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Recommended attractions in Barcelona, Catalonia and Costa Brava


Barcelona
Antilla Barcelona, C/Arago 141
This popular spot features live Latin bands Sunday through Thursday and free salsa lessons on Tuesday nights.
On weekends, there?s "Salsateca."
Phone:  934.51.45.64
Hours:  11PM to 3AM Monday
through Thursday
and Sundays;
11PM to 5AM
weekends
Web:   www.antillasalsa.com/
Admission:   9EUR

Barcelona Card
Available at the Barcelona Tourist Information Office, the Barcelona Card provides unlimited transportation on Barcelona?s buses and subway, as well as discounted admission to many of the city?s museums and attractions.
Web:   www.barcelonaturisme.com/turisme/exp/ing/ap01-73.htm
2-day pass:   23EUR
3-day pass:  28EUR

Barcelona Cathedral, Placa de la Seu
Begun in the 13th century on the foundations of a Roman temple and a Moorish mosque, Barcelona?s Cathedral is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic. The huge nave with its soaring vaulting ceiling and 28 side chapels and the 15th-century choir stalls are highlights.
Phone:  933.15.15.54
Hours:  9AM to 1PM and 5PM to 7PM daily; Cloister Museum is open from 10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 6:30PM daily; Sardana dances at noon on Sundays
Museum admission:   1EUR Admission to the church is free

Barcelona Center of Contemporary Culture (CCCB), Montalegre 5
In the Ciutat Cella, this center explores Barcelona?s role in contemporary European culture.
Phone:  933.06.41.00
Hours:  11AM to 2PM and 4PM to 8PM Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 11AM to 8PM Wednesday and Saturday; 11AM to 7PM Sundays
Admission:   4EUR

Barcelona Description
Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. The capital of Catalonia, it is influenced as much by its neighbor France as by Spain. One of the great Art Nouveau cities of the world, Barcelona has five Art Nouveau buildings that are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Must see: Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's someone-left-a-church-out-in-the-rain masterpiece.

Barcelona Metro
Five main subway lines serve most parts of the city. Information is available at the main station at Placa de Catalunya.
Tickets from:   1.10EUR
10 tickets:  6EUR

Barcelona Stamp & Coin Market, Placa Reial 1
This bustling market on lively Placa Reial is a pleasant Sunday morning diversion even if you don?t collect stamps or coins.
Phone:  933.18.93.12
Hours:  10AM to 2:30PM Sundays

Barcelona Tourist Information Office, Placa de Catalunya
You can get information, maps, the Barcelona Card or a Bus Turistic pass here. There?a also a book shop and a currency exchange.
Phone:  932.85.38.34
Hours:  9AM to 9PM daily

Barcelona Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, Placa de la Universitat
Sells passes good for as many as ten metro or bus trips.
Web:   www.tmb.net
Passes from:   9.60EUR

Bulevard dels Antiquaris, Passeig de Gracia 55
Just up Passeig de Gracia from the "Block of Dischord," the Bulevard dels Antiquaris houses 73 antique stores in one complex. Although there are few bargains, you will find top quality art, furniture, crafts, jewelry, toys, and musical instruments here. Credit cards are not accepted.
Hours:  9:30AM to 1:30PM and 4:30PM to 8:30PM Monday through Friday; open on Saturdays too off season

Bus Turistic
The Bus Turistic stops at 26 of Barcelona?s attractions. You can hop on and off wherever you like and buses come along every 10 to 30 minutes depending on your location. There are two routes (red and blue) and it takes three-and-a-half hours to make the complete loop. Commentary is given on board. Passes are available at the Tourist Information Office on Placa de Catalunya.
Web:   www.barcelonaturisme.com
1-day pass:   17EUR
2-day pass:  21EUR

Casa de la Ciutat Barcelona, Placa de Sant Jaume
This city hall dates from the 14th century. The Salo de Cent council chamber and murals by Josep Maria Sert are highlights.
Phone:  934.02.70.00
Hours:  Sundays 10AM to 1PM

Casa Mila (La Pedrera), Passeig de Garcia 92
Gaudi designed this apartment building between 1906 and 1910. Know as La Pedrera (the stone quarry) because Barcelona?s citizens originally thought it looked like a pile of rocks, it?s one of the most important buildings in the city. You can tour the undulating, organic building, visit a typical apartment at the Pis de la Pedrera, and see an excellent exhibit of Gaudi?s work at Espai Gaudi in the attic. Be sure to go to the rooftop to see the fantastic chimneys.
Phone:  934.84.59.00
Hours:  10AM to 8PM daily; during summer the rooftop is open from 9PM to midnight
Combination ticket:   7EUR

Casa-Museu Gaudi, Parc Guell
This house, where Gaudi lived for twenty years until his death in 1926, now houses a museum including drawings of his work, personal effects, and furniture designed by the architect.
Phone:  932.193.811
Hours:  10AM to 8PM in summer; closing at 7PM in March and April, and at 6PM in winter
Admission:   4EUR

