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The best way to Barcelona

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THE BEST WAY TO BARCELONA, SPAIN

From LAX, KLM, Air France, American, Lufthansa, Delta, US Airways, Continental, British and Iberia offer connecting service (change of plane) to Barcelona. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $400, excluding taxes and fees.

TELEPHONES

To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 34 (country code for Spain), 93 (Barcelona area code) and the number.

WHERE TO STAY

Destination BCN (http://www.destinationbcn .com) rents stylish properties in some of Barcelona's nicest neighborhoods. I stayed in its Apartment Finn on Universitat, just up from the Plaça de Catalunya. Rates at Apartment Finn (a double bedroom and a pull-out sofa) from about $222 a day for two.

Hotel Omm, 265 Carrer Rossello, 445-40-00, http://www.hotelomm.es, is very hip. Doubles from about $250, including breakfast.

MARKETS AND CLASSES

La Boqueria, 89 La Rambla; 318-25-84, http://www.boqueria.info.

Mercat Santa Caterina, Avenida Francesc Cambo; http://www.mercat santacaterina.net.

Mercat de Barceloneta, 1 Placa de la Font; http://www.mercatde labarceloneta.com.

Cook & Taste, 3 Carrer del Paradís; 302-13-20, http://www.cookandtaste.net.

WHERE TO EAT

Fonda Gaig, 200 Carrer Corsega; 453-20-20, http://www.fondagaig.com. Meals begin at $72.

Cinc Sentits, 58 Carrer Aribau; 323-94-90, cincsentits.com. Entrees average $32.

Moo, 265 Carrer Rossello; 445-40-00, http://www.hotel.omm.es. Entrees average $29.

Cuines Santa Caterina, 16 Avenida Francesc Cambo; 268-99-18, http://www.cuinessanta caterina.com. Most tapas average $9.

La Cova Fumada, 56 Carrer Baluard, Barceloneta; 221-40-61. Tapas, $7. Cash only.

TO LEARN MORE

Barcelona Turisme office, 123 Rambla de Catalunya, http://www.barcelona turisme.com offers a Gourmet Walking Tour map.

You can arrange a guide through BGN, Barcelona Guide Bureau, http://www.bgb.es, or through Barcelona Turisme.

A Taste of Spain, http://www.atasteofspain.com, arranges culinary tours. A one-day chauffeured tour begins at $609.

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