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
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So Christmas, the New Year and Three Kings Day (Epiphany) in Spain again. Lots of presents for the kids, delicious cakes and chocolates, festive feasts, colourful parades and the annual debate about blackface for the people playing Balthasar in the Wise Men (Three Kings) processions that delight youngsters across the country after they have written their letters asking for lots of toys and put some carrots out for the camels. This year, football star Andrés Iniesta is in hot water after posting a photo of himself on Twitter smiling away next to two friends with blacked-up Wise Men faces. In Alcoy (Alicante), there’s a local group of 200 “black boys” who dress up and run round giving kids presents. Blackface even made it onto the popular kids cooking programme MasterChef Junior this week, on TVE, Spain’s equivalent of the BBC. It’s just tradition, most Spaniards will tell you, Spain isn’t racist, it’s the Three Kings, that’s just … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS: Innocent Christmas blackface or a slippery xenophobic slope for the right in Spain?
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