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

Animal welfare in Spain

Eighty-kilo passenger limit takes a weight off the shoulders of Mijas’s donkeys

New guidelines have been introduced in the southern Spanish town aimed at protecting the welfare of the animals, who are used for rides and a “taxi service” for tourists

Languages

Spain continues to have one of the worst levels of English in Europe

A new study places the country in 25th spot on a list of 33 European states with respect to its proficiency in the language

Gender equality

Spanish region to ban gendered school uniforms

The initiative from the Valencia regional government will ensure that no student will be “forced to wear a skirt because of their sex”

Travel

13 magical fall getaways in Asturias

Whether you fancy being a miner for the day or prefer to wash away the cobwebs at the magical Xurbeo waterfall, here are some ideas of how to enjoy Spain’s beautiful northwestern region this autumn

Sustainable living

Eco-friendly Barcelona: Trend or truth?

This week on our Trans-Iberian blog, May Ponzo explores the Gràcia neighborhood to see whether locals are genuinely environmentally conscious, or whether new habits are just an extension of a health fad

Society

The thankless job of a grandparent: “It’s exhausting, but I can’t say no”

Spanish illustrator Joly Navarro Rognoni is using humor to showcase how seniors often feel obligated to care for their grandchildren, whether they are willing to or not

SPANISH TIMETABLES

Clocks to go back one hour this weekend as Daylight Saving Time ends

At 3am on October 27 Spaniards will gain an hour, a practice that the European Union wants to end by 2021

ENVIRONMENT

Why I’m joining the climate protests, and you should too

James Bryce, a Briton living in Spain, may not be an environmental “saint” – he is not a vegetarian, he owns a car, and he flies from time to time. But regular folks like him still can and must do their part to pressure governments into taking urgent action, he argues on our TransIberian blog