The forgers of God

Four Spanish Claretian priests put themselves at risk to try to save 155 Jews from Nazi persecution between 1940 and 1944 in Paris. During that period, fake baptisms were carried out in a clandestine operation that was kept strictly under wraps; until now


Fernando Simón: dissecting the public face of Spain’s coronavirus crisis

As the head of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts, the 56-year-old doctor from Zaragoza, who turns up every day on his motorbike, found himself center stage during the pandemic in Spain


La Paz: a Madrid hospital at war against Covid-19

The Spanish capital’s icon of public healthcare is now dedicated almost entirely to coronavirus patients. EL PAÍS spent three days inside to see how the daily battles are being fought


Coronavirus: The war of our generation

Under Operation Balmis, more than 8,000 soldiers in Spain are doing what they can every day to support the fight against Covid-19, from building field hospitals and disinfecting senior residences, to transporting the bodies of victims


Višnja Pavelić: The daughter of a Croatian dictator who lived as a recluse in Madrid

The 92-year-old woman worshiped her late father, Ante Pavelić, whose regime was responsible for the genocide of more than 300,000 people in the Nazi puppet state of Croatia. Before her death, she invited us into her home where there was no remorse, only a deeply entrenched hatred


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


Mar Menor: Nature’s payback

A saline lagoon in Spain’s southeastern region of Murcia has become a symbol of how a lack of respect for the environment can backfire. EL PAÍS traveled to what was once an idyllic spot to find out how things got this bad


Why I voted for Vox

EL PAÍS travels to the places where Spain's far-right party made the greatest gains at the November 10 election to find out what its supporters are like, and what they hope to gain from their vote


Spain’s dying railroad towns: Trying to catch a new train to prosperity

These once-bustling centers of activity were largely abandoned when other forms of transportation took over. But the few remaining residents are fighting to preserve their legacy, and to find a new purpose for their crumbling infrastructure


Alleged fraudster ‘Little Nicolás’: “They sent me to a school where everyone was rich except for me”

Francisco Nicolás Gómez Iglesias talks to EL PAÍS about how he went from rubbing shoulders with Spain’s political elite to facing up to 30 years in jail for fraud

Spanish food

Ten temples of Spanish tapas

EL PAÍS SEMANAL has traveled across the country to find out why people are willing to stand in line for as long as it takes just to get a taste of these deceptively simple dishes

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


Brits in Spain resort to Irish ancestry to stay in the EU after Brexit

Ireland used to receive around 6,000 applications for citizenship a year before the 2016 referendum. But last year alone it received 25,000, some from British nationals living in Spanish territory

Climate change

The Greta Thunberg generation

Inspired by the Swedish teenage climate activist, the younger members of society are leading the fight against global warming

How Cirque du Soleil turned to the genius of Messi for inspiration

The artistic spirit of the Argentine soccer star is the protagonist of the world-renowned company’s new production. EL PAÍS SEMANAL got a sneak peek at the rehearsals in Montreal ahead of the premiere on October 10 in Barcelona


Why the Spanish language is losing ground in Gibraltar

Younger generations are using English almost exclusively, a fact educators blame partly on social media

The Alhambra’s own constant gardener

For 40 years, Paco García Montes has been taking care of the sweeping green spaces at Granada’s world-famous Islamic palace complex. Before retiring, he shares anecdotes about smart-alecky tourists and killer bugs

The 200th anniversary of the Prado

Visiting the Prado Museum with Spanish artist Miquel Barceló

The Mallorcan painter discusses his favorite artworks and masters at Madrid’s world-famous gallery, as he wanders its corridors with his friend, photographer Jean Marie del Moral


Spain, the new springboard in Netflix’s bid for world domination

The streaming giant has opened its first European production center outside Madrid, where it aims to make between four and six series a year


The Prado’s treasures come to life

Rino Stefano Tagliafierro injects computer-generated movement into the art collection in a video produced by El País Semanal for the 200th anniversary of one of the world’s most famous museums


Gaudí’s last tenant

The writer Ana Viladomiu is the only resident living in La Pedrera, a World Heritage building designed by the iconic Catalan architect and visited by over one million tourists a year


María Moreno: the art of deconstructing flamenco

The young sensation worked for two months in Japan to raise money for a show that wowed the crowds at the Seville Biennale


The Marie Kondo revolution hits Spain

In an increasingly chaotic world, the advice of the Japanese organizing guru promises to bring happiness. She has thousands of followers, and her method is not only a lifestyle choice, it is also big business

Drug Trafficking

The new cocaine lords of Galicia

After the excesses of the 1990s, the drug gangs from northwestern Spain have become adept at avoiding detection. But operating below the radar is a thriving transportation empire stretching all the way to Africa and the eastern Mediterranean

Art in Spain

A vision reborn: Museum of iconic Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida opens once again

After closing due to management and financial problems, the magical outdoor sculpture park and gallery will welcome in visitors from April 17 to contemplate the work of one of Spain’s most internationally renowned 20th-century artists

The battle to legalize cannabis in Spain

The country has some of the world’s most active research teams looking into the drug, but it is still illegal for medicinal and recreational purposes. The value of the global industry is set to grow to around €50 billion – is there a risk that Spanish players could miss out?


When trivia is your living: Meet Spain’s professional game show contestants

A group of Spaniards has turned television quizzes into a job that can earn them millions in prize money. Here they share their winning formulas, and reveal the hard work that success requires