On Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 pm, the Grand Parade (Gran Desfile) of Moros and Cristianos of Vera will take place in honor of the Patrona Ntra. Sra. La Santísima Virgen de las Angustias de Vera. As every year we will also have the Route of the Moros and Cristianos Campamentos, a Pyromusical show in the Plaza Mayor at the end of the Parade at 22.00, and this year we have several novelties, such as the Living Chess in the Plaza de la Verja on Thursday 7th. June, where the children of the four schools of Vera will participate
Budget airline Ryanair is reducing its free check-in window from four days before flights to just two days from Wednesday 13 June.
Customers who don’t pay to reserve a seat will only be able to check in online from 48 hours to two hours predeparture – and if you don’t check in during this window, you’ll be charged a hefty £55-per-person fee to do so at the airport.
But if you do buy a seat reservation, which costs from £4 upwards, you’ll be able to check in from 60 days before departure.
The change applies to ALL flights from 13 June – both new bookings and existing reservations.
By Callum Mason
15 May 2018
As dog owners ourselves we are more than happy to welcome them here. We are mindful that other guests may not be so fond of our four legged friends so tend to restrict it to one per guest or maybe two small ones. We also are not so keen on having them in the peak summer months, they are generally not allowed on the beaches here and they are strictly not allowed in our swimming pool.
Well that’s our position, we have just had a lovely couple staying for five weeks with their miniature dachshunds and this is what they had to say…
We had an extended stay in the Old Stables during April to early May, which was so enjoyable. The accommodation was spotless and every attention to detail catered for with a very well equipped kitchen, a wonderful shower room and two delightful bedrooms with super comfy beds. The location of the Finca and the peaceful ambience make for the perfect place to relax and revive the soul.
The whole area is naturally beautiful and the views across the olive groves to the sea are enchanting. Thank you Mick and Pirkka for making our stay so comfortable and being perfect hosts. Janet and Graham and particularly Phoebe and Oscar our dachshunds
Just been given a tip for the best prepaid foreign currency debit card available, Revolut.
It’s a bit limited for cash withdrawals but great for using in shops and restaurants. Exchange at bank rates, no loading and no charge for using the card. You have to set up the account, very easy, make a small deposit and apply for the card, 5 pounds and then you’re good to go. You can “feed” the card as you go so there is no need to tie up lots of money on it. It’s recommended by Martin Lewis and managed through an app on your smartphone.
A Celebration of Andalus Food and Drink will be held this Weekend in Vera.
The beautiful setting of El Palmeral will host Gastro Andalucia this weekend 23rd – 25th February. There will be something for everyone with all the best local restaurants cooking their signature dishes for you to try.
There will also be many fine wines and beers to sample. Cooking demonstrations for the young and old to enjoy and live music to help it all along.
Normal Tapas will be 1’50€ and Gourmet 2’00€ Drinks are 1’00€ and 3’00€ for premium.
We had a great time last year and I’m sure you will not be disappointed.
Shown on BBC 2 on 8th February
On the final leg of their Mediterranean journey, the Hairy Bikers are travelling through southern Spain in the footsteps of the Moors, heading for Costa del Sol and the midsummer festival of San Juan.
They begin their exploration of the Moorish influence on the culture and cuisine of Spain in Valencia. Renowned as one of Spain’s most fertile areas, crops have been cultivated here since Roman times, but it was the Moors who perfected the irrigation systems that allowed farming to flourish and, to this day, Valencia is a destination for those seeking out world-class produce.
The bikers head straight for the market to taste a local speciality, horchata, a non-alcoholic drink made from tiger nuts. They meet food enthusiast and amateur historian Anton, who shows them how horchata is made and fills them in on the basics of local history. Inspired by the Moorish influence they are beginning to discover, they cook ajo blanco (a white gazpacho) and pataquetas (crescent-shaped bread rolls).
Back on the road, the bikers head inland to a secret valley where the Moors cultivated crops on dramatic hillside terraces before they were evicted in the 15th century and replaced by Christian families. They meet the descendants of those families to cook a local twist on paella – a rice dish with rabbit and cherries.
In the pursuit of the perfect surf and turf diet, they head back to the coast to an out-of-the-way restaurant with a reputation for seafood. Here, they get involved with the preparation of freshly caught octopus, which is washed and stretched out on washing lines to dry in the sun. In the restaurant kitchen, they see how the dried octopus is cooked. An octopus stew also makes an appearance on the dinner table – the full flavour of the Mediterranean on a plate.
I MARCHA POR LA INCLUSIÓN PLENA DE LAS PERSONAS CON DISCAPACIDAD.
