Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham is Cycling Correspondent and Spain Correspondent for The Independent.

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Postcard from... Montejo de la Sierra

Locals sometimes claim that the centuries-old grove of beech trees in Montejo de la Sierra in Spain is the most southerly in Europe or indeed the world. Not true – that honour goes to a beechwood on the slopes of Mount Etna. But even so there is little doubt the  beech grove running alongside the edge of the River Jarama just north of Madrid is among Spain’s most beautiful and ancient, as well as being very rare for these latitudes.

Postcard from... Madrid

It has taken a decade of negotiations, but the building that inspired Spain’s greatest 20th century poet and playwright, Federico García Lorca, to write one of his best-known plays The House of Bernarda Alba is soon to  become a museum.

A protester carries a banner reading 'The bank has stolen our money'

The great Spain robbery: Pensioners protest as they watch their life savings vanish into the banks' black hole

Pensioners are set to be the biggest losers in the Spanish banking crisis as they see their life savings vanish

Postcard from... Madrid

For feline-lovers impatient for London’s much-publicised cat café to open, a trip to Madrid could be in order. Spain’s first ever gatoteca and its 10 four-footed,  bewhiskered occupants have been up and running – or should that be miaowing? – since early October.

NSA 'tapped 60m Spanish phone calls' as country joins France and Germany in outrage over latest Snowden revelations

US ambassador to Spain, already summoned following early reports on Friday, to be quizzed by the foreign ministry

Christopher Froome rides next to best young's white jersey Colombia's Nairo Quintana

Alasdair Fotheringham: Three brutal climbs and sole time trial make it tall order for favourite to retain crown

There are none of the set-pieces like the team time trial at which Sky excels

Spain ordered to release Basque ETA terrorist by European court

Europe’s top human rights court has ordered Spain to free a Basque separatist militant, saying her extended detention was illegal and calling on Madrid to pay her €30,000 in compensation.

La Rambla Flower stall

Postcard from... Barcelona

For years, the lines of florists stalls and their brightly coloured bunches of flowers have given La Rambla, one of Barcelona’s most-appealing  tourist attractions, a perpetually festive air. But there are fears that they may soon disappear.

Postcard from... Canfranc, Spain

Postcard from... Madrid

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