Spain Travel Guide

Down a narrow stone alley in Born, near the Cathedral Santa Maria del Mar, designer Beatriz Furest's handbag store is marked only by a simple white flag bearing her name.

Madrid’s answer to New York’s Central Park is a warren of paths carved in green with a large, central man-made lake and plenty of space (330 acres) for lolling about. Originally conceived as a royal garden, Retiro has been a public park for 300 years.

The designer is known for playing with volume—her clothing is like sculpture.

An outdoor market with vintage jewelry and boho-chic beach linens.

The salon is staffed with multilingual, London-trained stylists.

Take a break from sizzling on the crowded Costa del Sol beaches for a self-guided driving tour along the Route of the Pueblos Blancos.

Translated as "the King’s Little Pathway," this cliffy route near Málaga has been closed for years. But it remains one of the world’s most famous dangerous paths.

Everything is worth sampling at this bakery, from the flaky media lunas, or "half moons," to the picos, as locals call the addictively crunchy Andalusian crackers.

After more than a decade of planning and construction, and an outlay of $210 million, Spain's most revered cultural icon unveiled its 237,000-square-foot expansion in 2007, designed by Rafael Moneo.

The windows are filled with candy and shaded under a wide, striped awning at Caramelos Paco, which opened as a grocery shop in 1934. Two years on, owner D. Francisco Moreno Redondo started specializing in chocolates and candies.

At Madrid’s best cocktail bar, tuxedoed bartenders wield wooden batons to crack the ice that chills your martini glass, and the devilishly sweet vodka fizz veritably buzzes in your hand.