Ten great summer music festivals in Spain

Ten great summer music festivals in Spain

Summer in Spain means music festivals but it's not all sweaty teens and nightmare campsites. In this week's Spanish Essentials, we take a tour around great festivals that showcase everything from indie rock to classical music and all points between.

Train crash death toll revised down to 78

Train crash death toll revised down to 78

Spanish officials on Friday slightly lowered the official death toll from a train derailment in the northwest to 78, including four foreigners.

Spanish police detain ‘speeding’ train driver

Spanish police detain ‘speeding’ train driver

Spanish police said on Friday they have formally detained the driver of the train which crashed near Santiago de Compostela, while local media are reporting that the driver was unable to break in time.

Expats warned over energy certificate scams

Expats warned over energy certificate scams

Expats in Spain have been told to take care to avoid dodgy operators when obtaining new home energy efficiency certificates for their properties in the country.

Spanish mums ‘trapped’ by Moroccan baby ban

Spanish mums ‘trapped’ by Moroccan baby ban

Fifty Spanish families who adopted Moroccan babies a year and a half ago are not being allowed to take the children back home with them to Spain.

Crash probe focuses on ‘speed freak’ driver

Crash probe focuses on ‘speed freak’ driver

The focus of a probe into a horrific train derailment in northwestern Spain that killed at least 80 people turned to the injured driver who has reportedly told authorities he "messed up" and wants "to die".

Spain sees record tourist numbers in June

Spain sees record tourist numbers in June

Spain saw a record number of tourists in June, while overall spending was also up by 6.6 percent for the first half of the year.

Rioting inmates fight prison conditions

Rioting inmates fight prison conditions

A group of disgruntled prisoners rioted against conditions in a Spanish jail recently in an incident which saw prison guards punched, kicked and even bitten.

‘We are grieving with the Spaniards’: Obama

‘We are grieving with the Spaniards’: Obama

US President Barack Obama expressed dismay on Thursday at the train crash near the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain that left at least 80 people dead, including one American.