CORONAVIRUS

Valencia region confines municipality after coronavirus outbreak

There have been 75 infections detected so far in Benigànim, which is home to 5,800 people. The transmission originated in both workplace and social environments, with two local councillors affected

Altruism

The Spanish health workers who make wishes come true

A group of volunteers in Murcia is using an ambulance to take terminally ill patients and people with reduced mobility to places that would otherwise be impossible for them to reach

HEALTH

Spain issues international health alert over listeriosis outbreak in Seville

One woman has died so far from the bacterial infection, with 150 more confirmed cases and 529 pending confirmation. The source was meat from a firm in the southern province

Housing

The battle against vacation rentals spreads beyond Madrid

Barcelona, Valencia and Palma have also approved regulations to curb the rapid growth in the supply of unlicensed short-stay tourist accommodation

FOOD SAFETY

Number of people left ill from Spanish Michelin-starred restaurant rises to 29

Health inspectors in Valencia have interviewed 75 people who ate at RiFF following the death of a 46-year-old woman who consumed a meal there

FOOD SAFETY

Spanish woman dies after eating at Michelin-starred restaurant in Valencia

Eighteen other patrons, including the victim’s husband and son, also became sick after dining at RiFF, which is now under investigation by the regional health department

NATURE

In Spain, Valencia government buys landmark peak known as ‘Stone Giant’

In a bid to preserve the second-highest mountain on their territory, regional authorities have purchased a third of the summit from private owners for €1.14 million

DEMOGRAPHICS

The Spanish women who are opting out of motherhood

The decision not to have children often entails condescending looks and lack of support from society

ENVIRONMENT

Valencia turns to “biological lawnmowers” for weed control

Mediterranean city wants to encourage the use of sheep to reduce the risk of wildfires

sexism

Are two of Spain’s leading fiestas sexist?

Questions are being raised over the sculptures at the Fallas in Valencia and the songs performed at the Carnival in Cádiz

CRIME

Child found dead, woman beaten, inside home in Spanish coastal town

Small Mediterranean community of Elda rocked by crime; police baffled as to possible motive

CULTURE

Valencia burns down the “best Fallas in history”

Record crowds witnessed a ritual recently declared part of UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage of Humanity

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Spanish university team designs 1,000km/h “flying” Hyperloop train

Valencia Polytechnic rolls into final phase of Elon Musk’s SpaceX high-speed transportation competition

LGTBQ RIGHTS

Valencia region to force public schools to adapt to transsexual students

Government will guarantee children’s right to dress as they choose and use the bathrooms they want

SPANISH FIESTAS

Valencia’s Las Fallas festival lands UNESCO world heritage status

United Nations agency highlights artistic merit and inclusiveness of massively popular cultural event

UNDERWATER MYSTERY

Spanish police investigate ritual link to human bones found off Alicante coast

Bundles containing partial skeleton, sticks, dolls and tax documents discovered close to Peñón de Ifach in Calpe

Wildfire on Spanish coast forces 1,000 people from their homes

Jávea, home to large British and German communities, is affected by a blaze that began on Sunday; authorities suspect it is the work of an arsonist

BREXIT

“I hope the Spanish government lets me stay until I die”

Post-Brexit, British residents in Spain are uncertain whether to go home or apply for citizenship

GENDER ISSUES

Legal precedent brings hope to families of transgender children

New case in Valencia showcases the shortcomings of legislation that puts limits on Civil Registry changes

BULLFIGHTING

Bullfights that spare the bull?

Valencia mayor endorses Portuguese-style encounters the day after fans stage march in the city

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

Valencia introduces traffic lights depicting women

New female symbols, meant to make women “more visible,” receive mixed reviews

Formula 1

Valencia’s F1 circuit: left on the curb

The facilities at the former European Grand Prix urban track have been plundered

SPANISH CUSTOMS

Spanish town where the siesta is sacred catches world’s imagination

Ador, a small community in Valencia, has issued an edict to protect the afternoon nap

Rainbow flags fly from official buildings in Madrid and Valencia

New leaders to emerge from May 24 elections embrace LGTB rights ahead of Gay Pride

New Valencia mayor decides to sell off predecessor’s armored Audi A8

Joan Ribó, of the Compromís regionalists, wants to break with previous governance style

CONSEQUENCES OF THE ELECTIONS

Leftist governments take shape in cities and regions across Spain

Popular Party set to lose its decades-long grip over the Valencian region, Madrid and Cádiz

Former Valencia soccer club president arrested over kidnap attempt

Juan Bautista Soler is suspected of trying to abduct another ex-team chief, Vicente Soriano