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

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.

 

 

Dec
6
Mon
2021
Spanish Culture and Cuisine Christmas Party, Monday 6th December 2021
Dec 6 @ 13:00 – 16:30
Mar
2
Wed
2022
La Floración de Cieza: Wednesday 2nd – Friday 4th March 2022
Mar 2 @ 08:15 – Mar 4 @ 18:00

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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
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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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
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.