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Tips and Articles in Spain

It's high noon in Plaza Mayor, the vast square that embodies the pomp and circumstance of 17th-century Madrid the way the Palais Royal does ancien régime Paris. Bare of greenery, paved with acres of stone, it is an architectural wonder, he...
Many people start a pilgrimage with a prayer. I start mine with a croissant. It's sunrise in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain. Pastries and coffee in hand, I walk down to the beach with my girlfriend, Katya, as lights along the boardwalk are flickin...
How many architects does it take to screw about with a hotel?For the Spanish company Hoteles Silken, the answer would seem to be "Never enough." Silken's Hotel Puerta América opened this summer on the edge of Madrid. Built at a reported co...
With a pair of palace hotels leading the way, Europe delivers a king's ransom of notable debuts this season. The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest (5-6 Roosevelt Tér.; 36-1/268-6000; www.fourseasons.com; doubles from $335), an Art Nouveau...
The quiet little village of Sant Joan de Labritjaon the quiet northern end of Ibiza isn't so quiet during the celebration of its patron saint, John the Baptist, which is proceeding in a less than saintly way. Firecrackers are popping, music is bla...
El Bulli's Ferran Adrià, the chef who helped put Spain on the culinary map, has set his sights on the burger joint. His Fast Good (NH Eurobuilding, 23 Calle Padre Damián; 34-91/343-0655; www.nh-hotels.com) serves quick bites—hamburgers with olive ...
The Balearics are synonymous with indulgence and the hordes of holidaymakers on package trips who flood Ibiza, Menorca, and Majorca each summer. But there's one small island in the cluster that has yet to be overrun: Formentera, 11 miles off the s...
For travelers to Barcelona who would never fill their suitcases with Gaudí snow globes or Sagrada Família thimbles, Xocoa (11 Petritxol; 34-93/301-1197; www.xocoa-bcn.com; from $3), the city's cult chocolatier, delivers the ultimate edible souveni...
Miguel Fluxá Camper Shoes Which airport makes flying a pleasure? The new Richard Rogers–designed Terminal 4 at Madrid’s Barajas Airport has high, noise-absorbent bamboo ceilings. And at Berlin’s Tegel International Airport, many of the gates ha...
“Madrid has this energy I haven’t found anyplace else; even in the grandest plazas and palaces, you’re allowed to have a good time,” says Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, dressed in a red shift bearing a giant lopsided pink heart. As Spain’s favorite des...
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 ...