Centre del Modernisme, Passeig de Gracia 41
Buy a Modernisme pass and you?ll get a map, a guidebook, and discounted admission to Barcelona?s most important examples of Modernisme architecture. Informative, entertaining tours of the Mansana de la Discordia or "block of dischord" are often given.
Phone:  934.88.01.39
Hours:  10AM to 7PM Monday through Saturday; 10AM to 2PM Sundays
Moderisme pass:   3.60EUR

Columbus Monument (Monument a Colom), Portal de la Pau
The monument was built for the Exhibition of 1888 on the site where Columbus came ashore after discovering the new world. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city and Mediterranean.
Phone:  933.02.52.34
Hours:  9AM to 8:30PM daily in summer; 10AM to 1:30PM and 3:30PM to 6:30PM Monday through Friday and 10AM to 6:30PM Weekends and holidays off season.
Admission:   2.20EUR

El Corte Ingles, Placa de Catalunya 14
Spain?s most stylish department stores has several branches in Barcelona. The best is on Placa de Catalunya. It?s great for fashion, housewares, beauty products or treatments. And there?s a nice rooftop cafe.
Phone:  933.06.38.00
Hours:  10AM to 10PM Monday through Saturday
Web:   www.elcorteingles.es

Els Encants, Placa de la Glories
Barcelona?s best flea market, also known as the Mercat de Bellcaire, is most enjoyable on weekday mornings. You won?t find any real treasures, but you?ll likely find plenty of bargains and great people watching.
Phone:  932.46.30.30
Hours:  8:30AM to 6PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

Font Magica de Montjuic, Placa d?Espanya
These fountains at the base of Montjuic on Placa d?Espanya are the best show in town. On weekends, they are choreographed to a wide variety of music while searchlights race across the palace. Don?t miss it.
Hours:  9:30PM to 11:30PM Thursday through Sundays, May to mid-October; 7PM to 8:30PM Friday and Saturday, mid-October to April

Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Arago 255
Around the corner from the "Block of Dischord," this museum celebrates the work of Antoni Tapies, one of Barcelona?s most famous artists. The building itself was designed by Domenech i Montaner as the Montaner i Simon Publishing House. The Mudejar facade is topped by an unusal metal wire sculpture by Tapies called "Cloud and Chair."
Phone:  934.87.03.15
Hours:  10AM to 8PM Tuesday through Sunday
Admission:   4.20EUR

Fundacio Joan Miro, Placa de Neptu, Parc de Monjuic
The building, designed by Miro?s friend Josep Lluis Sert, uses natural light to showcase the Catalan master?s paintings and tapestries. Ten thousand of the artist?s works are here, including many of his finest. Traveling exhibits of other artists? work is also displayed.
Phone:  934.43.94.70
Hours:  10AM to 8PM Tuesday through Saturday in summer; open Thursday nights until 9:30PM; 10AM to 2:30PM Sundays; closing at 7PM off season
Web:   www.bcn.fjmiro.es/
Admission:   7.50EUR

Funicular de Montjuïc, Metro Paral.lel-Avda Miramar
Not very scenic, but to get to the top of Montjuic, this funicular sure beats walking.
Phone:  934.43.08.59
Hours:  9AM to 10PM daily in summer; 9AM to 8PM daily in Winter
Tickets from:   2EUR

Golondrines, Moll de la Fusta
These two-tiered boats built for the 1888 Exhibition provide 35-minute cruises from the breakwater in front of the Columbus Monument. You can go for a pleasure cruise, or take a longer trip to Port Olimpic.
Phone:  934.42.31.06
Hours:  Cruises depart frequently; check the box office for that day?s schedules
Web:   www.lasgolondrinas.com
Tickets from:   4EUR

Gran Teatre del Liceu, La Rambla 51-59
If you?re not attending a performance here, make reservations to take the tour which includes the Auditorium, the Salon of Mirrors and the Foyer. Originally opened in the mid 19th century, the Gran Teatre del Liceu burned in 1994. Following a five-year reconstruction, it has recently reopened. Though the theater is now a state-of-the-art facility, among the best in Europe, many of the original Baroque features were painstakingly duplicated.
Phone:  934.85.99.00 Reservations required
Fax:  934.85.99.18
Hours:  10AM to 1PM daily; Box Office is open from 10AM to 1PM and from 2:30PM to 6:30PM Monday through Friday
Email:  visites@liceubarcelona.com
Web:   www.liceubarcelona.com
Admission from:   6EUR

Harlem Jazz Club, C/Comtessa de Sobradiel 8
This club in the Barri Gotic gets some of the best jazz in Barcelona and the ambience is terrific.
Phone:  933.10.07.55
Hours:  8PM to 4AM Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday; 9PM to 5AM weekends; acts start at 10:30PM and midnight on weeknights and at 11:30PM and 1AM on weekends.

Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, Av. St. Antoni M. Claret 167
Designed by Domenech i Montaner, this is one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona. It features 48 Mudejar-style pavilions linked by gardens and underground passageways. The mosaics, murals, stained glass and sculptures are breathtaking. And visitors are free to stroll the gardens and courtyards of what is still a working hospital.

