Judge decides to prosecute Princess Cristina
A Palma de Mallorca court has confirmed that King Felipe's sister, Princess Cristina, remains an official suspect in a criminal investigation into the siphoning of public funds through her husband's not-for-profit foundation, Nóos. Judge José Castro wants to put Princess Cristina on trial, although he will first have to hear any appeals.
Live music in Barcelona costs 13.5% more than in Madrid
According to a report published by ticketing platform, Ticketea, fans in Barcelona pay 13.5% more for concert tickets than their counterparts in Madrid. Valencia is the country's most expensive city for live music, with the average ticket costing €14 (compared to €11.91 in Madrid and €13.52 in Barcelona).
Tourism up by 2.3% in May
Catalunya received almost 5.5 million foreign visitors in the first five months of the year. One in four visitors to Spain come to Catalunya, making Catalunya the most visited region of Spain.
50.7% of Catalans speak mostly Spanish
A survey by the Catalan Ministry of Culture and the Catalan Institute of Statistics showed that 31% of the population of Catalunya count Catalan as their mother tongue, with 36% using it as ther main lanuage in which to converse. 55.1% reported Spanish as their main language with 50.7% conversing mostly in Spanish.
300 electric bikes to be made available
The Ajuntament is introducing 300 Bicing-style electric bikes to the city. The bikes will cost €15 in annual subscription plus an extra for each trip. The pilot scheme will begin at the end of 2014.
Shops opening this Sunday
Barcelona's shops will be allowed to open this Sunday to make the most of the crowd generated by Gay Pride and by the arrival of more huge cruise ships. According to new opening regulations agreed upon last year, the Ajuntament can grant four more Sunday openings each year.
No mosque in the Monumental
The mayor of Barcelona and the owners of the Monumental bull ring have denied rumours that they are in negotiations with the Emir of Qatar who allegedly wants to turn the bull ring into the third biggest mosque in the world after Mecca and Medina.