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Spain: Hundreds of Flights Cancelled Due to Iberia Strike

Date: February 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Hundreds of flights were cancelled at Madrid’s international airport Feb. 18, the first day of a planned 15-day strike by Iberia airline workers. Riot police used force to push back thousands of protestors from the terminals, though no injuries were initially reported. Protests were held at most of the other major airports across the country. [read more]

Spain: Severe Flooding Kills 10 in Southern Provinces

Date: October 3rd, 2012 | No Comments

Severe flash flooding took the southern regions of Andalucía and Murcia by surprise and killed at least 10 people. Several more, including a British tourist, were reported missing. Sudden heavy rains began Sept. 28 and unleashed torrents of water in the drought-ridden area, submerging roads and rail lines, washing away cars and bridges, and destroying [read more]

Spain: Wildfires Kill Four Tourists in Catalonia

Date: July 25th, 2012 | No Comments

Uncontrolled wildfires that broke out July 22 ravaged the Catalonia region and killed four French tourists, including two that leapt from a cliff in a desperate attempt to escape the flames. The blaze, believed to have been caused by a carelessly dropped cigarette, began near the northeastern city of Girona and popular tourist beaches of [read more]

Spain: Thousands Evacuated as Forest Fires Scorch Valencia

Date: July 2nd, 2012 | No Comments

Thousands of tourists and residents had to be evacuated from Valencia as two uncontrolled forest fires raced along Spain’s eastern coast, scorching up to 45,000 hectares of land and submerging the country’s third largest city—and its famous beaches—in smoke and ash. Officials were still investigating what caused the two fires, the worst Spain has seen [read more]

Spain: ETA Calls Cease-fire, Political Parties Skeptical

Date: September 8th, 2010 | No Comments

The Basque separatist group ETA declared a cease-fire Sept. 5, but the Basque regional government and others were skeptical that the announcement would mean the end of the group’s violence. Other cease-fires have come and gone, but this one may be different because ETA’s political allies have called for the group to renounce violence, allow [read more]

Spain: Tomato-Tossing Festival No Longer Free

Date: January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

Tourists hoping to participate in La Tomatina, the infamous tomato-throwing festival held in Buñol, should arrive early and be prepared to pay for it. Citing increased security concerns and production costs, town officials have declared that the annual free-for-all will no longer be free: participants will pay an entrance fee of 10 Euros (about $13) [read more]

Spain: After Amateur “Restoration”, Ruined Fresco Draws Crowds

Date: August 28th, 2012 | No Comments

Tourists have been flocking to a nondescript church in the village of Borja, northeastern Spain, to view a 19th-century fresco that was repainted—some say vandalized—by a local grandmother with no artistic training. Cecilia Gimenez, who is in her 80s, became an overnight Internet sensation for her amateur efforts to restore the painting of Christ, which [read more]

Spain: Tourists Gored at Pamplona’s Bull-Running Festival

Date: July 12th, 2012 | No Comments

A high number of injuries occurred at Spain’s most famous summer festival this year, the running of the bulls in Pamplona, though none were considered serious. Among the wounded were two British tourists and an American, all gored during the July 9 run. The tradition is considered quite dangerous—and for tourists, uninsurable—with participants racing through [read more]

Spain: “State of Alarm” Puts Stop to Air Traffic Controllers Strike

Date: December 8th, 2010 | No Comments

A 24-hour air traffic controllers strike created chaos throughout Spain Dec. 3-5 and prompted the government to declare a “state of alarm” that threatened jail time for controllers who would not report to work. The state of alarm is usually reserved for major disasters and had not been implemented since the return to democracy in [read more]

Spain: Jellyfish Swarm Costa Blanca

Date: August 18th, 2010 | No Comments

The Costa Blanca was hit by a swarm of jellyfish that prompted authorities to close several beaches after some 700 people were stung by the “mauve stinger.” The creatures are almost impossible to see in the water and their stings are ver [read more]

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