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Barcelona is home to a Picasso Museum.
Costa Brava, Spain
Not a town, but a coastal region, this area has many Salvador Dali Attractions, including the Dali Museum in Figueres.
Hotel Llafranc, 16 Passeig Cipsela, Llafranc; (34) 972-300-208; $61 to $92. 28-room hotel at beachfront on a cove.
Parador de Aiguablava, Platja de Aiguablava, Bagur; (34) 972-622-162; $66 to $104. On a rocky crag, 83-room, 50's modern-style government-run hotel .
Eldorado Petit, 23 Rambla Vidal, Sant Feliu de Guíxols; (34) 972-321- 818; $35. Restaurant complex with a tapas bar and small restaurant
Els Pescadors, 5 Port d'en Perris, L'Escala, (34) 972-770-728, $27, has splendid sea views. Simply prepared fish, like baked turbot over a bed of sliced potatoes, and a variety of shellfish are the specialties.
Empordà, Antigua Carretera a Francia, Figueres; (34) 972-500-562; $35. Low key restaurant in a roadside hotel.
Sa Gambina, Riba Nemesio Llo rens, Cadaqués; (34) 972-258-127; $16. A simple, harborside restaurant for casual fare based on fish and shellfish — fried, grilled, or in casserole — and paellas.
Rock Palace – Madrid, Spain – Calle de Vara del Rey, 6 28045 Madrid, Spain
Aside from bullfights and tapas, one cultural specialty is serrano ham. Its available for about 2 bucks a plate all over town at chain restaurants.
El Pais is a local paper with entertainment listings, though they are listed in Spanish, of course.
El Museo del Jamon (the ham museum) Carretera San Jeronimo 6 and many other locations. Not a museum, but rather a deli chain with cheese, chorizo, sausage and serrano ham which is served on a plate in thin slices or between loaves of dry, crusty bread.
La Taurina, San Jeronimo 5 serves ham. beer and wine. It is like the Hard Rock Cafe of bullfighting.
La Venencia, Calle Echegaray 7, (34) 91-429-7313-Sherry, Amontillado and other liquors along with tapas like olives, smoked trout and cheeses. Sherry is around a buck a glass, food plates run $1.50 to $4.
El Lacon-8 Calle Manuel Fernandez Y Gonzalez. One of many tapas bars and restaurants along this stretch in the old section of Madrid. Soup, one tapas and a glass of wine run around 5 dollars.
La Trucha, Manuel Fernandez y Gonzalez 3 have another more aged ham Jamon Iberico and other things like higado de bacalao, a pate made of codfish liver. A local institution that is always crowded with local characters.
A 7 dollar pass to 3 of the most popular museums, Reina Sofia, the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza is available which saves about 5 dollars over individual prices.
Gruto 77-Gruta'77 is a concert hall and local pub-oriented test rock'n'roll at its most underground and offering a daily program of live music. C / Cuckoo 6 (esquina Nicolás Morales), 28019
Metro: Oporto Metro: Oporto
Hotel Paris, Alcala 2 (34) 91-521-6491- Centrally located near a subway stop in the Puerta del Sol. In room bathrooms. $55 per night with breakfast.
Hostal Rifer, Calle Mayor 5, fourth floor, (34) 91-532-3197. At 26 dollars per night you get a private room with private shower, but the toilet is down the hall and the street is lively so its noisy.
Hostal Don Diego, Velaquez 45 (34) 91-435-0760. $54 dollars per night, located in the Madrid version of the Upper East side. Classy and near shopping but far from the areas with tapas bars
At night along tree-lined Paseo de la Castellana and in the Plaza de Cibeles fountain, crowds fill the outdoor restaurants and tapas bars in the Plaza Mayor and the Plaza Santa Ana.
Later you can hear jazz from Café Central at 10 Plaza del ngel;
Café Central, 10 Plaza del ngel, (34-91) 369-4143. Admission for live shows, $5.50 to $7, at 185 pesetas to the dollar.
For dancing to tunes from the 60's, 70's and 80's, the
place to go is the funky Why Not?, a bar popular with both gays and straights at 6 Calle San Bartolomé in Chueca.
Why Not? 6 Calle San Bartolomé, No phone. Closed Sunday. Cover charge, $5.40 (includes one drink).
After nearby flamenco shows end, flamenco dancers, musicians and fans often make their way to nearby El Candela, at 2 Calle del Omo. The guitarist Paco de Luc a and the dancer Antonio Canales occasionally stop by for jam sessions in the cavelike bar in the cellar or in the dark narrow first-floor bar.
El Candela, 2 Calle del Olmo, (34-91) 467- 3382. Free admission.