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

ART

Madrid’s Prado museum seeks a solution for its most popular artworks

In an effort to reduce constant overcrowding, the gallery is trialing a new display design for the rooms holding Hieronymus Bosch’s famous paintings

HISTORY

The Mudéjar jewel hidden in the palace of the real-life ‘Citizen Kane’

A foundation has discovered that a coffered ceiling belonging to a Spanish church was bought by US magnate William Randolph Hearst and placed in his library

CINEMA

Spanish animation feature ‘Klaus’ hopes for Academy Award glory

The Netflix co-production has already won a BAFTA and seven Annies, the industry equivalent of the Academy Awards

SPANISH FILM

Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar triumphs at Spain’s Goya Awards

The internationally acclaimed director won in seven categories, including Best Film, for his semi-autobiographical movie ‘Pain and Glory’

FILM

Is Spain’s Antonio Banderas an ‘actor of color’?

Several US media outlets have been criticized for claiming that the Spaniard, who has been nominated for an Oscar this year, falls into this category

ACADEMY AWARDS

Spanish film legends get Oscar nominations for ‘Pain and Glory’

Director Pedro Almodóvar and his leading man Antonio Banderas are in the running for Best International Feature and Best Actor, respectively, at the upcoming Academy Awards

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ACCUSATIONS

Plácido Domingo: “In some places now you can’t say anything to a woman”

The opera singer speaks to EL PAÍS on his return to his home country of Spain, discussing his career and his future after he was accused of sexual harassment

Monarchy

Research confirms that intermarrying caused the ‘Habsburg jaw’ in Spanish royals

After analyzing portraits, a team of geneticists and surgeons has confirmed the link between the diplomatic strategy adopted by the dynasty and their prevalent overbite

200th Anniversary of the Prado

Goya blows out the candles on the Prado Museum’s 200th birthday

The most ambitious display of drawings by the master to date brings the celebratory series of exhibitions to a close

A stroll through the Prado Museum on its bicentenary

Spanish music

Why does Rosalía cause so much controversy?

The Spanish pop sensation has won over critics across the world, but continues to stir debate, be it for her political views, concert fees or flamenco-inspired music

Sports stars

Piqué shakes up the tennis world

Loved and hated in almost equal measure, the Barça soccer star was a mainstay of Spain’s greatest ever national team, but when it comes to business, tennis is his game. In the run-up to his makeover of the Davis Cup, he talks to EL PAÍS about his venture and how Shakira is a source of inspiration

HISTORY

The US mercenary pilot who shot down planes in Spain for $1,000

A new novel recreates the bold effort by Harold E. Dahl’s wife to save his life after he was sentenced to death by the Franco regime

COMEDY IN SPAIN

Scottish stand-up star Daniel Sloss to play Madrid gig

The 29-year-old, who has two new specials in the pipeline with streaming giant Netflix, is currently touring with his 10th solo show