Title ID 1455Collection ID275
Title[Holidays in Spain]
DateSeptember 1947; May 1952
CollectionH A Voss
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fiction
KeywordsAnimals Boats Buildings Farming Harbours Landscape Leisure Time Activities Religious Activities Religious Buildings Religious Festivals Rural Areas Sport Tourism Travel Villages
LocalBarcelona Caldetas Bilbao Madrid Aranda de Duero Burgos Estella Pamplona Guadarrama mountains Mérida
RegionalCatalonia Vizcaya Basque Provinces Madrid Castilla y León Burgos Navarra Navarre Badajoz Extremadura
NationalSpain Europe
ProductionH A Voss
CameraH A Voss
ParticipantsMr. & Mrs Norman Cinnamond;
FormatColour Silent
Duration33 min. 53 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Travels across Spain feature in this film, recorded on two separate trips. On the first, Mr Voss drives from Barcelona to Madrid, stopping in Bilbao. On the second, almost five years later, Voss travels from Madrid to Burgos, stopping at Aranda de Duero, Estella and Pamplona. He returns to Madrid via the Guadarrama mountains, and visits Roman monuments at Mérida.


The film begins in September 1947, on a trip by road from Barcelona to Madrid with Mr. and Mrs. Norman Cinnamond. The group eat on the terrace of a café before setting off. On the way, they pass vineyards and hillside towns. A visit to Señor and Señora Pala at their holiday resort follows. The couple pose for the camera before showing their guests around. Voss then visits Bernard Cinnamond and his family in Caldetas, before visiting Can Pi golf course on Cinnamond's land, overlooking the sea. The hosts and their guests play golf together and Voss films the local landscape, largely rural with olive groves and villages scattered over the hills. The Cinnamond children are seen eating at a garden table with a maid, and their grandmother. Voss then visits Caldetas golf course, and films the view of the surrounding area. In the town, children walk down narrow streets and Voss films the buildings. Some footage of city scenes in Bilbao follows, taking in monuments, houses on hillsides, public gardens and the port. Next, Voss films the buildings and boulevards of Madrid. An old couple walk a donkey down the street. Voss films the Palacio de Comunicaciones, the monument in the Plaza de Cibeles as a tram passes, and roadside book stalls.

The next part of the film was made in a trip in May 1952. Driving from Madrid to Burgos, the film depicts the small villages Voss passes through. A farmer works a field with horse and plough, and another ploughs with oxen. A man rides a donkey, tethered to another donkey, to a farmhouse door and man and donkeys enter. Pigs and donkeys graze in the garden. The view over the villages leads to mountains in the background. A cow is suspended in a sling tethered to wooden posts as a group of men inspect and trim its hooves. Two oxen are lead up a hillside. In Aranda de Duero, in the province of Burgos, a boy rides through the town on a donkey and people travel by horse and cart. Street scenes in the town are followed by footage of Burgos, its cathedral and street scenes as soldiers walk through the town. Voss then travels by road again to Estella and Pamplona. En route, he films the nest of two large birds, probably storks, perched on the bell tower of a church, and a religious procession on Whitsunday, before footage of the squares and buildings of Pamplona. Voss travels from Burgos to Madrid through the Guadarrama mountains passing farms and villages. A man and a woman lead two donkeys down the road carrying their plough, and their son sits one of the animals. A castle appears in the road ahead. The camera looks down upon a river that cuts through the mountains and people ride donkeys on the roadside. The next footage is of ancient Roman monuments at Mérida, near the Portuguese border, including an aqueduct inhabited by storks. In a nearby field, people harvest the crops by hand and in town people mill around the square and streets.