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

Jun
30
Wed
2021
Virtual Monthly Meeting @ Zoom
Jun 30 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Presentation by Peter Atkinson

Valencia Then and Now: The Biography of a City

A live Zoom presentation, covering more than two millennia, showing the ups and downs of Valencia’s development from its Roman origins to the present, and incorporating a comprehensive and lavishly-illustrated tour of the many dimensions of the fascinating and beautiful modern city. 

It will be a tonic for members stranded in the UK, yearning for a glimpse of Spain (but don’t forget the time difference).  

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
Sep
7
Tue
2021
A Summer Social Evening in the Parador de Jávea – Tuesday 7th September
Sep 7 @ 18:30 – 22:30

 

We are very pleased to announce that we will be holding a Summer Social Evening on Tuesday 7th September in the Parador de Jávea – our fund-raising event in support of the Jávea Players which unfortunately had to be postponed from last year.  The cost will be €35 per person, which includes your donation to the Jávea Players, a glass of Kir Royale on arrival, a 3-course menu with ½ bottle of wine pp or beer or soft drink, plus water and coffee. A waiter service will be available for any additional drinks such as brandy, G&T, etc.  If you would like to join in the tombola, a ticket costs €5 and every ticket will win a prize!
A covid health protocol will be in place and there will be allocated seating with tables for 6 guests, so you may book individually or request to share a table with friends (10 max. per table for group bookings). The large patio doors will remain open throughout the evening (as it will be a balmy summer’s evening!).
There are a limited number of places available so don’t miss out on this fun get-together with friends! Book your place now by contacting Angela & Tony: travellers.tales@u3ajavea.com

Please see the programme and menu below:

A Summer Social Evening in the Parador
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.

Oct
19
Tue
2021
“A tour of South Korea”, Tuesday 19th October 2021: Angela Chantry
Oct 19 @ 10:30 – 13:00

SOUTH KOREA: The Best Place to Travel – Site Title

The October presentation will be given by Angela Chantry: “Touring South Korea”

Nov
16
Tue
2021
“Northern Vietnam, and Borneo (Sabah & Kalimantan)”, Tuesday 16th November: Gillian & Hugh Epsom
Nov 16 @ 10:30 – 13:00

The November presentation will be given by Gillian & Hugh Epsom: “Northern Vietnam and Borneo

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.

 

 

Dec
6
Mon
2021
Spanish Culture and Cuisine Christmas Party, Monday 6th December 2021
Dec 6 @ 13:00 – 16:30
Dec
9
Thu
2021
Valencia a pre Christmas day trip, guided visit to some of the gems in the city followed by an exceptional lunch @ Valencia
Dec 9 @ 08:45 – 18:00

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

We have moved our pre Christmas trip to 2021 – so hopefully…..

Thursday 9 December 2021

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 go there, 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 in December 2019, so what better than a repeat this year!

Full details and menu options will be published later (vegetarian option will be available) but as it was over subscribed last year our advice is to book as soon as we open up the bookings.

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The table layout has obviously changed to reflect social distancing.

We would prefer everyone to pay via bank transfers, however for those we are unable to do this will will try to arrange as alternative arrangement.

For bank transfer payments – details available by clicking here the 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 inform the Trip Leader by email beforehand, so we can ensure everyone is added to the trip list – nothing worse than missing someone out!

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

Dec
14
Tue
2021
“Touring Tasmania by car”, Tuesday 14th December: Sue & Nigel Bentley
Dec 14 @ 10:30 – 13:00

The presentation for December will be given by Sue & Nigel Bentley: “Touring Tasmania by car”

Jan
18
Tue
2022
“Sulawezi & Papua New Guinea”, Tuesday 18th January 2022: Tony & Cherry Cabban
Jan 18 @ 10:30 – 13:00

8 Things I Wish I Knew Before Visiting Papua New Guinea

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

 

Feb
22
Tue
2022
“The Sultanate of Oman and Bahrain”, Tuesday 22nd February: Alison O’Brien
Feb 22 @ 10:30 – 13:00

The February presentation will be given by Ally O’Brien: “The Sultanate of Oman and Bahrain”.

Mar
2
Wed
2022
La Floración de Cieza: Wednesday 2nd – Friday 4th March 2022
Mar 2 @ 08:15 – Mar 4 @ 18:00

La aventura del saber. Floración de Cieza - RTVE.es Actividades de la Floración de Cieza - Que Hacer en Murcia

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.

