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Many discounts are available for seniors traveling to Barcelona, but often you need to be a member of an association to obtain them.

For information before you go, download the free booklet, 101 Tips for the Mature Traveler, available from Grand Circle Travel (www.gct.com).

One of the most dynamic travel organizations for seniors is Elderhostel (www.elderhostel.org). Established in 1975, it operates courses throughout Europe, including Spain. Most last around 3 weeks and prices include airfare, accommodation in student dormitories or modest inns, all meals, and tuition. Courses are usually liberal arts oriented. These are not luxury vacations, but they are fun and fulfilling. Participants must be at least 55 years old. ElderTreks (www.eldertreks.com) offers small-group tours to off-the-beaten-path or adventure-travel locations, restricted again to travelers aged 50 and older.

Recommended publications offering travel resources and discounts for seniors include the quarterly magazine Travel 50 & Beyond (www.travel50andbeyond.com); Travel Unlimited: Uncommon Adventures for the Mature Traveler (Avalon); 101 Tips for Mature Travelers, available from Grand Circle Travel (tel. 800/221-2610 or 617/350-7500; www.gct.com); and Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're Over 50 (McGraw-Hill), by Joan Rattner Heilman.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.