TRAVEL IN SPAIN

Coronavirus concerns fuel motorhome boom in Spain

Sales and rentals of RVs are rising as people seek a more socially isolated way to spend their summer vacation

Life in Spain

How to survive summer in Spain: Air conditioning or fans?

As the thermometer starts to soar, EL PAÍS looks at the advantages and disadvantages of each device with respect to both environmental and health factors

CORONAVIRUS

Daily coronavirus fatalities in Spain come in under 100 for third day in a row

The number of Covid-19-related deaths was 83 on Tuesday, a slight rise from Monday’s figure of 59

VERNE IN ENGLISH

How to work from home during Spain’s coronavirus crisis

Six people who have been telecommuting for years share their advice on how to avoid distractions, stay focused and set defined schedules

Verne in English

The history of Spain’s ‘Insured for Fire’ building signs

The plaques first appeared in the country in the 19th century but started to disappear after city halls began to employ their own professional firefighters

Daily Life
RELIGION

No kissing Christ: The coronavirus ban that has upset Madrid’s faithful

The archbishopric of the Spanish capital has ordered worshipers not to kiss the feet of the holy figure in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19

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

SPANISH ROYAL FAMILY

The private life of Spain’s King Felipe

When not in the media spotlight, the 52-year-old enjoys taking his daughters to see movies at a public cinema and strolling through the streets of Madrid

BUSINESS

The pioneering Spanish company where staff work a four-day week

Software Delsol, located in the southern city of Jaén, has introduced the new timetables this year in a bid to boost productivity but without cutting salaries

RURAL SPAIN

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

VERNE IN ENGLISH

Barcelona man reclaims art of small talk through free street conversations

Adrià Ballester, 26, sees the act of chatting with complete strangers as a form of activism in an internet-dependent world where face-to-face interaction is becoming increasingly rare

VERNE IN ENGLISH

Video: Spanish photographer’s speech on happiness at work goes viral

Pedro Correa’s talk on the importance of listening to your inner voice at a university in Belgium has been seen more than five million times on Facebook

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

SPANISH BARS

Spanish city of Málaga calls time on new bars in bid to combat noise pollution

Local authorities have introduced a five-year ban on new dining and drinking establishments in downtown areas that are already saturated with venues

PARENTHOOD IN SPAIN

A waiting game for expectant fathers in Spain, with paternity leave about to rise

From January 1, male employees will enjoy 12 paid weeks off work, up from the current eight. While some men are planning to take the full time off, others fear for their jobs

Demographics

Why women in Spain are waiting longer to have a baby

From not finding the right partner to fertility problems, there are many reasons why would-be mothers are putting off starting a family

‘El Gordo’ draw

Winners across Spain celebrate results of ‘El Gordo’ Christmas lottery

Just eight minutes after the draw began, the top prize was called for the number 26590

VERNE IN ENGLISH

Lottery, logs and lights: What surprises foreigners about Spanish Christmas

The famous Catalan ‘Caganer’ figurine is by far the most-cited festive curiosity by members of the non-native community in Spain

EL VIAJERO TRAVEL

Discovering Chillida Leku and the magic of San Sebastián

Enjoy a stroll around the recently reopened outdoor art museum in Hernani, while experiencing the culture and delicious cuisine of the Basque city

Demographics

Births in Spain fall to lowest level in 20 years, new figures reveal

The first six months of 2019 have set a new low as couples postpone parenthood due to precarious financial situations, among other factors

DEPOPULATION

Raising the bar: Why Spanish villages are fighting to keep their locals open

In places like Villalbarba, where there are only 132 people, residents say there would be no social life if they could not come together for a coffee or a game of bingo

VERNE IN ENGLISH

Looking for Lourdes: British ambassador reaches out to long-lost friend

In the hope he might locate her, Hugh Elliott has shared on Twitter the story of how, 35 years ago, a local woman from Burgos gave him food and accommodation

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

Tourism

Hot water and a phoenix: How Madrid airport is catering to Chinese tourists

Travel authorities are preparing a series of changes, including new food menus and mobile payments, to make these highly valued visitors “feel at home”

TRAVEL

A journey to Spain’s magical Las Alpujarras region

Summit the highest peak in the Spanish peninsula, wander through labyrinthine streets, and sample traditional food on a visit to the picturesque villages of Bubión, Capileira and Pampaneira

Travel

Five of Spain’s most captivating castles

Travel writer Paco Nadal lists his favorite fortresses in the country, and explains why they are so special