CIEZA 2022
Mar
29
Tue
2022
“Celebrating the New Year on a Rhineland river cruise”, Tuesday 29th March: Angela Chantry
Mar 29 @ 10:30 – 13:00

Our March presentation will be given by Angela Chantry: “Celebrating the New Year on a Rhineland river cruise”

Mar
31
Thu
2022
Xàtiva town and castle day trip (with lunch)
Mar 31 @ 08:30 – 19:00

Provisional – Xàtiva day trip with a guided tour and lunch

Thursday 31 March 2022

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

 

Apr
14
Thu
2022
Tabarca Island from Santa Pola
Apr 14 @ 08:30 – 18:30

Provisional – We are planning this trip for Thursday 14 April 2022 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/

Apr
19
Tue
2022
“The Autumn Colours of Japan”, Tuesday 19th April: John Reynolds
Apr 19 @ 10:30 – 13:00

Our April presentation will be given by John Reynolds: “The Autumn Colours of Japan”

May
6
Fri
2022
The cultural heritage and cuisine of Jumilla, Friday 6th May 2022
May 6 @ 08:15 – 18:30

With 5,000 years of history that can be traced back to the Greeks, Jumilla is a lovely town located in the Altiplano of the Murcia Region. Steeped in history and cultural heritage, the remains of Roman villas can be visited at the town’s Jerónimo Molina museum and the legacy of Arabic cultural influences is evident from archaeology and even the names of some local places. During the Christianity Reconquest, Jumilla fell under the protection of the Manor of Villena which transformed the town into its current shape. The 15th-century castle built over the Roman settlement and the Arab fortress, which still preserves the keep and the patio de armas, the Church of El Salvador and the Ancient Council and Exchange, a mid-16th-century building and the only example of civil architecture in Murcian Renaissance.  Jumilla is also known for its breath-taking countryside along with its beautiful flora and wild fauna, which attracts nature lovers to the Sierra de Carche, the Sierra Larga or the Sierra de Santa Ana, among others. Jumilla’s economy is based on agriculture with main cultivation being vineyards, olive trees and fruit trees. Together with Yecla, it is one of the primary regions for the development of the Murciana and Granadina breeds of dairy goats.

See the PDF below for full details.

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May
9
Mon
2022
Patios of Cordoba – MAY 2022
May 9 @ 08:45 – May 13 @ 18:00

BOOKING OPEN SHORTLY

We will be running this trip during May 2022 if possible.  Currently the hotels are closed but are expected to reopen by the summer, we will then be able to contact them to finalise the details.

It is only two years later than originally planned – thank you Covid!!

A number of members who had previously booked the trip have expressed their support for it to again be available, so initially the trip will be offered to those who had booked last year – we will then open bookings to the rest of Javea U3A membership.

Not having been able to run the full festival for two years the organisers will be pulling out all the stops next year, so we expect hotels to fill quickly, especially in the city centre.

Specific dates are to be confirmed but provisionally set from 9 – 13 May 2022 (5 days & 4 nights).

This mean the trip runs from Monday to Friday but this will be confirmed nearer the date of travel.

For more information follow this link http://patios.cordoba.es/en to the Patios of Cordoba website for 2020 when it was run for the first time during October, for a good understanding of the festival.  Please note that the website is for a previous festival.

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The Patios Fiesta of Cordoba is a unique world-famous attraction running for about 14 days early in May every year. It has become one of the must see attractions in Spain. We will be spending three full days and four nights in Cordoba to enable us to really experience this truly spectacular event.

Travelling by coach from Javea to Cordoba, with plenty of comfort breaks on the way, our hotel is situated in the old town with the various patios within walking distances. We will be staying on a bed and breakfast basis, this will enable us to enjoy the many tapas bars and restaurants situated all over the old town – with many being very reasonably priced.
We will be using the two Javea pickup points.
You can also visit many of the beautiful buildings in the City. For example, the Mosque of Cordoba is one of the largest in the world, and is considered the most important Islamic monument in the West.
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As previously we plan on staying at the 4 star Hotel Eurostar Conquistador on a bed and breakfast basis (hot buffet breakfast) in the old town opposite the mosque, obviously this is to be confirmed.
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One of the very special archaeological sites in the region is the Medina Azahara situated just outside of Cordoba. This is easily reached from the town, and we are considering an options to add to a guided tour with travel by shuttle bus from Cordoba.  The information is available of their website: http://www.museosdeandalucia.es/web/conjuntoarqueologicomadinatalzahra/inicio
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We anticipate using Gandia Travel for this trip. They have supported Javea U3A with their expertise on many occasions in the past, and we are confident this will continue.  They were a tremendous help with quickly refunding the full amount when we had to cancel last year, so we want to show our loyalty in return.
We are including basic insurance to ensure we are covered for trip cancellation – but please note this is not as comprehensive as what many members arrange on an annual basis, so as always it is sensible for members to have their own full insurance cover.

