SCUBA Diving in Almunecar and La Herradura

A new initiative has started to promote the area for diving, with a meeting between local councillor, Rafael Caballero, and representatives of the diving industry.

Discover Scuba Diving trial dive with Totally Sorted Sports
Discover Scuba Diving trial dive with Totally Sorted Sports

The initial meeting was held with dive clubs in La Herradura in order to start work promoting this sector of nautical tourism, to raise it’s importance and to ensure it is represented in the promotional calendar for 2016.

A promotional video  is also being prepared in conjunction with local dive centres, with a view to screening it at travel and tourism trade shows and on the internet.  This can only help raise the profile of the local area, boasting as it does some of the best diving sites for a long way (every day we get the diving schools from as far afield as Marbella, Fuengirola  & Benalmadena travelling over 100km to dive here).

2016 Dive Shows

It is planned to kick start the promotions in Jan 2016 at the FITUR show, also promoting the news that La Herradura has again been chosen to host the European Underwater Photography Championship in October 2016.  Snr Caballero continued that the Tourist Board will also make one of the areas or rooms in that tourism fair available for the presentation of this international event.

It was also announced that in February 2016, there are plans to participate in the Dive Travel Show exhibition in Madrid with a stand.  It is intended to also showcase the local area and gastronomy, as well as the larger cultural aspects of the area.  The fair is for dive professionals and is held in the “Crystal Palace” in the capital city, Madrid.  In 2014 the fair featured some 110 exhibitors and attracted more than 12,000 visitors.

New local area SCUBA Diving guide

Finally, it was also announced that a dedicated guide book for local diving will be produced, detailing the local sites, access points, technical notes, expected durations etc.  The guide will also feature a section featuring the wealth of fauna and flora that can be expected to be seen at each site.  This is especially good news as some of our best sites are within the Cerro Gordo – Maro conservation area and boast superb soft corals, etc.

It is envisaged that this manual will also be able to be used as promotional material in other exhibitions and dive fairs.  Let’s hope that, for once, the guide is produced in languages such as English, German, Danish, etc so it is useful for our international visitors.

 

XXXI Andres Segovia Classical Guitar Competition

XXXI Andres Segovia Concert publicity poster Next week’s “big ticket” event running from Tuesday 24th to  Saturday 28th November is the 31st annual International Classical Guitar Competition “Andres Segovia” next door in La Herradura.  This year it is being held in conjunction with the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Provincial Delegation in Granada of the Ministry of Culture of the Andalusian Government and the Culture of the Hon. Granada Provincial Council.

The competition is held annually in memory of Andres Segovia Torres (Linares, Jaén, 02/21/1893 – Madrid, 03/06/1987) and this year it pays tribute to the mastro Joaquin Rodrigo (Sagunto, Valencia, 22.11.1901 – Madrid, 06/07/1999), on the 75th anniversary of the premiere of his Concerto de Aranjuez.

The public draw for the running order will be held at the Civic Centre, LA Herradura at 13:00 on Tue 24th.  Admittance to the heats is usually free, with a charge being made for the finals (in previous years advance booking has been vital).

Heat 1

  • Free choice repertoire of various styles not exceeding 15 minutes.
  • Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999) Invocation and Dance (Ed. Joaquin Rodrigo)

Heat 2  – The contestants who pass the first heat will perform:

  • Free choice repertoire of various styles not exceeding 25 minutes.
  • Marco de Biasi (Vittorio Veneto 1977) Improvisation VI , Editorial EMEC. Award XXV Composition Competition “Andres Segovia”.

Finals

  • FINAL TEST: GUITAR AND ORCHESTRA REPERTOIRE
    Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999): Concierto de Aranjuez, Editions Joaquin Rodrigo.

AWARDS

  • First Prize “Andrés Segovia” endowed with 10,000 (ten thousand) euros. A special concert guitar model built with the finest woods, materials and varnish, with Canadian cedar top, rosewood body Madagascar shellac and varnish Made by combining the most modern construction techniques acoustic instruments with grenadine secular tradition, with its traditional hard case valued at € 5,200, the musicologist and luthier Aaron Garcia Ruiz ( www.aaron-garcia.com ) and a recital at the Festival International Music and Dance of Granada in its 2016 edition.
  • Second Prize “Andrés Segovia” endowed with 4,000 (four thousand) euros and a recital at the International Festival of Music and Dance of Ubeda in its 2016 edition.
  • Third Prize “Andrés Segovia” endowed with 2,000 (two thousand) euros and a recital in Jaen in the Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country.
  • Special prize ” Leo Brouwer ” endowed with 700 (seven hundred) euros for the best interpretation of the work Improvisation VI Marco Biasi winner XXV Composition Competition Andrés Segovia (2,013).
  • Almuñécar Young Musicians Award , as a stimulus to the younger guitarist or exceeding the first knockout stage endowed with 400 euros (four); a guitar recital in Almuñécar; bag for travel and accommodation, the youngest guitarist or exceeding the first knockout stage.
  • The rest of the participants in the Third Test, will receive a “Diploma of Finalist”

More Info

See official certamen de Andres Segovia website – there is small toggle for English / Spanish versions in the top right corner.