Basque Country

48 Hours In: San Sebastian

This Basque beauty basks in late-summer sun, with a film festival and perfect pintxos adding extra appeal.

Stay The Night: La Reserve, St-Jean-de-Luz

Swim, golf, surf – or just Basque in the sunshine. The revamped, cliff-top La Réserve is full of patriotic local colour – and don't miss the chef's l'oeuf piperade

Robot research aims to assess damage to Picasso masterpiece

Every night, after the last visitor to Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum has left, the prestigious art gallery's newest curator flickers into life. The expert is a robot, which has begun the most exhaustive research ever performed on Picasso's renowned masterpiece, Guernica. The mission: to establish the extent of the damage the 75-year-old painting has sustained during its turbulent life.

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Cycling: Sanchez turns up the heat on leader

Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez defied intense heat to clinch the toughest stage of the Tour of the Basque Country for the second year running in Eibar, Spain, yesterday.