Annual Iberian Dance Weekend

This page is about the next Iberian Weekend. For details of previous weekends, click here

The next Annual Iberian Dance Weekend is being organised by the Malaga Group, the fourth time this hard-working group has hosted the Weekend! The dates are 8th-10th March 2019. As in 2013, the event will be held in Fuengirola in the 4-star Hotel IPV Palace & Spa, http://www.hotelipvpalace.com/en/ and music will be provided by the Craigellachie Band http://www.craigellachie-band.co.uk/  We will have a 3-piece line-up with Ian Muir on accordion, Keith Anderson on fiddle, and Judith Muir on piano. The teacher at the Weekend will be the highly-acclaimed Mervyn Short.

Situated on the coast near to the town of Fuengirola, the hotel has stunning sea views of Mijas Costa.  A frequent train service gives quick access to Malaga city centre and other parts of the coast, and it’s an easy walk to the local beaches and shops. There is ample car parking space close to the hotel where you can leave your vehicles for the whole weekend.  The hotel enjoys easy communication via motorway, international airport, bus and trains from Malaga. For those coming from Portugal, there is even a long-distance overnight bus from Lisbon to Fuengirola!

The cost of the weekend will be 205 Euros per person in a double room and 285 euros for a person in a single room. The hotel and ballroom are both very big, so there are no problems about space! Please note, however, that the ballroom has a hard floor made up of various types of marble – you can see a picture of part of the ballroom below, as well as an aerial view of the hotel

 




Extra nights including breakfast (for example, Thursday or Sunday) are available for 101,65 euros for a double room (so 50,83 euros per person)  and 90,95 euros for a single room. These prices also include VAT. We will be asking participants to book extra nights for themselves by sending an email to a contact at the hotel (to be supplied towards the end of October), specifying that they are taking part in the Scottish Country Dance Weekend and would like to be in the same room for the whole period!

To simplify the organisation of the weekend, we are kindly asking all “non-Iberians” to associate themselves with one of the Iberian groups in order to register and make their payment. This means the organisers will only have to deal with about a dozen payments (one from each of the Iberian groups) rather than several dozen! You can see a list of all the Iberian groups on the following page of this website https://sites.google.com/site/ipscdg/about-us

We are happy to report that the Iberian groups have already sent an estimate of the *number* of people attending from their groups to Terry (email terryalabaster@gmail.com )  and that on the basis of these estimates, we will have 140 people attending!  The group bookings with names and other details should be sent to  Sue (email susan.willdig@gmail.com or suerog@mail.telepac.ptat the latest by the time of the payment of the deposit (see below), and ideally using the Excel table  already sent to the group leaders; if the Excel table causes problems, then the information can be provided in any manner, provided it is all there!

The payment deadlines are  Wednesday 17th October 2018 for the deposit, and Friday 14th December 2018 for the balance, sent to an account number which we will send to group leaders, probably in mid-September. The deposit will be 100 euros per person, regardless of whether the booking is for a single room or half of a double room.

The dance programme, bar the crib for one dance, is now available. You can download it from the bottom of this page or else consult it on-line here:

Friday ball  https://my.strathspey.org/dd/list/16478/

Saturday ball http://my.strathspey.org/dd/list/16476/.

For people paying in currencies other than euros, there are now much cheaper ways to transfer money than via banks. Sue can personally recommend Transferwise. You can read about it here https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/transferwise/how-does-it-work-and-is-it-safe/

Another we have heard about (but not tried) is this one https://currencyuk.co.uk/  It looks equally good and is recommended by the folks at Angloinfo, see https://www.angloinfo.com/blogs/global/angloinfo-world-expat-life/how-to-transfer-money-overseas/

Finally, if you are able to stay for a few days before or after the Weekend, then there are some wonderful places to visit in this region of Spain besides, of course, the nearby city of Malaga. For example, the ancient town of Ronda – built over a deep gorge - is not far away, and the astonishing karst formation of El Torcal de Antequera is also within striking distance. The city of Seville (plus, on its outskirts, the beautiful and extensive Roman ruins at Italica) is another worthy destination. A walk along the mountainous path El Caminito del Rey is also a possibility, but for that it is imperative to book a ticket in advance (you can book a ticket on-line here https://reservas.caminitodelrey.info/?lang=en). Last but not least, a drive along the coast will bring you to Gibraltar, well worth a visit! 

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Iberian Peninsula SCD Group,
9 Apr 2018, 11:08
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Iberian Peninsula SCD Group,
9 Apr 2018, 11:08