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Bollywood in Buñol

Bollywood in Buñol

The film that swept the board at the Indian equivalent of the Oscars, Filmfare, was mostly shot in Spain, including a key scene filmed at the annual tomato throwing festival,…

The Floods of Valencia

The Floods of Valencia

When I first arrived in Valencia, I thought this monument might be a homage to the Valencian coat hanger industry in imitation of Excalibur stuck into the ground by some…

La Puerta del Mar

La Puerta del Mar

La Puerta del Mar (or Gateway to the Sea) was built in 1946 in imitation of the city gate that stood on the same site. The original was built in…

Guillen de Castro: the Streets Have a Name

Guillen de Castro: the Streets Have a Name

Napoleon’s troops must have marched along Guillén de Castro when besieging Valencia on two occasions (one home win and one away win) at the beginning of the 19th century. It’s…

The Burning of Xátiva

The Burning of Xátiva

The War of Spanish Succession was part of a wider European conflict between Catholic France under King Louis XIV and a largely protestant coalition of Britain, Holland, Portugal and Austria,…

Sink Market Soars in Valencia

Sink Market Soars in Valencia

Spain is the country where I discovered the concept of the double sink, and a wonderful moment it was. Ever since then, when one sink is full to the brim…

Valencia International Returns to IES Pere Boil

Valencia International Returns to IES Pere Boil

On Wednesday 24th September 2014 Valencia International returned to IES Pere Boil in Manises to recruit journalists for Valencia International in a visit kindly sponsored by the Santillana Richmond publishing…

Bahía de Denia Brut

Bahía de Denia Brut

The delightful little fishing village was named after the Goddess Diana and is now a place where people with boat like to sip champagne as they watch the sun go…

Valencian Cavas: Hoya de Cadenas ‘Brut Nature’

Valencian Cavas: Hoya de Cadenas ‘Brut Nature’

Cava is Cava, wherever it is made, so why not support local growers, and the ecology by reducing transportation costs, by consuming Valencian Cavas this Christmas? Valencia International begins a…

When Dracula Got Sunburnt in Alicante

When Dracula Got Sunburnt in Alicante

Christopher Lee, tired of playing Dracula didn’t quite manage to say “never again” and took part in this German production with Herbert Lom and Klaus Kinski. Valencian director Jesus Franco…

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