After the Spanish election results on Sunday, it became clear that no political party will be able to govern without forming a coalition. But now that the results are known, everyone has started to speculate on possible alliances. No matter which coalition comes into power, it’s clear that its leader will be the socialist Pedro Sanchez. Spanish socialists won the elections with 28,8% of the votes — that’s 123 seats out of the 250 that make up the Spanish parliament. The right coalition’s defeat The Popular Party (PP) with 66 seats got the worst results in its history and is ruled out from leading the right-wing coalition, which with Ciudadanos and Vox hoped to surpass the left-wing bloc. PP (66), Ciudadanos (57) and Vox (24) only managed to win 147 seats, meaning they’re too far from a majority. Is Ciudadanos completely out of the picture? Albert Rivera’s campaign was completely built around a total rejection of Sanchez’ policies. … [Read more...] about What are the possible coalitions in Spain after the elections?
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Old habits die hard, especially ancient ones in the Basque Country and Navarre. Carnival traditions in the villages of Ituren and Zubieta (Navarre) see locals dress up as wild beasts from head to toe as they march through the streets escorted by Joalduns, "those who carry the bells" to scare away the evil spirits. Similar medieval traditions revolving around farming and animal herding are also found in Slovenia and Bulgaria. In Solsona, Catalonia, carnival festivities have a long history. Under Franco, the celebrations were forbidden; however, the city was the first to begin celebrating again after his death. This carnival gives you the opportunity to experience some Catalan culture traditions, chief among them the parade of the gegants or the symbolic hanging of the (Catalan) donkey. Arrival of the birds Photo: carnaval.villarrobledo.com The carnival in Villarrobledo is another one with a long history which goes back to the 19th century. Traditionally, the festivities begin on … [Read more...] about Where to enjoy Carnival in Spain
Visit the Alhambra Photo: Slaunger/Wikimedia The Moorish fortress in Granada is Spain’s most-visited tourist attraction for a reason; the stunning building has some of the best-preserved examples of Islamic architecture in the world and is, along with the nearby Generalife gardens, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Marvel at Guernica Photo: AFP If you had to see only one painting in Spain make it Picasso´s masterpiece in Madrid´s Reina Sofia Museum. The Spanish artist was inspired to paint the black and white depiction of the bombings of the Basque city of Guernica after reading a graphic description of the carnage that followed by British journalist George Steer. Eat jamón The undisputed national food of Spain, you have to try some authentic jamón iberico from acorn-fed pigs who have been lovingly raised to make the very finest hams. Marvel as the expert ham-cutters slice wafer thin slices of the melt-in-the-mouth meat. Visit the Guggenheim Museum in … [Read more...] about Bucket list: 16 brilliant things to do once in your life in Spain
Aritz Parra, Associated Press Updated 6:55 am PDT, Sunday, September 30, 2018 Catalan police officers cordon off the street to stop pro independence demonstrators on their way to meet demonstrations by members and supporters of National Police and Guardia Civil, as coloured powder is seen thrown by protesters, in Barcelona on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. less Catalan police officers cordon off the street to stop pro independence demonstrators on their way to meet demonstrations by members and supporters of National Police and Guardia Civil, as coloured powder is ... more Photo: Emilio Morenatti, AP Catalan police officers clash with pro independence demonstrators on their way to meet demonstrations by members and supporters of National Police and Guardia Civil, as coloured powder is seen in the air after being thrown by protesters, in Barcelona on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. less Catalan police officers clash … [Read more...] about A year later, Catalonia’s secession vote scars region, Spain
Spain is justly famous for its long hot summers and amazing beach holidays, but that doesn't mean the country shuts down for the rest of the year. Indeed, much of the best travelling in the country happens after the crowds head home. Autumn is more intimate, a chance to explore quieter corners and see what Spain gets up to when people aren't looking. From incredible hiking in the Pyrenees to subtropical forest in the Canary Islands, The Local has put together a list of the country's best autumn getaways. Hiking in Val d'Aran Photo: Paco CT/Flickr The unique Aran Valley is the only part of Catalonia on the northern side of the Pyrenees. In winter it is a popular ski area but in autumn its dramatic mountain peaks and exquisite villages make for perfect hiking country. The valley is also a paradise for linguists with locals here speaking Spanish, Catalan and their very own Aranese, a dialect of Occitan. Segway rides in Penedés The Penedès wine region where cava — … [Read more...] about The 12 most beautiful places to visit in Spain this autumn