A MARCH FOR THE FULL INCLUSION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
Asprodalba is one of our closest neighbours. What is Asprodalba? A good question. It was started in 1979 and was the first facility in Andalucia for people with disabilities, mainly learning disabilities. ASPRODALBA offers specialized, comprehensive and personalized attention, maximising the skills and abilities of people, promoting normalization and integration and defending their dignity and rights as citizens.
Amongst other things it offers:
AN OCCUPATIONAL CENTER: where occupational and work skills are worked through with different workshops (ceramics, plastic arts, theater, gardening, computer science, permanent adult education, waiter assistants, etc.) as well as different programs of personal autonomy, social skills, cultural, sports and leisure. Our Finca Arboleda sign was designed and made by Asprodalba many years ago.
A DAY UNIT: for people in need of permanent and widespread support, not limited to a purely assistance work but concerned about developing the potential, skills and abilities to the maximum through different pre-workshops and personalized programs. Has a multisensory room for relaxation and stimulation sessions.
A SHOP: located in the Plaza Mayor de Vera, where artisanal works are displayed and sold in the workshops of the Occupational Center, attended directly by the clients from the center.
See their facebook page here. We are off to support them and and other similar people today. When you come and stay at Finca Arboleda you will pass Asprodalba and now you will know about the great work they do.
Created by Michael
Whether you are experienced in yoga or have just always fancied trying it, why not make it a must do on your holiday.
We have a friend who is a very highly qualified instructor and we can help you with details of where she has her classes in Vera or other places close by. It is also possible that she can visit here and give private tuition under our Orange trees by the swimming pool, sounds idyllic doesn’t it.
If you would like more information just contact us through the web site. I will post more details on this when I have spoken with Ashlí.
Created by Michael
Not exactly Almeria but only 4 hours up the coast.
If you haven’t seen this long running channel four series you are missing the best travel show since Rob Brydon and Alan partridge climbed aboard for “The Trip” This week he has the lovely Sara Pascoe for company, lucky man!
This week the sarky but entertaining Richard Ayoade is soaking up the history and culture of Spain’s third largest city with Sara Pascoe. Among the highlights: a paella lesson-turned-Wicker Man-style ritual, which Ayoade says is “a compelling argument for Deliveroo”; discovering the super-alcoholic Agua de Valencia, which leaves them both worse for wear; and ditching the city’s cultural centre to go zorbing. Hannah J Davies in The Guardian.
If you haven’t seen the show this clip gives a flavour of what to expect.
Spain’s National Day celebrates Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on 12 October 1492.
King Ferdinand of Spain sponsored the expedition west in the hopes of sailing to India. In August of 1492, Columbus set off into the Atlantic; two months later he would set foot on the Bahamas, establish settlements on Hispaniola Island and spread Christianity to the New World. Upon his return to Spain, he spoke of gold and riches and thus the Americas were opened up for European colonisation.
This day is a holiday in many countries, but it’s known under other names. October 12 is widely celebrated throughout Americas as Columbus Day (in the USA) or Día de la Raza (in the countries of Latin America).
The Spaniards began celebrating National Day in 1935 as Dia de la Hispanidad, that emphasized their connection to international Hispanic community, the Hispanidad. The name of the holiday was changed in 1987 to Fiesta Nacional. The holiday became one of the two major Spanish national celebrations. The date of National Day had been moved for several times, until a compromise was achieved.
Between Franco’s death in 1975 and 1981, October 12 celebrations remained very much attached to Francoist and imperialist values. King Juan Carlos’s solemn speeches to mark the day repeatedly painted Spain as a civilising force in South America.
But by the 1980s, a redefinition of October 12 was needed. There was a push for it to be used to renovate the old idea of a “Spanish nation”, despite the fact that the nation was comprised of a multitude of culturally differentiated populations, blended uncomfortably into the new democratic consensus.
The different historical nations within Spain (Galicia, the Basque Country and Catalonia) had, by 1981, declared their own respective national days. Catalonia even declared October 12 a normal working day in its territory. What’s more, the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) wanted to celebrate Spain’s national day on the December 6 instead of in October, as this was the day when the constitution of 1978 had been passed by referendum.
Since Oct 12th 2000 it has also been celebrated as a military day with parades of the armed forces.
Anti-colonial and anti-fascist protests are held every year in Bilbao and Barcelona, partly to counteract the rallies of Spanish ultra-right groups arriving from outside these cities on the national date, we hope it all passes off peacefully in Catalonia.
I imagine something will occur in Vera but it is not being publicised as far as i can see, but it’s a holiday and the weather is still fantastic. Enjoy!