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Roger Davies runs this culinary tour company specializing in food and wine tours. Read More

Are you coming to Barcelona with your children? Then this marvelous bookshop is the place you want to visit. As well as shelves full of illustrated kids... Read More

Dubbed the “Spanish Armani,” Galician designer Adolfo Dominguez tailors ready-to-wear suits for both men and women. Constructed in brown,... Read More

Since her first collection in 1981, designer Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada has developed a colorful niche for her bright, pop-art-style clothing, house... Read More

In my opinion, this is the most influential building in modern Barcelona. Locals used to call it "el supositorio" (the suppository) or even worse things... Read More

Where: Seville, Spain, crossing the Guadalquivir River. ... Read More

Argentine designer Marabís tiny atelier is filled with her handmade patchwork animals; the playful dolls, which have been displayed at the Museu... Read More

On Sunday, as the hordes weave their way through the Rastro Flea Market, the savviest of shoppers flock instead to Alonso Ojeda for the collection of... Read More

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

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

Handmade espadrilles are stacked floor to ceiling by size in this simple shop, a Madrid mainstay since 1863. The rainbow of colors, materials, and... Read More

Housed in the two-tiered former Merchant’s Exchange Building dating back to 1598, the Archivo General de las Indias are the Spanish Empire’s extensive... Read More

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. This string of... Read More

Watch the olive groves whiz by at 185 m.p.h. from this high-speed train. Read More

Located on the main floor of the Barceló Raval Hotel in the Raval neighborhood, B Lounge serves tapas and fusion cuisine. The menu contains ... Read More

In the Rioja, the Baigorri winery was designed by Basque architect Iñaki Aspiazu.... Read More

A five-story dance school in the Sants-Montjuïc district, Ball Centre provides dance instruction in several different styles. Classes that don... Read More

Claim an outdoor table in the folksy Sarrià district’s stalwart bar and try the city’s definitive patatas bravas. Read More

This storefront-size bar has a formidable list of wines on a chalkboard. The hearty semi-spicy pepper stuffed with beef and béchamel ($1.50) is a... Read More

Madrid’s Barajas Airport’s 2006 Terminal 4, by Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, is like an extra-long cathedral, an... Read More

Called “BBB,” this is the festival to go to if you want to dance till dawn. Though it’s of the newest music festivals to arrive to the city, it seems... Read More

What better way to really get to know Barcelona than through its rich culinary culture? In just a few hours, Barcelona Cooking's experienced expert... Read More

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

What to Expect: Located partly on a peninsula near the old-but-still-working harbor in the traditional fisherman’s quarter of town, this three... Read More

Ancient Roman walls and Gothic palaces frame the Barri Gòtic's pedestrian streets, which are filled with antiques stores and cafés - all surrounding the... Read More

If Santa Cruz is the historic heart of Seville, then Triana is her soul. Located on the opposite bank of the Guadalquivir, this ancient neighborhood... Read More

As well as being one of the most astonishing churches in the world, La Sagrada Familia is a true symbol of Barcelona. The masterpiece of the modernist... Read More

Juan Morillo's olive oil mill has a small museum, which displays a scale model of an ancient Spanish olive press. Read More

This colorful Grácia store was founded by husband and wife Fabian and Anna, who moved to Barcelona from Paris. Bateau Lune is committed to... Read More

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... Read More

Since 1964, this Madrid-based brand has offered stylish, eclectic furnishings and home accessories sourced from around the world (traditional ceramics... Read More

To ease out of a long workday, stylish Barcelonians stop by this polished Eixample town house for Bloody Marys and tumblers of whiskey. In summer, the... Read More

This is one of my favorite shops in town. The owner, Jaime Beriestain, is a fabulous designer and his Barcelona headquarters is this restaurant that... Read More

Enjoy a different perspective of Barcelona from the saddle of a five-speed bike with the help of Biciclot Marítim, a nonprofit bike co-operative... Read More

On this Madrid-based seven-day Wine Route itinerary, travelers visit charming towns of Haro, in Rioja, and Segovia, as well as centuries-old wineries. Read More

An eclectic crowd, including pilgrims bound for Compostela, visits this L-shaped bar for irresistible matrimonio sandwiches: roasted peppers, salted... Read More

The 102-year-old estate is spread over 492 acres, including some planted with 80-year-old vines. The winery makes its own barrels from its vast store of... Read More

Situated near the Olympic Port, Bogatell beach provides a more laid-back environment than nearby Barceloneta beach, which is typically packed with... Read More

While the tourists flock to Barceloneta beach, Bogatell tends to be the city beach of choice for locals during the summer months. Why? Maybe because it... Read More

What used to be the heart of the city (El Born) and the waterfront district (La Ribera) is now Born-Ribera, a haven for hip taverns, boisterous... Read More

Pick up the sweet-savory pan-con-tomate bonbons from Willy Wonka–like pâtissier Carles Mampel. Read More

Workaholics want for nothing at this comprehensive business hub—which offers private meeting rooms, computer stations, copy and fax services, and... Read More

