Cyclists stop to admire the view at an Italian lake. Cycling holidays abroad can take in everything from cycling for pleasure and food to training for a race. Photograph: Thinkstock

Enjoy the highlights of a region by seeing it from the saddle. There is no other mode of transport that will get you more close up to your holiday de(...)

Rescue workers remove the coach after a crash that left 13 students dead at the AP-7 motorway in Freginals, in the province of Tarragona, northeastern Spain Photograph: Jaume Sellart/EPA

Students from six countries were among 13 people killed when a bus returning from festivities in the city of Valencia swerved off the road and crashe(...)

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias (right) and fellow party deputy Inigo Errejon: Iglesias has sought to dampen dissent in a message to party members. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Podemos, the anti-austerity force which was the sensation of Spain’s recent general election, has been rocked in recent days by a swathe of resignatio(...)

Travel: Escape to España

Conil de la Frontera, Cadiz Why: This modern take on an Andalusian white town is within easy reach of Cadiz, Seville and Jerez, and boasts stretches (...)

 People gather for aJunts pel Sí (Together for the Yes)  rally in Barcelona on September 25th, 2015. Photograph:  Alex Caparros/Getty Images

It has been a tough couple of weeks for Catalonia’s independence movement. On February 10th, Jordi Pujol, the region’s former premier who is widely re(...)

A central defender is born. The tackle on Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtne (left) by Javier Mascherano. The rest is history. Photograph: Getty Images

Javier Mascherano has a confession to make: Nicklas Bendtner changed his life. It was March 2011, the Argentinian’s first season at the Camp Nou, and (...)

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias and Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez arrive for a meeting at the Spanish parliament in Madrid yesterday. Photograph: Andrea Comas

A few days ago, Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Podemos, voiced his frustration at the slow pace at which a new government was being formed, over six we(...)

An Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries Zika virus, photographed in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador in San Salvador. Brazilian health authorities confirmed on Thursday a case of transmission of Zika through a blood transfusion. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

A pregnant woman is among the seven people identified as being infected with the Zika virus in Spain after visiting affected countries. The country’s(...)

Spain’s King Felipe (left) greets acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy before their meeting at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. Photograph: Andres Ballesteros/Reuters

Pilar Márquez doesn’t usually take much of an interest in her country’s politics, but recently she has not been able to avoid the subject. Nearly six (...)

Under normal circumstances, six weeks after general elections, Spain would have a new government in place today. But the country’s de facto two-party (...)