 08.30 – then opposite Interiors at 08:45

The coach will be picking up at Calle Bruselas, Arenal where there is plenty of free car parking available.  A second pick up will be at the usual location opposite Interiors at the port.

This day trip is to the wonderful town of Sagunto, just north of Valencia. We have arranged for a guided tour of the old town with numerous places of interest including the amphitheatre, followed by a walk up to the castle (for the more energetic). Or if you are not up to this bit you can relax and just soak up the atmosphere.

For more information here´s a link to the Sagunto Tourism website

https://saguntoturismoblog.wordpress.com/

We will then be enjoying a paella lunch at the fabulous restaurant Le Fou.

 

 

 

Total cost for this trip will be 40 euro each – that includes, the coach, our guide and lunch. The only item not covered will be a tip at the restaurant, so we will be making a collection after the meal.

To book your place please pay by Bank Transfer using this link if possible.  We will also be at the travel desk at the monthly meeting to take cash payments.

IMPORTANT – To ensure we can allocate your bank transfer payment correctly please quote the name “Sagunto” in the Concepto box on the transfer form, the box can be quite small, but we don´t want to book it to another member!

Please do remember to check with the trip leader that these are places available before making a bank transfer payment.

Note: If you have mobility issues, or prefer to sit in a specific area on the coach please do let us know at the time of booking and we will try to arrange an appropriate seat on the coach.

Trip leader Dave Butt email travel.db@u3ajavea.com/

 

May
20
Thu
2021
Tabarca Island from Santa Pola
May 20 @ 08:30 – 18:30

Provisional – We are planning this trip for Thursday 20 May 2021 hopefully we will be able to travel then.  Please do check the website regularly for our travel events.

IMPORTANT – DO NOT BOOK ANY PLACES YET – WE WILL INFORM MEMBERS WHEN BOOKING IS OPEN

Join this trip to the beautiful island of Tabarca. We journey from Javea by coach to Santa Pola, arriving in good time for a coffee break before boarding our boat for the journey to Tabarca Island.

There will be plenty of time to explore this gem of an island, and with a number of restaurants to choose from you will be spoilt for choice for lunch (please note lunch is at your own cost).

The cost of the trip is approximately 25 euro each (to be confirmed)

   

PLEASE NOTE THE BOAT LEAVES SANTA POLA AT 11:00 AND RETURNS FROM TABARCA ISLAND AT 16.30 (4.30PM)

THE BOAT WILL LEAVE ON TIME AND IS NOT ABLE TO WAIT IF ANYONE IS LATE.

 MISS THE BOAT AND MISS THE COACH!!

To book your place please use this link to our preferred method of payment Bank Transfer or by cash at the travel desk at the monthly meeting.

IMPORTANT – To ensure we can allocate your bank transfer payment correctly please ensure you quote the name “Tabarca” in the Concepto box on the transfer form, the box is quite small, but we don´t want to give it to another member!

Note: If you have mobility issues please do let us know at the time of booking and we will try to arrange a seat near to the front of the coach.

Trip Leader is Dave Butt – please contact by email travel.db@u3ajavea.com/

Jun
3
Thu
2021
Xàtiva town and castle day trip (with lunch)
Jun 3 @ 08:30 – 19:00

Provisional – Xàtiva day trip with a guided tour and lunch

Thursday 3 June 2021

IMPORTANT – PLEASE DO NOT BOOK THIS TRIP AS WE WILL BE PROVIDING FURTHER DETAILS TO ALL MEMBERS NEARER THE TIME.

Please do add this to your diary for next year.  All being well we will be able to start taking booking later in the year.

Departing from Calle Bruselas Arenal at 08.30 – then opposite Interiors at 08:45

 

This is a day trip to the wonderful inland town of Xàtiva. This trip will include taking the tourist train up to the castle, guided tours of the castle and parts of the old town followed by lunch at the Casa la Abuela – one of the most recommended restaurants in the area.

LUNCH MENU (to be confirmed) – Please make your choices when you book

First Course is four sharing plates – so no need to choose. Consisting of house croquettes, cured ham, Russian salad & fresh cheese salad.

Main Course is traditional oven cooked rice (we are assured it is the best in the area!), grilled swordfish, chicken breast or for Vegetarians we have veggies with oven cooked rice.

Dessert is strawberries with pineapple followed by coffee or tea.

Bread, wine sodas, beer and water are included.

Lots of information is available on the Xátiva Tourist Information Office link

http://xativaturismo.com/en/

At the end of the day we re-join the coach (4:30pm approximately) to return to Javea.

The cost will be approximately 40 euro per head – inclusive of train and lunch

Bookings will be open at a future date

To book your place using our preferred method of  Bank Transfer please click on this link for details, please state Xàtiva in the Concepto box.  We will also be at the travel desk at the monthly meeting to take cash payments.

