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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...

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...

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,...

GAG LAW: What happens when you are accused of ‘disrespecting’ a police officer in Spain

When reporting a crime at her local station, Heather Galloway discovered just how easy it is to fall foul of Spain’s controversial ‘Gag Law’

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...

Books: 12 essential Spanish literary works that are NOT Don Quixote

WHENEVER iconic Spanish literature is mentioned, the first and sometimes only work that comes to mind abroad is that of Miguel de Cervantes. And that’s...

The clocks have gone forward but thanks to fascism Spain is still stuck in the wrong time zone

SPAIN’S clocks, like those across the rest of the EU and the UK, have once again rolled forward an hour to Central European Summer...

EXPLAINED:How Russia’s war with Ukraine is affecting consumers in Spain

WITH the war between Russia and Ukraine approaching its third week, consumer prices in Spain have already risen because of sanctions imposed. In particular,...

FOCUS: Mental health and the state of the nation in Spain

Is Spain doing enough to deal with a rising problem exacerbated by the pandemic and now the anxiety caused by war? Jo Chipchase takes a look.

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...

Everything you need to know about Chanel and Spain’s chance at Eurovision glory

Could this be the year Spain wins Eurovision for only the third time since the contest began? Spain's fate rests with Chanel, a 31-year-old...

Ten Spanish language shows on Netflix that make reading subtitles worth the pain

SPANISH crime drama Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) has proved a big hit with English speaking audiences around the world. Telling the story...

EXPLAINED: What we know about Spain’s plan to lessen impact of Ukraine war on Spain’s economy

A RAFT of measures has been unveiled this week by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in a bid to minimise the impact of the Ukraine...

Dry January: How good are Spain’s alcohol-free alternatives?

As we approach the end of January, how many have managed to stay alcohol free? Will it continue into February? We asked Jo Chipchase to test some alternatives

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,...

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...

How Spain’s Modelo 720 will change in 2022 and can you claim back fines?

SPAIN'S Hacienda has announced plans to modify Modelo 720 rules for declaring foreign assets before the March 31 presentation deadline this year. Spain's minister of...

EXPLAINED: The laws you need to know about squatters in Spain and how to evict ‘okupas’

CONTRARY to popular belief there are no laws in Spain that grant squatters the right to illegally occupy a house. But that doesn't mean Spain...

Almeria on a plate: Fruit farms, the best market and a Spanish family’s top table

I AM standing outside a jumble of small shops and apartments on a busy street in the centre of Almeria. My boyfriend, a Spanish...

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...

Top 20 of the most exciting and luxurious places to spoil yourself in Spain this year

LOOKING for somewhere out of this world for the perfect escape in Spain this year? Want a place to really luxuriate and properly treat a...

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...

What you need to know about Spain’s plans for an Emergency Warning System with mobile phone alerts

WITHIN the last two years alone, Spain has been hit by the biggest snowfall in living memory (Storm Filomena), a volcanic eruption (La Palma),...

Paedophile in Spain gets massive 686 years in jail after being convicted of 227 crimes against children

THE Madrid Provincial Court handed down a 686-year jail term on Tuesday to one of Spain's most notorious paedophiles after he abused 98 children. 31-year-old...

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...

Swimming pools, slides, cemeteries… Are these the weirdest roundabouts in Spain? 

IT'S no surprise the rule-loving Brits were the first to invent the roundabout but Spain's has transformed them into some examples of the truly...

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