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!

Arcos de la Frontera

For books printed before November 2016, the following may apply:

  • For English speakers, the better phone number for local guide service Infotur is +34 687-944-299.
  • The tourist information kiosk on Plaza de España has closed; instead, use the main tourist information office at Cuesta de Belén 5.

Barcelona

For books printed before October 2017, the following may apply:

  • The Picasso Museum is free every Thursday evening 18:00–21:30 and all day on the first Sunday of each month.
  • The main tourist information office no longer stocks the Modernisme Route map. Instead, you can pick one up at the Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbà, inside the Edificio Colón.
  • The Zoen leather workshop in the Jewish Quarter has closed.

For books printed before June 2017, the following may also apply:

For books printed before November 2016, the following may also apply:

  • The Metro's L9 Sud line now runs to El Prat airport, serving both Terminals 1 and 2. It's a long ride and at least one transfer to get into the heart of town (single airport tickets cost €4.50).
  • The Cathedral of Barcelona's museum is now only open during the afternoon tourist hours (Mon–Sat 12:45–17:15, Sun 13:45–17:15), when visitors pay €7 to enter the cathedral and can visit its three minor sights (choir, terrace, and museum).
  • The Shoe Museum has closed.
  • The Vaho shop on Plaça del Pi has closed.
  • Hotel Regencia Colón, in the Old City, is closing down to make way for a new hotel in the same location.

For books printed before August 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Ticketing options have changed at the Sagrada Família. When buying tickets online, you must decide at that time if you want to add the audioguide, tower elevator, live guide, or Gaudí House Museum to your ticket. You can't buy any extras once inside the church. And, when reserving online for the Sagrada Familia's Passion Facade and Nativity Facade elevators, you may — or may not — be able to match your tower entry time with your church visit. You'll only be able to ride one of the elevators — but you may not have a choice as to which one.
  • Discover Walks no longer offers "free" walking tours; their two daily offerings (Gaudí, and the Ramblas and Barri Gòtic) cost €19 each.
  • La Pedrera no longer offers free entry to its atrium.

Basque Country

  • Euskotren services between San Sebastian and Bilbao no longer serve the Atxuri station in Bilbao. The new terminus is Matiko station, but a more convenient stop is at Casco Viejo station (shared with Metro lines 1 and 2, and walking distance to tram line).

For books printed before October 2017, the following may also apply:

Bilbao

  • The bus station is under renovation. Arrivals and departures are just beyond the construction site, in the ground floor of an adjacent building temporarily housing a ticket office, WCs, lockers, and a cafeteria (look for helpful attendants to guide you). The tram stop called "San Mamés" is on the road just below the station and construction site — look for the steel CTB sign and follow the EuskoTran signs (not the escalator that leads to the Metro).
  • The Fres Co restaurant has closed.
  • Café La Granja restaurant has closed.
  • Pensión Roquefer hotel has closed.

For books printed before August 2015, the following may also apply:

Bilbao

  • Alhóndiga Bilbao culture and leisure center is now called "Azkuna Zentroa."
  • The Tryp Arenal Hotel has closed.
  • La Deliciosa restaurant on Jardines street has closed.

Córdoba

For books printed before October 2017, the following may apply:

  • It is possible to climb the bell tower at the Mezquita for good views over the mosque-cathedral and the city itself. Tickets are €2, and 20 climbers are allowed every half-hour. (Reserve a time slot when buying a ticket.)

For books printed before November 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Tablao Flamenco Cardenal has moved to Buen Pastor 2 and has a new schedule (1.5-hour shows Mon–Thu at 20:15, Fri–Sat at 21:00, no shows Sun, confirm schedule online).
  • La Hospedería de El Churrasco has been rechristened La Llave de La Judería, with managers Rocío and Alberto, and a new website and email address: www.lallavedelajuderia.com, info@lallavedelajuderia.es.
  • The tourist information office's shuttle bus to Madinat Al-Zahra has changed its schedule (Tue–Sat at 10:15, 11:00, and 17:00 plus extra Sat bus at 13:45, Sun at 10:15, 11:00, and 11:45; confirm schedule at tourist information office).

Gibraltar

For books printed before October 2017, the following may apply:

  • Lahori Spice restaurant in La Línea has closed.

Granada

For books printed before March 2017, the following may apply:

  • Advance-booked Alhambra tickets are no longer for sale through Ticketmaster (but are available online through the Alhambra's ticket site and over the phone at +34 (0)858 953 616). Tickets can be printed at home, from machines at the Alhambra entrance, or from the machines at the Alhambra office in the middle of town (inside the Corral del Carbón).

