ONLINE HOAXES

The story behind the hoax English Edition headline that spread like wildfire on Twitter

The man who took the photo of the machine-translated webpage explains to Verne how an “innocent joke” among friends turned into viral sensation accusing EL PAÍS of incompetence

CORONAVIRUS

“We heard you”: Hospital workers in Spain show thanks for public applause during coronavirus crisis

Health centers have expressed their appreciation for the noisy scenes of gratitude that were organized to pay tribute to everyone working while the country is in lockdown

CORONAVIRUS

How to protect your physical health while working from home during Spain’s coronavirus lockdown

Poor posture and spending too much time seated can lead to problems in the cervical and lumbar areas, but these can be avoided with stretches and exercise

CORONAVIRUS

Spaniards take to balconies to applaud the professionals working to combat coronavirus

The noisy scenes of gratitude were seen across the country, after messages suggesting the initiative spread over messaging services such as WhatsApp

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

FEMICIDE

“I have every right to burn and to break”: The Mexican woman seeking justice for her daughter’s murder

Marichuy Jaimes was killed in January 2016, launching her mother’s fight. A powerful video has surfaced online of Yesnia Zamudio's fiery speech against femicide

VERNE IN ENGLISH

Spanish journalist sexually harassed while reporting live: “I was in shock”

The culprit has been placed under a restraining order and must pay reporter Raquel Guillán €2,000 in compensation

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

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

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

VERNE IN ENGLISH

How the term “mena” hurts unaccompanied migrant minors in Spain

The word has been used negatively during the election campaign to criminalize youngsters who, according to the Spanish ombudsman, are “the most vulnerable of the vulnerable”

Spanish politicians

Madrid mayor to schoolkids: “I’d rather donate to Notre-Dame than the Amazon”

The appearance of the Popular Party’s José Luis Martínez-Almeida on a TV show has gone viral on social media, after his answers left children and viewers somewhat surprised

SPANISH PROPERTY MARKET

From the ‘Airbnb scam’ to phishing: how to spot fraud when flat-hunting

Learn how to identify the signs of scammers in the Spanish market, who will often advertise properties that seem too good to be true, and will always be in a hurry to close the deal

SPANISH MUSIC

Video by video: How Rosalía conquered the world in 10 months

The Barcelona-born pop superstar this week became the first female Spanish artist to win an MTV Video Music Award but her success has been a year in the making

VERNE IN ENGLISH

Quiz: Can you guess where these cathedrals are located in Spain?

Spain is home to 88 cathedrals but not all of them are easily recognizable. Take this test to see whether you can correctly identify where these 15 can be found

ENTERTAINMENT

Welcome to Micropolix, Madrid’s capitalist theme park for kids

In this mini-city, children play at being adults: they get jobs, open bank accounts and obssess about money

GENDER EQUALITY

Spanish grandmothers break stereotypes in gender-bending photo exhibition

A group of senior women, know as the Lideresas of Villaverde, have recreated iconic images from popular culture posing as Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and the members of The Beatles

Bullfighting in Spain

Video: What do tourists in Spain think after seeing their first bullfight?

Verne speaks to visitors to the country about their first impressions of the controversial tradition after attending the Las Ventas ring in Madrid

Spanish election 2019

Born in Spain but unable to vote: The red tape faced by children of immigrants

Over 500,000 people cannot vote at the upcoming general election even though they have lived in the country all their lives

Easter in Spain

“No Ku Klux Klan. Spanish tradition”

A pastry shop in Cádiz selling figurines of hooded penitents has decided to anticipate the uncomfortable questions it usually receives around Easter time

Language

Foreign tourist and Civil Guard officer: The many meanings of the word ‘guiri’

While it is commonly used in Spain to describe a certain type of traveler, it has other definitions stretching back to the 19th century and the Carlist Wars

ENVIRONMENT

Video showing devastating plastic pollution on Tenerife beach goes viral

A conservationist has captured images of the waste covering the shore of the Canary Island. Currents in the area act as a garbage collector for what washes in from the North Atlantic

Brexit

“It was the best year of my life”: Former Erasmus students on what could be lost with Brexit

Verne speaks to Spanish alumni who studied in the UK on the importance of the program, which could be at risk if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal

Verne in English

How is the adjective ‘Spanish’ used in other languages?

From torture to deadly pandemics, the word carries a wide range of meanings outside of Spain, often with negative connotations

HEALTHCARE

Why a Facebook post about Spain’s public healthcare system went viral

Expectant mother Eva Castizo wrote that she wanted a symbolic invoice of all the services she had received, to highlight the importance of the country’s free healthcare