In this small town with some of the best beaches in Spain (my favorite is Portlligat), visitors can get a true taste of relaxation. Cadaques was for... Read More

This 14th-century stone palace houses the minimalist dresses and suits of Barcelona designer Julie Sohn (think Jil Sander with an Asian twist), and... Read More

Opened in February 2008, the long-awaited Caixa Forum cultural center is an architectural tour de force, created by Swiss Pritzker Prize–winning... Read More

High-end clothing shops line this pedestrian-only street. Scooter (011-34-91-576-47-49) highlights French designers of the moment Vanessa Bruno and Tara... Read More

Opened in 1897 and still featuring its original wooden counter and zinc roof, Calzados Lobo sells simple, inexpensive espadrilles, high-heeled... Read More

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... Read More

One main reason to visit the football stadium is for the store, one of the largest in Europe. If you’re an aficionado, bring home a t-shirt of Barcelona... Read More

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... Read More

Red awnings branded with a large “CH” mark the entrance to this Eixample district shop, which sells fashions from eponymous designer... Read More

Seize the day (or make that the night), with a typically late supper of Asian-accented Mediterranean fare followed by a spin on the busy dance floor at... Read More

This is the work of the modernist master Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and it's one of the vertices of the (imaginary) triangle formed by this building, the... Read More

The Casa Batlló was finished in 1907 and represents the best example of modernism from the beginning of the 20th century. The influence of the sea (some... Read More

This is my favorite of Antoni Gaudí's works in Barcelona. The Casa Batlló was finished in 1907 and represents the best example of modernism from the... Read More

A favorite of fashion designer Carolina Herrera, the Casa Florida flower shop is located in a two-story space within a 19th-century apartment building a... Read More

Nibble on plump pistachios and Marcona almonds roasted at the 1850’s shop. Read More

Located on the Ramblas, Casas Internacional is one of Barcelona’s most popular vendors of designer footwear. The store’s inventory is mostly... Read More

Adjacent to the Isabel II bridge on the west bank of the Guadalquivir, the Castillo de San Jorge Museum is dedicated to the medieval castle’s history... Read More

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

Parts of this fortress-like cathedral date back to the 12th century. Much of the church was destroyed in a 1941 fire, but the 800-plus-year-old crypt... Read More

The awe-inspiring Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede, as it is officially known, is one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals. Erected in 1502, it... Read More

Locals call this church La Manquita, or "the One-Armed Lady," because only one of the façade's soaring bell towers was ever completed. Not for... Read More

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

Ask a sophisticated Barcelona native where he'll be this weekend, and the answer is often the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)... Read More

One of the most beautiful museums in town, this arts center occupies a former 17th-century monastery. But there's nothing old-fashioned about the... Read More

Muslim immigration to Barcelona has been growing since the 1980s, and as a result, nore and more Islamic religious sites have opened to accommodate the... Read More

Occasionally, an urban renewal project gets things right. Such is the case with this 18th-century military barracks turned cultural center, now the... Read More

A streamlined modern former marketplace makes the perfect backdrop for cutting-edge contemporary art. Exhibitions include European big names such as... Read More

Cereria Subirà claims to be the oldest shop in all of Barcelona, although no one can agree on when exactly it was founded, and it hasn... Read More

With its smart red awnings, the CH Carolina Herrera boutique is located in a seven-story stone building in the Recoletos neighborhood. The shop, a dark,... Read More

Madrid is known for its children's clothing shops, like this Castellana neighborhood boutique that stocks brand-name garments for babies and children up... Read More

An ongoing exhibition of children’s artwork is displayed throughout all the airport’s terminals (the airport hosted more than 150 visits... Read More

In 1798 Francisco José de Goya painted the frescos in the Church of San Antonio de la Florida. The painter was later buried here, his remains... Read More

Housed in a 1926 Art Deco building, the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Circle of Fine Arts) is a cultural center that hosts a wide variety of lectures,... Read More

If you are interested in Spanish food, you simply must shop at Quílez. Located for over a hundred years in the heart of the city (la Rambla Catalunya),... Read More

With more than 30 years of experience in the jewelry industry, Carmina Rotger is Barcelona’s top authority on accessories, and her shop is a go-to... Read More

Large and modern, the cellar houses thousands of barrels, including ones signed by Spanish royalty, soccer stars, and actors; it's the Iberian... Read More

The Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona is one of the city’s most prominent exhibition centers. Located in the Raval district, the CCCB... Read More

It’s all about interior design at this store in the Eixample neighborhood. Housed in a striking historical building, Corium sells all the... Read More

For one-stop shopping, Corte Ingles sells everything from maternity wear to marcona almonds. Located on the main square of Plaza Catalunya, this... Read More

Located on a traffic-heavy street that’s a main thoroughfare through central Madrid, this Cortefiel location sells women’s and men's apparel... Read More

Spanish pop, rock, and jazz performers, from the truly local to national favorites, take the stage every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at this... Read More