For books printed before October 2017, the following may also apply:

  • For the Palacios Nazaríes (inside the Alhambra, tickets are sold with a specific half-hour entry time — there are no more morning and afternoon general tickets. The Alhambra now offers an excellent audio/videoguide tablet (€7), with five tours to choose from.
  • Train service may be interrupted. Travelers may need to travel by bus from Granada to Antequera and transfer in Antequera to a train, regardless of destination.
  • Bus #SN1 is now the direct link between the bus station and the city center.

For books printed before November 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Advance-booked Alhambra tickets can no longer be printed out at the official Alhambra bookstore in town nor at any spot across from the cathedral. The best place to pick up your ticket is the machines at the Alhambra office in the middle of town, inside the Corral del Carbón. (You can also print your ticket at the Alhambra itself, but having your ticket in hand ahead of your visit allows you to use the Justice Gate shortcut at the Alhambra, avoiding the mob at the main entrance.) If you do pick up your ticket at the main Alhambra entrance, either follow the "Bookings collection with credit card" signs to the windows marked Retirada de Reservas, or print out your tickets using the Ticketmaster machines (in the less-crowded pavilion behind the bookstore) — ServiCaixa terminals are no longer available. Remember to allow up to a half-hour to pick up tickets and walk from there to the Palacios Nazaries.
  • The per-person price for Granada Tapas Tours is now €40, though they give a €5 discount to anyone who mentions Rick Steves.

Madrid

For books printed before October 2017, the following may apply:

  • The Madrid Card sightseeing pass has been discontinued.
  • At the Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the following are closed indefinitely: Museum of Tapestries, Museum of Paintings, and Museum of Architecture.

For books printed before June 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Madrid Tours and Tastings is no longer in business.

For books printed before March 2017, the following may also apply:

For books printed before March 2016, the following may also apply:

  • In some printings of Rick Steves Spain 2016, a printing error caused pages 385–432 to go missing. Here's a downloadable PDF of the missing pages (the tail end of the Salamanca chapter and the first half of the Madrid chapter). If your copy is defective, you may also return it to your bookseller for a replacement, or contact Katie Edwards at katie.edwards@perseusbooks.com for a corrected copy.
  • Buses for Segovia leave from Moncloa Station and no longer serve Príncipe Pío Station.

Nerja

For books printed before October 2017, the following may apply:

  • Black & White bar is no longer in business.

For books printed before August 2015, the following may also apply:

  • Papagayo beach restaurant, below the Balcony of Europe, has closed.

Ronda

For books printed before November 2016, the following may apply:

  • Visitors to the Pileta Cave near Ronda should confirm tour times and availability before venturing to the cave — and even then, it's a good idea to arrive early to be sure you get a spot. The best way to enjoy this family-run operation is by being flexible.

Salamanca

For books printed before November 2016, the following may apply:

Santiago de Compostela

For books printed before November 2016, the following may apply:

  • The Office for Pilgrims has relocated to Rúa das Carretas 33, near the Hospital of the Catholic Monarchs parador/restaurant.
  • The Pilgrimage and Santiago Museum has merged with the Museum of Pilgrimages, which now charges a modest fee and has new contact information (€2.40, Tue–Fri 9:30–20:30, Sat 11:00–19:30, Sun 10:15–14:45, closed Mon, Praza das Praterías 2, tel. +34 981-566-110).
  • O Beiro Vinoteca has moved out of the old center (to Rúa Nova 3) and no longer serves tapas.

Sevilla

For books printed before October 2017, the following may apply:

  • The Sevilla Card sightseeing pass is no longer available.
  • BiciBike bike rental has closed.

Tangier

For books printed before March 2017, the following may apply:

  • The mobile-phone number for local guide Aziz Benami was printed with a transposed number; his correct number is +212 (0)6-6105-0537.

For books printed before March 2016, the following may also apply:

  • The centrally located Tanger Ville train station is back in full operation; travelers no longer have to take a taxi out to Tanger Morora (Moghogha) station.

Toledo

For books printed before November 2016, the following may apply:

  • The Museo Victorio Macho no longer plays a video about the history of Toledo, but does host a gimmicky multimedia "Toledo Time Capsule" show. Museum entrance alone is €3; the museum plus the Time Capsule show is €6.90.