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Insider tips: How to save more money as an autonomo in Spain during 2022

SELF-EMPLOYED workers will be grumbling in January about their tax returns. Spain has around 3.2 million registered self-employed workers (autonomos) and they pay the highest...

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...

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...

Nine quintessential Spanish proverbs with ancient origins to use to impress your friends

Once you have more than a basic grasp of Spanish you will start to realise that in common parlance conversation is peppered with delightful...

Live like a king: Ten of Spain’s most magical castle stays in 2022

SPAIN’s hotel castles are among the finest in the world. Many are beautifully preserved, so why not stay the night? What could be more...

Absurd ordeal: The truth about taking a driving test in Spain

Olive Press reader Dorothy Ryle shares her experience of taking the Spanish driving test.

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...

Ten very good reasons to be happy you live in Spain

JANUARY 17, 2022 has been identified as the most depressing day of the year, aptly named Blue Monday. But rather than focus on what...

ANALYSIS: How the pandemic practice of working from home is driving up property prices in rural Spain

HOUSE prices in rural areas across Spain have soared over the last 18 months owing to changing preferences of buyers, who are now looking...

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...

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...

¿Que? Eight of the strangest laws in Spain

SPANISH law says new rules affecting business can only come into effect in January or July – which makes a lot of sense, right? But...

IN PICS: A year since Madrid’s epic snowfall saw people skiing and snowboarding through Spain’s capital in Storm Filomena

ONE year ago on January 9, 2021, Madrileños woke up to discover a city transformed by Storm Filomena. It was the biggest snowfall in...

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...

Fury after minister claims meat from mega farms is causing the ‘end of Spain’ – but is he right?

SUSTAINABLE meat production is dominating headlines after Spain's minister for consumer affairs claimed livestock mega farms are causing the ‘end’ of the very country. Alberto...

Can vegan butchers help Spain give meat the chop?

As 'veganuary' gets underway and an uproar over meat consumption engulfs Spain's political leaders, The Olive Press takes a look at the growing trend in meat subsititutes.

Year of decision beckons for Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez

Is Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez enjoying a New Year's Day glass of cava as he mulls calling an early General Election in 2022? The leader...

PICTURED: Spain’s incredible ‘ice triangle’ where temperatures drop below -20ºC

WE know that skiing is a thing in sunny Spain – anyone who's flown over to Alicante, Valencia or Barcelona airports will have crossed...

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...

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...

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...

Robin Hood or robbing hoodlum?: Andalucia’s last bandit built up a legendary reputation

Shannon Chaffers follows the trail of Pasos Largos

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...

ANALYSIS: The stats that reveal who died from COVID-19 in Spain during first year of pandemic

SPAIN’S National Institute of Statistics (INE) this month published the first dataset on COVID-19 deaths according to age and location. The figures allow for visualisation...

¡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...

‘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.

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