ASTURIAS

Why tourists are digging deep in Asturian mines

They were once an economic engine, but now the pits in the northwestern Spanish region have been shuttered and instead receive visitors, who can walk through the underwater tunnels of the Arnao, take a train through forests in Langreo, and even dig for coal themselves

DESIGN

Benidorm, the pioneering resort disdained in Spain but praised abroad

Applauded for its sustainability but vilified for triggering mass tourism, the coastal city has some of the most iconic skyscrapers in the country

Traditional shops

In Madrid a dwindling number of historic shops resist globalization

A new book catalogues the histories of some of the oldest establishments in the capital

TOURISM

Is Madrid headed for the same tourism trap as Barcelona?

Downtown residents are being priced out of their homes, which are turned into tourist apartments

CULTURE

Alltheater: The Spanish company bringing the stage to your sofa

This new theatrical platform allows you to choose plays à la carte to watch from your home

HISTORY

Madrid’s hungry years

A book provides insight into the solutions women found to shortages during the Civil War Laura and Carmen Gutiérrez Rueda collected recipes from survivors of the city’s siege

Prisoners of their own device

The craze for live-action escape games is taking hold around Spain

technology

Apple opens doors of its new Spanish flagship store in Madrid

Dancing employees entertain fans waiting to be first to walk into tech firm’s new premises in Sol

Alternative madrid

Jitterbugging the economic blues away

Invented in the 1930s, swing dancing helped Americans through the Great Depression Crisis-hit Madrileños are now turning to the lindy hop and other styles to brighten their own times

family

Entertaining the indie generation

Keeping your children amused over the holidays, and beyond, can be educational The following guide may be of some use...

THEATER

Going for a song? Teatro Real auctions off pieces of operas past

Over 1,000 costumes, masks, wigs, furniture and props to go under the hammer

city life

Madrid's lost arcades

These old commercial cloisters were once the life and soul of the Spanish capital Now that they are in decline, a new movement is afoot to revitalize the shopping galleries

MUSEUMS

Beyond the Prado and Thyssen

A cornucopia of oddball artifacts awaits visitors who dare to explore Madrid's other museums

LITERATURE

Reading for free in Madrid

The Libros Libres project is offering books for nothing in the Chamberí district

Flying the freegan flag

The people who collect the leftover food the rest of us throw out