A TOUR around a micro-brewery, a visit to an ancient castle, loud daytime fireworks, fiesta queens and a ride on the ‘Noddy Train’ were all on the agenda when members of the U3A Marina Baixa took a trip ‘up north’ to the Valencian town of Xativa last week.
Over 50 members joined the excursion from Albir on a beautifully sunny Spring day, arriving at their destination in time for coffee, before catching the tourist ‘train’ to the famous castle on a hill. After an informative walking tour of the historic rooms inside the fortress, they retired to a local restaurant for a well-earned lunch.
As it turned out to be a fiesta holiday in Xativa, the group were treated to some impromptu entertainment in the form of a deafening mascleta display and a sighting of the fiesta queens outside the restaurant.
After lunch the highlight was an extremely interesting trip to a local micro-brewery, where their guide Gernan gave them an insight into the processes involved in beer making.
The members were then treated to a tasting of three of the brewery’s beers. One flavoured with rosemary and honey, one made with salt water and another brewed and kept in sherry barrels giving it a highly distinctive flavour.
The bus returned south somewhat heavier as many of the group bought a few samples of their favourite tipple to enjoy at home, whilst helping to bring back memories of another wonderful trip organized by Rob and Liz.
The next meeting of the U3A Marina Baixa will be held on Monday April 24 in the auditorium of the Casa de Cultura in L’Alfas D’el Pi. General meetings are normally held on the fourth Monday of every month and new people are always welcome to come along to find out more about the organization. Doors open at 10am and the desks close at 10.50am for a prompt meeting start time of 11am. Members are always encouraged to arrive early to sign in and find a seat.
Further information is available on their website www.u3amarinabaixa.com and the group also have a facebook page. Alternatively call secretary Joan Flint on 965 86 12 26 or 663 63 71 67 for a friendly chat.