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Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain.

Sun holidays are virtually synonymous with Spain, which receives more than two million Irish visitors every year. The beaches of the south coa(...)

Picos de Europa Mountains.

“Vamos, amigos!” Andres said, as I looked down at the gushing waters of the Deva River in La Hermida Gorge, roughly 100m below the cliff where I am ha(...)

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi  reserves the “first minutes” of each match for interpretation, says coach Ernesto Valverde, ignoring the ball and taking a reconnaissance walk around the opposition defence, fixing each man’s position in his head before trying to capitalise later in the game on perceived weaknesses.  Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez?EPA

A little man in a baseball cap, sitting high in his luxury crossover SUV, drives into the players’ parking lot at FC Barcelona’s closed training groun(...)

Kieran Paul Osbourne is originally from Antrim but now lives in Madrid
Welcome to my place. . . Madrid
  • Abroad
  • February 10, 2019, 06:00

Kieran Osborne was born in Belfast in 1957. He went to Madrid in 1979 and in 1980 started work as a teacher of English in a private school, Colegio Re(...)

Dubliner Anthony Blackwell looks down on Marseille, where he works as a secondary school teacher
Welcome to my place . . . Marseille
  • Abroad
  • November 17, 2018, 06:00

Dubliner Anthony Blackwell, graduate of NUI Maynooth and Trinity College, lives in Marseille where he works as a secondary school teacher at the Inter(...)

Caleta Beach in Cadiz.

Now that our children are getting a bit older, but still willing (or have no choice!) to travel with us, it’s easy to go a little off the beaten track(...)

A public wifi hotspot in Havana: In 2015, the Cuban government opened the first public wifi spots. It also reduced prices and increased speeds for internet access at state-run cybercafes. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

“Wifi, wifi,” calls Frank Rodriguez, sitting on a park bench as the morning crowds hurry past. Most of Parque Centre, on one of Havana’s most famous (...)

A classic car in a Habana Vieja street in Havana: For many Cubans, the question is how to open up in ways that allow society to protect the achievements of the revolution. Photograph: Alvaro Fuente/NurPhoto/Getty

It’s almost midnight, and the queue stretches so far down the street that it disappears into the dark Havana night. The music seems to be pulsing ou(...)

 Valencia  announced they have reached an agreement to sign striker Alvaro Negredo on loan from Manchester City with a clause making the deal permanent at the end of the season.  Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

ArsenalPlayers in: Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona, £30m), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle, £12m), David Ospina (Nice, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Southampton,(...)

A woman licks a statue of Sancho Panza underneath a state of Don Quixote at a monument that honours Miguel de Cervantes, one of Spain’s most important literary figures and author of the famous novel, Don Quixote, at Madrid’s Plaza de Espana. Photograph: Susana Vera / Reuters

He may be one of Spain’s literary heroes, but during his life four centuries ago, Miguel de Cervantes could have been considered something of “(...)

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