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Barcelona city proposes new tourist tax on 'day trippers'
Tourists taking photos of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Photo: AFP

Tourists not planning to stay overnight in Barcleona could soon have to pay a tax to visit the city...

Recipe: Pisto Manchego - a Spanish veggie delight
Pisto Manchego. Photo: thespanishcuisine.com

Vegetarians sometimes struggle in meat-loving Spain, but this Spanish ratatouille is a hit for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Ibiza bans drinking in street…  and that includes water
Police will be on the look out for offending tourists. Photo: AFP

This summer tourists in Ibiza risk dehydration or a fine under new measures that will see the drinking of all liquids banned from public areas.

What's on in Spain: May 2016
The San Isidro fiestas in Madrid. Photo: Bru Garcia/AFP.

Spaniards are eager to get out and enjoy the spring weather in May, taking to the streets to throw fiesta after fiesta.

Eurovision bans Basque flag alongside that of Isis terrorists
The ikurriña - the Basque flag - has been banned. Photo: Rober/Flickr

The popular singing contest has banned the flag of the Basque Country, angering politicians who have demanded the "boycott" be lifted.

'Troll' wins payout from family of missing Spanish boy
Yéremi Vargas vanished in March 2007. Photo from Missing Person's poster

The parents of Yéremi Vargas named and shamed an internet troll after nasty comments about their missing son. And now they are being punished.

Brace yourself: Fierce storms to hit Spanish Med at weekend
A couple stand on a beach in Spain during a storm. Archive photo: Josep Lago / AFP

Spain's national weather agency is forecasting heavy rain on Friday and Saturday along the Mediterranean coast.

Spain in tug-of-war with Lorca family over poet's archive
Lorca was shot during the Spanish Civil War. Photo: AFP

The Spanish authorities have banned the export of the poet's archive.

Paternity test 'proves Spanish matadors are father and son'
Both bullfighters are known as El Cordobes. Photo: AFP

In the bullring it really is a case of like father, like son.

'Hugely important' haul of Roman coins found in Spain
Stock photo of Roman coins. Photo: Helen Hall/Flickr

Over 600kg of bronze coins were unearthed during building work in Seville.

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Nine reasons why Cervantes is better than Shakespeare
The Bard versus Cervantes. Photo: Creative commons / Wikimedia

In the battle for greatness, could Cervantes beat Shakespeare?

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Ten delicious Spanish dishes you must try before you die
Photo: Joan Grifols/Flickr

If you thought Spanish food was all paella and pinchos then think again. The Local takes you on a mouth-watering tour of some of the country's lesser known but equally fabulous culinary highlights.

Meet the Swedish man putting the Messi into baby changing
Leo Messi and a baby in his number 10 nappy. Photo: AFP / blog moda bebe

A Swedish entrepreneur is branding baby nappies especially for Barcelona football fans.

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Debunking the myth: How true are Spanish stereotypes?
Photo: Justyna Rawińska / Flickr

Spaniards are loud, lazy and love a nice long siesta... don't they?

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Nine incredibly  addictive television series from Spain
A still from Spanish TV series Velvet. Photo: Antena3.com

Spain might not be internationally known for its small screen action but that could be about to change.

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Brexit referendum
Expats didn't 'abandon' UK so ALL Brits should get EU vote
Photo: AFP

British expats did not turn their backs on the UK, they took advantage of Britain being in the EU and it's a travesty many of them won't get a say in whether it leaves.

Drunk Brits booted off Ryanair Liverpool flight to Alicante
The pilot diverted to Limoges to kick off two drunk men. File photo: Philippe Hugen / AFP

A flight from Liverpool to Alicante was forced to land in France on Thursday after two drunken British nationals began fighting on board.

Why Spain is heading for a Groundhog day election
Bill Murray in the 1993 film Groundhog Day relived the same scenario over and over. Screenshot from film.

How did the nation fall into such a state of political limbo and will a new vote help end it?

Brexit
Expats lose bid to scrap 15-year rule for EU referendum
Photo: D Smith/Flickr

Long term British expats face being locked out of Brexit referendum after high court ruling on Thursday.

Junk food 'not so bad' when eaten with Mediterranean diet
A new study isn't entirely bad news for burger lovers. Photo: rob_rob2001/Flickr

New research shows that eating fatty, sugary food has no impact on the likelihood of heart attacks if eaten alongside a healthy Mediterranean diet.

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From our other editions
Teen confesses to gang rape attack in Vienna
CHRISTIAN BRUNA/EPA

Teenager admits to being involved in an alleged gang rape attack on a student in a public toilet in Vienna.

Council-funded brothel touted for Zurich
File photo: Joshua Rindner

A Zurich politician files a motion to open a municipal brothel.

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Germany's most bizarre May 1st traditions
Locals from Ruhpolding, Bavaria ride a stolen Maibaum down the street. Photo: DPA.

May 1st brings out weird and wonderful traditions in Germany, from mountain-top witch parties to day-drinking and dancing. Something wicked this way comes...

Could Danes face a 'red meat tax' to help climate?
The council said that consumers should be prompted to eat less meat through a tax. Photo: Bjarke Bo Olsen/Scanpix

“Danes are ethically obligated to change their eating habits," the Danish Council on Ethics said in suggesting a tax on meat.

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