In Search Of The Perfect Tipple

To do a tour of the Pened s area you will need your own transport. For suggestions on wine routes, also look up www.enoturismealtpenedes.net. Do not expect to wander into any old winery. Many only open their doors to the public at limited times. The more enthusiastic ones will show you how wines and or cava (the Catalan version of champagne) are made and finish off with a glass ortwo. Tours generally last about Vh hours and may only be in Catalan and or Spanish. Groups must book. You can search...

Girna

Northern Catalonia's largest city, Girona (Gerona in Spanish) is draped in a valley 36km inland from the Costa Brava and 91km northeast of Barcelona. Its medieval centre, which seems to struggle uphill above the Riu Onyar, exudes a quiet, contemplative magnetism. The Roman town of Gerunda lay on the Via Augusta, the highway from Rome to Cadiz (Carrer de la For a in Girona's old town follows part of its line). Wrested from the Muslims by the Franks in AD 797, Girona became capital of one of...

Bullfighting

Hemingway called it death in the afternoon and, like so many things in Barcelona, it is a subject of controversy and political demagogy. In 2004 the city council narrowly voted for a symbolic declaration that Barcelona was anti-bullfighting. Animal rights groups, who oppose la lidia (bullfighting), were delighted. But there was more to the vote than meets the eye. Promoted by the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC, Republican Left of Catalonia) independence party, the declaration stands in...

Renoirles Corts Map ppl

93 490 55 10 www.cinesrenoir.com in Spanish Carrer de Eugeni d'Ors 12 (M) Maria Cristina or Les Corts With six cinemas, this is a somewhat distant alternative from central Barcelona for original versions. 93 238 79 90 www.cines-verdi.com in Spanish Carrer de Verdi 32 (M) Fontana A popular original-language movie house in the heart of Gracia, handy to lots of local eateries and bars for pre- and post-film enjoyment. VERDI PARK Map p118 93 238 79 90 www.cines-verdi.com in Spanish Carrer de...

How To Use This Table

The table below allows you to plan a day's worth of activities in any area of the city. Simply select which area you wish to explore, and then mix and match from the corresponding listings to build your day. The first item in each cell represents a well-known highlight of the area, while the other items are more off-the-beaten-track gems. Caelum (p154) Herborister a del Rei (pi 54) Papabubble(pi 55) Club Soul (pi 98) Manchester (pi 99) Harlem Jazz Club (p200) Gran Teatre del Liceu (p71) Sala...

Piscines Bernat Picornell

93 423 40 41 www.picornell.com, in Catalan Avinguda de I'Estadi 30-38 adult 15-25yr senior& under 15yr 9.20 5.60 5.15, outdoor pool adult 6-14yr & senior 5.10 3.55 S 6.45am-midnight Mon-Fri, 7am-9pm Sat, 7.30am-4pm Sun, outdoor pool, hrs vary (9) 50,61 or PM Included in the standard entry price to Barcelona's official Olympic pool on Montjuic is use of the gym, saunas and spa bath. Membership costs 51 to join and 34.40 a month.

Taverna Can Margarit

FS 93 441 67 23 Carrer de la Concordia 21 meal 30 S dinner Mon-Sat PobleSec For decades they have been dishing out dinner to often raucous groups in this former wine store. Traditional Catalan cooking is the name of the game. Surrounded Lonely Planet Publications by aged wine barrels, take your place at old tables and benches and perhaps order the conejo a la jumillana (fried rabbit served with garlic, onion, bay leaves, rosemary, mint, thyme and oregano). QUIMET I QUIMET Map pp140-1 Tapas s 93...

El Rac Den Freixa

Map pp122-3 Mediterranean 93 209 75 59 www.elracodenfreixa.com Carrer de Sant Elies 22 meal 70-100 S Tue-Sat Sep-Jul (1) FGC Sant Gervasi On a quiet residential street deep in the Zona Alta, this hushed designer hideaway offers all sorts of little surprises from one of Spain's top chefs, Ramon Freixa. Let's see what about the Big Duck, a hamburger of duck meat served with bread made of cereals, crystallised red onion and frozen mustard, for a starter You can follow with one of six seafood...

Gay Lesbian Travellers

Homosexuality is legal in Spain and the age of consent (with certain conditions) is 13 years old, as for heterosexuals. Spain made history when the national parliament passed laws allowing same-sex marriages in 2005. Barcelona hosted the 12th Eurogames, the European games for gays and lesbians, in July 2008. Barcelona has a busy gay scene, but the region's gay capital is no doubt the saucily hedonistic Sitges (p255), a major destination on the international gay party circuit. Gays take a...

