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Spain saves suspected long-lost Caravaggio masterpiece for the nation after it was almost sold off for €1,500 at auction

SPAIN has granted protected status to a small oil painting that was on the verge of being sold for a mere €1,500 before an...

How a once grandiose royal palace in southern Spain became a forgotten ruin

ABANDONED historical heritage which, behind fallen facades, conceal invaluable treasures; this is the story of the house of the Orleans-Bourbon, a capricious palace recently...

Fairytale princess: The incredible story of the flamenco dancer from Spain’s Malaga who became Indian royalty

SHE started out as a Flamenco dancer from a humble background but became a Maharani when she captured the heart of an Indian Maharaja. Aged...

La Inglesa: The extraordinary love story behind a winery in the heart of Spain’s Andalucia and the Englishwoman that...

NESTLED in the heart of Andalucia you can find the Sierra de Montilla (Cordoba), an unexpected paradise for wine lovers. Often eclipsed by the nearby...

Mystery of how the Cold War spy who met the Kennedys ended up dead in a ravine in Spain’s...

IT started as a Cold War tale of intrigue involving a spy, international headlines and appearances from Robert and Edward Kennedy. It ended when a...

Snails and thistles: These are the weird and wonderful regional Christmas dishes eaten across Spain

CHRISTMAS would not look a lot like Christmas without traditional dishes and desserts. In countries like the United Kingdom, Christmas without roast potatoes and gravy...

NAVIDAD: Nineteen things you (probably) never knew about celebrating Christmas in Spain

Author Teresa O'Shea takes a look at some of the more surprising traditions celebrated in Spain at Christmas.

Safety first for Three Kings as world’s oldest Magi parade will go ahead in Spain

THE world's oldest Three Kings parade is going ahead in Alcoy in Alicante Province on January 5, but with capacity limits and restrictions. The Magi...

Spanish festive traditions: Do you know your Nochebuena from your Nochevieja?

Christmas is a little bit different in Spain.

From red knickers to food fights: The unusual traditions you should look out over the festive season in Spain

Spending Christmas in Spain? These are the things to look out for, writes Olive Press’ Spanish hack Pablo Balbontin

¡Feliz Navidad! These are the strangest Christmas traditions celebrated in Spain

CHRISTMAS traditions in Spain are in essence no different from any other nation – people hold on to strange customs, eat and drink a...

Be inspired to make your own natural Christmas decorations with a walk in the Spanish countryside

Having trouble with your Christmas decorations? Just take a look in the nearby hills, writes Gabriella Chidgey

12 great books about Spain to put on your Christmas wish list

12 books about Spain for your holiday reading list, with Shannon Chaffers

‘El Gordo’: Why does all of Spain go crazy for the Christmas lottery?

Christmas properly starts on December 22 in Spain when everyone is glued to the results of El Gordo in the hope that they have a winning ticket.

Railway museum on track for Alicante historic first on Spain’s Costa Blanca

A deal has been struck that confirms Alicante as a new branch of the National Railway Museum based in Madrid. The new 'sub-museum' will be...

Schoolchildren promote rich cultural and religious heritage with video made on Spain’s Costa Blanca

ORIHUELA schoolchildren have participated in a video to remind us of Spain’s rich religious cultural heritage. The City Council has been working with an organisation...

Ciudad Badia: The strange story of the Francoist town designed on map of Spain that became haven for drugs...

WHEN 5,000 poor and middle-class families received free apartments outside Barcelona in 1974, it seemed the government of fascist dictator Francisco Franco was revolutionising...

Magical markets to visit in Spain this Christmas

CHRISTMAS markets in Spain might not boast the snow of more northern climes, but the crafts and delicacies will still sprinkle your December with...

EXECUTED: Freedom fighters from Spain’s Franco era exhumed in Costa Blanca town revealing bullet wounds to the head

SEVEN bodies out of 14 exhumed from in Alicante are believed to be of freedom fighters that were executed during the height of Franco’s...

Major historical settlement in Spain’s Alicante Province aims to become popular tourist attraction

AN Alicante Province archaeological site dating back to the late Bronze Age has become more 'visitor friendly' with the erection of over a dozen...

Veronica Forque, Spanish actor and Almodovar muse found dead at home in Madrid

VERONICA Forque, a Spanish actress who rose to fame after starring in Pedro Almodovar's dark comedy "Kika", has been found dead Monday at her...

IN PICS: New exhibition showcasing Dieter de Greef opens in Malaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol

BELGIAN artist Dieter de Greef will be the focus of a new exhibition in Malaga. More than 200 works, which he has produced over four...

Gold coin rarity minted in Murcia over 1,400 years ago is discovered during house renovation in Spain

A gold coin struck in the Murcia region 1,400 years ago has been found during home improvement work at a Leon property. An even older...

Thomas of Torquemada: Who was the famous torturer of the Spanish Inquisition and why is his name appearing in...

ANTI-SEMITES spray-painted the Town Hall of a tiny northern Spanish town this week, but their graffiti made disturbing reference to a Spanish priest now...

Spain corrects citizenship test handbook after discovering it is peppered with embarrassing basic errors

AUTHORITIES have been forced to amend the handbook for those aspiring to pass the test needed to qualify for Spanish citizen after it including...

Orihuela Costa to have its own Christmas Light switch-on, separate from main city on Spain’s Costa Blanca

ORIHUELA CITY Council has responded to calls from citizens on the coast who perceive the area as being ignored, by arranging its own Christmas...

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