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

  • Senior-fare train tickets are no longer available online before your trip, as the card that allows for these discounts, the Tarjeta Dorada (€6, available to anyone 60 or older) is only sold in Spanish train stations, not online — and you now need to enter the Tarjeta number to buy a ticket at the discounted rate. If you need to lock in a specific train departure before your trip, look at regular, adult-rate advance-purchase discounts (and then buy a Tarjeta Dorada, and any other tickets for your trip, upon getting to Spain).

For books printed before July 2024, the following may also apply:

  • Spain's high-speed AVE trains now have another competitor: privately operated IRYO trains, which operate on most of the same routes as AVE trains (but offer generally fancier service).

Andalucía's White Hill Towns

  • Guitarist Paco Seco now performs at Ronda Guitar House, not at Casa Don Bosco (€18, daily at 19:00, no shows July–Aug and Dec-Feb, Calle Virgen de los Remedios 23, +34 660 280 720).

For books printed before July 2024, the following may also apply:

  • Cars are no longer permitted within Arcos de la Frontera's old town.
  • Ronda guide Antonio Jesús Naranjo no longer has a website, but you can contact him by email ([email protected]).
  • Ronda's Soho Boutique Palacio San Gabriel no longer offers a Rick Steves discount (new owners).


For books printed before May 2024, the following may apply:

  • All four of Sagrada Família's evangelist towers are now complete. Construction of the final, central tower is expected to wrap up in 2026.
  • The bus running between Sagrada Família and the Eixample is #D50 (not #50 or #19).
  • Park Güell is now open until 22:00 April–Oct (but last entry in summer is at 19:30; the rest of the year it closes at sunset). The Monumental Zone no longer requires a timed-entry ticket. The Bus Güell shuttle between the Alfons X Metro station and the park's side entrance is no longer running — we recommend taking either a taxi or bus #24 to a stop near the side entrance.
  • The Picasso Museum's center ground-floor entry is the only way in to the museum.
  • Casa Batlló now offers early entrance daily.
  • Juan, the owner of the Bar Pinotxo in La Boqueria market famous for his gregariousness and warm smile (long pictured in our guidebooks), has passed away.
  • While renovations to the Camp Nou soccer stadium are underway, an interactive exhibit and the flagship team store remain open at Camp Nou, but the team is playing in the Olympic Stadium on Montjuïc, likely through some point in the 2025–2026 season.
  • The Sagalés bus connecting the Costa Brava Airport to Girona (and to Barcelona via train to/from Girona) now runs hourly (not every 10 minutes), but only takes 30 minutes (as opposed to 1.5 hours).

For books printed before October 2022, the following may also apply:

  • Tickets are no longer sold on-site at Sagrada Família — all visits now require a pre-booked timed-entry ticket (check the site for new opening hours and ticket options).
  • Visitors must now pay to enter Park Güell. The Monumental Zone now includes just the terrace and dragon stairway/fountains.
  • Reservations are now required for guided tours in English of Casa Museu Amatller and at the Palace of Catalan Music (although both offer audioguides).
  • The correct email address for local guide Mónica Sánchez Sabater is [email protected] (some printings have an erroneous "d" in the address).
  • The tourist information offices on Plaça de Sant Jaume and on Plaça Nova (in the Barri Gòtic, inside the Catalan College of Architects) have closed, but a new office is now open on Pla de la Seu, next to the cathedral.
  • Casa Batlló now offers nighttime visits.
  • The Gaudí Exhibition Center has closed.
  • Casa Lleó Morera is now closed to the public.
  • Bike Tours Barcelona no longer rents bikes for general use.
  • The Barcelona Guide Bureau has closed.
  • The Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau is now preserved as a Modernista sight, now known as Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau. The complex's courtyards and buildings are now open to visitors.
  • Several recommended restaurants have closed: Café de l'Academia, Cerveceria Vendimia, Parellada, Monvínic ("World of Wine"), El Guindilla, and Mamarosa Beach.
  • The Kitchen Company shop has closed.
  • Herbolari Ferran herbalist has closed.
  • Hotel Banys Orientals is now Hotel Habana Hoose.
  • Equity Point Hostels are now Safestay Hostels.

For books printed before October 2020, the following may also apply:

  • Barcelona's main airport has been renamed Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport.
  • The Barri Gòtic street Sant Doménec del Call has been renamed "Carrer de Salomó Ben Adret."
  • Bus #24 no longer stops at Park Guell's side entrance, and bus route #92 (which had also stopped at Park Guell's side entrance) has been discontinued.
  • The Barcelona Cathedral is now open for tourist visits Mon–Fri 12:30–19:45, Sat 12:30–17:30, Sun 14:00–17:30 (+34 933 428 262). Visitors can no longer use the side door facing Carrer dels Comtes, and cloister doors are reserved for those with reduced mobility.
  • The T10 Metro travelcard is no longer available. The new T-casual card covers 10 rides for €11.35, but this card is not sharable; each rider needs their own ticket.
  • Parellada restaurant has closed.


