Granada news. May 4. This week covers a plea from an animal rescue charity, crosses, bumper tourism figures and a cruise ship. Published on Mondays.
Are you a budding writer? Do you love animals? Then David Luddington needs your help. Over to him.
“I’m trying to support an animal rescue centre in the Alpujarras. We are collecting animal stories, true, fictional, whatever to go into an anthology to be sold as paperback and ebook to raise funds for the Valle Verde animal rescue.
My publisher has offered to put it together and we already have contributions from several respected writers including Chris Stewart of Driving Over Lemons fame.
The centre is in dire need of funds to pay vets bills. So please, if you have any short stories about animals or you can write one fairly quickly, please contact me.”
You can get in touch with David via the Writers on Spain Facebook group HERE
While we’re at it… don’t forget to join the Friends of Valle Verde at Salobreña’s Best Western Hotel on May 28 from 7.30pm. Tickets cost €15 each with proceeds going to the shelter. You must book in advance.
There will be food plus live music from the blues and rock band, Rewind, and skiffle from Banjo George.
To find out more about Valle Verde Animal Rescue or to book tickets to the event on May 28 – click HERE
Granada city news
Dia de la Cruz
This year on May 2 and 3, 80 crosses were displayed around the city as part of an annual competition. The crosses, decorated and adorned predominantly with carnations were displayed in streets and plazas, shop windows and schools.
With May 3 falling on a rest day, more visitors than ever headed to the city to see the decorative crosses, all competing for a prize.
Ladies took advantage of the day to wear their flamenco dresses, decorating the city even further with bursts of colour.
The festival, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over Spain, dates from the seventeenth century. In 1625 a cross made of alabaster was erected in the district of San Lazaro and all the locals celebrated by singing and dancing with it. Soon, others began making crosses, with children especially being enthusiastic.
There were many prizes available. The winners Plaza Larga, Calle Zafra and Corrala de Santiago were awarded the top three prizes and gained respectively €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 and a distinction certificate. The exclusive sponsor of the Dia de la Cruz, Alhambra Beers also donated a special prize with the winner gaining special Alhambra beer for a year. The Department of Social Welfare, meanwhile, rewarded an additional two crosses in residential homes. The City Council and brewery have provided a total of €70,000 in awards and prizes.
A bumper May weekend
Hotel occupancy exceeded 90 per cent, while restaurants and bars were crowded in a bumper welcome to the month of May according to a report by Granada’s Federación de Empresas de Hosteleria y Turismo (FEHT).
The combination of Dia de La Cruz falling on a holiday weekend benefitted the city as people travelled for the event.
Tourist highlights such as the Alhambra had exhausted their quota of tickets long before the weekend began, while others, such as the Royal Chapel, enjoyed a constant footfall throughout the weekend.
Good weather was another positive with glorious sunshine and temperatures reaching almost 30 degrees Celsius in the shade.
A 52-year-old cyclist, well know in cycling and walking groups in the town has been killed in a collision on the A-4154, where Loja links with Ventorros de San José.
Although according to the first witnesses the fatal outcome was due to an illness or sickness of the victim, the Civil Guard sources have confirmed that the accident occurred as the vehicle overtook the victim’s bicycle.
The investigation is now focused on whether the fatal accident was caused by negligence of the driver of the car or other cause.
Corinthian II visit
Coinciding with the celebration of the Dia de la Cuz in Motril, the Corinthian II, a regular at the cruise season in Motril, docked on May 3 for a brief visit on its way to Gibraltar.
The cruise ship arrived at Motril Port at 11.30 am from Mahon, and left at 9.30pm bound for Gibraltar. The hundred passengers also had the opportunity to enjoy the good weather and join in the festive atmosphere of Motril. The occupants of the Corinthian were also able to visit the nautical fair organized by the Port Authority of Motril, in which different companies exhibited more than 40 boats and nautical items in general. The cruise season in Granada port began on April 6.