A mix of locals and tourists make their way to this club in a cave 33 yards above the ocean in the side of a cliff on southern Menorca. Supposedly, it... Read More

Flowy 1970's vintage caftans and cocktail dresses share the racks with Cucharada's own line of handmade leather bags and accessories. Read More

Following the success of their popular El Born boutique, designers Custodio and David Dalmau opened a second shop in the Barri Gòtic, which... Read More

Cycling Classics arranges bicycle tours for groups, guided bicycle vacations, and self-guided tours for individuals through France. (As a joint U.S. and... Read More

If you’re visiting Barcelona when temperatures are warm, this is the unbeatable choice. The city's beaches are clean and well preserved, with huge... Read More

Santander has a surprising concentration of trendy women's boutiques. Ceca is the current favorite among Spain's fashionistas, who flock here to stock... Read More

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... Read More

You can multitask your leisure time in this restaurant/café/lounge/disco, which is housed in a palatial former family home, with Grandmother's... Read More

Arguably the best way to absorb the essence of a city whose story dates back to antiquity is to get lost in its stowaway corners. Devour Seville takes... Read More

Discos Castelló is an independent record store located in the Raval neighborhood. Established in the 1930’s, the shop is one of the oldest... Read More

Sophisticated revelers know to head across the Bay of Cadiz to one of the clubs or taverns in the port town of Puerto de Santa María. Among the... Read More

Southern Spain has many brilliant colors: a flash of red on a whirling flamenco dancer; the peachy pinks of tropical flowers on the walls of an Arabic... Read More

This is, hands down, the most classic watering hole in Barcelona. Full of journalists, writers, and old-school city characters, Dry Martini in the city... Read More

Founded in 1999 by the husband and wife design duo Xavi Gali and Cris Roca, this Barcelona boutique stocks fur, silk, cashmere, and leather pieces.... Read More

This is the most historically relevant of all of Barcelona's neighborhoods—not to mention the most beautiful to visit. Most of the buildings here are... Read More

This is the most historically relevant of all Barcelona’s neighborhoods. Most of the buildings here are centuries old and have no elevators; many... Read More

For a truly fun night out in Barcelona, I recommend a visit to El Born—the city's oldest neighborhood, but, paradoxically, the one with the youngest... Read More

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... Read More

One of my favorite gatherings in Barcelona, El Grec Festival stages most of its plays and concerts outdoors, at various venues in the month of July. It... Read More

In the Old Quarter, the sights are so copious that a Roman amphitheater is just another ruin, located at the end of a tiny, virtually unmarked alley.... Read More

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... Read More

Though largely gentrified thanks to the arrival of the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona and attendant galleries, the former slum of El Raval... Read More

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... Read More

Postmodern bar in the corner of a small casino that pours wonderfully acidic Viña Soledad 2005, a white from Bodegas Franco-Españolas ($1... Read More

Since 1897, Els Quatre Gats (“The Four Cats”) has served many purposes: pub, café, hostel, cabaret, and restaurant. Located on the... Read More

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

Founded by Javier Serra in 1987, En Línea Barcelona is one of the city’s most prestigious furniture and interior design stores. The store... Read More

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

This beautiful Neo-Gothic church in the very center of Barcelona, built between 1882 and 1885, offers mass every day. The best thing about it is its... Read More

Created in 1981 by Quito-born painter Oswaldo Guayasamín—famous in South America for his politically charged work—these two... Read More

This unassuming shop stocks exquisite Italian leather goods: buttery-soft black flats from Pompeii and bags from the Sicilian line Bid Hand Made. Read More

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

This flamenco emporium has a huge inventory: CDs, DVDs, how-to books, guitars, castanets, and accessories from shawls to ornamental hair combs to... Read More

Stock up on buttery bread loaves studded with dried fruits and nuts. Read More

Pick up spinach-and-pine-nut coca (Catalan pizza) at this old-fashioned bakery. Read More

With its high ceilings, arches, and airy passages, this innovative building houses the world's largest collection of Miró's work plus British art... Read More

The Tàpies foundation is an incredible red brick building (an early example of Catalan Modernist architecture from the 1880s) that features the works of... Read More

On Thursday evenings in Seville, this performance group presents the rising stars of flamenco singing of love lost and found. Read More

Established by Spanish financier and philanthropist Juan March in 1955, this namesake foundation  organizes free classical concerts in a multistory... Read More

Set in a former basement car-repair shop, the loftlike gallery showcases cutting-edge international and Spanish artists such as local painter Miguel... Read More

Opened in 2009 on Picasso’s 128th birthday, this contemporary art gallery presents temporary exhibitions of work by masters like Pablo Picasso and... Read More

Just a two-minute walk from the Museo Reina Sofía (Queen Sofia Museum), this three-room art gallery stages contemporary photography, video, and... Read More

The unique space at Ras, constructed from concrete and cast iron, serves a three-fold purpose: it is part exhibition space, part bookstore, and part... Read More

