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Mankinis, bikinis and all other kinds of kinis will soon be banned on the streets of downtown Palma de Mallorca in Spain. Photo: Tom Henry
From bikinis to buskers: Spain's weirdest laws
Published: 14 May 2014 17:44 GMT+02:00
The Spanish city of Palma de Mallorca on Tuesday approved fines of €600 ($820) for people daring to go shirtless in the city centre. To honour the occasion, The Local has rounded up some of the strangest laws in Spain.
Which common activity is illegal during weddings in the southern city of Cadiz?
What must prostitutes wear while working the Catalan town of Els Alamus?
And why is it OK to name Spanish children Stalin but not Judas, or Apple?
To find out these answers to these questions and many more, visit The Local's gallery of Spain's strangest laws.
Photo: Ander Gillenea/AFP
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes endured an underwhelming start to life as Real Sociedad coach as the Basques were held to a 0-0 draw away to struggling Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday.
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Lionel Messi matched a 59-year-old record with his 251st La Liga goal to equal Telmo Zarra's mark as the leading goalscorer in the history of the Spanish top flight.
The duchess' body will be cremated and her ashes placed in a side altar of Seville's massive Gothic cathedral, the world's third largest church. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP
Tens of thousands of mourners packed Seville's Gothic cathedral and lined nearby streets on Friday for the funeral of Spain's flamboyant Duchess of Alba, the world's most-titled aristocrat, who died on Thursday aged 88.
Ernest Hemingway, pictured here with his wife Mary Welsh, had plenty to say about Spain. Photo: AFP
Who said Africa begins in the Pyrenees, and what is the thing that George Orwell found so easy to come by during his Spanish sojourn? Find out in The Local's list of ten great quotes about Spain.
German state prosecutors on Friday said they have taken a Spanish national suspected of forging identification papers for Basque terrorist movement ETA while working at a university into custody.
Paciencia Melgar donated her blood to be used in the treatment of Spanish nursing assistant Teresa Romero. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP
Spain on Friday awarded Spanish citizenship to two African missionaries who helped ensure the recovery of Madrid-based nursing assistant Teresa Romero.
Spanish face of the week
Isabel Pantoja's life has been public property since she began singing as a child in Seville. Here seen in concert in 2007. Photo: Cristina Quicler / AFP
Isabel Pantoja, known as "Spain's widow" after her bullfighter husband's death, began serving a two-year prison term on Friday for money laundering after a seemingly endless series of last-ditch court appeals were rejected.
The president of Catalonia's regional government, Artur Mas, showing his ballot before casting it to vote in Barcelona on November 9th. Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP
Updated: Catalonia's embattled president has criticized the state prosecutor-general's lodging of a criminal complaint against him over alleged offenses including abuse of power for holding a symbolic vote on independence in the Spanish region.
Just over a third of all Spanish employees earned the country's minimum wage of €9,034 ($11,200) in 2013, with almost all workers under 25 having to make do with that amount, official figures published on Thursday show.
Posidonia oceanica, commonly known as Neptune Grass or Mediterranean tapeweed, covers only three percent of the Mediterranean basin. Photo: Boris Horvat / AFP
Rampant tourism is threatening the coastline of the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza while other major wilderness areas are also being seriously neglected by Spanish authorities, a new study shows.