HISTORY

The story of Madrid’s abandoned ‘beach’ for its working class

Built in 1932 in a style reminiscent of Le Corbusier and used by Robert Capa for a famous photograph, the landmark site is in a state of complete neglect after years of payment defaults

CINEMA

Pedro Almodóvar shares preview of new short starring Tilda Swinton

The Spanish director's latest work will premiere at the Venice Festival, which opens on Tuesday amid heightened coronavirus safety measures

HISTORY

Anna Maria: The Spaniard who survived 16 bayonet wounds during the Battle of Manila

In 1945, when she was just a girl, ‘Anita’ watched Japanese troops kill her parents and siblings. But she remembers nothing of what happened in the Philippines, choosing to focus on her second life after the atrocity

DIGITAL MONEY

Busking for Bizum: Coronavirus pandemic sees street artists swap cash for card payments

Madrileños are increasingly opting to use digital money in the ‘new normality,’ a trend that also applies for the musicians on the corners of the capital

VERNE

The weekend that the creator of ‘The Wire’ spent arguing with Twitter users about Spain

David Simon got drawn into sometimes bitter exchanges about politics, Franco and the meaning of some choice Spanish phrases after Unidas Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias recommended his latest show

CORONAVIRUS

On his 60th birthday, Antonio Banderas announces he has Covid-19

The Spanish actor broke the news via his social media accounts, and stated that he is "relatively well, just a bit more tired than usual"

HISTORY

The empowered women of the Spanish Middle Ages

Their role was more complex and varied than the popular stereotypes depicting them as nuns, aristocrats or sinners

ARCHEOLOGY

New discovery fills gap in Atapuerca’s history of human evolution

Two stone tools found in the world-famous archeological site in northern Spain provide answers about its early inhabitants

HISTORY

The age of exploration: when Africa discovered Spain

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, encounters between African and Spanish kingdoms were largely a relationship of equals

ARTS

Madrid’s Teatro Real returns to the stage, with a socially distanced production of ‘La Traviata’

After more than 100 days of closure, the opera house pulled off a skilled return, with a full choir and orchestra observing the safety measures necessary in the Covid-19 era

El COMIDISTA

Spain’s Conguitos candy pushed to rebrand ‘racist’ imagery

A campaign has been launched against the political incorrectness of the chocolate brand‘s mascot amid growing support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. EL PAÍS's El Comidista food blog looks at what's changing both in Spain and abroad

CORONAVIRUS

Barcelona opera house reopens with a concert for 2,292 plants

The unusual event was meant as a reflection on Spain's three-month lockdown and its impact on human activity

ARCHAEOLOGY

Spanish archaeologists recover new treasure from famed ‘Mercedes’ shipwreck

Thousands of artifacts, including bronze cannons, silverware and candelabras, have been excavated from the frigate which made headlines after a US treasure hunting company removed 600,000 coins from the wreck

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish healthcare workers on frontline against Covid-19 win Princess of Asturias Award

The prestigious prize has been collectively bestowed on doctors, nurses and other personnel who fought the pandemic, sometimes "without suitable equipment or material means"

CORONAVIRUS

The surprising similarities between the coronavirus and the bubonic plague

New research from the University of Barcelona looks at the parallels between the current pandemic and the disease that swept across the Byzantine Empire 1,500 years ago

ROMAN HISTORY

The search for Hannibal’s elephants on the Tagus River

Research shows that the town of Driebes in Guadalajara province could be where the battle between the Carthaginians and the Carparthians was fought in 220 B.C.

Roman History

Inside Virtus Iulia, the Roman city in the south of Spain

Recent excavations have revealed the site at the Torreparedones archeological park had an amphitheater as well as markets, public baths and a forum

EL PAÍS SEMANAL

The Spanish illustrator who dissects politics for ‘The New York Times’

Pablo Delcán translates complex ideas with simple brushstrokes, be it for the prestigious magazine, a Sigur Rós concert poster or a Nabokov book cover

SEXUAL ASSAULT

The alleged sexual assault filmed on Spain’s ‘Big Brother’: ‘Nobody did anything!’

A Madrid court has been investigating a suspected case of abuse of a female contestant that was caught on camera during the filming of ‘Gran Hermano’

Madrid nightlife

Madrid’s tiniest bar is also a temple of flamenco

The first rule followed by the many devoted fans of San Román is to deny its very existence

Business

The story of the Spanish potato chip that walked Hollywood’s red carpet

Sales of the Bonilla a la Vista brand, which is still family-owned, have skyrocketed in Spain after the South Korean movie ‘Parasite’ triumphed at the Oscars

BOOKS

“There was no Reconquest. No military campaign lasts eight centuries”

In his new book, British historian Henry Kamen debunks the myths that are bound up in Spain’s identity, arguing that “current politicians have no idea what makes a nation”

ARTS

Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo apologizes to women after probe finds misconduct

The tenor has said he is sorry for all the “hurt” he caused his victims and takes “full responsibility” for his actions

HISTORY

The Catalans who conquered California

The Hispanic Council revives the forgotten story of the Free Company of Volunteers of Catalonia, which was sent to defend the Pacific coast for Spain in the 1700s

ARCHITECTURE

The shortlist of architectural disasters in Spain

A cultural association named Hispania Nostra decries that valuable historical buildings have been defaced, badly restored or demolished altogether

HISTORY

One of the world’s longest Roman aqueducts was in Valencia, scholars discover

Although only a few sections have survived, this feat of engineering covered 98.6 kilometers between the mountains and the regional capital

ARTS

Arqua, Spain’s underwater museum, has a problem with leaks

A Culture Ministry report is blaming faulty construction at the Murcia building, and warns there is little that can be done to stop sea water seeping in