L?Aquarium de Barcelona, Moll d?Espanya, Port Vell
With more than 360 species and innovations like a 260-ft. glass passageway through shark-infested waters, this aquarium is the best in Europe. Interactive exhibits like the kiddie touch pond and Planet Aqua make this a fun stop for anyone interested in marine life.
Phone:  932.21.74.74
Hours:  9:30AM to 9PM Monday through Friday; 9:30AM to 9:30PM Saturdays and Sundays; 9:30AM to 11PM daily in July and August
Web:   www.aquariumbcn.com
Admission:   15EUR

La Boqueria (Mercat de Sant Josep), La Rambla 91
This is one of Europe?s truly great markets and a must-see for any food lover. Fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, poultry, seafood, and herbs pack the stands and it?s most of the most photogenic spots in Barcelona. Come for breakfast and have churros and hot chocolate so thick you eat it with a spoon.
Phone:  933.18.25.84
Hours:  8AM to 8PM Monday through Saturday

La Paloma, C/Tigre 27
Popular since opening in 1902, this dance hall continues to pack them in. If you can stay up this late, you?ll enjoy watching the dancers and occasional performers. Late nights Thurdays and Friday, there?s Afro-Latin disco.
Phone:  933.17.79.94
Hours:  11:30PM to 5:30AM Tuesday through Saturday
Web:   www.lapaloma-bcn.com
Admission from:   6EUR

La Sagrada Familia, Majorca 401
One of the architectural wonders of the world, words can?t really do Sagrada Familia justice. Go see it. You?ll either love it or you?ll hate it, but in any case, you?ll be amazed at this labor of love that has preoccupied Barcelonians for 120 years. Inside, there?s an interesting museum about construction of the church, which is an on-going process. Take the elevator, then climb the stairs to the top of one of the towers for great views and a different perspective on the church. And be sure to walk and explore the exterior.
Phone:  932.07.30.31
Hours:  9AM to 8PM daily in summer; closing at 6PM in November through March
Cathedral admission:   8EUR
Elevator admission:  2EUR

La Terrazza, Avda Marques de Comillas
If the smoke in Barcelona?s clubs bothers you, this summer outdoor disco atop Montjuic behind Poble Espanyol is a fine alternative. You?ll likely have to wait to get in. But if you?re serious about dancing, this is one of the best spots in Barcelona.
Phone:  934.23.12.85
Hours:  Midnight to 6AM Thursday through Sundays in summer
Web:   www.nightsungroup.com
Admission:   15EUR

Los Tarantos, Placa Reil 17
Although Barcelona isn?t really the place to see flamenco -- Seville has that distinction -- Los Tarantos presents the best Catalan flamenco artists and an occasional tango or salsa performer.
Phone:  933.18.30.67
Hours:  9:30PM to 5AM daily; flamenco shows at 10 Monday through Saturday; time of shows changes often so check before going
Admission including one drink:   20EUR

Mansana de la Discordia, Passieg de Gracia betwen Consell de Cent and Arago
There are three wonderful examples of Modernisme architecture by Barcelona?s leading proponents of the style. Casa Lleo Morera at Number 35 was designed by Domenech i Montaner. Casa Amatller at Number 41 was designed by Puig i Cadafalch. And Casa Batllo at number 43 was designed by Gaudi. Check at the Centre del Modernisme for opening hours. The undulating, organic exterior of Gaudi?s Casa Batllo is remarkable even from the street.
Hours:  Ground floor of Casa Amatller is open 10AM to 7PM, Monday through Saturday; Casa Batllo is open 9AM to 8PM daily
Web:   www.rutadelmodernisme.com
Casa Batllo Admission:   17EUR

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Av. Marques de Comillas, Park de Montjuic
Designed by Mies van der Rohe as the German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exhibition, this stunning glass and polished stone structure was reconstructed in 1986 for the centenary of the modern master?s birth. It was here, that Mies introduced his now ubiquitous "Barcelona Chair."
Phone:  934.23.40.16
Hours:  10AM to 8PM daily
Web:   www.miesbcn.com/
Admission:   3.50EUR

Monestir de Pedralbes, Baixada Monestir 9
This 14th-century convent has a beautiful chapel and cloister. But the real reason to visit is the Thyseen-Bornemisza Collection, which includes work by Canaletto, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Rubens, and Velazquez. Seeing the paintings in this glorious medieval context only heightens the enjoyment.
Phone:  932.03.92.82
Hours:  10AM to 2PM Tuesday through Sunday
Combination ticket:   5EUR

Montjuic Cable Car
Connects the funicular with Castell de Monjuic.
Hours:  It operates daily in summer and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays off-season.
Fare:   3.40EUR

Museu Arqueologic, Passeig de Santa Madrona 39-41, Parc de Montjuic
This museum in the Palace of Graphic Arts built for the 1929 Exhibition features artifacts from Barcelona?s Greco-Roman, Carthaginian, and Visigothic past.
Phone:  934.24.65.77
Hours:  9:30AM to 7PM Tuesday through Saturday; 10AM to 2:30PM Sundays
Admission:   2.40EUR

