Puerto Banus, near Marbella on the Costa del Sol: the local authority intends to have tourist rental activity fully regulated by the end of summer 2016

Owners of rental properties in southern Spain face new regulations obliging them to register their properties as tourist rentals. The Registry of To(...)

The continued imprisonment of Basque politician Arnaldo Otegi, who persuaded his former comrades in Eta to abandon terrorism, is a stain on Spain’s human rights and democratic credentials. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters.

There is little doubt that the electoral earthquake that has shaken Spain’s two-party system was triggered by a widespread desire for democratic renew(...)

Senegalese man Ngame  holds a photocopy of a winning lottery ticket from the Spanish Christmas’ lottery draw on December 22nd, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An African migrant who was rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat was among the top prize winners of Spain’s Christmas lottery, according to t(...)

Melilla’s temporary stay centre for immigrants. Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

It is 7.30am in the Beni Enzar district of Melilla, a Spanish city on north African soil that is perched between the Mediterranean coast and Morocc(...)

 Bullfighting students practice their cape work at the Marcial Lalanda bullfighting school on  in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Getty

Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards have lodged their opposition to plans by the conservative government to introduce a two-year bullfighting course(...)

Catalan president Artur Mas thanks followers as he leaves the Superior Court of Catalonia in Barcelona on Thursday. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

An appearance in court by the nationalist premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, brought hundreds of pro-independence politicians into the streets of Barcel(...)

African migrants sit on a border fence above a golf course during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla. Photograph: José Palazon/Reuters

A group of politicians has decried the situation of Syrian refugees who are in or are attempting to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla in north Afri(...)

Artur Mas, the leader of Catalonia’s independence drive, is summoned to court. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Although a court summons issued to Artur Mas, the leader of Catalonia’s independence drive, could see him barred from office or even go to jail, it ap(...)

The argument between party leaders Alfred Bosch of ERC (right) and Alberto Fernandez Diaz of PPC (second right) over the  unofficial flag of the Catalonian independent movement and the  Spanish flag   ended when deputy mayor  Gerardo Pisarelo (fourth left) took the flags away. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

As Barcelona celebrated the La Mercè festival on Thursday, everything was going smoothly until a scuffle broke out on the balcony of the city hall.(...)

Perils of protest: Not only does Catalonia risk leaving the euro, it could could also see FC Barcelona barred from playing in the Spanish league. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Catalonia would be excluded from the European Union if it broke away from Spain, according to opponents of the region’s independence drive. They also (...)