Valencia Orange Blossom

Courtesy of Rimontgó

The region around and in particular south of Valencia, all the way to Murcia and beyond, is synonymous with the cultivation of oranges. The most important orange-growing region in Europe, it is also the iconic home of the famous Spanish orange.

Brazil and the US may actually produce more oranges than Spain these days, but within Europe the ubiquitous fruit is still firmly associated with Spain and its sunny climate. Known in many languages as the ‘Spanish apple’, Citrus sinensus is thought to have originated in the tropical climate of South East Asia and to have been in cultivation in China by the third millennium BC.

High-Speed Rail Link for Andalucía to Valencia Opens: AVE Service Halves Journey Times

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of: Doug Lierle, Lierle Public Relations

Another piece of Spain’s high-speed rail network has opened offering a quicker way to travel that will benefit tourists, businesses and the wider community. The new stretch of line links Seville near Andalucía’s Atlantic coast to Valencia on the country’s east coast, but bypasses Madrid so passengers no longer have to change at the capital’s Atocha station.

A Beginners Guide to La Tomatina

 

 

 

Courtesy of: Michel Cruz, Rimontgo

When we were at school, food fights were actively discouraged by the teachers. But then we weren’t in Buñol, where once a year you have to stand up and fight, or risk drowning in a sea of more than 115,000 kilos of squishy, over-ripe tomatoes. They do say that tomato juice is good for the skin…

New Direct Flights between Valencia and Moscow

Courtesy of: Michael Cruz, Rimontgó

There is no firmer confirmation of close commercial and cultural ties between two countries than the number of direct flights between them – and the network of air routes between Russia and Spain is growing denser all the time.

Among the links already established are those that connect the likes of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Madrid and Barcelona, but naturally Spain’s third city, Valencia, could not be absent from this list, so the route was officially inaugurated with the touchdown of the first S7 Airlines jet at the Aeropuerto de Manisas in Valencia on 2 June 2012.

Sorolla Comes Home

Courtesy of Rimontgó

Though he travelled far and wide, and was to become one of Spain’s leading exponents of the impressionist genre, Joaquín Sorolla always remained true to his origins. Born in Valencia in 1863, this highly versatile artist became known in equal measure for the landscapes and portraits he painted – in which he recorded not only the faces, dress and social customs of the time, but also many an iconic Spanish landscape.

Berklee College’s Valencia Campus Set to Open

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Berklee College of Music, whose headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts, recently announced that its new Valencia campus would be opening its doors in September 2012 in order to welcome students enrolled for the Master’s Degree Programme.

Berklee College was founded in 1945 by Lawrence Berk with the aim of preparing students for a career in the music business. Naturally, in the intervening years the amount of technology available to both musicians and technicians has increased greatly, and Berklee has responded by remaining abreast of all the latest trends.

Formula One Prepares For A New Season In Spain

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The mild weather and good facilities make Spain a favourite among the leading teams preparing for the new season. Circuits like those of Jerez, Barcelona and Valencia feature particularly prominently, enticing the elite of motor racing away from the drawing board and factory workshops and on to the track.

Treasures from the East

Courtesy of Rimontgó

There was a time when Valencia was linked to the Silk Route. Back in the early middle ages, when it was part of Moorish Spain, the city was an important transhipment point into which silk and other treasures from the East were imported and re-exported to markets across Northern Europe. This trade brought great wealth to the Mediterranean port city, a boon further bolstered by the fact that many of the raw materials brought here spawned an industry of craftsmen, jewellers and tailors whose products sold far and wide.

The Depths of Luxury

Courtesy of Rimontgó

Ask most people for their definition of their ideal property and there’s a very good chance that the description will include a swimming pool. Given the vast amounts of money wasted every year on gym membership that is never adequately utilised, a swimming pool can be seen as something more than a sybaritic indulgence.

A Course For Players

Courtesy of José and Antonio Ribes Bas of Rimontgó

Foressos Golf is a bit of a rarity these days; a golf course that is…just that. Not lined with homes or buildings of any description or set within the midst of an urbanisation, this is a true blue course that has rapidly become a player’s favourite. Keen to claim this course built purely for golfers, they have been snapping up the club’s golf memberships.

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