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Tips and Articles in Spain

At the end of a lavender-and-cypress–lined drive in Majorca's southeastern countryside, the Gran Hotel Son Julià; presides over a landscape of orange and almond groves, with an air of noblesse oblige. Once home to the aristocratic Julià fa...
First, let's get one thing straight: this is a really, really, really big ship. Fifty feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, too damn wide for the Panama Canal, capable of carrying three 747's and a space shuttle (hypothetically speaking, of cour...
"No, no, not Spanish--Catalan!" This rebuke echoes throughout Spain's northeast corner, startling visitors primed for sangria, tapas, and a bit of Death in the Afternoon. But then Catalunya (yes, you really should say it in Catalan) is closer in c...
High design doesn't need to be austere, especially at these four European hotels that have just opened their doors. BARCELONA Architect Fernando Amat, the mastermind behind Spain's housewares boutique Vinçon, created the 25-suite Casa Camper (11...
Partying yogis have found their mecca with the opening of the spa Puro Beach Oasis Del Mar (800/337-4685; www.designhotels.com), on Majorca, Spain. Guests can Zen out with Ashtanga yoga and Japanese hot-stone massages until the sun sets. Then, the...
This Spanish city of miradores, Arab palaces, and snowcapped mountains now has historic inns to match its storybook setting. Hesperia Granada (Plaza Gamboa; 34/958-018-400; www.hesperia-granada.com; doubles from $65), next to the 14th-century Corr...
Spain has declared 1999 "The Year of Velázquez," honoring the 400th anniversary of the painter's birth with a series of celebratory shows. This month in Madrid, the Prado unveils its new Velázquez galleries. In mid-December, again at the Prado, "V...
Whether you're seeking profound contemplation of your faith, speculative contemplation of the future, or just sodden contemplation of the bottom of a fifth of single malt, there's a destination in Europe to fulfill each and every Y2K desire. Expec...
BEDROCK Ever wanted to sleep in a cave?Yunak Evleri, carved into a white stone cliff in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, will bring your Flintstones fantasies to life. The hotel, which opened in May, extends through six naturally cooled caves buil...
The archbishop of Barcelona recently proposed canonizing the city's most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí, whose surreally undulating, ornate stone buildings give the prosperous Catalan center its wonderland air. Home not only to Gaudí but to Miró, ...
For more than three decades, millions of European tourists have stepped out of the Málaga Airport into the guaranteed summer sunshine of Spain's Costa del Sol. For first-timers, what follows can be jolting— the drive west along a highway sandwiche...
FRANCELa Maison de BricourtOne of the great conundrums of modern French cooking is Michelin's coconut-headed refusal to bump up Olivier Roellinger from two stars to three. For years Roellinger has been one of France's most visionary chefs, drawing...
To get into Tokyo from Narita Airport you can catch a cab— and pay more than $150 for a trip that can take two hours— or you can hop the rail link from the terminal for as little as $7.50 and be there in just over an hour. That's what you call a n...
Riddle: To which countries would you travel if you wanted to see festivals involving: (a) a two-hour tomato fight; (b) the sex life of marine worms; (c) the firing of rockets at rain clouds? to the answer book of the month At long last, an author...
"We've been found," Jean-Pierre Vandelle explained, with an apologetic lifting of the hands. I had finally gotten back to my favorite little-known restaurant—El Olivo, off the Plaza de Cuzco in Madrid—and encountered teeming masses waiting to samp...