Lucena Theatre Festival NEW
Theatre, history and nature - central Andalusia - small international guided group

Every autumn, the best Andalusian and Spanish theatre companies come to Lucena to present their most recent works, thus giving us the chance to discover the prize-winners of Spanish theatre and the new tendencies in dramatic art.
Lucena is a lively town, with pleasant squares and several historical monuments. It has a famous past as Eliossana or 'La Perla del Sefarad', the only Jewish city in Moslem al-Andalus. Lucena is surrounded by the Campiña, low rolling hills of olives and vines, with the limestone summits of the Subbética Cordobesa as a backdrop. Unusual features of the area are inland salt-pans and various small lakes, both fresh and salty, which are the last refuge in Europe of the malvasía (white-headed duck). Several of the hills are crowned with castles, watchtowers or ermitas (processionary chapels) with ample panoramas.
We visit the cities of Antequera and Jaén and explore towns and country in search of historical sites, craft industries such as pottery, quince conserves and olive presses, as well as a bodega of Moriles wine.

ONE WEEK Activities: 7 theatre pieces; discovery of central Andalusia with varied guided visits and three very easy short walks. Group 8 maximum.

in rooms for 2 (private bathrooms) in a comfortable hotel in an old convent in the historical centre of Lucena. Included: 7 'buffet' breakfasts in the cloister, 5 lunches, 2 dinners of traditional Andalusian cuisine and tapas lucentinas.

DATES (Sunday-Sunday)
2018 30 September-7 October — these dates are provisional: the festival usually takes place in the first week of October but the 2018 dates are not yet announced. If this holiday interests you, contact us NOW!

PRICE 945 euros per person; single supplement 195 euros.

Málaga, in the afternoon — choose a flight arriving before 14.00.
DISPERSAL Málaga, in the morning — choose a flight departing after 14.00.

Location of this programme:


SUNDAY: Transfer to Lucena. First theatre piece; tapas evening.

MONDAY: The pottery of La Rambla. Roman cisterns at Monturque. A bodega at Moriles. Aguilar de la Frontera: octogonal plaza mayor, the Laguna del Rincón & its birdlife.

TUESDAY: Cabra in the steps of Juan Valera (1824-1905, diplomat and writer who was born in Cabra and situated his famous novel ''Pepita Jiménez" in it. Archaeological and olive oil museums. Vía Verde del Aceite with lunch at a former station.

WEDNESDAY: Lucena: Castle, Palace of Santa Ana, mudéjar-gothic churches, ermita de Araceli (panoramic views). Estepa: citadel of the knights of Santiago and sweet factories.

THURSDAY: Ermita Nuestra Sra de Gracia, formerly a mosque, on the hill overlooking Archidona. The Dolmens (UNESCO world heritage), walled city, mudéjar-baroque architecture and Torcal (famous limestone formations) of Antequera.

FRIDAY: Puente Genil: a sumptuous Roman farm-villa with exceptional mosaics. A factory of quince jelly. The Laguna Amarga (bitter lake): flamingoes and 'malvasía' ducks.

SATURDAY: Excursion to Jaén, where we discover a set of giant statues left by the enigmatic Iberian civilization, the cathedral by the celebrated Renaissance architect Vandelvira, and a well-preserved hammam dating from the Taifal period (C12). We also explore the magnificently-sited citadel and the national museum of art naïf. Last theatre piece and tapas dinner.

SUNDAY: Transfer to Málaga.

Almagro Theatre Festival / Ciudad Rodrigo Theatre Festival
Xmas 2018 at Cordoba / New Year 18-19 at Trujillo
Bienal Flamenco Seville / Jerez Flamenco Festival / Mar y Sierra Zambombas (festive Jerez-Cordoba)
walking: Andalusia / Extremadura / Rioja / Albarracín-Cuenca-Teruel / north Spain / Escapade in Cantabria
Discovery: Extremaduran Kaleidoscope / Berlanga-Soria / Candás-Costa Verde / Liérganes-Santander
Ruta del Oro / Al-Andalus (Granada & Cordoba patios) / nature rambles / historical journeys
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