Spain

Immaculate Spanish home, frenzied English children. What could possibly go wrong?

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Immaculate Spanish home, frenzied English children. What could possibly go wrong?

I’d rather be depressed than develop a buffalo hump

22 April 2017 9:00 am

When I was depressed 20 years ago, the (then) new antidepressant drug Prozac sorted it easily. It took six weeks…

Why stop at keeping Gibraltar? Let’s take over the bits of Spain around it

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Since Article 50 was triggered last week, City traders have been avidly watching the fluctuations of the pound. Analysts at…

Confessions of a Feyenoord hooligan-turned-Rastafarian

11 March 2017 9:00 am

In Spain, I stayed in youth hostels in Barcelona, Alicante, Almeria and Seville. But that first hostel in Barcelona, where…

The many people I slept with in Spain

4 March 2017 9:00 am

All told, I find that in the last week I’ve slept with a Chinaman, three black women from the United…

Hostelling Scientology-style

25 February 2017 9:00 am

I stepped off the train in Barcelona at 7.30 in the evening and followed directions to the hostel. The February…

Left: Maíno, 1612–14: ‘The Adoration of the Kings’ Right: ‘The Adoration of the Shepherds’

O come, let us adore this little-known Spanish painter

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Martin Gayford is dazzled by two Adorations by a little-known Spanish painter

The Discovery of the Strait of Magellan, by Oswald Walters Brierly (private collection)

The Pacific ocean really was mare incognitum for the early navigators

1 October 2016 9:00 am

In the great Iberian empires of the 16th and 17th centuries, a career was already avail-able in global administration not…

Almodóvar’s loving gaze: Emma Suárez as Julieta

Red hot: Almodóvar's Julieta reviewed

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Everything about Julieta feels totally Almodóvarian. It’s a family saga that smoothly blends tragedy and levity, with exquisite performances from…

The demise of bullfighting has been predicted for 100 years, yet it lives on

Is bullfighting on its last gasp?

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Looking at the programme for the feria of San Isidro in Madrid this month (bullfights are being held on 31…

Lose your strain in Spain

7 May 2016 9:00 am

SHA Wellness Clinic, Altea, Alicante

Why the Spanish may be better off without a government

30 April 2016 9:00 am

The Spanish seem to be doing better without one

The French frigate Surveillante blows up the British frigate Quebec in a minor but famously furious engagement on 6 October 1779

The waves that wrecked Britannia

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Military history is more popular than respected. It is not hard to see why. It is masculine history, a trifecta…

In 1600 Muhammad al-Annuri arrived in England, as the Moroccan ambassador, to propose an Anglo-Moroccan alliance. Shakespeare probably started writing Othello six months later

Gloriana and the Sultan — England’s unlikely alliance

2 April 2016 9:00 am

The idea for a mechanical cock was never going to work. In 1595 the English ambassador to Constantinople, Edward Barton,…

The young entrepreneurs making the best of Spain’s crisis

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Lara Prendergast finds delicacies amid the dilapidation in Andalucía

Why did Goya’s sitters put up with his brutal honesty?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Sometimes, contrary to a widespread suspicion, critics do get it right. On 17 August, 1798 an anonymous contributor to the…

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Will Spain learn from Scotland in the battle for Catalan separatism?

3 October 2015 8:00 am

One of the unforeseen consequences of the reunification of Europe after the Cold War has been a resurgence of independence…

Andrew Marr’s diary: The summer of Corbyn — and other things we didn’t see coming

22 August 2015 9:00 am

This is the Corbyn summer. From the perspective of a short holiday, my overwhelming feeling is one of despair at…

The missing ingredient for a perfect gazpacho

15 August 2015 9:00 am

We were eating tapas and talking about Spain. Leaving caviar on one side, when jamón ibérico is at its best,…

In my opinion, Death Corner was a very safe place to stand

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Watching the daily running of the bulls through Pamplona’s narrow streets online this week has given me a wistful pang…

The Spanish village that thought it was called ‘Kill Jews’

11 July 2015 9:00 am

A village has changed its name because it seemed offensive. But I think the villagers were under a misapprehension. The…

Anita Dobson as Queen Elizabeth I in ‘Armada: 12 Days to Save England’

BBC2's Armada has something for everybody - including three yummy female historians

30 May 2015 9:00 am

It has been a while since the BBC really pushed the boat out on the epic history documentary front. Perhaps…

A portrait of Raymond Carr as Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford, by his son Matthew

An education to know: remembering Raymond Carr

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Laughter, bird-watching and erudition with Raymond Carr

Left-wing populism is on the rise - and may take Ed Miliband to No10

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Would-be leaders of the left are harnessing the mood of angry populism

Wines to toast a warrior saint

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Towards the chimes at midnight, a few of us left a — respectable — establishment near Leicester Square. Eight or…