Contemporary art dealer Natalia Foguet has been showing the work of emerging international artists for over a decade. Read More

This famed farmers’ and fishmongers’ market in the Sant Gervasi district offers shoppers everything from fresh asparagus and eggs to filet... Read More

“The ponds here are gorgeous against the citadel.” Read More

This is my favorite city in Catalonia, for both historical and gastronomical reasons. It’s just an hour away from Barcelona (you can take the high-speed... Read More

You'll find all you need for exploring the bay's waters—top-of-the-line snorkels, swim fins, and wetsuits.... Read More

This is the perfect neighborhood to walk around with kids. There are no cars around, it's full of beautiful squares crowded with students, and there are... Read More

The principal venue for opera, concerts, and dance since 1847, the hall reopened in 1999 after a major fire and is now one of the most technologically... Read More

The theater, built in the 1880s, is an icon of Moorish style architecture. Its diverse program includes classical opera, concerts, modern dance, and... Read More

Decidedly less landmark-centric than its European counterparts, the ancient Guadalquivir River is worth a wander for its unique view of the city from... Read More

Why It’s Cool: The first glimpse of Guggenheim Bilbao’s rippling titanium walls in 1997 was a game-changer. Never again would paintings be... Read More

Helena Rohner’s aesthetically organic jewelry has caught the eye of companies from Paul Smith (which commissioned a special collection) to... Read More

Best for: Snow leopards, Tibetan argali sheep, Ibex, Urial (a wild mountain goat), Blue sheep, chukhar, snow cocks, golden eagles... Read More

Originating as a collection of rare perfume bottles, this small shop now specializes in vintage couture garments and accessories dating from the... Read More

A locally renowned outlet for traditional handcrafted wool throws and shawls. Read More

Considered the finest example of Catalan Modernist architecture, this 600-year-old former hospital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The result of... Read More

Where Picasso was baptized. Read More

Probably Barcelona’s biggest secret in terms of festivals, In-Edit is a music documentary event that puts together the best of the genre. Every late... Read More

The legendary jazz club has hosted everyone from Ella and Chet to budding greats such as the Charlie Hunter trio. After the headliners, the intimate... Read More

Its location alone makes this music club a must-visit for Barcelona night owls. It’s located in the Plaça Real, a place seemingly loved by visitors ... Read More

This gorgeous natural space is located in one of the city's most genteel neighborhoods: Pedralbes. This is the “noble” part of Barcelona and you can... Read More

The well-edited boutique for men and women is stocked with the greatest runway hits from, among many others, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, and Jean-Paul... Read More

Vintage jewelry in a museum-like setting. Read More

The velvet box of a boutique features a stylish range of artisanal jewelry by a pan-European lineup of young designers. Bold gold-link necklaces make... Read More

A biannual literature festival that looks at Spanish-language art, film, poetry, and books. Read More

Urbanized after 1860, L'Eixample (the Expansion) is now the city's main shopping district and the world's top repository of Art Nouveau architecture. Read More

This market hardly needs an introduction; La Boqueria has been chosen again and again, in all kinds of surveys, as the best market in the world. The... Read More

Located in the labyrinthine heart of the Santa Cruz district, La Casa del Flamenco offers a fiery dance, song, and instrumental show in the mosaic-tiled... Read More

You can't visit the town without admiring the flying buttresses of La Catedral de Huesca, a Gothic church built on the ruins of a mosque. Read More

This is one the most beautiful seaside communities in Catalonia. Take a train in Plaça Catalonia (one of the ones heading to Massanet or Calella) and... Read More

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... Read More

In her compact shop, German expat Marie Jennings offers bold and breezy Margit Brandt silk dresses and vintage classics like 1980’s Givenchy,... Read More

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

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

The arena where young Picasso accompanied his father to bullfights. Read More

Since opening in the early 1940's, this espadrilles emporium has sold a colorful variety of Catalonia's classic sandals - perfect for strolling city... Read More

After you've settled on your favorite variety of Andalusia's sherries (manzanilla, amontillado, oloroso), you can pick up bottles to take home at the... Read More

This is another Gaudí masterpiece and the last one he made for civilian use. It’s at the top of the Passeig de Gracia and is also called Casa Milà after... Read More

Owners Cecilia Rius and Chavela Herrero lead a design team specializing in one-of-a-kind hats, tiaras, and other accent pieces, such as floral fabric... Read More

Let the experts guide you through a stellar selection of wines from the nearby Rioja region, as well as other regions of Spain.... Read More

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

As well as being one of the most astonishing churches in the world, La Sagrada Familia is a true symbol of Barcelona. The masterpiece of the modernist... Read More

This emblematic bar madrileño has old rock ’n’ roll posters on the walls. It’s been around forever. Read More

One of my favorite parks in the city is this one; it has both a beautiful maze and Barcelona’s oldest (18th-century) planned garden. The park is a sort... Read More

Lafiore’s artisanal handblown glass pieces—including vases, tumblers, candleholders, bowls, and glass-bead jewelry—are created by a... Read More

