This festival originates in Cream, the Liverpool club, which since it opened in 1992, has been a global pioneer on the dance scene. Thanks to its success, it has expanded into a company that promotes festivals and events, a record label, a booking agency, a radio station, a merchandising firm and TV production company. Its activities are carried out in countries as diverse as Australia, Argentina, South Africa, Japan, Peru, Argentina, Greece, New Zealand, the Philippines, Slovakia, Turkey, Egypt, Russia, Poland, the US and several European countries. Creamfields, the festival, has been successfully exported to these countries and now it's reached the Iberian peninsula with the help of Sinnamon Promotions. Cuevas de Almanzora, and in particular Villaricos beach on the coast of Almeria, will be the setting for this event to be held on the 12th of August 2006.
Pet Shop Boys, Miss Kittin, Dave Clarke, Radio Soulwax presents Nite Versions live + 2ManyDjs, Audio Bullys, Superdiscount live, Angel Molina, Donnacha ostello live, Justice, The Glimmers, Alex Under live, Roger Sanchez, WhoMadeWho, Tiga, The MFA live, Ricardo Villalobos, Christian Smith, Alexander Kowalski feat. Khan live, Herman Cattaneo and more...
PLACE AND TIME:
Saturday 12th August 2006
Villaricos Beach (Cuevas de Almanzora-Almería)
HOW TO GET THERE:
Playa de Villaricos: Playa de Villaricos is a group of small, very attractive coves with an unusual dark rock sediment that comes from the old foundry deposit – a testimony to the productive history of mining in this area. The town of Villaricos, known by the Carthaginians as Baria, also has a magnificent past with several archaeological sites that have recently been restored. This town belongs to the municipality of Cuevas del Almanzora. There are no direct bus or train routes to Playa de Villaricos, so access is via Cuevas de Almanzora which is 5 km away, or via Águilas, 15 km away.
Cuevas del Almanzora: Located in the North-East corner of the province of Almería, the town of Cuevas del Almanzora, with almost 10,000 inhabitants, ranks seventh in size of the 103 different municipalities in Almería. It is a municipality leads in the North and along the coast to the town of El Pozo del Esparto; a place where the rocks are still reminiscent of the constant arrival of North-African pirates, who found potable water in the area and could reach it easily because it was so distant from the watchtowers and coastal defenses.
Águilas: One can reach Águilas by a combination of buses or trains from Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Castellón, Alicante, Murcia, Lorca and other nearby major cities of Andalucía or tourist hubs in the vicinity. A taxi service is available.
To get from the airport to Creamfields by car, plan your route at www.viamichelin.com
To drive from your home to Playa de Villaricos-Creamfields, plan your route at www.viamichelin.com
TICKET SALES POINTS:
Red de tiendas tick tack ticket: 902 150 025; 0034 934 450 660 for the foreigners. Tiendas FNAC
Red de Terminales ServiCaixa: Oficinas Halcón Viajes; 902.33.22.11
Cd Drome Barcelona (C/ Valldoncella, 3) – 933 174 646; Cd Drome Madrid (C/ Pozas, 6) – 915 218 388
History: The strategic location of Cuevas del Almanzora , its proximity to the coast and its wealth of natural resources have meant that throughout history, many civilisations have left their footprint on their passage through the area - since the arrival of the Phoenicians in the seventh century B.C., followed by the Carthaginians, the Romans and the Visigoths.
The inland areas of the region flourished with the arrival of the Arabs, as they left the coast and replaced mining activities with agriculture, irrigated by the waters of the Almanzora. The heritage of the Muslim period can be found in the local place names, such as Alhanchete and Arnilla, amongst many others. In Medieval times, the local natural caves take on major significance and they then lend their name to the whole area. After the Muslim uprising against the Christians in 1569 and their subsequent expulsion, Cuevas was repopulated by 200 families who came from the Murcia area. The population of Cuevas in the 17th and 18th centuries was a feudal society under the domination of the Marquis of Vélez, and it was supported by a largely agricultural economy.
Places to Visit: In Villaricos, an important archaeological site because of the primitive metallurgical cultures that were located at the mouth of the Almanzora, there is a small fishing harbour and a neoclassic coastal defence castle from the 18th century. To the north of Cuevas, some way away from the Almanzora river, lies Huércal-Overa, on the border of the region of Murcia. Its historical buildings include the Castle of Santa Bárbara, with
parts dating from the 13th century, and the church of the Assumption, with valuable carvings and altarpieces. Holy Week in Huércal-Overa has been declared an event of national interest, and is famous for the splendour and beauty of its religious images. Many of these are examples of the school of Granada and of the master of the genre, Salzillo.
The Beaches: A walk along the 14 kilometres of coastline demonstrates that it is possible to find large, peaceful and open beaches that contrast with the coves and cliffs that are hidden behind the proud, rocky outcrops.
Contact tel. nº +34 93 272 09 10
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