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!

Notice: 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.

Across Spain

For books printed before October 2014, the following may apply:

  • 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

  • For English speakers, the better phone number for local guide service Infotur is +34 687-944-299.

For books printed before October 2014, the following may apply:

Barcelona

  • 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).

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

  • The Picasso Museum has a new timed-entry system, with only a certain number of spaces available per time slot. It's smart to get tickets online in advance. Note that the ticketing website can be temperamental; if you can’t get it to work, try it on another device.
  • The Sagrada Família ticket and entrance procedure has changed. The ticket windows remain on the west side of the church, at the Passion Facade, but entry lines for individuals are now at the Nativity Facade. If you have advance tickets, go straight to the Nativity Facade. If you buy tickets on site, walk to Nativity Facade after buying your ticket.

For books printed before October 2014, the following may also apply:

  • Bus routes that go to Barcelona’s beaches have changed. Bus #41 no longer runs to the farther beaches, but new routes #V15 and #D20 are helpful. See tmb.cat for details.

 

Basque Country

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

Bilbao (Spain)

  • 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.

For books printed before November 2014, the following may also apply:

San Sebastián (Spain)

  • The phone number for San Sebastián Food is now 943-421-143.

For books printed before October 2014, the following may also apply:

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 has closed.

Lekeitio (Spain)

  • Emperatriz Zita Hotel is now called Hotel Aisia Lekeitio; its contact information has not changed.

San Sebastián (Spain)

Camino de Santiago

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

  • Burgos' tourist information office has moved to Calle Nuño Rasura 7.

Cordóba

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

  • The tourist information office next to the Alcázar has closed.

For books printed before October 2014, the following may also apply:

  • La Abacería restaurant has closed.

Gibraltar

For books printed before October 2014, the following may apply:

  • 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.

Granada

  • The per-person price for Granada Tapas Tours is now €40, though they give a €5 discount to anyone who mentions Rick Steves.

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

  • There are now two bus lines from the bus station to the city center: You can take either bus #SN2 or #N4 until you reach the Cruz del Sur stop on Avenida de la Constitución, where you’ll transfer to the articulated LAC bus.
  • Restaurante Sevilla has closed.

For books printed before October 2014, the following may also apply:

  • The Granada iLocker baggage storage facility near the train station has closed.
  • Casa Torcuato restaurant in the Albayzín has moved to Calle Pagés 31, and has a new phone number: +34 958-202-818.
  • Hammam Baños Árabes has changed its name to Hammam al Andalus; its phone number and website have not changed.
  • Granada has changed the numbering of its bus routes. Old bus #30 (to the Alhambra) is now #C3; bus #31 (to the Albayzín) is now #C1; and bus #35 (to the Albayzín and Sacromonte) is now #C2.

Madrid

For books printed before March 2016, the following may 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.

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

For books printed before October 2014, the following may also apply:

  • The LavaMatic launderette has closed.

Nerja

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

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

Ronda

For books printed before August 2015, 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.

For books printed before October 2014, the following may also apply:

  • La Tradicional tapas restaurant in the city center has closed.

Santiago de Compostela

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

Sevilla

For books printed before October 2014, the following may apply:

  • 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.

Tangier

For books printed before March 2016, the following may 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.

For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:

  • A second ferry company, called InterShipping, is now running ferries from Tarifa to Tangier.

Toledo

  • 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.

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

  • At the Santa Cruz Museum, curators are reorganizing the collection, and some artwork may not be on view during your visit, including the 15 El Greco paintings.