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November 12, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Great Value Vacations' “Madrid and Barcelona Experience” lets travelers tour two of Spain's most vibrant cities, filled with art and architecture. The trip begins in Madrid, with three nights at the Hotel Agumar, near the Prado and a number of other art museums. Then it's on to Barcelona by train and four nights at the Eurohotel Diagonal Port Barcelona, with views of the Mediterranean. Dates: Select dates in February and March, subject to availability. Price: From $1,683 per person, double occupancy.
April 11, 2010 | By Jen Leo
Virgin Vacations has a "Barcelona at Its Best" package with flight and hotel for six nights starting from $1,111 per person from LAX, including tax. The price is $799 per person if you fly from New York. The deal: The offer is based on double occupancy. Barcelona is not the only European city included in the sale. Virgin Vacations has an assortment of packages priced low for last-minute travel in April to Prague, Czech Republic; Madrid; Dublin, Ireland; Paris; and other destinations.
July 29, 2013 | By Lauren Frayer
MADRID -   Spain's prime minister and prince were among the somber throngs who crowded in and around Santiago de Compostela's soaring ochre cathedral for a memorial Mass on Monday for the 79 people killed in a train derailment last week. The cathedral is famous for welcoming thousands of pilgrims who every year hike an ancient footpath across northern Spain known as the Way of St. James. On Monday night, it welcomed thousands of mourners instead. The train derailed just outside the city on Wednesday, the eve of the region's biggest celebration, the Festival of St. James, honoring Santiago's patron saint.
March 2, 1991
I read with amused chagrin Stanley Meisler's Feb. 12 article "Soaps Sending Spain Down Drain?" He writes that Spain's intellectuals are complaining that their country's addiction to "low-brow" soap operas produced in Latin American countries are reducing their people to a 10-year-old's mentality. Perhaps this is Latin America's ultimate revenge for the early Spaniards destroying the rich (and often advanced) culture of that region. The surviving natives fled and hid; denied both their culture and schooling, they become -- as one person in the article arrogantly put it -- "the illiterate and miserable population that lives below the level of material and spiritual subsistence."
November 21, 2013 | By Frank Sotomayor
Besides being a man of faith, Junipero Serra, the Franciscan friar who founded nine California missions, is a tourist draw -- and perhaps not just in California. The resort isles of Mallorca and Ibiza are already tourist magnets among Spain's many destinations. Now, Spanish tourist officials are giving an extra push to promoting the attractions of those two Mediterranean isles, along with Menorca and Formentera , two of the smaller Balearic Islands. The promotion coincides with Serra's 300 th   birthday on Sunday.
March 27, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Batsheva Sobelman
TOLEDO, Spain - The Jews who flock to the two medieval synagogues in this walled city are tourists, not worshipers. No one of their faith has practiced it in the temples' exquisitely decorated precincts since 1492. That was the year King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, besides dispatching Christopher Columbus to look for a passage to India, decreed that the Jews of Spain had to either convert to Christianity or quit the country. Many fled - and were robbed, beaten or raped on the way out. Those who stayed faced possible torture and a gruesome death in the Spanish Inquisition.
July 26, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- The driver of the train that derailed in northwest Spain, which killed or injured more than 200 people, has been formally detained and will be questioned by authorities, Spanish police said Friday. Francisco Jose Garzon Amo is in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained in the wreck, said Jaime Iglesias, head of Spain's National Police in the region of Galicia. Once doctors give the go-ahead, investigators are expected to quiz Garzon Amo about the circumstances surrounding the accident, Iglesias told reporters.
February 16, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- Two Basque separatists believed to be part of a terrorist cell that killed 18 people in several attacks in Spain were arrested Sunday in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta, a joint operation with Spanish and Mexican authorities, the Spanish Interior Ministry said.  Juan Jesus Narvaez Goñi and Itziar Alberdi Uranga are suspected of belonging to the separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, or ETA, and had been fugitives...
December 12, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Pedal to vineyards and medieval towns in northern Spain on a seven-day bicycle tour of La Rioja. The rural countryside, villages and castles in the foothills of the Pyrenees are the stars of this trip, which features easy hikes and five to 30 miles a day on a bike (easy to slightly difficult terrain). The trip begins and ends in Pamplona and stops at Puente La Reina, a winery in Olite, to sample Spanish wines, the castle and town of Ujue, Calahorra, a church in Laguardia, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, the hill town of Ezcaray and more.
August 28, 2012 | By Chris Barton
A well-intended but ultimately very underqualified octogenarian woman in Borja, Spain, has become something of an international art celebrity as her attempt to restore Elias Garcia Martinez's "Ecce Homo"-styled fresco transformed a more than century-old depiction of Christ into something else entirely. Many have decided Cecilia Gimenez's new look has given the painting a vaguely simian cast, while others have gotten more specific in noting the painting's uncanny resemblance to the monkey-like '80s toy Monchhichi . An inevitable satirical Twitter handle, @FrescoJesus , is more all over the map in deciding upon a resemblance, describing itself as a hedgehog in one instance and referencing its "action figure face" in another.
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