Note: If you have mobility issues please do let us know at the time of booking and we will try to arrange a seat near to the front of the coach.

Trip Leader is Dave Butt. Email travel.db@u3ajavea.com

 

Jun
7
Mon
2021
From the Coast to Catalonia and The Little Trains of the Pyrenees (fully booked, names being taken for reserve list)
Jun 7 @ 08:15 – Jun 21 @ 19:00

Monday 7th – Monday 21st June, 2021

Forming the natural border between France and Spain, the Pyrenees mountain range remains largely unexplored. The little trains with their colourful carriages and panoramic windows are a fantastic way to travel and the trip includes journeys on three of the best, encompassing rolling meadows, wooded valleys, remote villages, spectacular viaducts and much more. Please see the PDF document below for full details of the programme.

This trip is currently full but if you would like to add your name to the reserve list in case of possible cancellations, please send an email to the group leaders, Angela & Tony, at: spanish.culture.cuisine@u3ajavea.com
Please note that, unfortunately, this trip will not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems as there are walking tours included as well as the necessity to get on and off the various trains.
Price in a twin/double room: €1,225 pp; single supplement €455. As this trip has had to be postponed from June 2020, there is likely to be a small increase in the price for 2021.

Cancellations: we regret that refunds can only be given if another member/s agree to take over the booking.

LITTLE TRAINS JUNE 2021

Sep
1
Wed
2021
Paradores, Palaces and the biggest show in Spain! El Sueño de Toledo (fully booked, names being taken for reserve list)
Sep 1 @ 08:15 – Sep 5 @ 20:00

This Spanish Culture and Cuisine trip has many highlights, including visits to the 16th century Palacio de los Condes de Cirat at Almansa; a guided tour of Albacete; the Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park, a chain of fifteen lagoons which form an open space of lakes and rivers that are unique to la Mancha’s steppes; the Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso and the Royal Glass Factory La Granja; and a guided tour of San Clemente. Not forgetting possibly the main attraction, upgraded seats for the performance of El Sueño de Toledo!

We will be staying 2 nights half-board at the 4* Parador de Albacete and 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 4* Hotel Sercotel Alfonso VI in the historic centre of Toledo; lunch is also included at the Parador de La Granja and at the Bodega La Venta Restaurante on our return to Jávea. Price: €495 pp sharing twin/double room; €645 for single occupancy. The detailed programme is below. Please contact group leaders Angela & Tony to book. spanish.culture.cuisine@u3ajavea.com

Palaces and Paradors Sept 2021

Oct
10
Sun
2021
“Ayora Honey Festival, Cofrentes and the River Jucar, Requena, Tren Turístico Montanejos (Ruta de la Tapa) and Segorbe”
Oct 10 @ 08:30 – Oct 14 @ 19:00

Ayora is Spain’s largest honey producer and the ”Primer Corte de la Miel” (First Cut of the Honey) is one of the most important fairs in the Valencian Community, declared a Festival of Tourist Interest and an ideal event for those who want to discover and try this delicious local product.

Highlights of the tour

On Sunday we will make our way from Jávea to Ayora to spend the day at the Honey Festival, a gastronomic and cultural affair. The honey will be the common thread, but there will also be booths where there will be craft activities and a large food area where you can taste the different dishes and the products of the local gastronomy and their surroundings, such as sausages, meats, wines or cheeses. In addition, to put a festive touch to this celebration, the event will have different musical performances.

Late afternoon we will make our way to the 3* Hotel del Valle, Jalance (dinner and breakfast included).

Monday morning our coach will take us to the pier where we will board a boat for a river cruise through the canyons of the Rio Jucar, sailing from Cofrentes to Cortes de Pallás and return (a 30 km journey), with a duration of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Toilets and cafeteria available on the pier; air conditioning and panoramic windows on the boat.

There will then be free time for refreshments in Cofrentes or perhaps to visit the castle – the Keep preserves its late Gothic-Renaissance ornamentation. Here, you can find The Clock that has recently been restored. According to experts, the Cofrentes Clock is the oldest in the Region of Valencia. It was built before the middle 17th century. There are only two clocks with similar characteristics, one of them is in the Museum of London (1600) and the other is the clock of tower of Bernia in Switzerland (1530).

Early afternoon our coach will take us to the Hervideros de Cofrentes spa where we will board the Cabriel tourist train, a guided tour dedicated to the Cabriel river. Skirting the riverbank, the train will arrive at , a small village in which a visit is made (15 mins. on foot) to the 18th century wood waterwheel, restored in 1991. This waterwheel is the only one still properly working in the Valencian Community and it provides the necessary water for the irrigable land and the old washing place; a train journey of 24 kms, surrounded by nature (1 hour and 45 minutes, breaks included). Return to the Hotel del Valle, Jalance (dinner and breakfast included).