This is my favorite bookshop in Barcelona. It’s not a franchise, it’s not big, and you won't find it unless you're looking for it; but its selection,... Read More

You'll feel like you are floating above the city's tiled homes at the rooftop bar in the Hotel Larios. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the illuminated... Read More

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

The former carpenter's shop is now a favorite watering hole for Santander's youth-set, who come here for hearty tapas (like blood pudding) and late... Read More

This street is so famous that it even has its own verb in Spanish: ramblejar. “Rambling” in Barcelona means to wander up and down Las Ramblas on foot... Read More

These three sculptural bronze busts, created by internationally known Valencian artist Manolo Valdés, manage to seem both stately and playful.... Read More

A sprawling duty-free emporium, Les Boutiques stocks watches and jewelry from Cartier and Bulgari; Ferragamo purses and leather goods; and signature... Read More

This bookshop defines itself in a very funny way: as "the bookshop specializing in books." You can find poetry, essays, and lots of work from small... Read More

The Romanesque towers and 11th-century monastery at Loarre Castle are just 22 miles from town. The fortress juts out from a rocky precipice, giving... Read More

You can find everything from silk handkerchiefs to cotton bandannas mixed in with clothes from the 40’s to the 70’s. Read More

If you're after a one-stop fiesta, you'll find it here: Six separate spaces, including an open kitchen, a dining room, a casual café, a terrace... Read More

From slouchy, oversize carryalls to soft leather purses in the store's signature abanico (fan) shape, bags from Lupo are a Barcelona staple. Read More

Another place that is mandatory for hearing live music in Barcelona. When it comes to celebrities and well-heeled locals, this venue is the coolest in... Read More

This high-end club in Eixample Esquerra is full of beautiful faces, and well-known for being the main spot to see local celebrities. Luz de gas is known... Read More

This crimson-walled shop stocks Delgado's signature black and ivory separates and knits. Read More

If you are a fan of history (and architecture), you must visit this neighborhood. This is where the “new Barcelona” had its beginnings in the middle of... Read More

Barcelona’s museum of contemporary art, housed in a building created by star architect Richard Meier in 1995, is home to a great collection of European... Read More

Located a 20-minute drive east of the city, Madrid Barajas International Airport is the busiest in Spain. There is free wireless Internet throughout the... Read More

The Festival Internacional de Madrid en Danza (011-34-91-720-83-45), in April, brings dancers from all mediums and a myriad of countries to city... Read More

Once cut off from the city by a major highway, Madrid’s little trickle of a river, the Manzanares, has been reborn as the centerpiece of a massive four... Read More

Sit on the steps of the palatial National Museum of Art (MNAC) and watch the "magic" fountain put on a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics,... Read More

Located on a stretch of green grounds along the Guadalquivir River, the storybook-perfect Parque de Maria Luisa was once the expansive gardens of the... Read More

One of my favorite family activities in Barcelona is bringing the kids along to the city’s markets. It’s a learning experience, because we always find... Read More

Depending on whom you talk to, the architecture critic at El País or the Elciego shopkeeper, Frank Gehry’s hotel at the Herederos del Marqu... Read More

After sitting derelict for decades on the edge of town, the city’s slaughterhouses, with their stunning early-20th-century neo-Moorish architecture,... Read More

At the bustling main market, the stands heave with ripe fruits, cheeses, nuts, herbs, snails, and the garnet-red tuna, which is so prized by the... Read More

One of Spain’s oldest and largest markets, the Mercat de la Boqueria is located just off La Rambla in a cavernous, iron-framed hall. Originating... Read More

This market hardly needs an introduction; La Boqueria has been chosen again and again, in all kinds of surveys, as the best market in the world. The... Read More

This is my favorite market in the whole city, and the best one if you want buy food for a fair price. The neighborhood is full of young people, which... Read More

A global farmers market. Read More

This market is far from the city center and, as a result, is generally only visited by locals. That’s why the prices are so low, even if you have access... Read More

Sant Antoni is not a classical food market. But on Sundays, you have a good chance of finding all kinds of second hand goods here (from sport... Read More

This is possibly the most beautiful market in Barcelona—at least from the exterior, thanks to the colorfully painted waves of its rooftop. The inside is... Read More

Every Thursday, the Plaça Nova, at the base of the massive 15th-century Catedral de Barcelona, the city’s most famous edifice (not counting... Read More

Six giant sculptural sunshades soar 90 feet above the plaza and resemble, depending on whom you ask, a cluster of giant mushrooms, roiling clouds, or... Read More

One of my favorite museums in Catalonia, the MNAC (which stands for National Museum of Catalan Art) recently more than doubled its collection of Spanish... Read More

The olive oil mill has been in the same family since its inception in 1755, and its current owner, Juan Urruti, is one of the few Andalusian holdouts... Read More

This collection of fantastic, if occasionally brutally themed, religious art, including pieces by Peter Paul Rubens, is in an appropriately creaky and... Read More

