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Quick off the blocks

Liam Aldous reporting from Madrid: Fast-paced drama, twists and even some geopolitical intrigue – no, not the latest Netflix series but the 24-hour Olympic Channel. And with the forthcoming PyeongChang Games, the broadca…

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Gaudí regalvanised

Liam Aldous reporting from Barcelona: The architecture of Antoni Gaudí has branded this city but until now this masterpiece has been off-limits. As it finally reveals its secrets, it’s caught up in a Catalan identity crisis…

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Fabric of the city

A Coruña is home to retail giant Inditex (owner of Zara) and its alumni designers and manufacturers, who are busy reviving the region’s textile and craft credentials. Together they’ve made this one of Spain’s richest cities…

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The lay of the land

From Colombia to Moldova and a fair few places in between, we take stock of what makes the world go round – and yes, manicures and underwear both feature prominently.

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Madrid: beat goes on

Late-night revelry is a way of life for Madrileños and the good times have only improved with a city council committed to carousing. Monocle gets into the groove.

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Summery vibes

If you close your eyes for a moment and conjour up a vision of Australia, chances are it will look like Byron Bay. It represents all the laidback loveliness of its nation – but it’s also got the financial and innovative…

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Expo 91: Stop and start

The roadhouses along the Great Northern Highway in Western Australia are vital, serviceable sanctuaries for the truck drivers who frequent them. Monocle hits the tarmac to meet the rich characters who live life in the…

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Mucho gusto: Instituto Cervantes

Spain is doing an eloquent job of selling itself around the world by using its language to introduce people to its customs and culture. We meet the Madrid and Tokyo branches of the Instituto Cervantes’ global network.

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Back to the future

Too many residential towers play by the rules. We are granted rare access to Torres Blancas, a fantastical expression of 1960s modernism that remains as current and desirable as ever.

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Hop on board

Grand transit projects add sheen to a city government's reputation but cheaper, less disruptive ways to keep things moving are on the rise. Don't be surprised to see tiny buses on your town's streets soon.

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The Interview Series: Manuela Carmena

Spain's capital is in the midst of reform courtesy of a 71-year-old retired judge. We find out why Manuela Carmena has eschewed slippers and crosswords in favour of tackling climate change and banishing corruption.

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Expo 89: New look

Portraits of leaders past and present are ubiquitous in Turkey, Spain and Morocco. Monocle paints a picture of their popularity – and peers beneath the surface to learn the history of their peculiar reign.

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Cutting a dash

Milan, Paris, London, New York – and Ubrique, of course. What could be dismissed as a sleepy Spanish town is in fact a fashion heavyweight renowned for its leatherware. Monocle paid a visit to pick up some bags and brogues…

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Working from home

When a husband-and-wife team decided to transform their apartment behind Madrid’s Paseo de Prado into a space in which they could live and work, little did they know that the project would provide so much comfort.

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Expo no. 83: On the home front

It was designed by a suspect bohemian, houses a coup plotter and is today favoured by young, liberal creatives. Madrid’s Edificio Princesa, once both bunker and luxury home for Franco’s loyal cadre, is a concrete testament…

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