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Carmen Cervera

She holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Spaniards, not so much for her role as a matron of the arts, but for her insouciance in the face of a family feud.

July 18th, 2012 | Posted in Culture, Featured | Read More »

Celebrating Santiago’s ever-changing afterlife


July 25 is the Feast of St James, or Santiago, the patron saint of Spain. While his life was eventful, it was after James’s death that a series of legends sprang up, using the saint’s figure as a constantly changing representation of the hopes of the Spanish people.

July 25th, 2011 | Posted in Culture, Featured | Read More »

Bullfighting: Fighting for its future

A bull ring in Andalusia

Bullfights and Flamenco. It’s hard to imagine Spain without either of its richest cultural activities. While one recently two-stepped its way to recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage cultural treasure, bullfighting finds itself in the ring against a generational divide, politics and a struggling economy, attempting to defend its history and tradition.

April 4th, 2011 | Posted in Culture | Read More »

Bullfighting in the political ring

Banned in Catalonia last year, bullfighting is dividing Spain along political and cultural lines.

March 28th, 2011 | Posted in Culture | Read More »


La mezquita de Cordoba

Andalusia has a handful of candidates for this list, not least Granada and Seville. But the former capital of the Islamic caliphate comes out on top for several reasons. The Mezquita is the obvious one: a massive, labyrinthine mosque that is beautiful despite having a Catholic cathedral dumped on top of it. In addition, central […]

March 1st, 2011 | Posted in Cities | Read More »


Barcelona highlight: the Sagrada Familia.

An obvious choice for obvious reasons: the Sagrada Familia temple, the Gaudí park, Montjuïc, the finest football team on earth, more Gaudí, and a beautiful, freakish coastal skyline. But beyond the evident draws there is plenty more. The Ramblas may be a haven for pickpockets and boozy foreigners and have all the charm of a […]

March 1st, 2011 | Posted in Cities | Read More »

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