Costa Brava

The rugged Costa Brava stretches from bland Blanes (about 60km northeast of Barcelona) to the French border. At its best it is magnificent. At its worst it fully lives up to its reputation as a beach-holiday inferno. Lloret de Mar and parts of the Golf de Roses are the worst offenders, where you can almost hear all that northern European flesh sizzling on the beaches in between lager top-ups. Don't run away The bulk of the coast is one of nature's grand spectacles, with rugged cliffs plunging...

Vaixell Luz De Gas Map pBar

93 209 7711 moored on Moll del Diposit S noon-3am Mar-Nov (M) Barceloneta Sit on the top deck of this boat and let go of the day's cares. Sip wine or beer, nibble tapas and admire the yachts. On shore they play some good dance music at night. 93 224 07 40 www.dubcatwalk.net Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas 2-4 admission 15 S mid-night-6am Thu-Sun M Ciutadella Villa Olimpica A well-dressed crowd piles in here for good house music, occasionally mellowed down with more body-hugging electro and funk....

Sights

Pare d'Atraccions 134 Poble Espanyol 145 Port Aventura Tarragona 261 Platja Arrabassada Tarragona 261 Platja de Bogatell 96 Platja de la Barceloneta 95 Platja de la Mar Bella 96 Platja de la Nova Icaria 96 Platja de la Nova Mar Bella 96 Platja del Miracle Tarragona 261 Platja Llarga Tarragona 261 Ajuntament69 Amfiteatre Roma Tarragona 261 Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu 78-9 ArcdeTriomf 88 Banys Arabs 248 Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya 78-9 Camp Nou 124,136 Casa Almirall 80 Casa Amatller...

La Vinya Del Senyor Map pp

93 310 33 79 Pla a de Santa Maria del Mar 5 S noon-1am Tue-Sun M Jaume I Relax on the terrassa, which lies in the shadow of Santa Maria del Mar, or crowd inside at the tiny bar. The wine list is as long as War and Peace and there's a table upstairs for those who opt to sample by the bottle rather than the glass. 93 319 53 76 Passeig del Born 15 S 8pm-2.30am Jaume I A spacious tavern in a Gothic building, this is a classic for mixed drinks, while soft jazz and soul sounds float overhead. Try...

Caf De Lacadmia

93 319 82 53 Carrer de Lled 1 meal 30-35 SMon-Fri M Jaume I X This caf offers a mix of traditional dishes with the occasional creative twist. At lunchtime, local Ajuntament town hall office workers pounce on the men del d a for around 13.50 . In the evening it is rather more romantic, as soft lighting emphasises the intimacy of the timber ceiling and wooden d cor. Offerings range from chulet n huge T-bone steak for two to guatlla farcida de foie d' nec i botifarra amb salsa de ceps quail...

Les Gens Que Jaime Map pp

93 215 68 79 Carrer de Valencia 286 S 6pm-2.30am Sun-Thu, 6pm-3am Fri amp Sat M Passeig de Gr cia This intimate basement relic of the 1960s follows a deceptively simple formula chilled jazz music in the background, minimal lighting from an assortment of flea-market lamps and a cosy, cramped scattering of red velvet-backed lounges around tiny dark tables. 93 467 2611 www.likalounge.com Passatge de Domingo 3 S 6pm-3am M Passeig de Gr cia The publicity noise about Barcelona's only 'ice bar' a bar...

La Zona Alta

North of Avinguda Diagonal, the pijos cashed-up mamma's boys and papa's girls are in charge. Whether you sample the bars around Carrer de Maria Cubi and surrounding streets or try the clubs around Carrer d'Aribau or Tibidabo, expect to be confronted by perma-tanned Audi and 4WD-driving folks in designer threads. What do you care The eye candy more than compensates for the snobbery. Late-night transport to some clubs such as Mirablau and Rosebud is easiest by taxi. 93 414 36 90 Travessera de...

Transport Costa Brava

Distance from Barcelona Tossa de Mar 77km Palafrugell 125km Empuries 153km Cadagues 164km or 199km via Empuries Directio Northeast Travel time Vh to 2 hours Ca Take the AP-7 motorway from Barcelona and peel off at exit 9 for Tossa de Mar, exit 6 for Palafrugell and around, exit 5 for L'Escala and Empuries and exit 4 for Cadagues via Roses . You can also follow the coast for parts of the trip. From Barcelona take the C-32 to Blanes and then often congested single-carriage roads to Tossa deMarvia...

Santa Marta Map pBar

Carrer de Guitert 60 S 10.30am-7pm Sun-Mon amp Wed-Thu, 10.30am-10pm Fri amp Sat M Barceloneta, 045,57,59 amp 157 Foreigners who have found seaside nirvana in Barcelona hang out in this chilled bar back from the beach. A curious crowd of Summer lounging on the beach is not just about towels on the sand. Scattered along Barcelona s strands is a series of hip little beach bars bringing chilled club sounds to the seaside. Sip on your favourite cocktail as you take in the day s last rays. There s...