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MAPPED: The richest person in each province of Spain

SPAIN is not short of billionaires. The Forbes World's Billionaires List in 2021 included 30 Spanish nationals – with Zara founder Amancio Ortega in...

Justice for Madeleine McCann inches nearer 

Fifteen years of pain could soon be over as global interest surrounds a German becoming an official suspect in the Madeleine McCann case, writes Jon Clarke, author of My Search for Madeleine

Fact-check: Eight times Spain’s far-right VOX party was caught out lying in 2021

WE'RE not saying that left-wing politicians in Spain never lie, just their lies tended to be less satisfying to unpick. Lefty lies in 2021 were...

There was a time when wearing a face mask got you 100 lashes during carnival celebrations in Spain 

WEARING masks has been part of carnival celebrations for centuries. Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, mask-wearing is inevitably widespread in Carnaval celebrations this week...

12 Spanish insults that will make you sound like a native

I’LL never forget the day my Spanish teacher insulted the projector. Not because it was hilarious to threaten a small electronic device with defecating on...

EXCLUSIVE: British expat on Spain’s Costa Blanca left stumped by GoFundMe block on helping Ukraine refugee family

A British expat who welcomed a Ukrainian refugee family to his Costa Blanca home has been left angry and bemused by crowd-funding portal GoFundMe. The...

EXPLAINER: Why are Spain’s Semana Santa hats conical and are they linked to the KKK?

VISITORS to Spain during Easter week might gasp in horror when they see people in conical white hoods parading through the streets.  But while these...

Kicking things off! The surprising story of how one Brit brought football to Spain

TODAY Spaniards and Scots may appear to be operating in different footballing spheres. But did you know that a Scotsman was also the one...

Sweatshop factory exploiter paid vulnerable foreign workers a pittance in Spain’s Alicante area

A 38-year-old clothes recycling warehouse owner has been arrested for exploiting workers at his Cocentaina factory in Alicante Province. It's the latest in a series...

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...

Blas Infante: Who was the ‘father of Andalucia’ killed by a Francoist firing squad in 1936?

THIS year Andalucia Day falls on Monday – February 28 – as Spain's most populous region enjoys a deserved day of rest. The annual public...

10 celebrities who own hotels in Spain

CELEBRITY forays into business haven’t always ended well. Just because you can kick a ball about doesn’t mean you can launch a cologne – just...

How to invest in a dream, not a nightmare: The Olive Press guide to buying in Spain’s campo

The Olive Press asks a series of industry professionals how to avoid falling into traps when buying rural properties.

Why Valencia should be on every traveller’s bucket list when visiting Spain

Architectural masterpieces, history aplenty and even the Holy Grail. Shannon Chaffers takes a poke around Valencia

‘Procurador’ – what they do in Spain and why the EU thought them unnecessary 

THE rule of law is the foundation of Spain, the UK, the US, France and countries the world over. But law in every county runs...

Man stabs wife to death in front of young children just weeks after protection order expired in Spain’s Castilla-La...

A man stabbed his wife to death in front of their three young children on Monday in Cuenca Province, Spain. The attacker, 38, went to...

Eight reasons that make Spain the best place in the world

IF you're smugly thinking that Spain will have the most Spanish speakers in the world, you're wrong. That's Mexico. If you're thinking perhaps Spain had the...

Where has my parcel gone? The quixotic experience of postal deliveries from the UK to Spain post-Brexit

Before Brexit, parcels used to flow seamlessly between the UK and Spain. However, now that the UK is a “third country”, outside the single...

Common scams: Whistle blower reveals dirty tricks used to fleece customers at low-cost rental car firm in Spain

FEW transactions are as stressful as renting a car while on holiday. You're braindead, running on aeroplane peanuts, with either the kids screaming or your...

EXCLUSIVE: Olive Press investigates sex cult leader Tio Toni following arrest in Spain’s Valencia region

Victims talk to the Olive Press about their ordeal with the 'cult leader' arrested in Castellon.

Cerveza por favor? How to order a beer in different regions of Spain

FOR many English speakers, the very first thing they learn how to do after landing in Spain is to order a beer. While ‘una cerveza,...

Drying up: Water disputes springing up as major drought stares Spain in the face 

THE crumbling walls of a once-submerged village rising from the cracked mud of a dried up reservoir have become a powerful symbol of the...

Teenage boy in Spain’s Valencia area can’t speak after father fractures skull over not taking a shower

A teenage boy suffered three skull fractures and has lost his ability to speak, temporarily at least, after being hit by his father. The boy,...

36 English words you probably didn’t know were stolen from Spanish

NOBODY likes a false friend. They're a thorn in our relationships, and a downright disaster when it comes to language learning. Of course, in linguistic terms...

How Londoners fell in love with Javea on Spain’s Costa Blanca through Joaquin Sorolla’s paintbrush

The year of 1908 marked the first time Londoners set eyes on Javea. In an age where aeroplanes were still learning how to fly, and...

EXPLAINED: Five things you need to know about Spain’s new Housing Law for 2022

SPAIN'S cabinet approved entrance of the Ley de Vivienda (Housing Law) into parliamentary debate with ministers hoping to make new measures permanent within months. Plans...

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