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Madrid

Madrid

Cities 1
Marta Domínguez

Marta Domínguez

Sports Stars 2
Paella

Paella

Food 3
Bilbao

Bilbao

Cities 4
The Sunday Drivers

The Sunday Drivers

Rock Bands 5
Tapas

Tapas

Food 6
José Tomás

José Tomás

Famous People 7
Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa

Sports Stars 8
Madrid

Madrid

When it comes to sights, the capital can’t compete with Barcelona. The Almudena Cathedral is pretty ugly, there’s no waterway to speak of, and the skyline is basically ...

Marta Domínguez

Marta Domínguez

Long-distance runner Domínguez has won a steady stream of medals at major competitions ever since taking bronze at the 1998 European championships in the 5,000 metres. Probably the ...

Paella

Paella

The iconic dish of Spain. The food version of flamenco. And, like flamenco, there are as many styles as there are people to make it. Home-cooked, anyone ...

Bilbao

Bilbao

Not so long ago, Bilbao was seen as an unattractive place, known for its industry and the dark-suited bodyguards who escorted public figures threatened by ETA around town. ...

The Sunday Drivers

The Sunday Drivers

Singing in English is a brave gambit when it’s not your native language, but Toledo’s folk rockers “los Sunday” pulled off the feat impressively. With a low-key stage ...

Tapas

Tapas

There are now fancy tapas bars in the stylish parts of almost every city worldwide. But in Spain tapas run the gamut, from elegantly decorated prawns in honey ...

José Tomás

José Tomás

Bullfighting may be suffering an unstoppable crisis, with attendance down and a ban coming into effect in Catalonia, but Tomás is its great hope. With a hair-raising disregard ...

Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro who? Yes, De la Rosa is known as much for his career as a test driver for the likes of McLaren and Sauber as he is for ...