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.
09 April 2015 12:00 AM
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.
Israel blames 'calculation error' for death of Spanish peacekeeper killed by artillery shell in southern Lebanon
08 April 2015 05:50 PM
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
Spanish family's €10 lottery ticket nets them new four-bedroom home worth €90,000 - thanks to the country's blighted property market
07 April 2015 06:34 PM
The previous owners decided to raffle off the house after banks refused to issue mortgages to any prospective buyers
Spain's pioneering Vall d'Hebron hospital rebuilds man's face and neck during complex 27 hour operation
31 March 2015 06:34 PM
The 45-year-old patient suffered from a condition known as arteriovenous malformation which caused his facial tissues to degenerate and deform
30 March 2015 07:41 PM
Negotiators face hurdles as they try to reach a deal with Iran
Germanwings crash: Three generations from same Spanish family killed in Alps disaster - and they were all called Emma
30 March 2015 06:06 PM
Twelve-year-old Emma Solera Pardo, her mother Emma Pardo Vidal and grandmother Emma Vidal Bardan all boarded Flight 9525 last Tuesday
29 March 2015 11:49 PM
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.
28 March 2015 12:00 AM
This is ground control to Major Tom. Or, actually, more accurately, this is Room 135 to room service.
23 March 2015 12:00 AM
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?
Fiesta de Primavera 2015: Granada prepares for annual spring break party that attracts 25,000 guests – and has sparked a political row
19 March 2015 06:07 PM
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
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
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- 2 'Don't blame all men for rape' campaign backfires spectacularly
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: it's not a Mexican demon being summoned — it's gravity
- 5 Paracetamol Challenge: Mother of girl killed by overdose pleads with teenagers to ignore 'craze'