Top ten: Spain’s best beaches 2014

Top ten: Spain’s best beaches 2014

With Spain's long summer on the not-too-distant horizon, The Local takes a look at some of the best beach destinations around in the country for 2014. Read on to find out where you could be relaxing some time soon.

Spanish ex-cop fights torture charges

Spanish ex-cop fights torture charges

A Spanish ex-policeman on Thursday fought against extradition to Argentina where a judge wants to try him for alleged torture decades ago during the Franco dictatorship in Spain, a judicial source said.

‘Raising Spain’s drinking age to 21 is absurd’

‘Raising Spain’s drinking age to 21 is absurd’

Experts in the field of drug and alcohol consumption have dismissed suggestions by a member of Spain’s ruling party that the country's drinking age should be raised to 21, calling the idea "pure ideology" and "absurd".

Man helps shark give birth

Man helps shark give birth

An animal lover in southern Spain was shocked to discover the 'dolphin' he'd spotted on a local beach was actually a shark that was giving birth.

Marks & Spencer eyes move back to Spain

Marks & Spencer eyes move back to Spain

UK retail giant Marks & Spencer is eyeing a possible return to Spain nearly 15 years after the retailer left the country with its tail between its legs.

Fifty-four cities in Spain to shout ‘No more cuts!’

Fifty-four cities in Spain to shout ‘No more cuts!’

Almost every major city in Spain will see thousands take to the streets on Thursday to voice their discontent against the Spanish government and the EU's plans for further austerity cuts.

Dog poo detectives to patrol Spanish town

Dog poo detectives to patrol Spanish town

Fed up of dog dirt underfoot on its streets, a Spanish town has hired a detective to catch owners who fail to pick up after their pets, officials said on Wednesday.

Spain’s ‘racist’ food banks hard to swallow

Spain’s ‘racist’ food banks hard to swallow

Valencia's public prosecutor is looking to open a case against a far-right political party which gave out more than a thousand kilos (2,200 pounds) of food only to needy Spanish nationals in the city's most multicultural neighbourhood.

UK navy harassed boat off Gibraltar: Spain

UK navy harassed boat off Gibraltar: Spain

A diplomatic spat between Spain and Britain over a fresh "incursion" by Spanish vessels into waters off Gibraltar went up a notch on Wednesday with Spain making an official complaint of harassment against the British navy.

Madrid backs bicycle use with new transport plan

Madrid backs bicycle use with new transport plan

Madrid will provide 1,500 electric bicycles in its first public bike-hire scheme from May 1st, the city said on Wednesday. There are also plans to create plenty of new cycle lanes.