Synopses & Reviews
Spain's vibrancy and passion is brought alive in this colorful, comprehensive guide. Filled with in-depth information and practical travel tips, it features cut-away illustrations, detailed maps (including street-by-street city maps), and sumptuous pictures. Organized into chapters by cities and areas, it guides readers to the leading sites (including Madrid, Catalonia and Valencia, Basque Country, Barcelona, Castille, Andalucia, and the Balearics and Canaries) and to many of the lesser known ones. An elaborate introduction to Spanish history and culture provides context. Special in-depth sidebars discuss Spanish wines, Gaudi and modernism, flamenco, and more; while guided tours include drive among Aragon's castles and around the Mudejar towns, and a walk around Madrid's enchanting Plaza Major. An extensive travel planner details practicalities, including where to find the most memorable posadas and best tapas bars.
National Geographic offers a century of incomparable travel expertise to the high end of the travel market with this extraordinary series of world tours. These information-packed guides offer savvy advice and the in-depth information that sophisticated travelers demand. Each guide features: Detailed background and site descriptions; mapped walking and driving tours; full-service sidebars with fascinating vignettes on history, culture, and contemporary life; a 60-page directory of visitor information, including notable hotels and restaurants, entertainment, and shopping; and foldout end flaps, printed with maps and quick reference information, that serve as handy bookmarks.