Jewish Espana - GRANADA
From Thursday 23rd March 2017 - Andalucía Spain 3 nights 4 days
Sefarad actually means Spain - In 711 the forces of Islam crossed into Spain and conquered the whole Iberian Peninsula. It ushered in one of the greatest periods of Jewish Diaspora history, known as the golden age until the inquisition, which changed our history forever. This deep Sephardic Jewish heritage of Spain is still firmly implanted in our national psyche that mixes both glory, betrayal, peace, prosperity and pain. It is a rich history that goes back 1,500 years in Spain, from this exotic land emerged great sages and Kabbalistic mystics epitomized by key figures like Maimonides, Ibn Ezra and Yehuda Halevi, in which they worked and lived harmoniously with Muslims and Christians.
Victor Hugo once wrote : Alhambra Alhambra palace which a genii have adorned like a dream flowing with harmonies
Join us as we travel to the heart of the medieval Jewish experience and visit the main sites connected to the rich and illustrious sites of the beautiful city of Granada. You will understand why this area of Spain has become the most visited area by tourists in the world today, a land that vibrates with the colourful passions of swirling flamenco and guitars; you will find its deep beauty unforgettable. Enjoy a blend of Moorish, European and Jewish influences as we travel in luxury through the legendary land of Cortes and Ponce de Leon. A delight for the senses and for the soul !
INDEED Granada was the last province in Spain which both the Moors and Jews were admonished in 1492 and legend says Moorish Chieftain Boabdil on leaving his beloved Alhambra Palace turned in retreat for one last look and wept to be admonished by his mother with the infamous words: ‘do not weep like a woman for what you could not defend like a man’ See the famous decree that sealed the fate of Spain’s Jews banishment from Spain in 1492 Queen Isabella is buried apparently in Granada’s Cathedral. The infamous Decree ...............
You will discover why GRANADA was once called GARNATHA AL YEHUD known City of the Jews
Our Hotel Hesperia in central Granada is 4* is rather special has been selected for up to 3 nights because it is on the edge of Realejo the former Jewish quarter see this link- Address is Plaza Gamboa s/n 18009 Granada.
We have selected the B A flights from London City airport which in the days of budget airlines is a comfortable way to fly on Thursday 23rd March 2017 BA 3289 leaves 9.10 am arrives 12.50- There are no Friday flights and return on Sunday at 21.20 BA3290 Lands at 21.20 at London City Airport cost at £140 return [as of 9/11/16] or there is an early afternoon flight back on Monday 27th January if you prefer.
Our guide Fredirico Abvril Hello, My Name is Federico and I will be the guide conducting your Granada tour :-
I have been focusing on the Jewish heritage in Granada for some years. The recently inaugurated "Palacio de los Olvidados" (Palace of the Forgotten) could probably be considered the best permanent exhibition of Sephardic culture you can find in Andalusia. As a guide who has always been interested in the Sephardic oriented visits in my city, this cultural space is unique, containing an original inquisition chair and table, where we can view the original documents about inquisition, within the museum find elements of the Kabbalah and see the Tree of Life with its Sephirot, a set of Teffillin from Sefarad, a nice yamalka from that period with a Lulav from the Synagogue of the Water in Ubeda, a Torah written in Massoretic, and many other ritual and everyday objects dating back from the Sephardic period. Looking forward to seeing you in Granada.
Agenda for organised 4 day trip Itinerary :-
Day 1 - Thursday 23rd March - Met at airport by Marcel with Minibus - taken to Hesperia 4 * Hotel town centre Granada 3pm Guided walk with Fredirico from our Hotel of the atmospheric and former Jewish quarter of Realejo once so important it was known as Granada of the Jews. We visit the main sites of the city centre before we visit a new Jewish Museum only opened in April 2013 by Gabriel & Beatrice see here where we have asked permission to hold Shabbat services in their Museum inviting the few Jewish families in the town to join us for Kabbalat Shabbat & Kiddush services . We also visit Museums of the Forgotten Palacio de los Olvidados opened January 2014 see this link and English lady called Molly writes a blog about the Jewish quarter and its 2 Jewish museums. This second Jewish museum we visit is in the Albacein former moorish quarter of the city that overlooks the unequalled Alhambra Palace and Gardens with its magnificent walls and backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains Spain’s highest mountain.
Day 2 Friday 24th March - 9.00 Early start to beat the crowds visiting the Alhambra - Guided tour with Fredirico all morning together with the Alhambra Palace we visit Generalife Gardens, the unequalled Moorish gem of Spain today and most visited site in all of the country. Afternoon free till we leave Hotel for the Jewish Museum in the Realejo for lighting candles and Shabbat services together with KIddish. Evening meal booked a selection of vegetarian and permissible fish dishes served all pre-booked. Kosher an option see below
Day 3 Saturday 25th March - Free day to visit museums and places of choice such as Manuel De Falla composers house here in Granada - need to know if a pre-booked lunch is required - Evening group booking of Flamenco show
Day 4 Sunday 26th March 2017 - Day free in beautiful Granada OR if demand a trip up to Sierra Nevada ski resort of Sol Y Nieve attraction is the cable car the mountain for fabulous views and mountain scenery and even ski-ing before minibus leaves to get us to the airport for flight home
Cost £395 pp sharing a twin/double - Single supplement £145 Covers Hotel B & B for 3 nights - Thursday & Friday guided walk and both Jewish Museum fees - Guided Alhambra Visit and Saturday night flamenco show plus all transport in Spain - No meals other than breakfast included. If sufficient number are interested in kosher food throughout this can be arranged at additional cost which will be dependent on the numbers requiring kosher.
The trip will only proceed once 10 people book so to reserve a place a deposit of £150 per person [refunded if trip does not proceed] is required to be sent to West End Travel and once we achieve necessary number we will only then confirm trip proceeds and direct you to book flights.
Please also complete attached booking form and return with cheque or you can pay by credit card just by calling us and we will ask for information needed.
You can also download the required booking form on bottom left hand margin of our website www.jewishheritagetours.co.uk