Spain Travel Guide

Having started in the Middle Ages, El Rastro is a rambling 3,500-vendor market in the old streets of Madrid. The market begins at 9 a.m. on Sundays and holidays, but gets busiest by 11 a.m.

Considered the finest example of Catalan Modernist architecture, this 600-year-old former hospital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The result of six small hospitals merging together in 1401, the original complex was rebuilt to meet the demands of modern medicine in 1902.

The shop is known for its colorful leather purses, designed by one of the owners.

Where Picasso was baptized.

A Catalonia-born graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City, Helena Garriga has worked for the likes of Moschino and Jean Paul Gaultier. Now she’s a curator of edibles, assembling the choicest local and international foodstuffs at her new shop.

Recent work by acclaimed video artist Tony Oursler joins Goya's famous portrait of King Fernando VII in this charmingly hit-or-miss provincial collection.

The Gothic cloister is one of the city's most tranquil spots.

Gaudí's architectural works are scattered throughout the city. A highlight is this church, his unfinished symphony of modernist high notes.

Based in Madrid, Cellar Tours takes private groups on luxury food and wine tasting trips throughout Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, and Ireland.

Situated across the Plaza de Oriente from the Palacio Real, the Teatro Real Madrid is a center for opera and ballet performances. Antonio López Aguado designed the theater for Queen Isabel II in 1818, but construction on the hexagonal building was postponed.

The property is a boutique, café, and theater all housed within a former brothel.