Muslim Jewish forum tours Spain

THE MUSLIM Jewish Forum for Greater Manchester is inviting people to join it on its cultural tour around the south coast of Spain.

The forum (MJF) is emarking on a three-day tour around Jewish and Muslim cultural sites around Cordoba, Granada and Malaga and you can come too.

On the first day of the trip, which runs from 10 to 13 May 2010, the travellers will be flying from Manchester to Malaga and getting settled at Hotel Plaza Nueva, where they will be staying for the next few days.

Located in the heart of Granada’s historic centre, this three-star hotel has a typical Andalusian central courtyard which is in keeping with the hotel’s traditionally decorated interior of mosaics, glass ceilings and archways.

The travellers will also get the opportunity to visit Halal Moroccan eatery Restaurante Arrayanes on Day One. The restaurant, whose staff speak Spanish, Arabic, French, English, German and Italian, serves a range of exotic pies that combine sweet and savoury ingredients like lamb and prunes with almonds, herbs and spices. It also produces lots of vegetarian dishes, refreshing yoghurt dips and sticky eastern sweets too.

On Tuesday 11 May, aka Day Two, the Jewish and Muslim travellers from Manchester will tour Granada with an English-speaking guide and visit the Alhambra and The Palacios Nazaries.

The Alhambra, whose construction was begun in the 13th century by Ibn al-Ahmar, founder of the Nasrid dynasty, and was completed by his successors in the 14th century, is a sprawling palace-citadel which contains royal quarters, court complexes, official chambers, a traditional bath, and a mosque.

After this the group will lunch at Restaurant Rincón de Lola, Placeta Poeta Luis Rosales, for a vegetarian feast in the cellar of a 16th-century monastery. Dining under the monstary’s original barrel arches creates an atmospheric experience and the Moorish desserts are legendary.

Travellers will have the afternoon of Day Two to explore Granada for themselves and will meet evening for dinner at Restaurante Sultan, Cetti Meriem, for a halal meal.

On Wednesday 12 May 2010, Day Three, MJF will visit Cordoba, its Mezquita (Spanish word for mosque) and the Juderia (the Jewish Quarter).

The Mezquita is now a Roman Catholic cathedral but was originally constructed as a mosque when the church which had previously stood on the site was confiscated after a Muslim conquest. It was reconstructed and became the second largest mosque in the world.

Córdoba’s old Jewish quarter consists of a fascinating network of narrow lanes. At the centre of the quarter is the Synagogue in Calle de los Judios, one of only three original synagogues left in Spain. A Mudéjar construction dating from 1315, it was converted to a church in the 16th century and then held by the Guild of Shoemakers until it was rediscovered in the 19th Century. The interior includes a gallery for women and plaster work with inscriptions from Hebrew psalms. Its main beautifully restored wall, has a semi-circular arch where a chest with the Holy Scrolls of Law used to be kept.

The travellers will go on to a Halal lunch at Restaurant Cafetin, an Islamic cultural centre and will have the remainder of the afternoon to themselves.

They will return to Granada in the evening to dine at Restaurante Arrayanes again.

MJF will return to Manchester on Thursday 13 May 2010. The trip costs £545 per person, with a single supplement of £50.

Included in the price are return flights between Manchester and Malaga, three nights (bed and breakfast included) at Hotel Plaza Nueva, the tour of Granada with English-speaking guide (including the Alhambra and The Palacios Nazaries and other places of Muslim or Jewish interest), transport to Cordoba and tour of Cordoba with English-speaking guide (including the Mezquita and the Juderia), entrance fees to places visited, two dinners at Restaurante Arrayanes, one dinner at Restaurante Sultan. Lunches not included in the price.

Forum member Heather Fletcher will be writing a report about the a trip for Manchester Mouth.

If you would like to book a place on MJF’s Spanish tour contact Flecther via legalactress@googlemail.com for more details.

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3 Responses

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  2. This looks like some great information! I would also recommend seeking out the city – sight seeing tours in Granada. This is a great way to see a lot of the city simply by hopping on and off of the double-decker buses. Just another suggestion for those traveling to Granada! Great job on the blog!

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