Guidebook Updates for Spain

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Spain, we post them here. (We've also thrown in our updates on Tangier and French Basque Country, as they're covered in Rick Steves Spain.) Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally. Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Across Spain

  • The Linesur bus company, which operates in southern Andalucía, is now run by Autocares Valenzuela, tel. 956-702-609.
  • The Roncalesa bus line, which primarily operates in the Basque Country, is now called Conda & Conda.

Arcos de la Frontera

Barcelona

For books printed before September 2014, the following may apply:
  • The Picasso Museum has new hours: Tue–Sun 9:00–19:00, until 21:30 on Thu, closed Mon.
  • The Articket BCN combo-ticket no longer covers La Pedrera (Casa Milà).
  • It’s no longer possible to pick up or purchase advance tickets for Sagrada Família from ServiCaixa ATM machines (the best advance-ticket source is the church's own site).
  • The Church of Santa Maria del Mar is open daily with free admission 9:00–13:30 & 16:30–20:00; the church is also open 13:30–16:30 but costs €3 during those hours.
  • Elipsos TrenHotel night trains on the Barcelona–Paris, Barcelona–Milan, and Barcelona–Zürich routes are no longer running.
  • Hostal Campi, in Barcelona's Old City, has closed.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Visitors to Park Güell are now charged €8 to visit the Monumental Zone, the area of the park with the famous Gaudi structures, such as the grand stairway, ceramic dragon fountain, and "Hall of 100 Columns." Because admission is limited, it's smart to reserve tickets in advance (doing so also saves you €1). Also at Park Güell, the blue Tourist Bus no longer drops visitors at the side entrance — you'll now get off about two blocks below the main entrance and walk about 10 minutes uphill.
  • In some printings of the second edition of Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports, the map titled "Barcelona's Cathedral Neighborhood" was printed incorrectly. The correct version of the map is here.
  • Hotel Ginebra is under new management; prices and other details may have changed.

Basque Country

St-Jean-de-Luz (France)
Bilbao (Spain)
  • The tourist information offices at Plaza del Ensanche and Plaza de Arriaga have closed, but there is a new tourist information branch next to the RENFE station at 1 Plaza Circular (daily 9:00–21:00).
  • The Iturrienea Ostatua hotel has closed.
  • Pensión Ladero will close by December 2014.
Lekeitio (Spain)
  • Emperatriz Zita Hotel is now called Hotel Aisia Lekeitio; its contact information has not changed.
San Sebastián (Spain)
  • San Sebastián Food, a tour company, is now located at Paseo Republica Argentina 4. (Its phone and website have not changed.)
  • Hammam Baños Árabes has changed its name to Hammam al Andalus; the phone number and website have not changed.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
San Sebastián
  • Pension Bellas Artes has closed.
  • The Zarranet Internet café has closed; try Navi.net, at Calle Narrica 12, instead.
  • Kanpai deli has closed.
Bayonne (France)

Cordóba

  • La Abacería restaurant has closed.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Sol y Mar launderette has closed.

Gibraltar

  • Restaurante La Campana in La Línea is no longer operating; they only serve breakfast to guests.
  • The Tahj Mahal Indian restaurant in La Línea is now called Lahori Spice.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
  • You can't store luggage at the La Línea bus station anymore, but there is a bag check at the Gibraltar Airport, which is right across the border (£8/day, go to airport information desk in departures hall).

Granada

  • Casa Torcuato restaurant in the Albayzín has moved to Calle Pagés 31, and has a new phone number: 958-202-818.
  • Hammam Baños Árabes has changed its name to Hammam al Andalus; its phone number and website have not changed.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Restaurante La Yedra Real has closed.
  • Hostal Residencia Britz has closed.

Madrid

  • The overnight train between Madrid and Paris is no longer running.
  • The LavaMatic launderette has closed.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may apply:
  • The central tourist information office on Plaza Mayor no longer has a branch of the tourist emergency aid center (SATE). For help reporting a crime, go to the SATE offices at Calle Leganitos 19 near Plaza de Santo Domingo.
  • La Bolsa de Minutos Internet Café has closed. Instead, try Workcenter at Calle Sevilla 4.
  • The National Archaeological Museum is undergoing a major renovation until sometime in late 2013. Only about 300 of its most noteworthy pieces are currently on display.
  • The History Museum has been undergoing major renovations, and is re-opening section by section. All rooms should be open by some time in early 2014.

Ronda

  • La Tradicional tapas restaurant in the city center has closed.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:

Salamanca

For books printed before November 2013, the following may apply:
  • The tourist information office in the Casa de Las Conchas (on Calle de Rúa Mayor) has closed.

Santiago de Compostela

For books printed before November 2013, the following may apply:
  • The tourist information offices for both the city and regional departments have merged; they are now both located at Rúa do Vilar 30–32.
  • The Internet café at Rúa Nova 50 has closed.
  • El Mercadito Restaurante has closed.

Segovia

For books printed before November 2013, the following may apply:
  • Hotel Los Linaje has closed.
  • Several restaurants in town have recently closed: Restaurante Bar San Martín, the Rodilla outpost on Calle Juan Bravo, and Restaurante Casa Chapete.

Sevilla

  • The cathedral’s hours are now the same year-round: Mon 11:00–16:30, Tue–Sat 11:00–18:00, Sun 14:30–19:00; last entry to cathedral one hour before closing.
  • Really Discover tours now leave at 10:00 (not 10:30).
  • La Piemontesa Pizzeria is now called La Casa del Tesorero.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Two of the city’s tourist information offices have closed (the one near the Alcazar, and the one on Plaza Nueva). The tourist information office on Plaza del Triunfo (near the cathedral) remains open.
  • Bike tours run by Really Discover meet at the tall white monument in front of the TI on Plaza del Triunfo (and leave at 10:00, not 10:30).
  • You can now book tickets to the Alcázar online; doing so lets you skip the ticket-buying line.
  • Some copies of Rick Steves’ Snapshot Sevilla, Granada, and Southern Spain refer to this color map of Sevilla, which does not appear in the print version of the Snapshot guide — we’ve posted it here for readers who’d like to print it out.
  • Itálica has somewhat shorter hours: April–May Tue–Sat 9:00–20:00, Sun 10:00–17:00; June–mid-Sept Tue–Sat 9:00–15:30, Sun 10:00–17:00, mid-Sept–March Tue–Sat 9:00–18:30, Sun 10:00–17:00; closed Mon year-round; last entry still 30 minutes before closing.

Tangier

For books printed before November 2013, the following may apply:
  • A second ferry company, called InterShipping, is now running ferries from Tarifa to Tangier.

Tarifa

For books printed before November 2013, the following may apply:
  • The interior of the Castle of Guzmán el Bueno is undergoing a lengthy restoration, and will most likely be closed for several years.
  • Restaurante Villanueva has closed.