Spain

Tips and Articles in Spain

Ask a sophisticated Barcelona native where he’ll be this weekend, and the answer is often the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). Since it opened in 1994 inside a gorgeously rehabilitated 18th-century hospice in the Raval neighbor...
Café de la Princesa This 14th-century stone palace houses the minimalist dresses and suits of Barcelona designer Julie Sohn (think Jil Sander with an Asian twist), and narrowly cut men’s wear from Danish haberdashers Sand, as well as travel b...
Morning Cacao Sampaka Hot cocoa goes haute at this sleek shop and café part-owned by Ferran Adrià’s pastry-chef brother, Albert. Dark and dense, the liquid easily qualifies as an alternative energy source. The chocolate-smeared tostada might be ...
Camisería Pons This 100-year-old clothing store stocks a slew of Catalán designers for women and men (including Josep Abril’s impeccable linen shirts). Look for the reduced-price off-season racks in the back. 49 Gran de Gràcia; 34/93-217-7292. L...
Bar Raval Slide into a leather booth at this watering hole and you’ll be immersed in the chatty camaraderie of the professors, writers, artists, and theater types who live nearby in the streets surrounding the Museu d’Art Contemporani. 19 Doctor ...
With one foot in Europe and the other in Spain, Barcelona has always reveled in contradictions: fiercely Catalán-nationalist and defiantly cosmopolitan; stolidly bourgeois yet always rebellious; a city where seny (cool common sense) and rauxa (hed...
Haute Hospitality Hotel Hotel Arts Barcelona 19-21 Marina; 34/93-221-1000; ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $625 Overview Housed in a glittering skyscraper—with views of the city, water, and Frank Gehry’s Fish sculpture—Hotel Arts has impeccable ...
Three of the European cities where Picasso lived and worked—Paris, Antibes, and Barcelona—have museums dedicated to his art. Another has just opened in the Spanish port city of Málaga, the artist's birthplace.Thanks to two of Picasso's heirs (his ...
See our slideshow of 2009 Travel Horoscopes. Matt Murphy, 38, a Capricorn from New York City, is planning a big trip in 2009 but agonizing between a jaunt to tango in Buenos Aires or a nightlife jag in Shanghai. The price is the same, but which t...
See our slideshow of 37 Affordable European Restaurants. Those of you put off by the cost of eating in Europe, fear no more: after spending more days on the Continent than I did at home last year, I can assure you that finding affordable meals ha...
See our slideshow of Caribbean Hotels Under $150. When is a vacation not a vacation?When you can’t relax because you’re worried about spending money. The current economic crisis is forcing many to be financially creative, and that includes travel...
When I lived in Madrid, more than a decade ago, Valencia was rarely on anyone's radar. Spain's third-largest city was casually known for its oranges and its paella and for Les Falles, the boisterous, pyrotechnical festival that takes p...
MADRID Twenty-two-year-old chef Jaime Renedo had a hard time convincing his mother to let him open a restaurant inside her Asian antiques store. How lucky that she relented: Asiana (4 Travesía de San Mateo; 34/91-310-0965; tasting menu for tw...
Oregon The mini-bars at Hotel Monaco stock one of Portland’s best beers: Drop Top Amber Ale ($5), made at a partially wind-powered brewery near the waterfront. Doubles from $239. Vermont Set in the countryside, Twin Farms has free snacks that c...
The latest trend in the spa world is macrobiotic cleansing, and the newest opening has dedicated detoxers flying to Spain. At SHA Wellness Clinic, a 93-suite macrobiotic retreat near the town of Altea, on the Mediterranean coast, guests spend thei...