Granada, location of the ITAA Annual Conference, October 2013
Delegates admire the Patio de los Arrayanes in the Alhambra palace.
120 delegates travelled to Granada, via Malaga, for the conference. Most took up Falcon's generous provision of a charter flight from Dublin on Thursday while another group travelled the day before to play extra golf. Granada city centres on the prosperous remains of its Muslim past, eclipsed by the amazing Alhambra complex against the backdrop of the snowcapped heights of Sierra Nevada, the ski resort. About 70 minutes from Malaga airport this historical and cultural city was the centre of the kingdom of its Moorish rulers for 800 years and this is why there is such a wealth of a spectacular heritage and architecture. The conference hotel, Hotel Carmen (Carmen, apart from a lady's name, is the name given to the large houses in the old city) is across the road from the department store El Corte Ingles. The rooftop terrace bar was so pleasant and convenient that it was hard to get people out of it and at all times of day and night conference delegates were to be found there. Most delegates returned to Ireland on Sunday morning while a group of 20 took up the option of a fam trip to Almeria to see Mojacar and Cabo de Gata.