Barcelona Reels From Terror Attack That Left 13 Dead And Scores Injured

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK

What we know so far: Incident happened around 5pm local time on Las Ramblas, ​​a busy tourist area Authorities have confirmed there are least 13 p...

Costa Brava Holidays: Sun-Drenched Beaches, Music, Art... And Fantastic Food

David Leigh | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Leigh

Many people immediately think of beaches of golden sand, but that is only part of the story. The coastline is immensely varied and while there are several long stretches of sand, the coast gets its name from the rugged stretches of coastline full of small rocky coves.

Bask For All: Part Two

Martyn Sibley | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Welcome back to my musings on the beautiful area of the Basque country in northern Spain. The long wait is finally over to hear all about "the most ac...

See the Best of Gaudí's Iconic Architecture in Barcelona - By Bus

David Leigh | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Leigh

There are many reasons you might want to visit Barcelona, but one that continues to top the list is the awe-inspiring architecture of Antoni Gaudí.

Five Languages From Spain You Never Knew Existed

Alice Corr | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Corr

Spain, known as the land of sol, siestas and sangría, is less well known for the diversity of its linguistic heritage. Though most people could probably identify Basque and Catalan as languages spoken in Spain, the Iberian Peninsula is home to a number of minority languages and dialects you've probably never heard of.

Eat Like a King in Barcelona - Without Breaking the Bank

David Leigh | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Leigh

When visiting a foreign city it can be all too easy to stick to what you know and Barcelona is no exception. While some people look forward to trying new dishes, many others like to stick to what they already know.

Music Festivals in Barcelona

David Leigh | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
David Leigh

While Barcelona is perhaps most associated with architecture, football and warm weather, as one of the hippest cities in Europe it is also a great destination for live music.

Celebrating St George's Day in Catalonia

David Leigh | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Leigh

Although the legend of George and the Dragon is well known, there is strong evidence the man really existed. A Roman soldier who in 303AD was martyred for refusing to denounce his Christian faith, George was canonised in 494AD. Probably of Greek origin, he died in what is now Turkey with the dragon myth emerging later from Beirut.

Six Ways to Plan a Family Holiday in Spain - and Avoid the Crowded Costas

William Gray | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Parents
William Gray

Mainstream media were quick to focus on the proposal that women should have a £3000 budget and a choice of birth places and carers. The Times describes this as women being "handed £3000 by the NHS," a scenario which seems as unlikely as its tone seems dismissive of women's abilities to think straight if presented with such quantities of money.

Long Overdue: Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

Stephen Donnan | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

If you're reading this then let me just reassure you that I am not about to rehash the countless valid, tested and proven arguments for marriage equal...

The Aigua Blava Cookbook #1

Linda Duffin | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

This is a preamble to sharing a series of the recipes we've cooked together over the years. Some of them are Spanish, some specifically Catalonian, others are an English take on Mediterranean ingredients.

Notes From a Housesit: Barcelona, Part Two

Roberta Verdant | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

Last week, I fell in love with Barcelona. Some cities just make beautiful sense. Barcelona is one of them. Long, straight Roman roads to follow, squares thronged by palm trees. Great architecture, café culture, the beach.

Forgotten Stories From Spain: 1984 and the Spanish Civil War by Paul Read, a Review

Matthew Hirtes | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Hirtes

Where does a free society end and a police state begin? It's a question which vexed one of the world's finest political commentators, George Orwell, during his six months' service in the Spanish Civil War. And a question which remains just as relevant today, a whole millennium later.

Access All Areas: My Accessible Adventures in Catalonia

Martyn Sibley | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Getting to and from the Sagrada Familia is also made easy by Barcelona's brilliantly accessible transport system. 80% of the metro system is now fully accessible, while 100% of the buses have ramps so you can hop on and off as you please.

Another European Separatist Movement Has Called A Referendum

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK

BARCELONA — The president of Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia on Saturday has called an independence referendum, the latest secessi...

Catalonia - Beyond the Bright Lights of Barcelona

Justin Francis | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Spain's north-east corner holds a secret. Technically, it's not Spain. At least that's what you will be told again and again by the Catalan people, fiercely protective of their independence and identity. It's a region of incredible individuality...

I Walk, Therefore I am

Carl Honore | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carl Honore

By relaxing the mind, walking turns on the creative taps, too. Ernest Hemingway went for a stroll whenever he felt deflated by the blank page. "I would walk...when I had finished work or when I was trying to think something out," he wrote. "It was easier to think if I was walking.

Could Juan Carlos Be The Last Spanish Monarch?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK

Could Juan Carlos be the last Spanish monarch? As the 76-year-old handed the reins to son Felipe, tens of thousands in Spain have rallied to demand th...

Jessica Elgot

Homage To Caledonia | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK

The small northern California county of Siskiyou is renowned for its natural beauty, its remarkably diverse wildlife, its imposing mountain range, and...

Fair Play for Catalonia

Roger Albinyana | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Roger Albinyana

On 11th September, Catalan national day, 1.6 million ordinary people formed a human chain the length of Catalonia, calling for things that the British take for granted: freedom and democracy.

10 Spanish Villages for a Sunny Summer Escape

minube | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

For decades, Spain has been one of Europe's top destinations for summer travellers looking to to enjoy her beaches, cuisine, world-class museums, and ...

Planet Appetite: Sustainable Tourism in Catalonia, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The County of Berguedà in Catalonia, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, is leading the way in Spain in promoting Eco-Tourism - hotels, camping sites and restaurants already sport the EU Ecolabel. Organic food and wine are also on the menu.

Seven Spanish Destinations You Won't Find in the Travel Brochures | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

From spectacularly unspoiled havens of nature, to beautiful old-world fishing villages, we've compiled a mixed bag of magnificent spots! While you won't find them in travel brochures, you will find they house a number of our Spanish private holiday rentals.

Catalonia and the Problems with Separation

Thomas Grant | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Grant

The austerity cuts have opened up old wounds in a region who has always felt that their identity has been different to those of the rest of Spain. Sharing a different language and culture, attempts of separation are not new to Catalonia.

Catalonia Must Pay, or Else

Victor Jimenez | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Politics
Victor Jimenez

The region is determined to be recognised, and treated, as a nation. Sadly, Catalans appear incapable of shouldering the bill that comes attached to it.