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Madrid court acquits artist of desecrating Spanish dictator General Franco’s tomb with red paint

AN artist who painted a dove and a slogan on top of dictator General Franco's tomb has been acquitted of desecration. Madrid's Provincial Court also...

15 genius Spanish words you just can’t translate into English

LEARNING a language is a lot like spraining an ankle: it's painful and takes ages to get better. But every language learner will hit a...

Horses jump through ‘purification’ bonfires during Las Luminarias ceremony in Spain

A traditional ceremony involving horses jumping through bonfires returned on Sunday to the Avila area of central Spain. Las Luminarias celebrates Spain's patron saint of...

Blessed be… our pets: The fiesta in Spain’s Valenica where animals go to church

THE popular San Antonio festival returns to Valencia this weekend (January 16) after being cancelled last year because of COVID.  For centuries owners have bought...

Patron saint festival returns to town popular with expats on Spain’s Costa Blanca

SAN FULGENCIO will be holding its patron saint festivities this weekend, after a year’s absence due to Covid restrictions. The municipality contains La Marina Urbanisation,...

Medieval market cancelled at short notice due to ‘avalanche’ of Covid cases on Spain’s Costa Blanca

THE POPULAR annual Medieval Market of Orihuela, planned for a February return after two years, has been cancelled. Due to the recent increase in Covid-19...

Fun run unites young and old in Vega Baja community, promoting healthy life on Spain’s Costa Blanca

THE TRADITIONAL Kings Race returned to the streets of San Fulgencio this weekend, after an enforced absence because of the Covod-19 pandemic. Some 450 local...

PICS: Why the UN named tiny Valencian town one of 44 top tourism destinations in the world

SHOULD you really trust the beer-soaked recommendations of your neighbour's sister's man-friend about where to visit in Spain? The answer is simple: No. But when...

Spain’s Pedro Almodovar to make first feature film in English and with Cate Blanchett in lead role

Spain’s most acclaimed director has announced that he will make his first feature film in the English language and that Cate Blanchett will star...

Troubled city centre indoor food market to be rejuvenated after council intervention on Spain’s Costa Blanca

TORREVIEJA Council plans to put some life back into the beleaguered La Plasa Food Market in the heart of the city. They have instructed a...

Leonardo DiCaprio outbid as new record reached for Mona Lisa Bullfighting painting by Spanish artist Domingo Zapata

A PAINTING by Spanish artist Domingo Zapata depicting Mona Lisa as a bullfighter has sold at auction for more than $1million. Among those bidding on...

SHOPPING: What you need to know about January sales across Spain in 2022

JANUARY and July are the two most exciting times of the year for clothes shoppers in Spain. As soon as the Three Kings festivities are...

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...

Stolen historical document could see Costa Blanca city take Catalan government to Spanish court

A row over a stolen historical document could end up with Orihuela council taking the Catalunya regional government to court. Repeated requests from Orihuela officials...

Berchules: Why this village in southern Spain has refused to celebrate New Year’s Eve in 25 years

GOOD luck is the reason why millions of Spaniards eat their 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve – but a stroke of bad luck...

Three Kings procession duplicated to satisfy needs of popular expat area on Spain’s Costa Blanca

THE ‘Three Wise Men of the East’ will arrive in Orihuela this Wednesday to distribute gifts to boys and girls of the municipality But as...

Xacobeo: Why 2022 is an extra special time to visit Spain’s Santiago de Compostela

By Shannon Chaffers IT may not appear so according to the official calendar, but 2022 is extra special for pilgrims making the journey to Santiago...

Alicante’s Three Kings Parade will go ahead on Spain’s Costa Blanca

ALICANTE'S Three Kings Parade will go ahead this Wednesday afternoon with extra COVID-19 safety measures. A number of Valencian Community towns and cities including Valencia...

How government scrooges in 1882 accidentally created Spain’s obsession with gobbling 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve

THE minute hand on Madrid's Puerta de Sol clock tower nears midnight. Millions of Spaniards already have a grape in their mouth. Millions of others...

Maximise your luck for 2022 by following these New Year traditions from Spain

WE'RE all hoping that 2022 will bring a new start and good fortune but to make sure the New Year gets off in the...

IN PICS: Take a look at Spain’s extraordinary scrap cathedral built entirely by one man

JUSTO Gallego Martinez, a former monk who devoted the last six decades of his life to building a cathedral out of scrap in a...

Three Kings Parade in Spain’s Valencia City cancelled over COVID-19 concerns

VALENCIA City has scrapped next Wednesday's Three Kings parade because it cannot guarantee that COVID safety rules can be followed. It has however exploring a...

WATCH: The flour and the glory – massive food fight on Spain’s Costa Blanca takes the COVID worries away

IT was an opportunity to let off steam after the stress and depredations of the COVID pandemic - and the townsfolk of Ibi in...

EXPLAINED: Could Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca really be the original home of Santa Claus?

ALICANTE is an unlikely candidate for the original home of Santa Claus – for starters, it hasn't snowed in the city since 1926. There are...

WATCH: It must be Christmas in Spain…even after the big day!

Thanks to the Reyes not visiting until January 6, when everyone gets their presents, the streets are still full of shoppers. The capital of Madrid...

Drag Queen carnival, opera, magic! Events to look forward to in Torrevieja on Spain’s Costa Blanca during 2022

FIESTAS, concerts and theatre will be crammed into the Torrevieja social calendar for the next three months. The coastal city will also enjoy a Drag...

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