The unfinished dome of the cathedral being built by former Trappist monk Justo Gallego  , in Mejorada del Campo, Spain. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Justo Gallego is sitting in a backroom of the cathedral he has been building for the last half century. Dressed in a blue boiler suit, he is perche(...)

Cannon dating from 1588 uncovered in excellent condition   at Streedagh, Co Sligo, from the wreck of the Spanish Armada ship, ‘La Juliana’. Photograph: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht/PA Wire

Severe winter storms over the last two years are believed to have led to the recent discovery of relics from the Spanish Armada off the Irish coast. (...)

Supporters of Barcelona wave Catalan independentist flags “Estelada” during the   King’s Cup final at the Camp Nou stadium: the anti-Spanish message was widely anticipated by authorities. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

After months of relative calm, the issue of Catalonia’s bid for independence from Spain has been thrust back into the spotlight in recent days, in gre(...)

German, French and Spanish flags in a field in the southeastern French village of Le Vernet, the closest to the site where the German Airbus A320 went down. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Spanish police will pursue the writers of online comments that mocked the death of Catalan passengers on the downed Germanwings flight from Barcelona(...)

Wreckage and debris on the French Alps after the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525. Photograph: EPA/Thomas Koehler 0:38

Flags were flying at half-mast in Spain and Germany after 150 people were killed when a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf crashed yest(...)

Podemos party leader and candidate Teresa Rodríguez  after the Andalusian regional elections, in Seville, southern Spain, on Sunday.  Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

On Sunday night, when the results of the Andalusia regional elections started to emerge, most Spaniards were more likely to be following the soccer ma(...)

Andalusia’s regional government president and Socialist Party candidate Susana Díaz at an election campaign rally in Alcala de Guadaira on March 17th. Photograph: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

Susana Díaz steps off the Socialist Party’s campaign bus in Ubrique oozing confidence. Striding through this small, whitewashed town in the mountains(...)

Manchester City’s  Yaya Toure shows his frustration during the loss to  Barcelona on Wednesday. Toure is among those who maybe be sold during the summer. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

This could be the summer of the great Manchester City revolution. Not since Sheikh Mansour became owner in 2008 will there have been as seismic a sha(...)

Pushing for change: Catalonia’s independence movement, like Ireland’s, sprang from a cultural renaissance. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty

A notable feature of life in Barcelona for an outsider is the pervasiveness of Catalan. In bars, at bus stops and everywhere else you hear this strang(...)

Mourn: Mourn | Album Review

Teenage kicks like these never go out of fashion. Catalonia band Mourn are very much in thrall to sounds from way back in the day. In some hands, s(...)