Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi

Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi

Series 1 - Episode 5

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Review

Alex Polizzi’s in what she calls the “beating heart of Spain” this week, starting with the “grown-up and self-assured” capital city of Madrid. The lavish Royal Palace makes her gasp in delight (oh, the chandeliers, the trompe l’oeil, the vases, the sweeping staircases) but watching a bullfight understandably leaves her feeling conflicted.

Then it’s on to Consuegra, inspiration for the Don Quixote character where she doesn’t tilt at windmills but simply admires them before meeting a wizened old priest who’s been building his cathedral for 55 years. It’s a little messy and haphazard, which the neat-and-tidy nature of Virgoan Polizzi finds hard to stomach.

But she seems totally at home in the university town of Salamanca, carousing with Tuna (traditional street musicians) in its rather elegant main square.

Summary

Alex discovers the history, art and culture of Madrid, and takes a tour of the famous Royal Palace before visiting the equally amazing former home of a Spanish aristocrat. She then heads south to the small but picturesque town of Consuegra, whose windmills inspired some of the anecdotes in Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Finally, she goes to Salamanca, a Unesco World Heritage site 110 miles north of Madrid, and admires its golden sandstone buildings, stunning architecture and busy colonnaded square.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Alex Polizzi
Executive Producer Dan Adamson
Producer Arianna Perretta
Series Director Chris Williams
Series Producer Chris Williams
Documentary History Lifestyle