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COOL GAY GETAWAY
BARCELONA
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by Joseph V. Amodio
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When calling Spain from the U.S., first dial 011-34. Barcelona is easy to get to from the U.S. thanks to various carriers that fly there, including Iberia, American, Continental, Delta, and US Airways.


ACCOMMODATIONS
Casa Camper
, Elisabets 11. Tel: 93-342-62-80. Guests can borrow books from the hotel library and enjoy free tentempié (snack) service in the lounge or terrace. Yes, a Camper shoe store is nearby should the retail jones strike. Low-season doubles start at US$382. http://www.casacamper.com

Casanova Hotel, Gran Via de les Corts 559. Tel: 933-964-800 (or for U.S. reservations: 866-849-6396). To take the edge off the high US/Euro exchange rate, Rafaelhoteles offers a “New Currency” program with a set exchange rate of just 1.3 at their eight Spanish hotels (including the Casanova) this summer. After September 15, doubles start at US$248. http://www.casanovabcnhotel.com

Hotel 1898, La Rambla 109. Tel: 93-552-95-52. Check their website for offers like the Colonial Suites package, which includes a stay in an opulent suite with private pool, terrace, and garden. Doubles starting at US$300. http://www.hotel1898.com

Hotel Axel, Aribau 33. Tel: 323-9393. Sleek, chic, and hetero-friendly, they have special shopping, fitness, and romantic getaway offers, and a “Wild Weekend” package that includes VIP passes to nightclubs. Low-season doubles start at US$237. http://www.axelhotels.com

Hotel California, Rauric 14. Tel: 933-177-766. More bare-bones, but in the middle of the Gothic and welcoming to gay and lesbian guests. Doubles, US$203. http://www.hotelcaliforniabcn.com.


DINING
Cal Pep, Plaça des les Olles 8. Tel: 93-310-79-61. Small spot near Museu Picasso, praised for its seafood and tapas. Yep, that’s Pep, your host, hustling about, keeping everyone happy and well-fed. Like his sardines, it’s packed—reservations are a must. http://www.calpep.com

Castro Restaurant, Casanova 85. Tel: 93-323-67-84. Barcelona’s numero uno gay restaurant, located in “Gayxample,” with devilish décor and food that...hey, actually tastes good. http://www.castrorestaurant.com

Evinia, Laietana 23. Tel: 93-319-73-88. A cozy tapas and wine bar next to the Jaume metro stop, and not far from Museu Picasso, perfect for lunch or a post-Pablo snack. Try the patatas bravas with spicy ketchup or creamy garlic aioli. Wash it all down with a local red from the Penedes region.

L’Antic Bocoi del Gòtic, Baixada de Viladecois 3. Tel: 93-310-50-67. Cozy ambience and a menu chock-full of tasty local delights, located in the heart of the labyrinthine Gothic quarter. http://www.bocoi.net

La Gavina, Plaza Pau Vila, 1 Edificio Palau de Mar. Tel: 93-221-20-41. Located on the waterfront, in the historic Palau de Mar building. http://www.lagavina-rte.com

Mexiterranée, Gran Via de les Corts 559. Tel: 933-964-800. Located in the mod Hotel Casanova, with an eclectic, savory melding of Mexican, Mediterranean, and Catalan cuisines. http://www.casanovabcnhotel.com

Passadís del Pep, Plaça del Palau 2. Tel: 93-310-10-21. Can’t get into Cal Pep? Try this sibling joint, if you can find it, hidden down a passadís (passageway, in Catalán) inside an unmarked building. No menus here—just sit down and they do the rest. http://www.passadis.com


SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS
Casa Batlló, Passeig de Gràcia 43. Tel: 93-216-03-06. One of Gaudi’s magnificent buildings, inspired by Saint George (Barcelona’s patron saint) and his dragon. The seductive, curvaceous walls and dazzling chipped-tile mosaics will practically have you salivating. His fab furniture is scattered throughout. http://www.casabatllo.es