On Tuesday morning we will travel to Requena – the narrow streets with houses bearing coatsof-arms, charming squares and typical houses decorated with tiles and elaborate wrought ironwork. The castle and keep were built by the Moors. The largest church in Requena, Santa María, and the church of El Salvador, date to the 14th century and both have impressive Isabelline Gothic façades. It is home to examples of medieval architecture such as El Cid Palace and the San Nicolás Church.
We will have a guided visit to the City Caves – the caves next to the El Salvador church were used centuries ago as a repository for dead bodies. This particular underground ossuary was in use until the early 1800s. The steady build-up of bones led to the construction of the town’s first cemetery, far away from the town centre. As we proceed deeper into this intricate labyrinth, we find ourselves in the caves of the old Town Hall, which presided over the La Villa square from 1685 until it was demolished in the 19th century. Here was the Requena granary, a communal storage area used to store grain in times of plenty so that farmers would have seeds to plant and the poor could have bread to eat after a bad harvest or in times of need. The most common use was that of a space for the storage and conservation of wine, which was stored in large vats, accompanied by complementary wine-making elements, such as tanks, teals for treading the grapes, barrels and tanks for decanting (this tour is included, but optional, for those who may prefer to spend time on their own sightseeing in Requena).
After free time for refreshments (own choice) we will make our way to Montanejos and check in to the 3* Hotel Spa Rosaleda del Mijares (dinner and breakfast included).

The 3* Hotel Spa Rosaleda del Mijares offers an indoor pool and a River Club with a terrace, bar and direct access to the natural pools of the River Mijares. All rooms have a minibar, air conditioning, heating and a safe. The restaurant serves fresh Mediterranean cuisine and you can also enjoy drinks and snacks in the café.

You may wish to discover LA VIDIGONERA – craft beer made with water from Montanejos.

After breakfast on Wednesday morning we will have a tour on the Tren Turístico Montanejos (3½ hours), known as the Ruta de la Tapa as it includes a tasting of tapa and a drink (beer, wine or water) in the three villages visited. Return to our hotel – rest of the afternoon free; dinner included.

Arañuel

Cirat

La Alqueria

After breakfast on Thursday morning we will travel to Segorbe, a town which takes you back to the medieval age. There will be free time to wander the streets, perhaps visiting the Prison and Executioner’s Towers, the ancient walls, the cathedral, the Fuente de los 50 caños, or maybe the Olive Oil Museum.

The old olive oil mill of the Belluga building houses the Olive Oil Museum of Segorbe. This innovative Interpretation Centre offers visitors the opportunity to discover the olive culture and to enter the world of the precious liquid gold in an encounter with the essence of the Mediterranean over 7,000 years old. Through interactive audio-visual systems, the exhibition of machinery and tools used for the different works recreates the traditional elaboration process of olive oil and its evolution throughout history.

After time for lunch (own choice) we will re-board our coach for the return journey to Jávea.

PROGRAMME

Sunday 10th October

08.15 hrs: Departure from the bus station, Javea.

08.30 hrs: 2nd pick up at Interiors (opposite side of the road), Jávea port;

08.45 hrs: 3rd pick up at Mas y Mas on the N332 (please let us know at the time of booking if you require this option); comfort stop en route.

11.15 hrs: Arrival in Ayora and free time for refreshments and to enjoy the festival.

16.00 hrs: Re-board our coach and travel to Jalance.

16.45 hrs: Check in to the 3* Hotel del Valle, Jalance.

19.30 hrs: Dinner for the group (included).

Monday 11th October

08.00 hrs: Breakfast

09.00 hrs: Coach to the pier where we will board the river boat.

10.00 hrs: River cruise on the Rio Jucar.

11.30 hrs: Free time in Cofrentes.

14.00 hrs: Our coach will take us to the nearby Hervideros de Cofrentes spa where we will board the Cabriel tourist train.

15.00 hrs: Journey on the Cabriel tourist train (1 hour and 45 minutes, breaks included).

16.45 hrs: Return to the Hotel del Valle, Jalance.

19.30 hrs: Dinner for the group (included).

Tuesday 12th October

08.00 hrs: Breakfast.

09.00 hrs: Check out and travel to Requena.

10.00 hrs: Free time for refreshments.

11.00 hrs: Guided tour of the City Caves or own sightseeing.

12.00 hrs: Free time for refreshments (not included).

14.45 hrs: Board coach and travel to Montanejos.

17.00 hrs: Check in to the 3* Hotel Spa Rosaleda del Mijares; dinner included.

Wednesday 13th October

08.00 hrs: Breakfast.

09.30 hrs: Walk to the boarding point for the Tren Turístico Montanejos.

10.00 hrs: Journey on the Tren Turístico Montanejos (3½ hours).

13.30 hrs: Return to the Hotel Spa Rosaleda del Mijares; rest of the afternoon free; dinner included.

