A whopping two-thirds of Spaniards live in apartments - more so than anywhere else in Europe – but this wasn’t always the case. Back when the population was more rurally based, the wealthier members of society lived in some pretty splendid houses, each cultural region developing its own particular design and idiosyncrasies for its staple home. So if flat-dwelling in Spain isn’t for you and you’re willing to sacrifice some of the perks of living in the city, these historic casas may be what you didn’t know you were actually after. Granted most of them don’t come cheap and others may be in desperate need of renovation, but as we said in the title, these casas are “the stuff of dreams”. (We’ll include links to actual listings if available) Galician Pazo Spain’s lush, Celtic region of Galicia in the northwest of the country has more rain than Andalusia but these chateaux-like homes really make up for it. Once the homes of … [Read more...] about Looking to buy a house in Spain? These historical casas are the stuff of dreams
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By Belén Carreño and Julien Toyer MADRID (Reuters) - When Santiago Abascal stood up to address supporters in the conference room of a Barcelona hotel earlier this year, the far-right party leader knew something had changed. The room was overflowing with 2,000 people. At earlier rallies, he had struggled to attract more than a few dozen. "When I saw all those people in that room, I immediately understood something different was going on," the 42-year-old told Reuters. Once dismissed as an outlier in Spanish politics, Abascal is starting to make waves in a country that has until now resisted the populist political currents sweeping Europe. Pollsters predict that his four-year-old VOX party, which espouses tougher immigration policies and a weaker European Union, will secure its first few parliamentary seats at European elections next year. VOX could even win one or more seats in Spain's national assembly in a general election due by mid-2020, becoming the first far-right party … [Read more...] about A populist makes waves in Spain – and he’s proving popular
By Matthew Bennett Last week, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that up to 95 percent of the more than 5,000 weekly flights between the UK and Spain are at risk if Britain crashes out of the EU without a Brexit deal in March. “If nothing is done it will be a nightmare in the European and UK airports”, director general Alexandre de Juniac told The Guardian. On Friday, I spoke to Chris Dottie, the president of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, about Brexit (and the Catalan crisis). He said 200,000 jobs and €6 billion of tax revenue from British companies—which have invested €66 billion in Spain over the last ten years—are at stake with Brexit, not including the tourist sector. Brits are the largest group of foreign tourists by far in Spain: the latest data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) shows 12.9 million visited Spain through the end of August this year, more than the French (8.3 million), the … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS: Are 17 million Brits ready not to holiday in Spain with no-deal Brexit?
Spain has developed a rich and dynamic contemporary art scene in the last decades, with artists from around the world exhibiting in many of its iconic museums. As summer gives way to autumn, and outdoor relaxing in the sun turns to a quest for indoor cultural activities, art centres across the country have come up with an exciting and diverse program. Follow our guide for some of the best modern art exhibitions you can see while on a long weekend break in Spain. Joana Vasconcelos “I am Your Mirror” at Museo Guggenheim in Bilbao (Until 11 November 2018) Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos is perhaps one of the most famous and well admired woman in the world of contemporary art today. With her exhibition in the iconic Guggenheim Museum, she shows just how influential she is. In the monumental atrium of the museum, her latest sculpture, “Egeria” spreads voluptuously to the high ceiling, almost standing as a metaphor of the artist’s own ascension in the art … [Read more...] about Three exhibitions to see in Spain this Autumn
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