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Five secret European beaches

Find your own little slice of sand this summer at these secluded spots, from Scotland to Greece.


My city: Barcelona

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From a Roman colony to the host of the 1992 Olympics, the proud capital of Catalonia is one of Europe’s most dynamic metropolises.


A fiery cleansing fiesta in Galicia

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The Noche de San Juan festival on 23 June celebrates the summer solstice with ceremonial bonfires and a parade of witches.


The ancient Spanish ritual of baby jumping

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A centuries-old tradition held each June in the small town of Castrillo de Murcia involves jumping over mattresses of baptised infants to cleanse their original sin.


Spain’s super-charged sport

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In northern Spain, Lonely Planet photographer Dominic Bonuccelli tries his hand at the unusual activity of Basque pelota, which once held the world record for fastest ball speed.


Is Barcelona being spoilt by tourists?

As millions of tourists flood the Spanish city known for charm and authenticity, locals say they are drowning.
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