Museu d?Art Contemporani, Placa dels Angels 1
Barcelona?s contemporary art museum exhibits the work of native sons Miro and Tapies as well as Klee and other modern masters. The building, designed by American Richard Meier, is something of an attraction in itself.
Phone:  934.12.08.10
Hours:  Summer Hours: 11AM to 8PM Monday and Wednesday through Friday; 10AM to 8PM Saturdays; 10AM to 3PM Sundays. Winter Hours: 11AM to 7:30PM Monday and Wednesday through Friday; 10AM to 8PM Saturdays; 10AM to 3PM Sundays
Web:   www.macba.es
Admission:   7EUR

Museu d?Art Modern, Placa d?Armes, Parc de la Ciutadella
Sharing the 18th-century Palau de la Ciutadella with the Catalan Parliament, Barcelona?s Museum of Modern Art exhibits the work of Catalan artists including Marti Alsina, Casas, Rusinol, and Vayreda. Those interested in modernisme will enjoy the furniture designed by Puig i Cadafalch.
Phone:  933.19.57.28
Hours:  10AM to 7PM Tuesday through Saturday; 10AM to 2:30PM Sundays
Admission:   3.50EUR

Museu d?Historia de la Ciutat Barcelona, Placa del Rei
The Gothic building housing the museum was moved here piece by piece in 1931. It contains documents and artifacts illustrating the history of Barcelona from Roman times to the present.
Phone:  933.15.11.11
Hours:  10AM to 2PM and 4PM to 8PM Tuesday through Saturday; 10AM to 3PM Sundays
Web:   www.museuhistoria.bcn.es
Admission:   4EUR

Museu de Ciències Naturals de la Ciutadella (Geologia), Passeig Picasso, Parc de la Ciutadella
Opened in 1882, this is Barcelona?s oldest museum. It contains more than 300,000 fossils, as well as minerals, rocks, and other geological artifacts from Catalonia. You can visit both the Museu de Geologia and the Museu de Zoologia on the same ticket.
Phone:  933.19.68.95
Hours:  10AM to 7PM Tuesday through Saturday; 10AM to 3PM Sundays
Web:   www.museugeologia.bcn.es
Combination Ticket:   3.50EUR

Museu de Ciències Naturals de la Ciutadella (Zoologia), Passeig Picasso, Parc de la Ciutadella
Housed in Domenech i Montaner?s "Castle of the Three Dragons" built for the World?s Fair of 1888, The Museum of Zoology is a taxidermist?s dream. Frankly, we think the building is more interesting than its contents. You can visit both the Museu de Geologia and the Museu de Zoologia on the same ticket.
Phone:  933.19.69.12
Hours:  10AM to 7PM Tuesday through Saturday; 10AM to 3PM Sundays
Combination Ticket:   4EUR

Museu de la Musica, Avda Diagonal 373
Occupying Puig i Cadafalch?s beautiful Casa Quadras, the Museu de la Musica has one of the finest collections of guitars in the world. The building itself is worth a visit and there are temporary exhibits on the ground floor too.
Phone:  934.16.11.57
Hours:  10AM to 2PM Tuesday through Sunday; also open until 8PM Wednesdays
Admission:   3EUR

Museu Frederic Mares, Placa de Sant Iu 5-6
This museum in a palace next to Barcelona?s Cathedral contains a wonderful collection of Romanesque and Gothic art and sculpture.
Phone:  933.10.58.00
Hours:  10AM to 7PM Tuesday through Saturday; 10AM to 3PM Sundays
Admission:   3EUR

Museu Maritim, Avinguda de las Drassanes s/n
Those with an interest in exploration and all things naval will enjoy this museum housed in a 13th-century shipbuilding complex. There?s a recreation of Don Juan of Austria?s Royal Gallery and a map used by Amerigo Vespucci.
Phone:  933.42.99.20
Hours:  10AM to 7PM Daily
Admission:   5.40EUR

Museu Nacional d?Art de Catalunya, Palau Nacional, Parc de Monjuic
The most important museum in Barcelona, the Muceu Nacional d?Art de Catalunya has an astonishing collection of 12th-century frescoes from churches in the Catalan Pyrenees. The collections of Gothic altarpieces and wood carvings are also outstanding. This is the finest collection of Romanesque art in the world, housed in a palace built for the 1929 world?s fair.
Phone:  936.22.03.60
Hours:  10AM to 7PM Tuesday through Saturday; 10AM to 2:30PM Sundays
Web:   www.mnac.es/
Admission:   8.50EUR

Museu Picasso, Montcada 15-23
Picasso studied in Barcelona as a very young man. The 2,500 paintings, drawings, and ceramics here are the best collection of his early work anywhere, and there are many masterpieces from his Blue period.
Phone:  933.19.63.10
Hours:  10AM to 8PM Tuesday through Sunday
Web:   www.museupicasso.bcn.es
Admission:   6EUR

Museu Textil (Textile Museum), Carrer Montcada 12-14
This museum in two 13th-century palaces across from the Picasso Museum is more interesting than you?d think. There are medieval textiles, a fine collection of lace and embroidery, and fashions from the 1920s to the present. Temporary exhibits round out the displays. An added bonus is the courtyard cafe, one of the most appealing places in Barcelona for a drink.
Phone:  933.19.76.03
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Tuesday through Saturday; 10AM to 3PM Sundays
Web:   www.museutextil.bcn.es/
Admission:   3.50EUR

