Alistair Dawber

Alistair Dawber is The Independent's Spain correspondent. He has twice been the foreign editor and was also Jerusalem correspondent. Alistair initially worked on the business desk as investment editor.

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Postcard from... Trujillo

Holy Week, known as Semana Santa in Spain, is a serious business. While the faithful may flock to Rome to hear the missives of the Pontiff, in Spain it is procession time, with religious floats paraded through towns in respectful silence. Spaniards traditionally travel back to their villages for the holiday and take part in the parades. Special dress is worn and for weeks the highlights are advertised on posters in shop windows.

On a visit to Lebanon on Wednesday, Spain’s King Felipe VI lays a wreath for the soldier killed in January

Israel blames 'calculation error' for death of Spanish peacekeeper killed by artillery shell in southern Lebanon

Corporal Javier Soria Toledo is the 13th member of the Spanish armed services to die as part of the long-running UN mission which began in 1978

The four-bedroom property is worth £66,000

Spanish family's €10 lottery ticket nets them new four-bedroom home worth €90,000 - thanks to the country's blighted property market

The previous owners decided to raffle off the house after banks refused to issue mortgages to any prospective buyers

Doctor Joan-Pere Barret, chief of the Plastic Surgery and Burn Reconstruction department at the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona, explains the hospital's second face transplant

Spain's pioneering Vall d'Hebron hospital rebuilds man's face and neck during complex 27 hour operation

The 45-year-old patient suffered from a condition known as arteriovenous malformation which caused his facial tissues to degenerate and deform

Iran has always insisted that it has acquired and processed uranium for a peaceful nuclear programme

Iran nuclear deal: What are the remaining sticking points as clock ticks towards deadline

Negotiators face hurdles as they try to reach a deal with Iran

Flowers at the air crash memorial to Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 in Le Vernet, south-eastern France

Germanwings crash: Three generations from same Spanish family killed in Alps disaster - and they were all called Emma

Twelve-year-old Emma Solera Pardo, her mother Emma Pardo Vidal and grandmother Emma Vidal Bardan all boarded Flight 9525 last Tuesday

Tourists observe the drawings in the replica of the cave of Altamira near Santander, northern Spain

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Just a year after one of Spain’s most important historical sites, the Altamira cave, was reopened to the public, scientists are now saying tourists are causing permanent damage to one of the finest examples of Palaeolithic art anywhere in the world.

Postcard from... Barcelona

This is ground control to Major Tom. Or, actually, more accurately, this is Room 135 to room service.

Postcard from... Benidorm

What is the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Benidorm on Spain’s Costa Blanca? Brits? Beer? The sight of people having had one too many?

The city is known for cultural landmarks such as the Alhambra Palace

Fiesta de Primavera 2015: Granada prepares for annual spring break party that attracts 25,000 guests – and has sparked a political row

This year's event will come to an end just over 24 hours before polls open in Andalusia's regional elections, and politicians have questioned how it is organised

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