Catalonia's big art players - the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the Fundació Joan Miró, CaixaForum, and the Mies van der Rohe... Read More

This is a mountain that shares a strong connection with the Catalan soul. There are many mystical legends about this place (for example, the Nazis once... Read More

Owner Maka Abraham travels the world collecting jewelry from near (chunky cuffs and earrings designed by Barcelona silversmiths) and far (antique gold... Read More

Located in the Salamanca barrio, this millinery stocks wool caps, sun hats, and more. Read More

This store carries its own brand of sneakers, which are very popular in Barcelona. The shoes (sport shoes, mostly) have good, stylish design and... Read More

Catering to the city’s fashionable set, Muntaner 385 is an upscale men’s clothing store that stocks designer garments and accessories in an... Read More

Facing a quaint, lush square harboring the same name, Seville’s Museo de Bellas Artes is home to one of the finest collections of Spanish art in the... Read More

What makes Madrid one of the strangest and most incredible nightlife towns in the world—the mix of ages that go out together—is summed up at... Read More

The antiquities collection begins with an anthropomorphic pair of Phoenician sarcophagi. More recent works include masterpieces by Zurbarán, 19th... Read More

For centuries, Spanish monarchs were among the most acquisitive art patrons in Europe, and the legacy of their prescient collecting hangs on the walls... Read More

Displayed in architect Jaime López de Asiaín's award-winning building on the Complutense University of Madrid campus, the Museo del Traje... Read More

Located off the typical tourist route in Salamanca, the little-known Museo Lázaro Galdiano displays more than 12,000 works of art formerly owned... Read More

The fascinating museum of maritime culture shows how residents have lived with—and lived off—the sea since Roman times. You'll see quirky... Read More

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

Housed in a 19th-century palace, the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas (National Museum of Decorative Arts) is located within the bank of museums... Read More

Don't be put off by the building's hideous brown metal facade. Once inside, kids will especially enjoy sailing back in history amid the naval museum's... Read More

The museum is located in the 16th-century Palacio de Buenavista, which in 2004 was renovated and expanded by architect Richard Gluckman. The stunning... Read More

Set in a massive 18th-century hospital building dramatically expanded by architect Jean Nouvel a decade ago, Spain’s official modern and contemporary... Read More

The former home and studio of painter Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923)—known as the Spanish Sargent for his virtuoso brushwork and shimmering light effects... Read More

Generally known as the Thyssen, the museum houses two astonishing private collections—those of Baron and Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza—that provide a... Read More

The Raval district's futuristic, all-white museum designed by Richard Meier looks like something out of The Jetsons and contains a world-class... Read More

A collection of five monuments and museums that tells—and shows—the story behind Barcelona's rich history.... Read More

Journey up to the Parc de Monjuïc to see the work of Picasso's Barcelona contemporaries at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Read More

There can be a long wait to get in, but it's worth it, if only to see the extensive collection of portraits by the artist when he was a young man. Chart... Read More

This incredible treasure trove of works by the modern-art master is likely the only one that Picasso was directly involved with. It was opened in 1963... Read More

The word naftalina translates to naphthalene, the active ingredient in mothballs. The name seems almost unfitting of this store in the Grácia... Read More

The six million specimens at the National Museum of Natural Sciences range from dinosaurs to Mediterranean flora. Founded by Carlos III in 1771, the... Read More

This very small, very secretive bookshop carries only noir literature from all over the world. The owner is an enthusiast of the genre, and if you ask,... Read More

This bookstore makes you feel like a reader even before you've entered. I love their selection, the look of the shop (it's always crowded but quiet,... Read More

A well-curated collection of products for tots—playful floral-print suitcases; custom furniture—are hand-picked by French émigr... Read More

With the no-fuss charm of a warehouse sale, Non Stop is where locals come for an unparalleled selection of limited-edition sneakers by Adidas, Onitsuka... Read More

This “concept store” is a design shop and hair salon that also sells clothing, books, and cosmetics. Read More

The olive oil mill has been the favorite of Spain's royal family for four generations. Read More

Large photos of Picasso peer down upon racks of smart and stylish men's and women's clothing from designers such as Antonio Miro, Kenzo, and Paul Smith.... Read More

Antxón Gómez launched this legendary club in the 1980's. Read More

This very young, very hyperactive club in Eixample Esquerra is crowded almost every night with a loyal clientele. Music is usually R&B and hip-hop,... Read More

Two spacious floors house Midcentury Modern furniture and lighting, plus glass objets d'art. Look for curvaceous wooden chairs by Danish designer Hans... Read More

Designed by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) was built in the Buen Retiro Park in 1887 to house an exotic plant... Read More

Retiro Park, often referred to as the city's "green lung," is certainly a vital organ for Madrid. Thousands of locals jog its perimeter every day, while... Read More

Take a stroll to the Palacio de Miramar, Queen María Christina's old haunt. Her gardens are perfect for a picnic with a royal ocean view. Read More

