Agriculture

Are pistachios the new ‘green gold’ in Spain?

Farmers in the Madrid region have been rushing to plant the fruit tree, which can yield up to €6,000 in just one hectare

HISTORICAL MEMORY

Madrid City Hall removes plaques commemorating Franco victims

The local government claims the memorial does not meet the recommendations of a historical memory commission, but critics decry an attempt to whitewash Francoism

LGBTQI RIGHTS

Madrid Gay Pride takes a stand against the far right: “Not one step back”

Members of the center-right party Ciudadanos were abused for its association with Vox, which is pushing to roll back LGBTQI rights

SOCIAL MEDIA

Toothpick trickster: Why this Spaniard’s ID photo went viral

Sergio Álvarez snapped the cheeky picture as a dare, not realizing it would be approved by the police or cause such a stir online

FIESTAS

Man left seriously injured after being hit by massive ball at Madrid fiestas

Victim taken to hospital by helicopter on Sunday, after suffering head injuries in Mataelpino, which ditched bull runs eight years ago and began its own curious tradition

Homelessness

From the bombs in Aleppo to a leaky tunnel in Madrid

An increasing number of homeless people are spending their nights in an underground maze in AZCA, the city’s financial district

History

The southern Spanish town that bought its independence

Arriate split from Ronda in 1661 but remained immersed in a feudal regime for another century

Parks in Spain | Part 1

Madrid’s Casa De Campo: Central Park on steroids

Less visited by tourists than other attractions, the huge site boasts a pool, a zoo and an amusement park

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN SPAIN

After nine buses burst into flames, Madrid takes special measures

Total of 220 new staff to be hired by public transport firm, after two incidents in just one week

gay pride

“Every hotel room in Madrid is booked” for week of World Pride festival

Prices have risen fivefold in some cases for June gay pride event, with visitors turning to Airbnb

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT

Massive explosion at waste plant outside Madrid caught on video

Firefighters release footage of Arganda del Rey accident last week that seriously injured three people

SPAIN’S FAR RIGHT

Spanish police evict far-right squatters from upscale central Madrid building

‘Hogar Social’ group set up in 2014 offers shelter and food exclusively to Spaniards

MADRID

Madrid swimming pools may hold ‘Bathing Suit-Free Day’

Request by nudist group gets greenlighted by Manuela Carmena administration, but attracts criticism from PP

MADRID

At last, somewhere to sit in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol

Anti-homeless railings installed by Popular Party around fountain removed by council

Transportation

Uber returns to operate in Madrid with licensed drivers

Ride-hailing firm had been forced to abandon Spain in 2014 following a court order

Spanish parcel service closure leaves 5,000 Ecuadorians without their deliveries

OGC shut its offices in Madrid and throughout Spain this week without warning

TRANSPORTATION

Upcoming Madrid subway line closures set to spark travel chaos

Engineering work on Line 1 to be followed by shutdown of route to Barajas Airport

TAXI STRIKE

Taxi drivers from across Spain march in Madrid against liberalization plans

Sector says “unfair competition” from likes of Uber will mean ruin for 100,000 families

HISTORICAL MEMORY

Madrid temporarily halts removal of Francoist monuments

City Hall to pass municipal order to specify best way of applying Historical Memory Law

HISTORICAL MEMORY

Tearing down of Franco memorials sparks row between Madrid officials

City Hall says monuments must go because of ties to former dictatorship

Kings’ night celebrations

Differences on parade: Why the Three Kings are causing controversy

Traditional January 5 celebrations in Spain have been plagued this year by disagreements

Madrid City Hall sends out Christmas Eve dinner invite to 300 homeless

Charity event by a religious foundation and a catering firm will look “like a luxury wedding”

ENVIRONMENT

Madrid maintains downtown parking ban as high pollution persists

Excessive pollutant levels extend over 30 kilometers outside city center

RETAIL

Spain embraces Black Friday

Stores sign up en masse for US-imported sale day, though its business impact is still unclear

Spanish fire chief dismissed for using departmental truck to fill his pool

Ex-department head in Ronda, Málaga, says vehicle was leaking and needed to be emptied