32nd Andres Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition

Andres Segovia:
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The 32nd annual Andres Segovia classical guitar competition starts this week on Tuesday 17th January in the usual venue of the civic centre in La Herradura.  Over 20 contestants from 14 different countries will be competing in this most prestigious contest, with a first prize of  €10,000 and a hand made concert guitar made by Aarón García Ruiz (see website ) which is  valued at € 5,200 euros, as well as the opportunity to play in the the upcoming festival.

This annual competition pays tribute to the master guitarist Andrés Segovia – hailed as “.. as one of the greatest guitarists of all time and the grandfather of the classical guitar ” in WikiPedia,  who has become the “adopted son” of Almuñécar and La Herradura, with this year 2017 marking the 30th anniversary of his death.

Heats are being held at 18:00 on Tue & Wed, Semi finals at 19:00 on Thu & Fri.   The final is lated for 19:00 on Sat 21st.  Thos e making it this far wil be playing “Concertino for guitar and orchestra in La minor op.72 by Salvador Bacarisse (1898-1963) accompanied by the University Orchestra from Granada.  After this final the jury will announce the winner and other awards at approx 22:00.

More info on Andres Segovia  as well as the actual competition .


Best Tortilla Competition Winner

Chiringuito Bambu Wins!

Congratulations to Chiringuito Bambu for winning the La Herradura “Ruta de Tortilla” competition for the best tortilla.

It’s always a bit of a wonder how classic tortillas, using just potatoes, onions, eggs & olive oil , can vary so much.  The amount of sweetness is governed by the cooking and caramelisation of the onions, for example.  Often served lukewarm with Ali Oli, a thick home made garlic mayonnaise – or eaten as the filing for a bocadillo – they are always welcome on the table.

Bambu successfully beat off competition from 16 other local restaurants and scooped up awards from the deputy mayor, Juan Jose Ruiz Joya, for “Best tortilla”, “Best attention and service” and “Most original”.  The winning tortilla will feature as next Saturdays tapa when you buy a drink there.

January 2017 Whats On

Sorry, we’re a little late this month with the monthly “What’s On” or Cultural agenda for Almunecar, as we’ve been totally hectic in the office with day trips up to Sierra Nevada as the skiing conditions are excellent this year so far, as well as all the early bookings grabbing all the cheap flight deals.  Anyway, here’s the January edition in all it’s Technicolor glory:


As always “double click” on the image to open up a larger size version, which you zoom in on, move around, print etc….