Palau de la Musica Catalana, C/Sant Francesc de Paula 2
Designed in 1908 by Domenech i Montaner, the Palau is as much a symbol of Catalan National Pride as a concert hall. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one of the most exuberant and colorful examples of Catalan modernisme or Art Nouveau. Decorated with mosaics, plasterwork, stained glass, and statuary, it?s one of Barcelona?s most enjoyable attractions. Don?t miss it.
Phone:  902.44.28.82
Hours:  50-minutes tours leave every half hour between 10AM and 3:30PM daily. Buy your tickets at the "Les Muses del Palau" shop which is open from 9:30AM to 3PM; Box Office open 10AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday
Web:   www.palaumusica.org
Admission:   8EUR

Palau Guell, Nou de la Rambla 3-5
Currently closed for renovation, expected to re-open October 2006. Built between 1886 and 1889 by Gaudi for a textile baron, Palau Guell is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It?s one of the few private residences designed by Gaudi that is open to the public. The dark, Gothic interior features parabolic arches, balustrades, and fireplaces made of the finest materials. And the ceiling of the Great Parlor is seven stories tall. The tour here is interesting and very worthwhile. Don?t miss the fanciful, mosaic chimneys on the rooftop.
Phone:  933.17.39.74
Hours:  Currently closed for renovation, expected to re-open October 2006
Admission:   3EUR

Palau Reial Barcelona (Royal Palace), Placa del Rei
Inside this royal palace, where Ferdinand and Isabela welcomed Columbus when he returned from the New World, there?s a magnificent 14th-century banqueting hall and a splendid royal chapel with a 15th-century altarpiece.
Phone:  933.15.11.11
Hours:  Summer 10AM to 8PM Tuesday through Saturday; 10AM to 3PM Sundays; Winter closed between 2PM and 4PM Tuesday through Saturday
Admission:   4EUR

Parc Guell, Carrer d?Olot
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally planned as a garden city by Gaudi and his leading patron, Guell. Although only two houses were ever built, there?s plenty to see at the 50-acre park including a lizard-guarded grotto, pagodas, and two pavilions decorated with mosaics. Also in the park is Casa-Museu Gaudi where the architect lived for 20 years.
Hours:  10AM to 9PM daily in summer; closing at 7PM April through June, and at 6PM in winter

Poble Espanyol, Marques de Comilias, Parc de Montjuic
One hundred and fifteen full-size reproductions depicting architectural styles from all over Spain were built here for the 1929 International Exhibition. Today, the buildings house the workshops of craftsmen and artisans from throughout the country. Some travelers find Poble Espanyol too touristy for their taste. Others enjoy the opportunity to shop for top-quality crafts in one place. There are a dozen restaurants here too.
Phone:  935.08.63.00
Hours:  9AM to 8PM Mondays; 9AM to 2AM Tuesday through Thursday; 9AM to 4AM on Fridays and Saturdays; 9AM to Midnight Sundays; Winter closes at 8PM Tuesday through Thursday
Web:   www.poble-espanyol.com/
Admission:   7.50EUR

Port Vell Flea Market (Brocanters del Port Vell), Moll de les Drassanes
Serious antiquers won?t likely find many treasures here, but those who collect bric-a-brac will enjoy this nicely located weekend market between the Columbus Monument and the Maremagnum bridge.
Hours:  10AM to 9PM Saturdays and Sundays

Sabor Cubano, C/Francisco Giner 32
For salsa and Cuban music, Sabor Cubano is tops in town. Lots of Cuban musicians come here when they?re not playing.
Phone:  932.17.35.41
Hours:  10PM to 3AM Monday through Saturday

Santa Maria del Mar, Placa de Santa Maria
This Catalan Gothic church is the loveliest in Barcelona. Built between 1329 and 1384, it has soaring vaulted ceilings, superb accoustics, and magnificent stained glass. Concerts are held here some summer evenings. If you have the chance to attend, do.
Phone:  933.10.23.90
Hours:  9AM to 1:30PM and 4:30PM to 8PM daily

Terrasamba, C/La Perla 34
If you?re interested in dancing -- or watching -- the samba, there?s no better place than Terrasamba, named for a popular Brazilian band. Lessons are given on Wednesdays for the price of a caipirinha, the Brazilian national cocktail. If you?ve never had one, try one. If you have, well, you know. No credit cards.
Hours:  9PM to 3AM Tuesday through Sunday

Torres de Avila, Marques de Comillas
Inside the main entrance to Poble Espanyol, Torres de Avila is a copy of one of the medieval entrance gates to the city of Avila. It was deisgned by Javier Mariscal and there are actually seven bars within the complex. Perhaps most appealing is the rooftop terrace bar which offers great views in addition to fresh air. It?s a beautiful place and very popular for clubbing.
Phone:  934.24.93.09
Hours:  11PM to 6AM Friday and Saturday
Admission:   15EUR

