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A Holly Jolly Holiday

Christmas in Andalucia with the U3A Vall del Pop

There was excitement in the air as, just after sunrise on a beautiful December morning, forty three members of the U3A Vall del Pop assembled in Jalon to start our special Christmas break in Nerja, Southern Spain.

Guided jointly by the  U3A’s Travel, Culture and Entertainment Team Leader Sandra Welham and her husband, U3A President Bob Welham,  we set off right on time and arrived without incident at the Aparthotel Marinas de Nerja, the venue for our next four nights. Situated on the sea shore but just a short walk from Nerja town, the hotel proved an instant hit, with every guest enjoying suite facilities. Not surprisingly, as the trip was booked on a “fully inclusive” basis, the bar and restaurant soon became popular meeting places.

Sandra and Bob had arranged a series of trips and outings for us using the Gandia Tours bus which was ably and safely conducted by driver Pepe, whose continuous good humour added much to the enjoyment of all.  Outings were organised to Nerja old town  and the impressive Cueva de Nerja on Christmas Eve morning and, in the afternoon, to the pretty white village of Frigiliana where many of the group took advantage of the tourist train to view the more inaccessible parts. Before dinner, we gathered in the dusk to sing a range of Christmas Carols in several languages, an event which was enjoyed as much by the other guests of the hotel as by the singers!

On Christmas Day, we met for cava and gifts from Secret Santa ( AKA Bob and Sandra!)  before settling down to a more formal Christmas lunch in the hotel’s banqueting suite. With four courses to get through each accompanied by unlimited wine and soft drinks, most of us did not complete our feast until very late in the afternoon!

After the celebrations of the day before, Boxing Day got off to a more relaxed start but after lunch, Pepe drove us into the nearby city of Malaga for a bit of retail therapy!

There was also the sea front and Cathedral to visit before 18.30 when we were able to witness the famous Christmas light and music show, a spectacular fifteen minute display in a specially constructed tunnel which ran the full length of Calle Larios. The Town Hall budget for this year for the event was more than 700,000 euros and it has drawn crowds from all over Spain and Europe.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and so the next day, we set off for the journey back to the Costa Blanca. But spirits were high and somewhere near Murcia, Bob produced a quiz for our entertainment, which was won by Tony and Brenda Bailey.

We all agreed that the 2018 Christmas Trip had been a great success and formal thanks were made to Bob and Sandra for their hard work, and to Pepe for driving us safely and smoothly throughout. I hear that next year’s venue might be to Peniscola and, based on the success of this trip, it will undoubtedly be a sell out!  Time to get our names down on the list, I think!

 

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22Jul
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Location:
Mountain Walkers (Monday & Thursday Groups).  Contact group leaders for locations and times. More Information (Monday)More Informa...
22Jul
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Location: Claudia's bar
This is a lively discussion group, meeting every other Monday in Jalon and tackling many different subjects, both topical and general. More...
22Jul
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Location: Cappucino
Members bring projects and queries and go away with answers and newly revitalised enthusiasm. Anything to do with yarn and thread is welcome...
22Jul
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Location:
Group creating decorative mosaics using glass and ceramics. The group buys materials to share, and we have all the necessary equipment to co...
22Jul
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Location: Padel Centre
Weekly Padel games.  Cost is €4 for 1.5 hours.  Bats and balls provided initially for new players.  Contact Group Leader for ...
22Jul
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Location:
Mountain Walkers (Monday & Thursday Groups).  Contact group leaders for locations and times. More Information (Monday)More Informa...
22Jul
intro.jpgMon 22 Jul
Location: Claudia's bar
This is a lively discussion group, meeting every other Monday in Jalon and tackling many different subjects, both topical and general. More...
22Jul
intro.jpgMon 22 Jul
Location: Cappucino
Members bring projects and queries and go away with answers and newly revitalised enthusiasm. Anything to do with yarn and thread is welcome...
22Jul
intro.jpgMon 22 Jul
Location:
Group creating decorative mosaics using glass and ceramics. The group buys materials to share, and we have all the necessary equipment to co...
22Jul
intro.jpgMon 22 Jul
Location: Padel Centre
Weekly Padel games.  Cost is €4 for 1.5 hours.  Bats and balls provided initially for new players.  Contact Group Leader for ...
23Jul
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Location: Multi Use Building
Ballroom Dancing is not only fun but insanely good for you.  No matter what your level of fitness, ballroom dancing is a great way to e...
23Jul
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Location: Aleluya Bar
Weekly games of Canasta.  You don’t need to come with a partner, and the rules are not too difficult to learn. We usually meet at Alel...
23Jul
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Location: Animo
Regular rehearsal for the Vall de Pop Singers. At our practices we sing a variety of songs including the Beatles, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Abba...
24Jul
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Location: Tourist Information

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24Jul
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Location: Los Amigos Restaurant
Meeting of the Computer & Technology group offering help and advice (but not repairing broken equipment) and suggesting where to find fu...
05Sep
Thu 5 Sep
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
03Oct
Thu 3 Oct
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
07Nov
Thu 7 Nov
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
05Dec
Thu 5 Dec
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
11Sep
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Location: Rastro Car Park
This day trip is a great opportunity to visit Xativa and Gandia. Cost 21€ After leaving Jalon Rastro Carpark at 9;00 we should arrive in ...
22Sep
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Location: Rastro Car Park
SEPTEMBER 22ND Transfer by bus from Jalon to Valencia train station to take the train to Barcelona.Arriving at Barcelona train station tran...
23Dec
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Christmas 2019 23 - 27th December5 days / 4 nights All inclusive420€ per person sharing93€ single supplement Package details: return c...
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