Near Barcelona

For books printed before May 2024, the following may apply:

  • ​The basilica on Montserrat now charges admission, and requires timed-entry tickets not only to see La Moreneta (the Black Virgin) but to enter the basilica.

Basque Country

For books printed before July 2024, the following may apply:

  • ​The Basque Museum in Bilbao remains closed for renovations.
  • Claire Lohiague is no longer working as a guide in Bayonne.
  • The Chronoplus and Hegobus bus lines in the French Basque region are now operated by a new company, Txik Txak.

Camino de Santiago

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For books printed before July 2024, the following may apply:

  • The Royal Collections Gallery, a museum neighboring the Royal Palace that displays highlights of the monarchy's vast treasures in a sleek, modern setting, has reopened.
  • Hotel Plaza Mayor is now the Hotel Madrid Centro Plaza Mayor and has new contact info: +34 913 600 606, [email protected].
  • Several recommended restaurants have closed: Restaurante Palacio de Cibeles, Terrace Cibeles, and Coleccion Cibeles.
  • The almost-hourly train service to/from Valencia now operates out of Chamartín station (not Atocha station; only three trains per day depart from Atocha) — but no Valencia trains leave Chamartín around 9:40 or 19:40, when trains do depart to Valencia from Atocha.

Northwest of Madrid

For books printed before July 2024, the following may apply:

  • ​In the first printing of the 18th edition of Rick Steves Spain, the map of Segovia (pp 528–529) shows swapped locations for two hotels: Apartments Aralso and Eurostars Plaza Acueducto. The former is on Calle Teniente Ochoa (near the bus station), and the latter is on Avenida Padre Claret (near the aqueduct).


For books printed before September 2022, the following may apply:

  • Bambú restaurant, just off Plaza Major, has reopened.
  • Mesón El Minutejo has closed.

Santiago de Compostela

For books printed before July 2024, the following may apply:

  • ​The regional tourist information office for Galicia has moved to Rúa do Vilar 1 and is now closed Sat–Sun.
  • Bus 6A between the Santiago airport and the bus station accepts cash only.
  • The visitor entrance to the Santiago Cathedral is now via a side door. Also, the Portico of Glory can only be seen with a reserved timed-entry ticket (free ones available by seven-day advance reservation; combo tickets available for sale otherwise). When the town is particularly busy with tourists, those just waiting to hug St. James and see his casket form a separate line.


For books printed before July 2024, the following may apply:

  • The Santa Justa train station no longer has a baggage storage option; instead consider the Lock & Enjoy a few blocks away at Avenida Pablo Iglesias 7 (open 24 hours).
  • Sevilla is extending its existing tram line to Santa Justa train station and to the airport; work should be completed in 2024 or 2025. Trams no longer run later on weekends than the rest of the week (until 23:30).
  • Sevilla Cathedral is now open slightly longer (Mon–Sat to 10:45–17:30, until 18:30 May–Oct; Sun 14:30–19:00 year-round).
  • If you plan to visit the Church of the Savior as well as the cathedral, it's smart to visit the former first, as the two sights have a combo-ticket, and entry lines aren't a problem at the Church of the Savior. When visiting the cathedral with the combo-ticket (which you must do within two days of visiting the Church of the Savior), you can skip the lines and enter at the Puerta de San Cristobal entrance.
  • Hospital de la Caridad now closes 14:00–15:00 Mon–Fri, when it also closes a half-hour earlier (at 18:30).
  • A passport number is now required to book advance tickets for the Royal Alcázar (which we recommend doing). To book in person (recommended only as a last resort since a very limited number of same-day tickets are sold, and only via credit card), you'll need your actual passport on hand.
  • At the Plaza de Toros bullring and Bullfight Museum, you no longer need to follow the an audioguide's predetermined route but are now free to wander (new audioguide available via QR code).
  • The Museo de la Ceramica de Triana is now the Centro Ceramica Triana.
  • Bar Santa Ana has closed.

South Coast (Nerja, Gibraltar, Tarifa)

For books printed before July 2024, the following may apply:

  • ​The Coach & Horses Pub in Nerja has closed.
  • Oliva restaurant in Nerja has moved to Plaze de Espana 2.
  • Tarifa's Bar El Pasillo has closed.

Tangier (Morocco)

For books printed before July 2024, the following may apply:

  • In case of emergency, dial 19 (not 190) in Morocco for police, and 15 for medical and other emergencies.
  • We now recommend buying ferry tickets in advance at any time of year (not just in high season). Tickets may be nonrefundable, but you can change them for free and as many times as needed.


  • The Army Museum is closed for renovation, likely through 2024.