Tramvia Blau
The Blue Tram travels from Passeig de Sant Gervasi to the Tibadabo funicular.
Hours:  Service runs daily from 10AM to 8PM mid-June through mid-September, And 10AM to 8PM Saturday the rest of the year
Fare:   2.20EUR

Vincon, Passeig de Gracia 96
Barcelona?s most trend-setting design store shares the nieghborhood with Gaudi?s Casa Mila. You?ll find everything for the home from furniture to linens. And even if you?re not shopping, it?s a great place to get ideas.
Phone:  932.15.60.50
Hours:  10AM to 8:30PM Monday through Saturday
Web:   www.vincon.com

Zoo de Barcelona, Parc de la Ciutadella
Animal lovers may feel that this zoo has a long way to go. But kids will enjoy the Dolphinarium.
Phone:  932.25.67.80
Hours:  10AM to 7PM daily in summer; 10AM to 6PM daily off-season
Web:   www.zoobarcelona.com
Admission:   14.50EUR

Besalu
Besalu Tourist Information Office, Placa de la Llibertat 1, 17850
Many of Besalu?s attractions, including the churches of Sant Vicenc and Sant Pere, and the Jewish Baths, are locked. But if you phone or stop by the Tourist Office, they?ll arrange to open them for you.
Phone:  972.59.12.40

Blanes
Jardin Botanic Marimurtra, Paseo Karl Faust 10, Apartado 112, 17300
Created by German botanist Karl Faust shortly before his death in 1954, Marimurtra (sea and myrtle) is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Europe. There are more than 7,000 species of Mediterranean and tropical plants here.
Phone:  972.33.08.26
Hours:  9AM to 6PM daily

Cadaques (Costa Brava)
Cadaques Tourist Information Office, C/ Coxte, 2A
Phone:  972.25.83.15
Fax:  972.15.94.42
Hours:  10:30AM to 1PM and 4:30PM to 7:30PM Monday through Saturday

Centre d?Art Perrot-Moore, Carrer Vigilant 1
The collection here was assembled by Salvador Dali?s secretary and it includes sketches by the young surrealist and some notable work by Picasso, Matisse, and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Phone:  972.25.82.31
Hours:  10:30AM to 1:30PM and 4PM to 8PM daily
Admission:   5EUR

Museu d?Art Municipal, Carrer Narcis Monturiol 15
Cadaques?s municipal art gallery contains work by Dali, Picasso, and others.
Phone:  972.25.88.77
Hours:  11AM to 1:30PM and 5PM to 9PM daily
Admission:   4EUR

Salvador Dali Museum-House, Port Lligat
It?s a 15-minute walk from Cadaques to this bizarre house where Salvador Dali lived for 30 years. Advance reservations are required and you must arrive 30 minutes before your designated tour time.
Phone:  972.25.10.15 Reservations required
Fax:  972.501.666
Hours:  10:30AM to 9PM daily June 15 through September 15; 10:30AM to 6PM Tuesday through Saturday off season
Email:  pllgrups@dali-estate.org
Web:   www.dali-estate.org
Admission:   8EUR

Cardona
Cardona Tourist Information Office, Av. Del Rastrillo, 08261
Phone:  938.69.27.98

Empuries
Empuries
The first settlement here was built by the Greeks in the 7th century BC. The Romans subsequently built a city here in the 1st century BC. Visitors can explore several temples and the remains of the agora in the Greek New Town and two villas and the forum of the Roman town. This is one of the most important archaeological sites in Spain and a must for anyone interested in ancient history.
Phone:  972.77.02.08
Hours:  10AM to 8PM daily in spring and summer; 10AM to 6PM off season
Admission:   3EUR

Figueras (Costa Brava)
Dali Theater-Museum, Plaça de Gala-Dalí 5, 17600
The largest work of surrealism in the world, this "theater-museum" is as much a work of art as anything it contains. Even if you?re not a Dali fan, don?t miss this museum with its quirky, often humorous installations.
Phone:  97267.75.00
Fax:  972.51.66.66
Hours:  9AM to 7:45PM daily July through September: 10:30AM to 5:45PM off season
Email:  t-mgrups@dali-estate.org
Web:   www.dali-estate.org
Admission:   10EUR

Figueres Tourist Information Office, Placa del Sol s/n, 17600
Phone:  972.50.31.55
Fax:  972.67.31.66
Email:  fituris@ddgi.es
Web:   www.figueres.org

Museu del Joguets de Catalunya, Hotel Paris, Sant Pere 1, 17600
There are more than 4,000 toys here, many of which belonged to Catalonian luminaries.
Phone:  972.50.45.85
Fax:  972.67.64.28
Hours:  10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM Monday through Saturday; 11AM to 1:30PM and 5PM to 7:30PM Sunday; closed Sunday afternoons and Mondays off season
Email:  info@mjc-figueres.net
Web:   www.mjc-figueres.net

