No 10 defends Boris Johnson’s holiday in Spain amid energy crisis

Spokesperson says it is right for PM to take a break but refuses to confirm how holiday is being funded No 10 has defended Boris Johnson’s decision to take a holiday in Spain this week during the energy and supply chain crisis, but struggled to explain why all MPs have been given the week off […]

Kylian Mbappé sinks Spain to clinch Nations League for France

There in the madness was Kylian Mbappé, blood running cold. A game of control had gone crazy and that was where France won it, claiming the National league title by coming from behind at San Siro. Karim Benzema got the first, Mbappé the second, sliding the ball under Unai Simón to clinch victory on another […]

Old wounds are exposed as Spain finally brings up the bodies of Franco’s victims

In 1940, thousands of the dictator’s opponents were summarily shot and thrown into mass graves. Now these are being opened Trowel-heap by trowel-heap, brushstroke by brushstroke, a skull rises from a pillow of ochre earth. Its empty eye sockets stare up at the October sky and its jaw gapes, as if still screaming, gasping for […]

Ferran Torres double sweeps Spain past Italy and into Nations League final

So this is how it feels. After three years in charge, having claimed a European Championship and set a new world record, Roberto Mancini finally tasted defeat. After 37 games unbeaten, a run that went back to Portugal in September 2018, before the coach took over, Italy lost at last. Two goals from Manchester City’s […]

Judge delays ruling on Spain’s extradition request for Puigdemont

Former Catalan separatist leader says he is ‘very happy’ after walking free from Sardinian court Catalonia’s former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has walked out of a Sardinian courthouse after a judge delayed a decision on Spain’s extradition request and said he was free to travel. Puigdemont walked out with his lawyer, shook hands and embraced […]

Canary Islands lava peninsula in the Atlantic doubles in size

Volcano on La Palma has been steadily spewing molten rock into the sea, enlarging the size of the island Lava from the volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands that began cascading into the ocean two days ago has already covered an area bigger than 25 football pitches. By late Thursday, the newly wrought peninsula on La […]

Barcelona rediscover Ansu Fati – and hope – when they most need to | Sid Lowe

The club needed some light and the 18-year-old’s goal 323 days after suffering a knee injury provided plenty of it Hope appeared on a Sunday afternoon, light let in at last. Just that smile would have been enough, the look of this kid stepping back on to the pitch 323 days later, taking it all […]

Homecoming show hails artistry and endurance of Sarajevo Haggadah

Vibrantly illustrated Sephardic Jewish book is believed to have been made in Spain in the 14th century Seven centuries after it was created, a priceless Sephardic Jewish book whose wine-stained pages have somehow survived exile, the Inquisition, the rise and fall of an empire, two world wars and the Bosnian conflict, is making a homecoming. […]

Carles Puigdemont freed after arrest in Sardinia, says lawyer

Former Catalan leader free to travel but must attend extradition hearing on 4 October The former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who was detained in Sardinia on Thursday under an international arrest warrant issued by a Spanish court over his alleged role in the failed bid for regional independence, was released from custody on the Italian […]

Warriors, cathedrals and carnivals: Spain’s best smaller cities, chosen by readers

Medieval plazas, fortresses like film sets and seafood straight out of the net feature in your pick of these lesser-known destinations I stopped in Salamanca for lunch when driving from Madrid to Lisbon and ended up staying there for a week, caught up in the lovely atmosphere of the city. Its graceful red sandstone architecture, […]

Minister, this is inappropriate!: Spanish politician sparks row after volcano tourism remarks

Tourism minister derided for suggesting La Palma volcano could lure visitors to Spanish archipelago Spain’s tourism minister has been accused of insensitivity after suggesting that a devastating and ongoing volcanic eruption on the Canary island of La Palma could be used as an “attraction” to lure visitors to the archipelago. About 5,500 people have been […]

La Palma’s Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts – in pictures

A surge of lava has destroyed about 100 homes on Spain’s Canary Islands a day after a volcano erupted, forcing 5,000 people to leave the area. Cumbre Vieja erupted on Sunday, sending vast plumes of thick black smoke into the sky and belching molten lava that oozed down the mountainside on the island of La […]

Spain cuts soaring energy bills with emergency measures

Government expects to redirect €2.6bn from firms to consumers in next six months, with average monthly bill falling by 22% Spain’s government has passed emergency measures to reduce sky-high energy bills by redirecting billions of euros in extraordinary profits from energy companies to consumers and capping increases in gas prices. In the first such broad […]

Spanish wildfires drive thousands from homes close to Costa del Sol

Firefighters battle to contain blazes in Andalucía as Spain drafts in military to help People have fled their homes in six more Andalucían towns and villages as Spain sent in a military unit to help tackle wildfires raging close to a Costa del Sol resort. A blaze fanned by strong winds has driven out almost […]

Málaga wildfire causes evacuation of 940 people and claims life of firefighter

Blaze in mountain range broke out late Wednesday and grew, fanned by winds of up to 50 km/h A worsening wildfire that kept advancing through forest land and prompted the evacuation of nearly 1,000 residents has claimed the life of one firefighter, authorities in southern Spain said late on Thursday. The blaze in a mountain […]

