ENVIRONMENT

Spanish beaches hit by Storm Gloria struggling to recover before vacations

Towns affected by last month’s extreme weather are rushing to clean up in time for the Easter break, as questions are raised about the sustainability of coastal management

Air travel

Why 71 planes have been ‘forgotten’ in Spain’s airports

Many companies that went bankrupt in the 2008 financial crisis abandoned their aircraft because they could not afford the cost of moving them

Immigrants

Located: The undocumented hero who saved a Spanish man from a fire

Gorgui Lamine Sow says he didn’t think twice when he climbed up a wall and pulled Alex Caudeli out of his burning house in Dénia

MURDER INVESTIGATION

Suspect admits chopping up body of Spanish woman but may avoid prison

Jorge Ignacio Palma claims Marta Calvo died from a heart attack after she took cocaine, and might only be fined for irregularly disposing of the corpse

Second World War

When 007 helped plot the invasion of Spain

As a spy in Gibraltar during World War II, James Bond creator Ian Fleming assisted with the drafting of a plan of attack by Allied forces in the event that Franco should help Nazi Germany

FAR-RIGHT IN SPAIN

Far-right group interrupts screening of Civil War movie with Franco-era slogans

The España 2000 party was behind the incident, which took place in Valencia on Thursday as the new film from director Alejandro Amenábar, ‘While at War,’ began

Weather

Spanish town cut off by floods: “People were asking where they could find bread”

After being left stranded for four days, the people of Orihuela in Alicante province are still struggling to cope with the aftermath of last week’s extreme weather

Natural disaster

Eastern Spain takes stock of worst storm in 140 years

The head of the Valencia region asks for a Marshall Plan to help rebuild the ravaged area

WEATHER

Two left dead as Valencia region battered by torrential rain

Spain’s meteorological agency has warned the Mediterranean area to expect more storms, which could be “among the worst seen in the last 13 years”

AIR SAFETY

British Airways passenger: “I thought it was a terrorist attack. No one told us anything”

The airline has been heavily criticized for failing to provide information when the plane cabin filled with smoke on the flight to Valencia

ANIMAL WELFARE

With more Spaniards living alone, pet numbers soar in the cities

The number of registered dogs, cats and rabbits has shot up by 40% in the past five years

Spanish politics

Spain’s new PM faces first crisis as minister quits over tax scandal

Pedro Sánchez lets Màxim Huerta go after it emerged that he withheld taxes in the early 2000s

HISTORY

Why did Nazi Germany bomb four Spanish villages?

New documentary gets to the bottom of mysterious attacks that killed 38 people in 1938

Catalan Independence

‘Botifler’: the pro-independence movement’s favorite insult

Catalan secessionists have brought back into use a term that was originally employed in the 18th century against the Bourbon army

ART

The British Museum brings Medieval Europe to life in Madrid

CaixaForum hosts exhibition dispelling ‘dark ages’ myth and highlighting continent’s sense of continuity

MUSEUMS

Is Madrid managing to market its so-called Art Walk?

The city has been promoting the area running north from Atocha station to Cibeles Most people, however, limit their visits to galleries featuring Velázquez, Goya, and Picasso

Valencia’s IVAM museum overpaid for artworks by as much as 1,500%

Ex-chief Consuelo Ciscar, who was replaced last year, also wildly inflated visitor numbers

Spain’s top museum chiefs decry crippling taxes and call for dialogue

Heads of Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza speak at a rare joint public event

Seeing the Prado in a new light

Major project to swap museum’s halogen lamps for LEDs brings details into sharp focus

Camper’s 40-year stroll to success

London’s Design Museum is dedicating a new show to the renowned Mallorcan shoe brand

Hispanist Raymond Carr dies at 96

British historian received the Prince of Asturias Award in 1999 for his work on Spain

EXHIBITION

The Kunstmuseum comes to Madrid

Basel gallery allows 170 of its works to leave Switzerland for first time for historic show

ART

Lettuce pay: Prado puts religious artwork worth millions on display

“La Lechuga,” or The Lettuce, is so named after the green hue of its 1,485 pure emeralds

Alicante wildfire brought under control on doorstep of Xàbia harbor

Firefighters are still struggling to put out a blaze that has already ravaged a natural park

Irishman arrested after throwing suitcase full of cocaine out of hotel window

The 39-year-old, known only as P. G., was caught in possession of 55 kilos of the drug in Valencia

Rotten tomatoes? Tomatina fiesta comes under scrutiny for corruption

Opposition party claims irregularities in privatization of popular fruit-throwing party

Lights go out on Alicante movie studios

Brussels forces Spain to sell enormous Ciudad de la Luz film complex, claiming unfair competition