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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, both open Monday through Saturday 9 to 9 and Sunday 10 to 2: Plaça de Catalunya, in the center of town; and Plaça Sant Jaume, in the Gothic Quarter. Other tourist information stands are near the top of the Rambla just below Carrer Tallers, at the port end of the 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 to 9 and Sunday 10 to 2; and the Palau de Congressos, open daily 10 to 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 to 8 pm and Sunday 9:30 am to 3 pm. The tourist office in Palau Robert, open Monday through Saturday 10 to 7, specializes in provincial Catalonia. From June to mid-September, tourist-information aides patrol the Gothic Quarter and Ramblas area 9 am to 9 pm. They travel in pairs and are recognizable by their uniforms of red shirts, white trousers or skirts, and badges.
Barcelona Tourist Offices
Plaça Sant Jaume (Ciutat 2, Barri Gòtic, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002. 93/285–3834.)
Sants Estació (Pl. dels Països Catalans s/n, Eixample, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08014. 93/285–3834.)
Servei d'Informació Cultural–Palau de la Virreina (Rambla 99, Rambla, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002. 93/316–1000. www.bcn.cat/cultura.)
Regional Tourist Offices
El Prat-Barcelona Airport (Terminal T1/T2, Barcelona, Catalonia. 902/404–704.)
Palau Robert (Passeig de Gràcia 107, at Diagonal, Eixample, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08008. 93/238–8091. www.gencat.net/probert.)
Tourist Office of Spain
U.S.–General (666 5th Ave., 35th fl., New York, NY, 10103. 212/265–8822. 212/265–8864. www.okspain.org.)
Chicago (845 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 60611. 312/642–1992. 312/642–9817.)
Los Angeles (8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 960, Beverly Hills, CA, 90211. 213/658–7188. 213/658–1061.)
Miami (1221 Brickell Ave., Suite 1850, Miami, FL, 33131. 305/358–1992. 305/358–8223.)
Canada (2 Bloor St. W, 34th fl., Toronto, ON, M4W 3E2. 416/961–3131. 416/961–1992.)
United Kingdom (22–23 Manchester Sq., London, W1M 5AP. 020/7486–8977. 020/7486–8034. www.tourspain.co.uk.)
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