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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

“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.

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.

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

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

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.

Les Fatales. Dedicated to the electronica scene, this women’s group holds parties in locations across Barcelona.

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

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.

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).

Martin’s, Passeig de Gràcia 130. Expect an older crowd, and “Only Men’s” parties the first Saturday each month.

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.

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.

Librería Antinous, Josep Anselm Clavé 6. Tel: 93-301-90-70. Books and a bar.

Librería Cómplices, Cervantes 2. Tel: 93-412-72-83. Barcelona’s first gay bookstore.

For a comprehensive guide to gay accommodations, restaurants, bars, clubs and saunas, visit

Casal Lambda, a nonprofit gay and lesbian center based in Barcelona. For info on gay events and their monthly tea dances, visit For info on their annual International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, held in Barcelona, visit

Turisme de Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya 17 (and other locations). Tel: 933-285-3834.


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