Girona
Banys Arabs (Arab Baths), Carrer Ferran el Catolic
Girona?s misnamed "Arab Baths," were built by Morisco craftsmen in the 12th century, 300 years after the Moors had left the area. The well-preserved baths are lit by a beautiful octagonal lantern and reveal both Moorish and Romanesque influences.
Phone:  972.21.32.62
Hours:  10AM to 7PM Monday through Saturday in summer; 10AM to 2PM Sundays in summer; open 10AM to 2PM Tuesday through Sunday off season
Admission:   1.60EUR

Catedral de Girona, Placa de la Catedral
Perched atop a 90-step staircase, Girona?s Cathedral is one of the finest in Catalonia. Begun in 1416, the church is Gothic except for the west facade which is Catalan Baroque. At 75 feet, the nave is the widest in the world and the marble throne behind the altar is known as "Charlemagne?s Chair." The jewell-encrusted silver and enamel altarpiece in the chancel is exquisite. The museum inside the cathedral contains the 12th-century "Tapestry of the Creation," many Romanesque paintings and sculptures, and a 10th-century illuminated manuscript. The adjoining 12th-century cloisters are also worth a visit.
Phone:  972.21.44.26
Hours:  Cathedral: 9AM to 1PM and during Museum and Cloister Hours; Museum and Cloister: 10AM to 8PM Tuesday through Saturday; 10AM to 2PM Sundays, July through September; closed between 2PM and 4PM, and closing 2 hours earlier off-season
Web:   www.lacatedraldegirona.com/
Cloister and Museum Admission:   3EUR

Centre Bonastruc Ca Porta, Carrer de Sant Llorenc
In the middle of the 13th-century Jewish Quarter, or Call, the Bonastruc Center exhibits documents of the life of Catalonia?s Jews during the middle ages.
Phone:  972.21.67.61
Hours:  10AM to 8PM Monday through Saturday; Sundays 10AM to 3PM; Closes 2 hours earlier off-season
Web:   www.ajuntament.gi
Admission:   2EUR

Esglesia de Sant Feliu, Pujada de Sant Feliu
This church, built between the 14th and 17th centuries, contains eight Roman sarcophagi. The distinctive bell tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Girona.
Phone:  972.20.14.07
Hours:  7AM to 1PM and 4PM to 6:30PM daily

Esglesia de Sant Pere de Galligants, Santa Luccia 1
The old church of St. Peter of the Cock Crows, finished in 1131, now houses Girona?s archaeology museum which contains artifacts dating all the way back to Paleolithic times.
Phone:  972.20.26.32
Hours:  10AM to 1PM and 4:30PM to 7PM Tuesday through Saturday
Admission:   1.80EUR

Girona Tourist Information Office, Rambla de la Llibertat 1, 17004
Phone:  972.22.65.75
Fax:  972.22.66.12
Hours:  8AM to 8PM Monday through Friday; 8AM to 2PM and 4PM to 8PM Saturdays; 9AM to 2PM Sundays
Web:   www.costabrava.org

Palau Episcopal (Bishop?s Palace), Pujada de la Catedral 12
The Gothic/Romanesque Bishop?s Palace now houses Girona?s Museum of Art, one of the best in Catalonia. The museum exhibits work from the Romanesque period to the present. Highlights include Gothic paintings, a 10th-century altarpiece, and some beautiful sculpture.
Phone:  972.20.95.36
Hours:  10AM to 7PM Tuesday through Saturday: 10AM to 2PM Sundays; closes one hour earlier off-season
Admission:   2EUR

Passieg Arquaeologic
The old city walls have been transformed into this pathway which circle the city and provide good views from the Jardins de la Francesa.

La Seu d'Urgell (Pyrenees)
Cadi-Moixero Natural Park Information Office, La Vinya 1
Phone:  938.24.41.51
Fax:  938.24.43.12

Cathedral of Santa Maria, C/Major
This 12th-century Romanesque cathedral has a lovely cloister with sculpted column capitals.
Hours:  10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM Monday through Saturday and 10AM to 1PM Sundays in summer; noon to 1PM weekdays and 11AM to 1PM weekends off season
Admission:   2EUR

La Seu d?Urgell Market
There?s been a market here since the 11th century. It?s good for crafts, local produce, and sausages, cheeses, and meats.
Hours:  Tuesday and Saturday mornings

La Seu d?Urgell Tourist Information Office, Av. Valls d?Andorra 33, 25700
Phone:  973.35.15.11
Hours:  9AM to 9PM daily July and August; 10AM to 2PM and 4PM to 6:30PM daily the rest of the year

Museu Diocesa La Seu d?Urgell, Bisbe 1
La Sue?s Diocesan Museum contains treasures from throughout the Bishopric. The most notable are a 10th-century illuminated manuscript, many altarpieces from the 12th and 13th centuries, and an 18th-century silver urn.
Phone:  973.35.32.42
Hours:  10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM Monday through Saturday and 10AM to 1PM Sundays in summer; noon to 1PM weekdays and 11AM to 1PM weekends off season
Web:   www.museudiocesaurgell.org

