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The Tourist Office of Spain (and its website) provides valuable practical information about visiting the country. Turisme de Barcelona has two main locations: Plaça de Catalunya, in the center of town, open daily 8:30–8:30; and Plaça Sant Jaume, in the Gothic Quarter, open weekdays 8:30–8, Saturday 9–7, and Sunday 9–2. Other tourist information stands are near the top of La Rambla just below Carrer Tallers, at the port end of La Rambla (just beyond the Columbus monument) and at the main entrance of the Sagrada Família. There are smaller facilities at the Sants train station, open daily 8 to 8; the Palau de la Virreina, open Monday through Saturday 9–9 and Sunday 10–2; and the Palau de Congressos, open daily 10–8 during trade fairs and conventions only. For general information in English, dial 010 between 8 am and 10 pm any day but Sunday.

El Prat Airport has an office with information on Catalonia and the rest of Spain, open Monday through Saturday 9:30 am–8 pm and Sunday 9:30–3 pm. The tourist office in Palau Robert, open Monday through Saturday 10–7, specializes in provincial Catalonia. From June to mid-September, information aides patrol the Barri Gòtic and La Rambla area 9–9. They travel in pairs and are recognizable by their red shirts, white trousers or skirts, and badges.

Barcelona Tourist Offices

Plaça Sant Jaume. Carrer de la Ciutat 2, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Barri Gòtic, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002. 93/285--3834; www.barcelonaturisme.com.

Sants Estació. Pl. dels Països Catalans s/n, Eixample, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08014. 93/285--3834; www.barcelonaturisme.com.

Servei d'Informació Cultural–Palau de la Virreina. ' Rambla 99, Rambla, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002. 93/316--1000; 93/316--1111; www.bcn.cat/cultura/en.

Regional Tourist Offices

El Prat-Barcelona Airport. El Prat de Llobregat, El Prat del Llobregat, Catalonia. 93/378--8175; 93/37888149; www.barcelonaturisme.com.

Palau Robert. Oficina Turistica de Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia 107, Eixample, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08008. 93/238--8091; www.gencat.net/probert.

Tourist Office of Spain

U.S.–General (New York). 60 E. 42nd St., 53F, Suite 5300, New York, New York, 10165. 212/265--8822; www.spain.info/us/tourspain.

Turespaña Chicago. Water Tower Place, Suite 915 East, 845 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60611. 312/440--3166; www.spain.info/us/tourspain.

Turespaña Los Angeles. 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 960, Beverly Hills, California, 90211. 213/659--7188; www.spain.info/us/tourspain.

Turespaña Miami. Gables International Plaza, 2655 Le Jeune Rd., Suite 605, Florida, 33134. 305/358--1992; www.spain.info/us/tourspain.

Turespaña Canada (Toronto). 2 Bloor St. W, Suite 3402, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3E2. 416/961--3131; www.spain.info/ca/tourspain.

Turespaña United Kingdom (London). 64 North Row, 6F, London, W1K 7DE. 755/151316; www.spain.info/uk/tourspain.