Sierra Nevada Opening 2019 – 2020 Season

Sierra Nevada is slated to open for this winters ski season tomorrow – Sat 23rd November, with free parking until 29th and a day pass for an adult at €47 (promo tariff). The original press release anticipated 20 – 80 cm of fresh powder, but at the moment (Friday morning) it is absolutely dumping it down, so as long as the sun puts his hat on it should be stupendous start to the season.

The forecast is for more unsettled weather over the weekend, with the snow level hovering around the 1200 to 1600 metres mark up at the ski resort, so we’re keeping an eye on the web cams and looking at sneaking up on Monday or so when all the weekend skiers are back at work…

SierraNevada November 2019

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July 2019 Jazz en la Costa

The big ticket event this month is undoubtedly the 32nd annual Jazz en la Costa jazz festival held in Majuelo Park as part of the Granada Jazz Festival, running Mon 15th to Mon 22nd July.



There is a rundown of the gigs on the festival web page where you can also listen to sound bites of the artists.

Advance ticket purchases highly recommended as this is usually a sell out series (advance tickets are €20 per gig, with discounts for multi night bookings). Ticket agencies locally are Halcón Viajes on the corner near Phone House in Plaza Madrid, 1 and also Viajes Ecuador who are just around the corner at Paseo del Altillo, 2.

Gigs start at 22:30 each evening and there is usually ample seating as well as a bar, etc.

The main events are supported this year on Mon 15th to Sat 20th by Costa Jazz Quartet who will be playing from 00:00 in the park, while over in La Herradura on Sun 14th The Jump Club will be playing at Plaza Nueva from 23:00.

As regards the normal cultural itinerary once again the town hall have failed to get it published by the end of the month so we will hopefully post that within the next few days!

Motril Airshow 2019

After the all night fiestas of San Juan last weekend, we now have the annual Motril airshow to look forward to on Sunday 30th June. This year the display will be staged around Chiringuito Espeto on Playa Poniente and flying is scheduled to commence at 11:00 (subject to weather etc..).

TELEMOTRIL.COM will be supplying a live feed of the events, and there is also a radio link on 107.7 FM.

Slated to appear is the ever popular Eurofighter (heard practising this morning!) with the Army Airpower Forces, (FAMET), also taking part with an HA – 28 Tiger attack helicopter and a Boeing HT – 17 Chinook. Also appearing are the Polish Air Force Acrobatic Patrol, Orlik Team, who fly the PZL-130 Orlik advanced training aircraft, the Canadair CL-415T firefighting aircraft amongst many others.

Cruces De Mayo 2019

This year’s annual May Crosses fiesta is confirmed for Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019. The crosses and tableaux must be on display from 12:00 on the Friday until 22:00 on the Sunday, but must be closed at 02:00 in the mornings to respect the neighbours.

As always, they will be judged on multiple criteria, with classes for children as well as communities. Prizes range from €700 for 1st place, to €500 and €300 for 2nd & 3rd places, plus €100 spot prizes.

As and when the entrants and the locations are known we will post the details…

Aqua Arena

You can always tell that summer is here as the Aqua Arenas are being set up just off the shore here in Almunecar as well as La Herradura.  Now that the sea temperature is well over 21c these are always incredibly popular.  And, even better, for a limited time we have free sessions to give away for new bookings for Sat 19 August onwards – so if you fancy yourself as an Aquatic Gladiator then dive on in!!

 

Jazz En La Costa 2017

The 2017 Jazz En La Costa festival is celebrating it’s 30th year and will be running from Mon 17th to Sat 22nd July as always in Majuelo Park.  All concerts are slated to start at 22:30 each night, and you will be pretty hard pushed to find a more spectacular setting next to the Roman garum factory and in the shadow of Castillo de San Miguel.     A full run down of the artists can be found on the festival home page, with links to YouTube clips, discographies, etc.

 

Advance tickets are available from Halcon Viajes and  Viajes Ecuador  here in Almunecar at €19.50 per gig / €91.50 the festival , or online at ticketmaster.es for €18 per gig  / €90 the festival.  Or you can take your chances and queue one hour before doors open at the gate for returns.

Main Festival Acts

Mon 17 July: John Pizzarelli, voz y guitarra. Daniel Jobim voz, guitarra y piano. Helio Alves, piano. David Karn, contrabajo. Duduka da Fonseca, batería.

Tue 18 July: Charles Lloyd Quartet, Charles Lloyd,  saxo. Gerald Clayton, piano. Reuben Rogers, contrabajo. Eric Harland, batería

Wed 19 July: Roberto Fonseca, piano, teclados y voz. Ramses “Dinamite” Rodríguez, batería. Adel, percusión. Yandy Martínez, bajo. Javier Salva, saxo barítono y flauta. Matthew Simon, trompeta. Jenks Jiménez, saxo tenor. Abrahán Aristilde, vocal.

Thu 20 July:Antonio Faraò, piano. Charles Tolliver, trompeta. Heiri Kanzig, contrabajo, Gary Husband, batería

Fri 21 July: Hiromi, piano. Edmar Castañeda, arpa

Sat 22nd July: Myles Sanko  with Rick Hudson, batería. Jon Mapp, bajo. Tom O’grady, teclados. Phil Stevenson, guitarra. Gareth Lumbers, saxofón. Mark Perry, trompeta.

Free “Fringe” Concerts & Events:

TOTO JAZZ BAND
Sábado, 15 de julio. A partir de las 22.30 h. Plaza Nueva. La Herradura.
Domingo, 16 de julio. A partir de las 22.30 h. Plaza del Ayuntamiento y Bajos Paseo del Altillo. Almuñécar.
JESÚS MATA Y JACINTO RODRÍGUEZ
Del 17 al 22 de julio. A partir de las 00.00 h. Trasnoches de Jazz. Parque El Majuelo

Exposición
Del 15 al 22 de julio. De 10.00 h. a 13.00 h. y de 19.00 h. a 21.00 h. Palacete La Najarra.
30 años de Jazz en la Costa. Carteles de Juan Vida

Open Air Samba Concert

Just a quick “heads up” that on Friday 30th June at 22:00 there will be an open air Samba & Bossanova concert in the gardens of the Palacette de la Najarra, here in Almunecar.

Tickets are €6 in advance (from Viajes Equador  on Paseo de Altillo) or €8 on the door.

Gigs held here in the gardens are always smaller and more intimate than the ones in Majuelo Park, so advance purchase is recommended.