For a glimpse of the pomp and grandeur of the Spanish monarchy, stroll through the State Rooms of this monumental palace opposite the Royal Opera on the... Read More

Known for his discerning eye, art and antiques dealer Albert Martğ Palau just opened a gallery of rare prints by Spain's modern and old masters,... Read More

This is one the most beautiful music auditoriums in the world. Strangely enough, it’s not very well known (maybe because it’s not in plain sight), but... Read More

This is one the most beautiful music auditoriums in the world. Strangely enough, it’s not very well known (maybe because it’s not in plain sight), but... Read More

Paperam is a paper shop located in the Raval neighborhood less than a five-minute walk from La Boqueria market. The store sells a variety of colorful... Read More

This is probably the best-loved park for local joggers, so head here if you're the sort of traveler who brings your running shoes with you. It's set in... Read More

This is probably the best-loved park for local joggers, so head here if you’re the sort of traveler who brings your running shoes with you. It’s set in... Read More

Picnic around the saltwater swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean. Read More

This is one of the most popular parks in the country. Created by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí between 1900 and 1914, it has been a protected... Read More

Created by Barcelona's most famous architect Antoni Gaudí between 1900 and 1914, Park Güell was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. The park... Read More

This is the main street in Barcelona for shopping. It stretches for a mile and is full of (expensive) shops and restaurants; it’s also where almost all... Read More

This capacious corner bar is named for Spain’s famous black-hoofed pigs, so don’t miss a crunchy, salty, and delicious toasted sandwich of... Read More

Originally designed and built by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the 1929 International Exposition, the Pabellon Mies van der Rohe is... Read More

The hillside neighborhood of Pedralbes, in northwestern Barcelona, is full of 19th- and early-20th-century mansions (built by textile barons and... Read More

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

There can be a long wait to get in, but it's worth it, if only to see the extensive collection of portraits by the artist when he was a young man. Chart... Read More

The well-chosen selection includes the latest designs from Chloe, Moschino, Donna Karan, and Victoria Beckham's Rock & Republic jeans.... Read More

Every Thursday, the Plaça de la Seu at the base of the massive 15th-century cathedral—the most famous edifice in Barcelona (not counting... Read More

The Plaça Reial, with its fading Neoclassical façades and Antoni Gaudí lampposts, is a lovely oasis, just a few steps from bustling... Read More

Awe-striking in its grandeur, the Plaza de España is likely the most impressive remnant of the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. Built on a semi-circular... Read More

Controversial by modern standards, Seville’s bullfighting culture is as much a part of its heritage as tapas and flamenco. Wherever your sensibilities... Read More

Begun under the reign of King Felipe II after he established Madrid as the capital of his empire, the Plaza Mayor evolved over the next few centuries to... Read More

Considered one of the top music festivals in the world, Primavera launched in 2001 as a sort of experimental event for performing rock and pop bands. ... Read More

This recommendation is of special importance for wine lovers. Twenty years ago, El Priorat produced wines but was never considered an important region... Read More

Spain’s manic party-till-dawn mantra is especially evident at this club. The largest club in the world, the seven-story-tall Privilege can... Read More

The polished-concrete and cast-iron décor is as slick as the collection of coffee-table books and architectural tomes at the experimental... Read More

The city's famous Sunday flea market is also open on all holidays, when other shops are closed. Located along the main drag of Calle Ribera de... Read More

When it comes to indie music, this is the most famous venue in town. The club first opened its doors in 1973 under the name Zeleste, but in 2000, after... Read More

In what was essentially the official academy for Spanish painters and sculptors, these galleries provide a rapid run-through of the history of Spanish... Read More

Expanded many times since its 913 inception, the Real Alcázar is a vivid reminder of the rise and fall of kingdoms and cultures in Seville. From... Read More

This record store is a personal favorite of mine. It carries thousands of records in all kinds of music styles, all in a very old-school, grass-roots... Read More

Don't miss the sangria at Rock Bar. Read More

A whimsical clothing boutique. Read More

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. This string of... Read More

For many centuries, the Spanish kings were a mobile crew who floated between more than a dozen palaces they had built in the region around Madrid. Some... Read More

This building needs no introduction from me; this is masterpiece of Antonin Gaudí is one of the most famous churches in the world. The new chapel is so... Read More

This club, which has been a staple of Barcelona’s music scene for 25 years, is a classic for those who love to listen and dance. With two floors hosting... Read More

An important fixture in the Barcelona arts scene, Sala Beckett was founded by the Teatro Fronterizo group, which was highly influenced by Irish... Read More

Though somewhat removed from the city's major tourism stops, this diminutive chapel is beloved by Madrileños and worth seeking out. Built in the 1790s,... Read More

The tiny oil mill produces just 30,000 bottles of olive oil each year. Read More

My first recommendation is for those who wish to see the real state of fashion in Barcelona. This shop (which opened in 1843—before the advent of brands... Read More

This beautiful church devoted to the Virgin Mary is the best representation of Catalan Gothic acrhitecture in Barcelona. This basilica is also known as... Read More

