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Bank holidays in Spain 2022 – full list of dates for every autonomous community

Make sure you know when the bank holidays fall in your region of Spain.

TAKE CARE: Tips for a healthier lifestyle after the excesses of Christmas in Spain

EXPERTS are urging people to take care when they bid to return to a more healthy lifestyle following the festive excesses. According to specialists, suddenly...

The Christmas clear out – How Olive Press columnist Giles Brown spent the festive season

I HAVE always been keen on maintaining my Christmas traditions. Once again, I spent most of the Christmas and New Year period at the...

The different kinds of Roscon de Reyes you’ll find in Spain on Three Kings Day

THE Christmas period comes to an end on January 6 in Spain, when the last gifts are given to the children by the Magi,...

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...

‘Groundhog Day’: Christmas and New Year message from the British Ambassador in Spain

“AS we come to the end of 2021, I confess it feels more than a bit like Groundhog Day,” admits British Ambassador Hugh Elliott...

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...

Covid cancelled Christmas: One reader’s experience of a rather different celebration in Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands

Faced with spending Christmas alone in a cold flat in Madrid after Covid scuppered a return to see family in Scotland, Sarah Crozier made the last minute decision to book a trip to Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands.

CHRISTMAS HANGOVER: Coronavirus cases across Spain surge to new record after festivities

THERE has been a surge in coronavirus cases in Spain to the country's highest ever number of new infections. Updating the pandemic figures late on...

All Fools’ Day: How Spain marks Dia de los Santos Inocentes

DECEMBER 28, Spain marks the Dia de los Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents’ Day) which is somewhat similar to April Fools’ Day. It’s the day to...

Malaga hospital’s annual Christmas decoration competition is a jingling success

A HOSPITAL in Malaga has helped patients get into the festive spirit with the return of its annual Christmas decoration competition.  Each department at the...

IN PICS: Santa swimmers race in bracing Christmas Day tradition in Spain’s Barcelona

THE Copa Nadal swimming race takes place on Christmas Day morning in the in the Old Port of Barcelona in what has become the...

Christmas celebrations across Spain: Zambombas in Jerez

A special and uniquely Jerezano event unites the city this Yuletide

Feliz Navidad: The best cocktail recipes to boost the Christmas spirit!

THE one sure-fire way to bag a kiss under the mistletoe this winter is to combine a little Christmas spirit with a lot of...

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.

Top traditional Christmas treats you’ll find in Spain’s Andalucia

Indulge yourself this Christmas with our guide to Spain's Navidad nibbles

Christmas in Spain: Ten books to cosy up with this winter

LIKE Christmas crackers, stockings and chocolates, reading material is a winter essential. The Olive Press's Kirsty McKenzie gives her recommendations for books to keep you...

WARNING: Why doing this one thing during the traditional Christmas Eve feast in Spain could be a danger to...

THE traditional Christmas feast in Spain takes place on Christmas Eve and is likely to involve an inordinate amount of seafood – and you'll...

Festive fun in Spain? Yule be lucky!

SO where will you be unwrapping your socks and chocs this Yuletide? Will yours be a ‘Feliz Navidad’ or do you still think the...

Top traditional Spanish culinary delights to enjoy this Christmas

AS with most countries across the world, Spain's Christmas and Three Kings celebrations centre around three core ingredients, family, laughter and food. Traditionally in Spain,...

Dreaming of a wet Christmas? Rain forecast across most of Spain

AN ATLANTIC weather front will soak various regions across the Spanish mainland this Christmas day, December 25. High pressures currently in the centre of the...

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





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