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Few buildings are as exuberant as Barcelona’s 100-year-old Palau de la Música Catalana (palaumusica.org). The concert hall, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner (a contemporary of Antoni Gaudí) and inaugurated in 1908, explodes with vibrant color...
Cultural Hit List Art Europe London "Louise Bourgeois," at Tate Modern (Oct. 10–Jan. 20; tate.org.uk). Surrealist, Expressionist, and conceptual artist Bourgeois is still going strong in her nineties. This show, which spans seven decades of dra...
See our slideshow of the 45 Best New Hotels of 2009. In compiling Travel + Leisure’s fourth annual It List, our editors once again visited hundreds of new hotels around the globe. What makes 2009 different?Properties closer to home really caught ...
Portofino This small fishing port on the Italian Riviera draws the big names—and the big boats—of the beau monde. Getting Around The best beaches are accessible only by sea, but if you won’t be chartering your own yacht, take a half-hour ferry ...
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...