Fundació Joan Miró, Parc de Montjuïch. Tel: 93-443-94-70. A huge selection of the Barcelona-born painter’s surrealist works, set in a gorgeous park high above the city. http://www.bcn.fjmiro.es

La Boqueria, Plaça de la Boqueria, Tel: 93-318-25-84. Open Monday through Saturday, 8 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. http://www.boqueria.info

“La Pedrera” (a.k.a. Casa Milà), Provença 261-265. Tel: 902-400-973. Open March to October, 9 A.M. to 8 P.M.; November to February, 9 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.; last admission 30 minutes before closing. http://www.fundaciocaixacatalunya.org

La Sagrada Familia, Mallorca 401. Tel: 93-207-30-31. Open April to September, 9 A.M. to 8 P.M.; October to March, 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. http://www.sagradafamilia.org

Museu Picasso, Montcada 15-23. Tel: 93-256-30-00. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 A.M. to 8 P.M. http://www.museupicasso.bcn.es

Parc Güell, Carrer del Carmel 28. Tel: 93-424-38-09. Free admission. Open daily, 10 A.M. to sunset.


LESBIAN BARS/CLUBS/ CLUB NIGHTS
Aire/Sala Diana, Valencia 236. Tel: 93-487-83-42.

Dejavu, Aribau 81. Bar with music.

Kiut, Consell de Cent 280. Crowded disco with cute bargirls that host an opening party for July’s Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. http://www.kiutdisco.com

Les Fatales. Dedicated to the electronica scene, this women’s group holds parties in locations across Barcelona. http://www.lesfatales.org

Whip, Mejico 7. A new club on the scene.


GAY BARS/CLUBS/CLUB NIGHTS
Bacon Bear Bar, Casanova 64. Bears and their admirers sidle up to the brick bar at this new Gayxample spot.

Bikini, Diagonal 547. Tel: 654-656-799. A straight club that hosts “Tuesday is Tuesgay” underwear parties. http://www.pridedancing.com

Café Dietrich, Consell de Cent 255. Tel: 93-451-77-07. Drag divas put on quite a show for a mix of gay professionals and just-wandered-in heteros.

Eagle, P. Sant Joan 152. Tel: 93-207-856. Leather and attitude.

La Base, Casanova 201. Leather bar, underwear parties, and “no tangas” policy (leave that thong at home). http://www.labasebcn.com

Martin’s, Passeig de Gràcia 130. Expect an older crowd, and “Only Men’s” parties the first Saturday each month. http://www.martins-disco.com

Metro, Sepulveda 185. Tel: 323-52-27. Gay disco offering two dance floors and a back room.

New Chaps, Diagonal 365. Tel: 93-215 5365. Popular with bears, “mature men,” and the denim-loyal. http://www.newchaps.com

Punto BCN, Muntaner 63. Tel: 93-453-61-23. Popular hangout that gets jam-packed on weekends.

Salvation, Ronda Sant Pere 19-21. Tel: 93-318-06-86. http://www.matineegroup.com


GAY BOOKSTORES
Librería Antinous, Josep Anselm Clavé 6. Tel: 93-301-90-70. Books and a bar. http://www.antinouslibros.com

Librería Cómplices, Cervantes 2. Tel: 93-412-72-83. Barcelona’s first gay bookstore. http://www.libreriacomplices.com


WEBSITES & INFORMATION
For a comprehensive guide to gay accommodations, restaurants, bars, clubs and saunas, visit http://www.gaybarcelona.com

Casal Lambda, a nonprofit gay and lesbian center based in Barcelona. For info on gay events and their monthly tea dances, visit http://www.casalambda.org. For info on their annual International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, held in Barcelona, visit http://www.cinemalambda.com

Turisme de Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya 17 (and other locations). Tel: 933-285-3834. http://www.barcelonaturisme.com

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