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PARTY TIME: Revellers take to streets in Spain’s Madrid and Barcelona as COVID-19 restrictions end

AS COVID restrictions in Spain came to an end, exhilarated people partied - seemingly thinking that social distancing and masks are no longer necessary...

Band of plucky Zapatistas set sail for Spain to begin peaceful invasion of Europe

ON the anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlan and the start of Spain's rule in Mexico, a group of indigenous Zapatistas have set sail...

EXPLAINER: What Spain’s ‘amber’ classification on UK travel list means for travellers

THE UK government has introduced a "traffic light" system categorising travel rules for destinations across the world by assigning a level of red, amber...

SAFFRON RIP-OFF in Spain as crooks put new labels on ‘bulked-out’ cheap Iranian imports

A massive saffron con has been busted which involved cheap Iranian imports of the expensive spice being rebranded as coming from the Castilla La...

EXPLAINER: What we know about Spain’s plan to turn all its highways into toll roads

SPAIN is planning to turn all public-managed highways into toll roads during 2024, with a view to making drivers pay depending on their usage...

How to celebrate ‘Europe Day’ this Sunday (Brits welcome despite Brexit!)

PEACE AND UNITY across the continent is being celebrated this Sunday, as Europe Day is held online. Commemorated on May 9 every year, the Schuman...

PUPPY LOVE: New study from Spain proves dogs really do make a home a happier place

Every dogowner already knows it, but now there is official scientific proof: a dog makes a home a happier place and is good for...

Armed gang of drug smugglers that laundered three million euros across Spain via 50 other criminal groups is arrested

A SPECIALISED gang of 21 criminals has been dismantled after an investigation revealed they laundered €3m via 50 other organizations dedicated to crime. The group...

Car import con as gang is arrested over €7 million tax scam in Spain

EIGHT people have been arrested over a second-hand car scam that defrauded Spanish tax authorities of €7.3 million over four years. A joint operation between...

UK child protection group calls on Spain to close ‘dangerous loophole’ exploited by British sex offenders to gain teaching...

THE UK’s leading child protection group is calling for Spain to tighten the recruitment process of English teachers. The plea by The Safeguarding Alliance aims...

Spain to let regions decide Covid-19 restrictions when State of Alarm lifts on May 9

SPAIN'S government will pass responsibility for coronavirus restrictions on to the country's 17 autonomous regions when the State of Alarm expires next week, Deputy...

EU demands countries use their ‘Covid passport’ to ease travelling restrictions from overseas

THE European Union is asking that restrictions on holiday travel from overseas are relaxed in line with use of a ‘Covid passport.” Under new plans,...

Nearly one million COVID-19 traffic fines across Spain could be voided by slow administration

A RECENT investigation into the sanctions imposed during the first COVID-19 State of Alarm has revealed that almost 80% have yet to be processed....

Spain extends coronavirus ban on non-essential travel for those outside EU – including Brits – until May 31

THE Spanish government has extended a ban on all non-essential travel to Spain from outside the EU and Schengen area for another month. Confirmation of...

Things you can do for your mum if you can’t see her this Mother’s Day amid Spain’s COVID-restrictions

Coronavirus and confinement will mark this year’s Mother’s Day.

Revisiting the ancient capitals of Spain—ten cities that were once seats of Spanish power

EVERY city in Spain has fascinating stories to tell and historic artefacts to show off, but did you know which were once former capitals...

What’s the worst that can happen to your investment or pension in Spain?

by Sam Kelly DipPFS, EFA, BA (Hons) Managing Partner Chorus Financial Often the first question asked by clients considering an investment or pension with Chorus Financial! So,...

EXPLAINED: Anarchy, assassinations and acrimony – the rich and violent history of Labour Day in Spain

THIS SATURDAY sees Labour Day celebrated in Spain, a national holiday originating back to 1889 that was outlawed for decades under Franco. The Día del...

VACCINE LATEST: Spain extends gap between AstraZeneca jabs to 16 weeks

SPAIN will extend the gap between the first and second doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine to 16 weeks from 12 for those aged under...

Bodies of two Spanish journalists and their Irish guide killed in Burkina Faso arrive at a Madrid airbase

THE bodies of two journalists and their guide killed during an attack on an anti-poaching patrol in Burkina Faso arrived in Spain this morning(April...

Olive Press readers raise over €5,000 after report of charity funds running dry on Spain’s Costa Blanca

BIG REDS Animal Association, based in Catral (Alicante), received “unbelievable” donations of over €5,000 after The Olive Press revealed they were in “panic mode”...

International singer and restaurateur Toni Dalli dies at Marbella home

TONI DALLI, the International singing star who rose from the Yorkshire coal mines to become a household name in the UK and US in...

BORDER REOPENS as Portugal lifts January closure at 18 land crossings with Spain

PORTUGAL will reopen its land border with Spain tomorrow(May 1) two days ahead of schedule. Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, announced the country would be moving...

Notorious killer branded as ‘Igor the Russian’ gets life sentence for three murders in Aragon area of Spain

A Serbian killer nicknamed 'Igor the Russian' has been given a life sentence after murdering three people in the Aragon region in December 2017. Norbert...

Two bullets mailed to Spain’s ex-Prime Minister Zapatero in latest threat to politicians

FORMER Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has become the latest politician to be sent a threatening letter, accompanied by two bullets. Correos staff at...

Spain ready to welcome British and international tourists in June under ‘vaccine passport’ scheme

SPAIN has announced it will be ready to welcome back British and international holidaymakers this June. The Spanish government has told the main players in...

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