Semana Santa in Granada and the Alpujarras NEW
Granada and Sierra Nevada during Holy Week - small international guided group
The Pasos in Granada, where the statues of Christ and the richly-dressed Virgin float above the crowd on flower- and candle-bedecked plinths carried by dozens of brotherhood stalwarts and followed by a line of hooded penitents. Among the most popular processions: 'Los Gitanos' [the Gypsies] which climbs the Sacromonte amid wood-fires to the flamenco rhythms of melancholy saetas, and 'Soledad de San Jerónimo': participants dressed in biblical costume.
7 DAYS (6 nights) Activities: three walks of 2-3 hours on (occasionally steep and/or stony) paths, maximum denivellation +/300m; numerous visits, some with audio-/ topo-guides. Entry to the Alhambra-Generalife and other monuments, and a flamenco evening included.. Group 10 maximum.
FULL BOARD EXCEPT 2 MEALS (in Granada), in rooms for two (private bathrooms) in hotels of charm: 3 nights at Pampaneira in the Alpujarras and 3 at Granada.
During our stay we shall sample both the delicious traditional cuisine and wines of the Alpujarras, and the trends in 'tapas' and 'tablas' in the bars of Granada.
PRICE 795 euros per person; single room supplement 135 euros.
2019 14-20 April.
RENDEZVOUS Málaga, in the afternoon - choose a flight arriving before 15.30.
DISPERSAL Málaga, in the morning - choose a flight departing after 13.30.
Location of this programme:
SUNDAY: Transfer from Málaga to Pampaneira (3 nights) in the Alpujarras: these high valleys with their little villages with flat roofs covered with launa (a sort of decomposed slate), their terrace cultivation and acequias (irrigation canals), take us back five centuries to the last days of Moorish Andalusia.
MONDAY: In the Tahá de Pitres where the Moorish village structure remains unchanged, each having its washhouse and network of empedrado footpaths. The vistas walk of Pampaneira and visits to one or two of its noted craft workshops.
TUESDAY: Trevélez, a well-known for its delicious hams visit to a secadero and a walk to explain the unique situation of the village.
WEDNESDAY: The Albayzín, historically the most important quarter of Granada, with something of a "village" atmosphere. Visit to La Calahorra castle: fortress outside, palace within, and to the troglodyte quarter of Guadix. Processions in Granada (3 nights here).
THURSDAY: Monuments of the lower city of Granada. Afternoon in the fabulous Alhambra and Generalife palaces.
FRIDAY: The wooded Sierra de Huétor: panorama of all Sierra Nevada. Processions. Evening Flamenco performance. Note: the order of events on Thursday and Friday may be altered to take account of the times of processions and of the visit to the Alhambra.
SATURDAY: Transfer to Málaga.
Moorish Kingdom of Granada
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