Multiple airlines offer connecting flights from all three Washington-area airports to Barcelona.
WHERE TO STAY
Drassanes 23-25, Barrio Raval
Modern, sustainability-minded hotel features a rooftop terrace and outdoor pool within easy walking distance of puppetry venues. Rooms from $140.
Hotel Barceló Raval
Rambla del Raval 17-21, Barrio Raval
This cylindrical hotel’s 186 rooms and suites are decked out with “raindance” showers and Nespresso machines. Rooms from $170.
WHERE TO EAT
Avinguda Paral•lel 164, Poble Sec
Experience the Adria brothers’ molecular gastronomy — including puffed manchego “airbags” and spherical “olives” (both around $10) — in a carnivalesque setting.
Rambla del Raval 43, Barrio Raval
Find tasty Spanish/Mediterranean classics with a modern, market-inspired twist. Entrees from $14.
WHAT TO DO
The Barcelona puppet season runs from September through June.
La Casa dels Entremesos
Plaça de Beates 2, Barrio Born
See a collection of gegants, capgrossos and bestiari, as well as a small collection of marionettes dating to the early 19th century. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. About $2.
Casa-Taller de Marionetas
Carrer Guardia 11, Barrio Raval
This workshop and performance space is at the center of Barcelona’s puppetry scene. Admission to performances may vary (around $10).
Carrer Riereta 31, Barrio Raval
Small venue hosts puppet performances, art shows and other events. Admission varies.
Parc d’Atraccions, Plaça del Tibidabo, 3-4
Puppet theater on Mount Tibidabo features more than 300 puppets created by European masters over the past six decades. Free with park admission.
Carrer Amargós, 4, Barrio Gótico
String marionette workshop and store with more than 25 years of history in Barcelona.
Carrer de l’Allada Vermell 15, Barrio Born
Puppet theater housed in the former workshop space of Toni Rumbau’s puppet company, La Fanfarra. Admission $11.50.