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Jun 20

La Herradura

La Herradura

 

The quaint seaside Spanish village of La Herradura in the Andalucia region of Spain is famous for a few things:

La Herradura

La Herradura

Photo used by kind permission of Jose and Nihal of CENTO DIGITAL (La Herradura) www.joseynihal.com

A SPANISH NAVAL DISASTER

On October the 19th, 1652 the Spanish naval fleet were surprised by an easterly storm. The bay of la Herradura offered them no protection from the storm,and the ships crashed into each other and smashed on the rocks. That day 25 of the fleet of 28 sank, killing between 3000 and 5000 people. Most of those who died were slaves chained in the holds of the ships, and thus drowned.

THE ADOPTIVE HOME OF ANDRES SEGOVIA

On a far happier note, the village of La Herradura was the adoptive home of Andres Segovia. (21st February 1893 – 2nd June 1987) He is known as the Father of modern classical guitar.
The town of la Herradura host the annual Andres Segovia International guitar competition, to be held this year from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd November(2013) To read more click on http://www.certamenandressegovia.com/en/index.php

As I stand on my front patio and look up to my left, I look onto the back garden of the home of Andres Segovia. You have probably worked out by now that La Herradura is also the adoptive home (for part of the year) for yours truly the SaxAxeMan.

THE ADOPTIVE HOME OF GUITAR MAKER STEPHEN HILL

La Herradura is also the adoptive home of a friend of mine Stephen Hill, maker of concert classical and flamenco guitars. He has built guitars for some of the biggest names in the guitar world. Stephens website is www.spanishguitars.co.uk
For the last 18 years Stephen has been teaching the art of Spanish guitar making. Twice yearly he holds a 1 month course that has six places, and the students get to make their very own guitar with Stephens expert guidance.

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WOW. I wish I had the time to do the course. For more details about the course go to www.europeaninstituteofguitarmaking.com

LA HERRADURA AS A HOLIDAY DESTINATION

La Herradura is still unspoilt Spain. In other words it is not overrun by British bars, and high rise hotel blocks.
La Herradura is in the province of Granada, and 1 hour from Malaga airport and 1 hour from Granada airport.
Things to do on holiday.
– 1 hour from Picasso museum (Malaga)
– 1 hour from The Alhambra Palace (Granada)
– Just over an hour to the Sierra Nevada ski slopes (Granada)
– 20 minuits to the Nerja caves and the Balcon de Europa
– 5 minuits to Phonician and Roman ruins in Almunecar
– And last but not least you could catch a gig of the SaxAxeMan

La Herradura Spain.

 

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