General view of the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

An official building permit has been issued for the unfinished Barcelona church designed by architect Antoni Gaudí – 137 years after construction star(...)

On the beach: while a holiday with young children  tends to include a beach, you can also mange well with a swimming pool

Now that we have two teens and a tweenie, I find myself comparing our family trips and holidays with those when the kids were little. Are they easier (...)

The wild boar that roam the hills above Barcelona are becoming ever more daring in their search for food. File photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA

The wild boar that roam the hills above Barcelona are becoming ever more daring in their search for food. While for some time they have been a famili(...)

New York is among the more expensive destinations as four out of five secondary schools now organise tours abroad. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Schools have been urged to limit the costs of tours for their pupils following concerns that some parents are being asked to pay up to €1,800 for trip(...)

The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain. File photograph: Getty Images

Catalan police have said Tuesday’s bomb scare at Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia was a false alarm. Police had evacuated the famous church and nearby bus(...)

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(...)

The Bridges of Ross on the Loop Head Peninsula, Co Clare. Photograph: Alan Betson, The Irish Times

Last week we asked readers for a tourist attraction they had visited which had left them underwhelmed and unimpressed. We received hundreds of respons(...)

Lydia Foster with her husband and daughter in Barcelona.

The people of Spain are in shock after two apparent terrorist attacks on tourist hotspots in Barcelona and Cambrils. A suspected Islamist militant dro(...)

Segway tours and electric scooters were banned from the Old City and the seafront, in a move that will be applauded by most citizens.

It was once dubbed the capital of cool, but these days visitors to Barcelona can expect a quite frosty welcome as the city’s love affair with tourism (...)

Enjoy this trip: a brief history of falls abroad

I once met a woman who had a tattoo of her world travels. It started in New York,ended in Melbourne and included copies of her visas and passport stam(...)

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