To avoid a big bill at dinner—or stave off hunger until your 10 p.m. reservation—join the locals in a tapeo, a gastronomic pub crawl from... Read More

The 93-suite macrobiotic retreat allows guests to fine-tune their bodies and minds with everything from laughter therapy to customized vegetarian, dairy... Read More

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... Read More

With its view of the boats bobbing in Puerto Chico and its well-measured gin and tonics, Siboney may be the perfect spot for a postprandial. Read More

This is one the tiniest venues you’ll ever see anywhere and that’s precisely why it’s worth the visit. A lot of local bands play here, knowing that it’s... Read More

One of the oldest synagogues  in Europe, this site is now known as Shlomo Ben Adret. First built in the 6th century and rebuilt eight centuries... Read More

Murt is one the most famous fashion designers in Barcelona, and her shops are a good place to purchase something local and elegant at the same time.... Read More

I know there’s a kind of fear of soccer games outside Europe, but the stadiums in Barcelona are safer than the streets (and that’s saying something).... Read More

CCCB's most glamorous event, this electronic music and art festival draws more than 80,000 people each June - rave-happy twentysomethings and classical... Read More

The most important electronic music festival in the world, Sonar began in the rave heyday of 1994 in order to explore and spread love of techno and... Read More

Take a culinary tour of Barcelona, which offers cooking programs and custom itineraries, with excursions to the nearby Penedès wine region. Read More

Jerez is known as a center of Flamenco and you can get a good taste of the passionate dance at this tablao, a theater-tavern that attracts world-class... Read More

There’s no lingerie (or underwear, all for women) in Barcelona that compares to what they make at TCN. Its designer, Toton Comella, is a legend whose... Read More

The icon of classical Spanish theater was long-neglected until a restoration in 1987 put it back on the map. Now, the venue draws top-name performers in... Read More

First founded in 1868 by Englishman and acrobat Thomas Price, the Teatro Circo Price is now Madrid’s permanent circus with clowning, tight-rope... Read More

Behind its impressive neoclassical façade with the stone busts of playwrights, the Teatro Español stages Spanish and international... Read More

Situated across the Plaza de Oriente from the Palacio Real, the Teatro Real Madrid is a center for opera and ballet performances. Antonio López... Read More

At The Showroom, interior architect Isabel López-Quesada designs sophisticated rooms using neutral tones, bold patterns, and metallic accents.... Read More

Many residents of Barcelona have memories of visiting this park when they were kids. The Tibidabo amusement park is located at the top of one of the... Read More

Seventy-three-year-old wine maker Alejandro Fernández put the region on the map with Tinto Pesquera. Considering its renown, the winery... Read More

Merchants used to keep an eye out for incoming shipments from the colonies at the Torre, one of Cádiz's most famous lookouts. Today, the tower... Read More

Though there's not yet a tourism infrastructure for hiking with the transhumancia herds in Spain, you can respectfully explore on your own the country's... Read More

Small-ship river cruises with immersive land excursions are Travcoa’s specialty. California’s Travcoa tailors trips around a theme of your... Read More

A relatively new gallery on the local art scene, Travesia Cuatro moved to its current address in the Justicia neighborhood in 2008, four years after its... Read More

The challenging 10-day Pyrenees Sea to Sea trip features daily rides that average more than 60 miles and 7,000-plus vertical feet through French Basque... Read More

I strongly recommend a visit to this park, which was founded at the beginning of the 20th century and has the widest collection of plants and flowers in... Read More

At Spain's oldest dry-goods store, Ultramarinos La Confianza, freshly baked bread shares shelf space with regional delicacies such as Somontano wine, pa... Read More

Walk University of Michigan’s central campus to admire the mid-1800s architecture. Stargaze together at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History... Read More

A company founded by locals and run by locals, Vaho was the first in Spain to recycle the city’s council banners to make bags, wallets, and all kinds of... Read More

The biggest of the airport’s nine VIP lounges (it sprawls over 21,000 square feet) is also the biggest in Spain. Here, business-class Iberia... Read More

Design aficionados will appreciate the two-storied Vinçon. It carries furniture and decorative objects for every room—except the bedroom;... Read More

This concept is so strange (an art supermarket) that it is unique to Barcelona. The store carries forks, knives, spoons, blankets, lights, paintings, t... Read More

The tour operator conducts excursions that immerse guests in the authentic life and culture of the country’s great wine regions (Rioja, Ribera del... Read More

Pick up a Ruta del Modernisme brochure at Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and amble the Eixample district admiring the mosaics, wrought-iron... Read More

From Spanish monarchs and popes to sports stars and bullfighters, the Wax Museum displays more than 450 life-sized figures. Many are dressed in original... Read More

Located near the University of Barcelona, this Eixample corner boutique sits on a stretch of retailers that caters to the young and stylish. Zara, a... Read More

Counting DJ’s and bartenders among its owners, this casual corner bar is open all day, helping Madrileños ease the transition from coffee... Read More

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