Alan Ruiz Terol 

Shakira poses for portrait photographs for "Elvis" at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 25, 2022.

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube

Shakira's release this week shot up to the top of the charts. It's a scathing breakup song with her ex: Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué.

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube
soccer player with head in his hands

Lionel Messi’s last shot at World Cup glory

Lionel Messi’s last shot at World Cup glory
A parishioner enters into the Catholic church of Cazurra, a village of around 75 inhabitants, in the Zamora province of Spain, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.

‘People want to shed light’: Spain finally investigates sexual abuse within Catholic institutions

‘People want to shed light’: Spain finally investigates sexual abuse within Catholic institutions
Protesters hold esteladas or independence flags as they take part in a demonstration during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. 

In Catalonia, ruling separatist parties split, signaling end of an era

In Catalonia, ruling separatist parties split, signaling end of an era
"Bust of a smiling woman," 1901, by Pablo Picasso, at the Reina Sofía Museum. 

The Picasso paradox: Museums grapple with how to remember the artist’s complicated legacy

The Picasso paradox: Museums grapple with how to remember the artist’s complicated legacy
Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia team compete to make a human tower, or castell. 

Human towers contest returns to Catalonia after 4-year hiatus

Kids as young as 4 compete to build castells, or human towers, a centuries-old tradition tied to Catalan identity. 

Human towers contest returns to Catalonia after 4-year hiatus
installation with the world prop

Barcelona festival draws crowds, but locals wonder if it’s still their party

Every August, the neighborhood celebrates the Festa Major de Gràcia, or Gràcia Street Festival. The weeklong event running through Sunday, features a contest for the best-decorated street, with residents working hand in hand for months to produce the most impressive ornaments, often employing recycled materials.

Barcelona festival draws crowds, but locals wonder if it’s still their party
ship at dock

Humanitarian rescue boat stranded in Spanish port over ‘administrative persecution,’ NGO says

Open Arms, a sea rescue nongovernmental organization, has a new vessel with a hospital and room for over 1,000 people, but says Spain is using bureaucracy to block its departure.

Humanitarian rescue boat stranded in Spanish port over ‘administrative persecution,’ NGO says
beach scene

Ukrainian refugees found shelter in Spain’s empty hotels. But then, tourists came back.

Beach towns like Calella turned their hotels, shut down by the pandemic, into safe havens for thousands of Ukrainians fleeing the war. But with tourists back, refugees are struggling to find more reliable forms of accommodation.

Ukrainian refugees found shelter in Spain’s empty hotels. But then, tourists came back.