Prague Castle, ranked Europe’s third most statistically beautiful landmark, overlooking the Old Town and Vlatava River. Photograph: iStock

Perfect proportions Mathematicians love it, artists swoon over it and, often without realising it, we find it gently pleasing. Now the nicely nerdy t(...)

‘There is a blend of sound and smell and colour here; laughter, smoke, meals cooking, dogs barking, laundry dancing on the breeze.’ Francis Walshe in Barcelona

Francis Walshe is a freelance writer who has lived in Barcelona since last year. Originally from Waterford and a graduate of the University of Limeric(...)

The spaced out tables and chairs in front of the main stage at Nits del Fórum in Barcelona.

In mid-July of this year, I found myself in a situation I could never have predicted six months earlier. Standing at the turnstiles on a warm evening (...)

Pro independence protesters march along a highway near Barcelona om Friday morning. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators waving pro-independence flags poured into Barcelona on Friday, the fifth day of sometimes violent protests over(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

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