Parc Olimpic Del Segre
This water park, which was built to host the canoeing events for the 1992 Olympics, offers calm and white-water courses for rafting and canoeing. In addition, they rent mountain bikes for independent cycling or organized tours of the area.
Phone:  973.36.00.92
Fax:  973.36.01.92
Email:  parcolimpic@parcolimpic.com
Web:   www.parcolimpic.com/iniciang.htm
Half-hour rafting from:   27EUR
One-hour canoeing from:  10.50EUR

Monteserrat
Monastery of Montserrat
The holiest site in Catalonia, the Monastery of Montserrat enjoys a spectacular location cradled as it is by a massive mountain 4,055-ft. tall. Study the neo-Renaissance facade of the 16th-century Basilica before entering it. Inside the Basilica, La Morenata (the Black Madonna) can be seen above the high altar. The Old Museum contains liturgical items from the Holy Lands. The New Museum displays painting by Caravaggio, El Greco, and others. If you?d like to walk, there are several paths leading to caves and hermitages. Or there are two funiculars you can take up the mountain for even more spectacular views. To reach the Monastery, take the cable car from Monistrol.
Phone:  938.77.77.77
Hours:  Basilica is open from 8AM to 10:30PM and Noon to 6:30PM daily; the Old Museum is open from 10:30AM to 2PM daily; the New Museum is open from 3PM to 6PM daily
Admission:   5EUR

Montserrat Aeri (cable car)
The cable car ride from Monistrol up to Montserrat mountain is absolutely spectacular. Take plenty of film.
Phone:  93.237.71.56
Hours:  Cable cars leave every 15 minutes from 10AM to 1:45PM and from 2:20PM to 6:30PM Monday through Saturday; 10AM to 1:45PM and 2:20PM to 6:45Pm Sundays
Web:   www.aeridemontserrat.com
One Way Ticket:   4.50EUR

Montserrat Funiculars
Two funiculars are available from Montserrat. The Sant Joan funicular travels to the top of the mountain in seven minutes. There?s a nature center and several hermitages there. The Santa Cova funicular takes you to where the Black Madonna was discovered.
Hours:  Funiculars leave every 20 minutes from 10AM to 7PM; the Santa Cova funicular is closed for lunch between 1PM and 3:20PM
Web:   www.cremallerademontserrat.com/
Combination ticket:   7.10EUR

Olot
Museu Comarcal de la Garrotxa, Edifici Hospici, Carrer de l?Hospici 8
The Garrotxa Regional Museum contains work by painters from the well-known 19th-century Catalan school of art here. Paintings by Joaquim and Marià Vayreda, Josep Berga and Boix are exhibited as well as sculptures by Clara and Blay.
Phone:  972.27.91.30
Hours:  11AM to 2PM and 4PM to 7PM; closed Tuesdays
Admission:   2EUR

Solsona
Centre D'Esports D'Aventura Del Solsonès, Cra. De Sant Llorenc 5
You can arrange mountain biking or rafting trips at this adventure operator in Solsona.
Phone:  973.48.24.23
Fax:  973.48.25.74

Museu Diocesa i Comarcal Solsona, Placa Palau 1
In the Palau Episcopal (Cathedral), this museum contains some good Romanesque paintings, frescoes, and altarpieces.
Phone:  973.48.21.01
Web:   museu.bisbatsolsona.com/informaciomuseu.htm

Solsona Tourist Information Office, Ctra. Basella, 1, 25280
Phone:  973.48.23.10
Fax:  973.48.19.33
Web:   www.elsolsonesinvita.com

Tossa de Mar (Costa Brava)
Museu de la Vila Vella, Placa Roig y Soler
You?ll find the only Marc Chagall painting in Spain at Tossa?s municipal museum. There are also artifacts from local archaeological digs.
Phone:  972.34.07.09
Hours:  10AM to 8PM daily; 10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM off-season
Web:   www.museudetossa.com
Admission:   2EUR

Tossa Tourist Information Office, Av. El Pelegri 25, 17320
Phone:  972.34.01.08
Fax:  972.34.07.12
Hours:  9AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday; 10AM to 2PM and 5PM to 8PM Sundays; 10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM Monday through Saturday off season and 10:30AM to 1:30PM Saturdays off season
Web:   www.tossa.com/index_an.htm

Vic
Museu Episcopal de Vic, Placa Bisbe Oliba,3
Vic?s Episcopal Museum has one of the world?s best collections of Romanesque art, 11th- and 12th-century frescoes, and altarpieces.
Phone:  938.86.93.60
Hours:  Tuesday to Friday 10AM to 7PM; Saturday 10 AM to 7PM; Sunday 10AM to 2PM; closes between 1PM and 3PM and one hour earlier off-season
Web:   www.museuepiscopalvic.com
Admission:   4EUR

Vic Cathedral, Placa Bisbe Oliva
This 18th-century cathedral is covered with murals by Josep Maria Sert, the most brilliant muralist of his time.
Hours:  10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM daily

Vic Market, Placa Major
Vic?s market is great for produce, crafts, and embotits -- the sausage that?s a local specialty.
Hours:  Tuesday and Saturday mornings

Vic Tourist Information Office, Carrer de la Ciutat, 4, 08500
Phone:  938.86.20.91
Fax:  938.89.26.37