Spain

Spain Travel Guide

This collection of fantastic, if occasionally brutally themed, religious art, including pieces by Peter Paul Rubens, is in an appropriately creaky and forbidding 16th-century working convent smack in the heart of Madrid’s central district.

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An impressive menu of rejuvenating treatments is offered at this full-service sanctuary (an outpost of an upscale Spanish spa chain).

A colorful fishermen's quarter, the laid-back Barceloneta is lined with seafood restaurants and lovely beaches.

For one-stop shopping, Corte Ingles sells everything from maternity wear to marcona almonds. Located on the main square of Plaza Catalunya, this Spanish institution, founded in 1934, boasts nine floors of retail goods, including a supermarket, pharmacy and travel agency.

Locals call this church La Manquita, or "the One-Armed Lady," because only one of the façade's soaring bell towers was ever completed.

Postmodern bar in the corner of a small casino that pours wonderfully acidic Viña Soledad 2005, a white from Bodegas Franco-Españolas ($1.95); the wine is the ideal complement to embuchados with caramelized onion ($4.30).

Regular intercambio exchanges allow students to mingle with native spanish speakers. The Marbella center offers flamenco dancing, golf, and tennis laessons.

Can’t bear to leave Spain’s gustatory pleasures behind? Stop in at this gleaming gourmet deli to stock up on locally made cheeses, olive oils, tinned shellfish, Salamanca and Huelva hams, and other locally produced delicacies.

This Catalan food-and-wine immersion program includes olive-oil tastings, vineyard visits, and meals in classic regional restaurants.