Summer and Autumn Flamenco Nights
Flamenco and history small international group Granada and Jerez
A cool holiday for the Andalusian summer, with visits to the monuments of Jerez, Cadiz and Granada, and evenings of flamenco and tapas... and now, NEW Autumn evenings with the sound of the Zambomba flamenca at Jerez and famous artists on stage in Granada.
9 DAYS (8 NIGHTS) Activities: guided visits (some with an audio-guide or our own special topo-guide, with a plan and detailed historical information). Two easy short walks (1-2 hours, denivellation less than +100m). Group 10 maximum.
6 flamenco evenings:
- in December, in the festive, pre-Christmas atmosphere of Jerez: popular concerts of flamenco Christmas songs, accompanied by the zambomba (friction drum), guitar and tambourine, in the streets and bars of the city; in Granada the 'Festival Flamenco de Otoño' brings the best flamenco to the Teatro Isabel la Católica
- in August, outdoor spectacles in the patios of the Alcázar of Jerez and the Corral del Carbón in Granada, as well as a flamenco ballet dedicated to García Lorca, in the gardens of the Generalife palace.
FULL BOARD EXCEPT 2 lunches and 2 dinners, in rooms for two in hotels (private bathrooms). Three nights at Jerez, in a quiet city-centre hotel, and five in Granada, in a private street of villas with gardens at the foot of the Alhambra hill views of Granada and Sierra Nevada. Delicious local gastronomy of traditional Andalusian cuisine and tapas.
PRICE 995 euros per person; single room supplement 175 euros.
2017 4-12 August, 1-9 December.
RENDEZVOUS Málaga, in the early afternoon - choose a flight arriving before 14.30.
DISPERSAL Málaga, in the late morning - choose a flight departing after 14.00.
Location of this programme:
FRIDAY: Transfer to Jerez for the first three nights: tapas evening and 'Viernes Flamenco'.
SATURDAY: Sanlúcar de Barrameda: visit to a well-known bodega to learn the secrets of Manzanilla prodction. Picnic and stroll at the Guadalquivir estuary: numerous flamingoes and waders. Evening in a famous tabanco of Jerez, where we enjoy flamenco and tapas in a convivial atmosphere.
SUNDAY: Boat crossing of the Bay of Cadiz, to Cadiz city: discovery of its rich history, original architecture and splendid beach. Return to Jerez by train.
MONDAY: Jerez alcázar. Departure for Granada, with an evening visit followed by tapas and ending with flamenco.
TUESDAY: Three very special Granadan cármenes: the marvellous gardens of Los Mártires, the cottage of the composer Manuel de Falla and the modernist architecture of the Carmen Blanco, built by the painter José María Rodríguez-Acosta.
WEDNESDAY: The Alcázar del Genil and the Huerta de San Vicente, summer retreats of the Nazarí sultans and of the García Lorca family. The fabulous Alhambra and Generalife palaces.
THURSDAY: The birthplace of Federico García Lorca at Fuentevaqueros. A ramble on the wooded slopes of the Sierra de Huétor: a natural belvedere looking towards the summits of the Sierra Nevada. Exploration of Granada's monumental lower city.
FRIDAY: The Albayzín, historically the most important quarter of Granada, with something of a "village" atmosphere. Tapas evening in a typical bar.
SATURDAY: Transfer to Málaga.
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Candas-Costa Verde / Liérganes & Santander / Xmas 2017 at Cordoba
Two centre discovery: Ciudad Rodrigo & Arribes del Duero / Ruta del Oro / Extremaduran Kaleidoscope
walking: Moorish Kingdom of Granada / Mar y Sierra: West Andalusia / walking from Jubrique
walking: La Rioja / central Spain / northern Spain / historical journeys
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