Spanish dictator General Franco  inaugurates a number of new rooms in an army museum, on  March 11th, 1946. File photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

To reach the Valley of the Fallen, you drive up a steep, winding road through a pine forest 60km northwest of Madrid. It’s an idyllic spot, offering a(...)

 The Valley of the Fallen in Madrid, Spain, where Franco is currently buried. Photograph: Angel Diaz/EPA

Spain’s supreme court has declared lawful a plan by the Socialist government to exhume the remains of the dictator Francisco Franco from his mausoleum(...)

General Francisco Franco in a 1960s photograph. On winning the Spanish civil war  in 1939, he became dictator until his death of natural causes in 1975. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Plans by supporters of Spain’s late dictator Francisco Franco to offer guided tours that seek to whitewash his legacy have provoked outrage. General (...)

General Francisco Franco (second from right) and his wife Doña Carmen Polo are saluted at a reception at Burgos. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

The Hostal San Marcos in the northern Spanish city of León was originally a convent, built in the 16th century by King Ferdinand. Today, it is a pa(...)

Volunteers at the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory laboratory in Ponferrada. In common with her colleagues, Nuria Maqueda (left) is unable to find paid employument and now works full-time as a volunteer identifying mass graves containing anonymous victims of the civil war. Photogragh: Guy Hedgecoe

Nuria Maqueda is carefully cleaning the dirt off a bone with a small, fine-toothed brush. She still doesn’t kno(...)