Thursday 14th October

08.00 hrs: Breakfast.

09.00 hrs: Check out of the hotel and travel to Segorbe.

10.00 hrs: Arrival in Segorbe and free time for own sightseeing and lunch (not included).

15.30 hrs: Board coach for return journey to Jávea; comfort stop en route.

18.15 hrs: Approximate arrival at Mas y Mas on the N332; continue to Interiors, Jávea port.

WHAT IS INCLUDED: Transport by coach, half-board accommodation (dinner and breakfast) for 2 nights in the 3* Hotel Spa Valle del Jalance and in the 3* Hotel Spa Rosaleda del Mijares, Montenejos; river cruise on the Rio Jucar and the Cabriel tourist train; guided tour of the Requena Caves; tour on the Tren Turístico Montanejos; gratuities.

COST: The price in a twin/double room is €320 per person. The price in a room with sole occupancy is €390 per person. Please let us know on booking if you wish to board the coach at the bus station in Javea or at Mas y Mas on the N332 instead of at Interiors in Javea port.

CANCELLATION: In case of subsequent cancellation of your booking, refund of deposit/s can only be made if your place is sold on to another member/s. You are advised to let the group leaders know as soon as possible as they may have a reserve list of other members wishing to participate in the event/trip.
DISCLAIMER: Please see the SC&C page on the Jávea U3A website for information concerning travel/health insurance.

Dec
3
Fri
2021
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: “A day trip to Alcoy – the Christmas Town” Friday 3rd December 2021
Dec 3 @ 08:30 – 20:00

 

Alcoy is known as “The Town of the Bridges” as it has more than twenty and due to its wonderful Christmas celebrations and blankets of crispy snow in the winter, it has also adopted the name “The Christmas Town”.

Alcoy boomed in the Industrial Revolution, specialising in the textile, metal and paper industry. It grew and developed into a wealthy area which is evident from its modern, architectural buildings. What makes Alcoy so unique and special for Christmas is that it was the first place in the world to celebrate the Cavalcade of Magi, a traditional parade for the Three King’s Day. Nowadays, practically every city in Spain and most in Mexico hold their own Cavalcade of Magi, a parade where the three kings, Melchior, Gaspar and Baltasar ride through the streets throwing sweets to the children. In the Plaza de España, a special nativity scene is erected in front of the Santa Maria Church and throughout December and early January Alcoy has a large Christmas market.

Alcoy covered in snow (not guaranteed but you will need warm clothes!).

On arrival in Alcoy we will meet our guides (we are going to have 2 guides to enable each group to be smaller) for a 2-hour tour, visiting the temporary Christmas exhibition at La Fundació Mutua de Levante, the Christmas Museum at the Casal del Nadal and finally the Belen exhibition in St Mary´s Church.

 

 

The tour will be followed by a Spanish lunch in a very unique location, the Restaurante La Gruta, located in a natural cave next to an underground river (see the menu below).

After lunch there will be time to visit the Christmas market at the nearby Plaza de España and to see the lights (sunset at 17.45 hrs latest). Or perhaps partake of a mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine in one of the café bars before re-boarding our coach for the return journey to Jávea!

Programme

08.30 hrs:    Departure from Interiors (opposite side of the road), Jávea port; 2nd pickup at Mas y Mas on the N332 (if required). refreshment break en-route.

11.15 hrs:     Meet our 2 guides outside the Alcoy Tourist Office.

11.30 hrs:     2-hour “Christmas Tour”.

14.00 hrs:    Lunch at Restaurant La Gruta.

16.15 hrs:     Free time to visit the Christmas market in the Plaza de España.

18.15 hrs:     Re-board our coach for return journey to Jávea.

20.00 hrs:    Approx. arrival in Jávea port.

PRICE: € 45 pp to include coach, guided tour and entry fees, 3-course lunch and gratuities).

A DATE FOR BOOKING WILL BE GIVEN NEARER THE TIME, ALONG WITH THE MENU

CANCELLATION: In case of subsequent cancellation of your booking, refunds can only be made if your place is sold on to another member/s.  You are advised to let the group leaders know as soon as possible as they may have a reserve list of other members wishing to participate in the event/trip.

DISCLAIMER: Please see the SC&C page on the Jávea U3A website for information concerning travel/health insurance.

 

 

May
30
Mon
2022
Puy du Fou España, a new universe to travel back in time.
May 30 @ 08:15 – Jun 5 @ 20:00

Based on an original concept awarded twice as « Best Park in the World », Puy du Fou España will create a new universe to travel back in time. On a daily basis, visitors will be able to enjoy four big shows, three period villages, craftsmen, over 300 animals and more than 30 hectares of countryside.

We will be planning a tour for our Spanish Culture and Cuisine members, to take place during Monday 30th May – Sunday 5th June 2022, which will include 2 days at this new park.