The total cost will be 480 – 520 euro approximately each (depending on numbers) based on two people in a twin/double room

A single supplement of 100 euro is anticipated

AN INITIAL DEPOSIT OF TWO HUNDRED EURO EACH IS REQUIRED TO CONFIRM  YOUR BOOKING

Final payments will be due by 31 January 2022

Payments are required by Bank Transfer (please quote the trip name “CORDOBA” as the reference). Click here for Bank transfer details

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

Now please do read our Terms and Conditions.

Please send all enquiries to the Trip Leader: Dave Butt Email travel.db@u3ajavea.com/

May
31
Tue
2022
The Pyrenees and Navarra: a Post-Pandemic, Parador Peregrination: Tuesday 31st May, Peter Atkinson
May 31 @ 10:30 – 13:00

Our May presentation will be given by Peter Atkinson: The Pyrenees and Navarra: a Post-Pandemic, Parador Peregrination

Jun
4
Sat
2022
COSTA DORADA – Sagunto, Peñiscola, Ebro Delta, Tarragona & Morella tour
Jun 4 @ 08:45 – Jun 10 @ 18:30

Costa Dorada – Sagunto, Peñiscola, Ebro Delta, Tarragona & Morella trip

Thursday 4 – 10 June 2022

Planned as a 7 day – 6 night trip

Plenty of free time for you to explore and enjoy these great locations – as well as some planned visits.

Please do add this to your diary for next year.  We do expect to be safely running trips by this time.

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.

Prospective itinerary:

We have built in plenty of free time to explore under your “own steam” without rushing to get to the next location.  The trip has also been planned so we do not have long coach journeys, so for those of you who do not enjoy hours on a coach this is the trip for you!

Day 1 Departure from Javea to Sagunto. Guided tour & lunch. Afterwards travel to Peñiscola, evening free time. Overnight in Peñiscola.

Day 2 Breakfast. Free time to explore Peñiscola. Lunch at a restaurant of members’ own choosing. Overnight in Peñiscola.

Day 3 Breakfast. Travel to Delta del Ebro (1-hour distance), lunch in Ametlla de Mar, a beautiful village on the Coast.  Return to Peñiscola.  Overnight in Peñiscola.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 Breakfast. Travel to Delta Ebro Park. Morning boat trip on Ebro river/delta to view the wildlife etc. Transfer to Amposta. Lunch at a restaurant of members’ own choosing. Free time. Coach to Tarragona. Overnight in Tarragona.

 

Day 5 Breakfast. General overview in the ” Touristic Train” of Tarragona. Lunch in a restaurant of members’ own choosing. Free time. Overnight in Tarragona.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6 Breakfast. Free time to explore the city. Lunch in a restaurant of members’ own choosing. Overnight in Tarragona.

Day 7 Breakfast. Trip to Morella, guided tour and lunch. Return to Javea.

 

 

Includes:

Coach services for the above

Guided tour with an official guide in Sagunto & Morella

Entrances Santa María Basílica and San Francisco Convent in Morella

Boat Trip in Delta del Ebro Park

Touristic train in Tarragona

3 lunches in local´s restaurants

Hotels 4* & breakfast  3 nights Peñiscola; Apathotel Acuasol; 3 nights Tarragona; SB Express Tarragona; Catalonia Tourist fee included

Travel insurance

Trip dates are to be confirmed, though initially projected as 4 – 10 June 2022.

Anticipated  cost to be 525-545 euro based on twin/double rooms.

Single travelers it will be 670-690 euro.

As many hotels are currently closed we will confirm the cost as soon as possible.

To book your place please pay by Bank Transfer using this link to access the details.  Please do ensure you write “Costa Dorada” in the appropriate box.

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

Now please do read our Terms and Conditions.

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.

WE MAY NEED EVERYONE TO HAVE VALID PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION

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

 

Jun
13
Mon
2022
From the Coast to Catalonia and The Little Trains of the Pyrenees, Monday 13th – Monday 27th June 2022
Jun 13 @ 08:15 – Jun 27 @ 19:00

Monday 13th – Monday 20th June, 2022

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.

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 now been postponed from June 2020, there may be a small increase in the price.

