Catalonia’s colourful capital
Barcelona combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable food – with the cultural and design clout of almost any city in the cold north.
Its patchwork of architectural styles displays dark, Gothic façades next to the harlequin buildings of the Modernistas and the skyline-piercing constructions of Jean Nouvel or Herzog and de Meuron. A day spent admiring them can be topped off with a sundowner on one of the city’s many beaches before dinner at any number of Michelin-starred gastronomic temples or humble, family-run tapas bars. This is a city with a proud sense of identity and its language, culture and traditional festivals are fiercely guarded. Human pyramids, fire-breathing dragons and fibre-glass giants strolling the streets are in evidence most weekends if you look hard enough.
Spain’s RTVE reporter Natalia Escudero apologised to viewers after she appeared to think she had won the jackpot and boasted she wouldn’t be returning to work the next day
Natalia Escudero was forced to apologise after it emerged she had actually won only €5,000 (£4,000).
The top prize for the Christmas lottery known as El Gordo (the Fat One) was €4 million (£3.4m), but the pool of cash can be shared among winners.
Two decades of bold development have given Spain’s third largest city some of the most striking architecture in the country, adding to the wealth of elegant Art Nouveau buildings that line the streets, as well as Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance monuments. Being right by the sea and surrounded by vast market gardens makes Valencia one of the top places in Spain for eating out, with a flourishing restaurant scene and gastronomic events all year round. In March, huge figures appear on street corners all over town for the Fallas festival, before being ceremoniously burned down, one of the biggest celebrations in Spain.
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the conviction of Catalan politicians and activists (all times local):
Health authorities in northeastern Spain say 37 protesters have been injured during ongoing clashes with police at Barcelona’s airport.
Tempers flared in Spain’s Catalonia region after the country’s Supreme Court found 12 separatist leaders guilty of illegally promoting Catalan independence. Nine received prison sentences.
Regional police say they arrested two protesters – one at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport and another in the town of Mataro – for allegedly attacking officers.
VILA-SECA, Spain – A man showed off his lightning-quick reflexes when he caught a stranger’s phone while riding a roller coaster in Spain.
Samuel Kempf, who lives in New Zealand, visited PortAventura World theme park and rode the Shambhala roller coaster last month.
An on-ride camera captured the moment Kempf caught the camera while riding the 80 mph coaster. Kempf told 1NewsNow that he returned the phone to the owner when the ride was over.
“He couldn’t believe it, he gave me a big hug,” Kempf said.
51 total arrested over the weekend.
A video out of Ibiza, Spain shows 16 Algerian migrants arriving via a small boat before scrambling up a cliff face.
A stunned fisherman filmed the footage on Saturday morning in Sol d’en Serra in the municipality of Sant Josep, close to the airport in Ibiza.
The clip shows 16 migrants from Algeria abandoning a small vessel and clambering up a cliff face before later being arrested.