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NO FIBBING: Live music festivals in Spain’s Benicassim could welcome larger crowds this year

A proposal to allow 10,000 spectators into Valencia’s open-air La Marina for a number of shows this summer is already on the cards and, if all goes according to plan, looks likely to go ahead.

Summer nights’ dream: Spain’s Parador hotels offer musical extravaganzas

THE Parador hotel chain is offering a series of special concert packages during the summer months that promise to combine a musical experience with...

Looking for a low-key cultural getaway now you can travel between Andalucia’s provinces? Check out these six towns

AFTER a year marked by grounded planes, closed borders, and mandatory quarantines, looking for destinations close to home is probably the safest option until...

EGG-TASTIC! Belgian artist creates world’s biggest concrete egg in tribute to his new home town on Spain’s Costa Blanca

SOMETHING strange has been cooked up in Orcheta on the Costa Blanca. It's a giant concrete egg to celebrate the area and the whole of...

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...

No ‘Daddy Issues’ for Julio Iglesias as Spain’s Supreme Court rules against man claiming to be his illegitimate son

VETERAN performer Julio Iglesias does not have an illegitimate 44-year-old son according to the national Supreme Court. Javier Sanchez claimed that he was the son...

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...

Spain’s Malaga celebrates International Jazz Day with two-day music festival

THE tenth edition of the Malaga International Jazz Day festival will be held in the Plaza de la Merced this weekend. The two day Jazz...

Spain’s world-famous Pamplona bull runs are cancelled for a second year due to COVID-19

SPAIN'S famous Pamplona bull runs have been scrapped for a second successive year due to the COVID pandemic. The official confirmation came today(April 26) from...

St. George’s Day in England vs. Sant Jordi in Spain’s Catalunya

The patron saint of England has captivated British imaginations since the Crusades and the Hundred Years’ War.

Discover the secret air raid shelters that kept Barcelona residents safe from bombs during Spanish Civil War

Barcelona has rediscovered more than 1,000 air raid shelters which were used during the Spanish Civil War. The city council has now produced an interactive...

Spain’s flamenco agony: Tablaos are on the path to extinction in battle to survive coronavirus crisis

THE temples of flamenco, the sacred tablaos, find themselves on the path to extinction as one by one they are closing their doors for...

Outdoor classical concerts make welcome return to Spain’s Costa Blanca

ORIHUELA Symphony Orchestra is back performing live, with a concert in tribute to the poet Miguel Hernández, on Saturday, May 1. This concert is part...

Scotland’s biggest rock band add one extra date to rearranged European tour, and it’s here in Spain

TEXAS, arguably Scotland’s biggest and most endearing rock band have added an extra concert date in Spain for their rearranged 2021 tour. Albacete's Palacio de...

LIFE AND DEATH OF FRANCISCO GOYA- Mystery, life-changing illness that robbed him of hearing has roots in Andalucia

The sexually transmitted disease has been fingered by numerous art historians as one of the most likely causes of the succession of tortuous illnesses suffered by one of Spain’s most revered painters, including his total loss of hearing

Spanish Stonehenge set for cultural protection status despite being abandoned to soggy fate

A collection of ancient standing stones in Extremadura dubbed the Spanish Stonehenge is set to acquire cultural heritage protection status despite being completely unvisitable...

LISTED: All 23 bars involved as tapas festival returns this weekend on Spain’s Costa Blanca

TORREVIEJA will be staging the region’s first tapas festival in a year over the next two weekends. The sixth “Let’s Go For Tapas” event sees...

Why Tuesday 13 is a day of bad luck and misfortune in Spain

The myth of Tuesday the 13th haunts Spaniards just as Friday the 13th looms over the rest of us

VALENCIA RULES THE CHARTS: Zoo, a young band from Gandia, claim high spot on Spanish record sales list above...

Zoo has achieved the feat in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and crisis, and at a time when record sales – especially CDs - are at an all-time low

Spain halts auction of painting that could be long-lost masterpiece by Caravaggio

SPAIN'S Culture Ministry imposed a last minute export ban on an oil painting that was nearly sold for €1,500 in a bid to determine...

A JOB FOR DEL BOY: Police in Spain’s Valencia seize three fake paintings by El Greco, Goya and Modigliani...

VALENCIA regional police force has seized three forged Goya, El Greco and Modigliani paintings worth €12.5 million on the black market. The Historic Heritage department...

Special open days extended until Sunday at historic castle on Spain’s Costa Blanca

GUARDAMAR’S historic castle is having more open days added due to popular demand. The Castell de Guardamar and the old Real Villa will now be...

Experts in Spain slam damage done to Antequera Dolmens as ‘urban cruelty’

SLOPPY restoration work on a historic Spanish monument has been slammed by critics, comparing the work to "a job’s worth builder".  The renovations completed at...

FAB FRESCOS: Spain has some of the best, but how many do you recognise?

FROM cave paintings to church frescos to modern murals of epic scale, countless artists have left their brush marks on Spanish architecture down the...

FOOTLOOSE: Neanderthal footprints 106,000 years old found in Spain

IT is one of the most famous and popular beaches on Southern Spain’s Atlantic coast. Its kilometres of white sandy beaches have proven to be...

Estepona unveils plans to modernise resort with new cultural centre on Spain’s Costa del Sol

THE town council of Estepona have revealed plans to rejuvenate and area of their coastline with modern cultural and commercial spaces and a 15-storey...

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