 

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Aug
18
Thu
2022
“Cantabria – known as Green Spain”, 18th – 29th August 2022
Aug 18 @ 08:00 – Aug 29 @ 20:00

 

Picos de Europa National Park

“Cantabria – known as Green Spain”,  Thursday 18th – Sunday 28th August 2022

A 10 night tour to the cooler northern region of Cantabria, with the opportunity to join in the daily excursions offered to nearby places of interest or to simply relax and enjoy Santillana del Mar , which has often been referred to as one of the most beautiful villages in the whole of Spain, let alone Cantabria.

CANTABRIA TOUR
Sep
11
Sun
2022
Puy du Fou España, a new universe to travel back in time, Sunday 11th – Saturday 17th September 2022
Sep 11 @ 08:15 – Sep 17 @ 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 September 2022, which will include 2 days at this new park.

Oct
3
Mon
2022
GRANADA & SEVILLE OCTOBER 2022
Oct 3 @ 08:00 – Oct 9 @ 20:00

BOOKINGS NOT OPEN YET BUT WE DO EXPECT TO BE TAKING BOOKINGS IN THE SUMMER

3 – 9 OCTOBER 2022 (provisional dates)

This trip is planned to be for seven days with six nights hotel accommodation mostly on a bed and breakfast basis.

Departing Javea we will be travelling directly to Granada with comfort breaks as required – not forgetting the essential refueling with coffee!

Checking in to our hotel we have also arranged for an evening meal for our first night.

Day 2 we head off to the Alhambra for our guided visit, with the Generalife and Albaycin included.  The afternoon and evening will be free time to check out this delightful city.

Day 3 After breakfast we have a free day to continue our personal exploration.  For the evening we have dinner planned with a Flamenco Show.

Day 4 After breakfast we check out of our hotel and head to Seville with a stop at the delightful Ronda for a visit on the way.  We have also arranged for dinner at the hotel in Seville.

Day 5 After breakfast we have arranged private boat trips on the Guadalquivir River, followed by free time to wander to your heart´s content.

Day 6 After breakfast we travel to Malaga with plenty of free time to visit the sights and arrange our own meals as required.

Day 7 After breakfast we check out and return home via Cartagena, with time for a lunch break of our own choice and cost before continuing home.

NOTE: This itinerary may change slightly depending on circumstances, but we will always let you know if this is required.

VERY IMPORTANT: The evening meals will require you to make your meal choices before we travel so please ensure we are provided a contact email address that you do regularly check.

Departing from our two Javea departure points and returning to the same locations.

The trip includes:

Modern air-conditioned coach

Guided tours with official guides in Granada & Seville

Entrances to Alhambra and Generalife

Flamenco dinner & show at Granada

Private boat trip on the Guadalquivir River (Seville)

Two other dinners – the first night in Granada and also day four at Seville

Hotels 4* and breakfast – 3 nights at Granada Macia Hotel, 2 nights Seville Zenit Hotel, 1 night Malaga Guadalmedina Hotel

Travel Insurance

The expected cost for the above trip is per person (in twin/double room) depending on numbers.

50 people is 650 euro each

40 people is 680 euro each

Single supplement per person: 250€

A deposit of 200 euro per person will be required with your booking

The deposit must be paid to confirm your places

Payment required by bank transfer

For Bank Transfer payments please quote the trip name “GRANADA” as the reference. Click here for bank detail

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, but please note the front row of seats must be reserved for the trip organisers as we need to be able to converse with the driver and access the microphone – surprising how many people don´t realise that!

Now please do read our Terms and Conditions.

We have no problem with members wishing to do their own thing and skip planned activities, but we do ask that you inform us in advance so we know you will not be joining us on a specific day.

The Trip Leader is Dave Butt please email travel.db@u3ajavea.com

Oct
11
Tue
2022
Day excursion to Agost, Tuesday 11th October 2022
Oct 11 @ 08:30 – 17:30

Agost is the only pottery centre in the Valencia region where you can see the traditional methods in action and visit some of the craftsmen who remain. These include La Nava workshop which has its roots in the 17th century. The pottery still makes its own white clay with salt in the traditional Agost method. The workshop of Emili Boix, who is the sixth generation of potters, has some creative handmade pieces which also pay tribute to traditional methods. In years gone by, large ceramics factories were the most important industry in the town.

May
8
Mon
2023
Medieval Festival Ibiza, 8th – 15th May 2023
May 8 @ 09:00 – May 15 @ 21:00

Medieval Festival Ibiza 8th – 15th May 2023

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.

Medieval Festival May 2023
Jun
11
Sun
2023
“Historical cities in the province of Jaén”, Sunday 11th – Friday 16th June 2023
Jun 11 @ 08:00 – Jun 16 @ 19:00

A provisional programme will be published soon.