Real Madrid knock Manchester City out of Women’s Champions League

Manchester City 0-1 Real Madrid Claudia Zornoza gives Spaniards 2-1 aggregate win Gareth Taylor, the Manchester City manager, refused to lay the blame for his side’s Champions League exit on a lack of preseason action after they crashed out of qualifying against Real Madrid. A 1-0 home defeat dealt by Claudia Zornoza’s first-half strike was […]

Spanish woman raised by wrong family seeks damages for baby swap mistake

Now 19 years old, the woman was accidentally switched with another baby in a hospital in La Rioja A woman is seeking €3m (£2.5m) in damages from a regional health department in northern Spain after it emerged that she and another baby were accidentally handed to the wrong families hours after they were born almost […]

Emma Raducanu thrashes Sorribes Tormo to reach US Open fourth round

British teenager wins 6-0, 6-1 to reach last 16 Raducanu could face world No 1 Ashleigh Barty next Over the past 12 days in New York, whenever Emma Raducanu has reflected on her startling run to the fourth round at Wimbledon earlier in the summer, she has spoken about how her eventual retirement there underlined […]

Spain’s energy cooperatives lead charge to exploit solar power

Community initiatives boosted as government signals change in policies that favour energy giants Spain’s growing energy cooperative movement has received a boost after the government announced that some of the latest allocation of renewable energy will be in small lots, rather than large tranches that only big energy companies can afford. The move signals a […]

Manchester City confident of defeating Real Madrid Femenino despite absences

WSL side go to Spain for Champions League qualifier first leg Lucy Bronze and Ellen White injured but Vicky Losada is ready Manchester City travel to Real Madrid Femenino on Tuesday night without Lucy Bronze and Ellen White but it would still be a major shock were Gareth Taylor’s side to lose the first leg […]

Surge in Britons booking ahead for UK holidays in 2022

Thousands of reservations taken for next summer as holidaymakers seek to avoid missing out on properties It is a conundrum that British tourist boards have struggled for decades to solve: how do you persuade holidaymakers to swap sangria in Spain for Blackpool rock? This year, record numbers of Britons opted for domestic holidays amid pandemic-induced […]

‘Sleep is venture capital’: employers wake up to benefits of a nap

After lockdown some businesses understand better how flexible working hours enhance productivity A three-hour break in the middle of the working day for a languorous lunch, followed by a restorative nap sounds like the Mediterranean dream, but employers in Spain are increasingly moving away from this rigid schedule, which for many workers feels more like […]

Lancashire police issue appeal for abducted girl, 2, taken to Spain

Kelly Gibson and Lee Rogers, parents of Gracie-May Rogers, are wanted on suspicion of abduction A two-year-old girl has been abducted and taken to Spain, Lancashire constabulary have said. Police have launched an urgent appeal for Gracie-May Rogers and said her parents, Kelly Gibson and Lee Rogers, were wanted on suspicion of child abduction. Continue […]

Spain bans fertilisers near saltwater lagoon after dead fish wash up

Officials close eight beaches as residents complain of cloudy, green water that emits a foul smell Spanish officials have banned the use of fertilisers near one of Europe’s largest saltwater lagoons after five tons of dead fish washed up on its shores. Alarm bells began to sound in the south-eastern region of Murcia last week […]

Blue whales returning to Spain’s Atlantic coast after 40-year absence

Some experts fear climate crisis is leading creatures back to area where they were hunted almost to extinction Blue whales, the world’s largest mammals, are returning to Spain’s Atlantic coast after an absence of more than 40 years. The first one was spotted off the coast of Galicia in north-west Spain in 2017 by Bruno […]

How can I get a taste of Spain in my home cooking? | Kitchen aide

For Iberian flavour year round, fill the freezer with summer salsa and stock your pantry with good olive oil, sherry vinegar and lots of garlic, so one of Spain’s classic base sauces will always be mere moments away • Got a culinary dilemma? Email feast@theguardian.com What’s the secret to great Spanish cooking?Neil, Richmond To read […]

‘We lost everything’: Afghan wheelchair basketball team captain speaks out

Nilofar Bayat begins rebuilding her life in Spain after days of fear for her life under Taliban rule When the Taliban entered Kabul, Nilofar Bayat, the captain of Afghanistan’s female national wheelchair basketball team, knew she had to get out. “There were so many videos of me playing basketball. I had been active in calling […]

Excommunicated Spanish ‘witch’ village turns curse into tourist cash

Embracing its strange past is a blessing for Trasmoz as thousands flock to its witchcraft attractions Tucked into the foothills of northern Spain, the village of Trasmoz attracts thousands of tourists each year. For many, the allure is not its half-ruined castle nor stunning mountain backdrop but rather a curious quirk of history: Trasmoz is […]

Spain offers itself as hub for Afghans who collaborated with EU

Evacuees who have worked with EU institutions will arrive in Spain and then be settled in various countries Spain has offered itself as the EU’s hub to take in Afghans who have collaborated with its institutions over the years, as Germany said there was an emerging consensus within the bloc to also ease passage for […]

Spain prosecutors launch inquiry into mystery fish deaths

Hundreds of dead fish have appeared along shores of one of Europe’s largest saltwater lagoons Prosecutors in the southern Spanish region of Murcia have launched an investigation after hundreds of dead fish began washing up along the shores of one of Europe’s largest saltwater lagoons. Residents in the area sounded the alarm this week, posting […]