Situated in the town of Godella and just a few kilometres from the city of Valencia lies one of the most attractive yet unknown museums to both tourists and Valencians alike. The museum displays the collection of Alfaro Hofmann which spans the history of everyday objects from the 20th century, particularly electrical appliances. This fascinating exhibition currently comprises of a total of 5,000 pieces, including 400 electrical appliances, the earliest of which date back to the 1970s
The area surrounding the Calle Poeta Querol, known as the Golden Mile in the city of Valencia, will have a new resident thanks to the arrival of the American fashion and accessory brand, Michael Kors. Valencia will consequently become the fourth Spanish city (after Madrid, Barcelona and Marbella) to welcome a boutique of the brand founded in 1981.
Last Monday 16 September, the city of Valencia became the focus of attention for Spanish design as host of the ‘Premios Nacionales de Innovación y Diseño’; the ceremony for the national awards for innovation and design which was held in the iconic Veles e Vents building in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I.
August is the month for many towns across Spain to celebrate their traditional festivals, making the most of the good weather and Mediterranean warmth that hangs over the peninsula. The celebrations in Godella, a town situated in the province of Valencia, are particuarly impressive. These take place from 16 to 24 August, ending on the last day with an important religious festival.
Only a few days left now until Valencia’s much anticipated 15k run, a sport event which will captivate athletic enthusiasts, most of all those who are busy preparing to tackle this half-marathon. During the upcoming weekend, 15th-17th February, the city of Valencia will dress to impress for this exceptional event, which will be celebrated for the first time in the capital of Turia.
Think pre-war super cars and the likes of Bentley, Bugatti and Auto Union come to mind. Since then the segment has been dominated by the Italians, spoiling us with visions of vehicular testosterone as embodied by Ferrari and Lamborghini, though in more recent years small specialised British makes such as McLaren and Noble have also made a name for themselves. Fitting perhaps more in the micro-manufacturer category of Noble than the established Scuderia Ferrari, Advanced Design Tramontana is a young but very serious maker of ultra-fast, ultra-high tech and yes, very expensive racing cars. From a spotless small plant in Palau de Santa Eulalia in Girona, a little north of Barcelona, this highly specialised engineering firm started designing and manufacturing exquisite racing modern machines in 2007.
King Juan Carlos I of Spain celebrated his 75th birthday at the beginning of January. 2012 was, to quote a British Royal commenting on her own experiences in 1992, an annus horribilis for the Spanish King, but despite controversy and criticism, the Spanish Royal Family is still much admired by Europeans and others from around the world.
Spain has produced many mind-bogglingly original movies over the years and has also gained a reputation as a creative hothouse for some of the best directors in the world. From the surreal eye of Luis Buñuel to the prodigious talent of newcomer, Juan Antonio Bayona whose movie, The Impossible, is now breaking worldwide box office records, this tradition continues.
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