Footprint Northern Spain

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Focusing on the immense differences that characterize the area, with the emphasis on the good life ? festivals, restaurants, tapas bars, wine tasting and spectator sports. Details the best sights; Goya, Guggenheim and Gernika and glorious Gothic and Romanesque. Features the entire pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela and plenty of outdoors ? good walks, picnic spots and beaches, exploring the Picos and the Pyrenees.

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Overview

Focusing on the immense differences that characterize the area, with the emphasis on the good life – festivals, restaurants, tapas bars, wine tasting and spectator sports. Details the best sights; Goya, Guggenheim and Gernika and glorious Gothic and Romanesque. Features the entire pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela and plenty of outdoors – good walks, picnic spots and beaches, exploring the Picos and the Pyrenees.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904777816
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Footprint - Travel Guides
  • Edition description: 3REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
A foot in the door     9
Essentials
Planning your trip     18
Where to go     18
When to go     19
Tour operators     19
Finding out more     21
Language     22
Disabled travellers     23
Gay and lesbian travellers     23
Student travellers     24
Travelling with children     24
Women travellers     24
Working in Spain     25
Before you travel     25
Visas and immigration     25
What to take     26
Money     26
Getting there     28
Air     28
Rail     30
Road     30
Sea     31
Touching down     31
Airport information     31
Tourist information     32
Local customs and laws     32
Responsible tourism     34
Safety     34
Getting around     35
Air     35
Rail     35
Road     36
Maps     39
Sleeping     39
Eating and drinking     40
Entertainment     46
Festivals and events     47
Shopping     48
Sport and activities     49
Spectator sports     54
Health     55
Keeping in touch     55
Communications     55
Media     56
Pais Vasco
San Sebastian/Donostia     60
Parte Vieja (Old Town)     61
Centro and New Town     64
Gros     65
Around San Sebastian     65
Inland from San Sebastian     67
Listings     68
Guipuzcoan Coast     74
East of San Sebastian     74
West of San Sebastian     76
Listings     77
Vizcayan Coast     79
Ondarroa     79
Lekeitio     79
Gernika/Guernica     80
Around Gernika     81
Mundaka and Bermeo     82
Listings     84
Bilbao/Bilbo     87
Casco Viejo     88
Along the riverbank     90
Deustu     94
El Ensanche     94
Bilbao's seafront     95
Listings      97
Vitoria/Gasteiz     108
Casco Medieval     108
New Town     109
Listings     112
Alava Province     115
Western Alava     115
Eastern Alava     115
La Rioja Alavesa     117
Wineries     117
Listings     119
Navarra
Pamplona/Iruna     124
Ins and outs     124
Background     124
Sights     125
Listings     129
Western Pyrenees     133
Roncal Valley     133
Roncesvalles/Orreaga and around     135
Bidasoa Valley     136
Listings     137
Camino Aragones     140
Sanguesa/Zangoza     140
Around Sanguesa     141
Listings     142
Western Pilgrim Route     143
Estella/Lizarra     144
Listings     145
Southern Navarra     147
Tudela     149
Listings     150
Northern Aragon
Zaragoza     156
Ins and outs     156
Background     156
Sights     157
Listings      162
Northwest from Zaragoza     165
Tarazona and around     165
Cinco Villas     166
Listings     167
Huesca and around     169
Sights     169
Loarre     171
Listings     171
East of Huesca     173
Barbastro and around     174
Abizanda     177
Listings     177
Western Pyrenean valleys     179
Jaca     179
Confranc Valley     182
Echo and Anso valleys     183
Tena Valley     183
Listings     185
Eastern Pyrenean valleys     189
Torla     189
Parque Nacional Ordesa y Monte Perdido     190
Ainsa     190
Bielsa and around     191
Benasque and around     192
Listings     193
La Rioja
Logrono     200
Listings     202
La Rioja Baja     205
Dinosaur country     205
Listings     206
La Rioja Alta     208
Haro     209
Listings     210
Pilgrim Route to Santiago      212
Listings     215
Castilla y Leon
Soria     220
Sights     221
Around Soria     223
Listings     224
Along the Duero     226
Ribera del Duero     228
Listings     230
Valladolid     233
Listings     238
West of Valladolid     242
Tordesillas and around     242
Medina del Campo     244
Toro     245
Listings     245
Zamora     248
Sights     249
Listings     252
Salamanca     254
Sights     255
Listings     260
Burgos     264
Sights     266
Listings     270
Burgos Province     273
South of Burgos     273
North of Burgos     274
East of Burgos     275
Southwest from Burgos: the Pilgrim Route     276
Listings     277
Palencia     279
Sights     280
Around Palencia     281
Camino de Santiago     282
Listings      284
North towards Santander     286
Aguilar de Campoo     287
Listings     288
Leon     290
Sights     291
Listings     296
Leon Province     300
Camino de Santiago     300
North of Leon     305
Northeast to the Picos     306
Listings     307
Cantabria and the Picos de Europa
Santander and around     314
Sights     315
South of Santander     317
Eastern Cantabria     318
Listings     319
West Coast of Cantabria     324
Santillana del Mar     324
Listings     327
Los Picos de Europa     329
Asturian Picos     332
Cangas de Onis     332
Covadonga     332
Arenas de Cabrales and around     333
Into the mountains     334
Listings     335
Cantabrian Picos     337
Potes and around     337
West of Potes to Fuente De     338
Listings     339
Leonese Picos     341
Valdeon Valley     341
Listings      342
Asturias
Oviedo and around     346
Sights     347
South from Oviedo     350
West from Oviedo     352
Listings     353
Gijon and Aviles     358
Gijon     359
Aviles and around     361
Listings     361
Western Asturias     365
Along the west coast     365
Southwest Asturias     367
Listings     369
East coast of Asturias     373
Listings     374
Galicia
Pilgrim Route to Santiago     380
Lugo     382
Listings     384
Santiago de Compostela     386
Listings     394
Rias Altas     398
Ribadeo     398
Foz and around     398
Viveiro and around     399
Ortigueira and around     399
Cedeira and around     401
Ferrol     401
Pontedeume and the Caaveiro Valley     402
Listings     402
A Coruna and Costa da Morte     405
A Coruna     405
Sights     407
Around A Coruna     409
Costa da Morte     410
Towards the end of the world     412
Listings     412
Rias Baixas     417
Listings     420
Pontevedra, Vigo and south to Portugal     422
Pontevedra     423
Pontevedra to Vigo     424
Vigo     425
South of Vigo     427
Listings     428
Mino Valley     432
Tui/Tuy     432
Ourense/Orense     433
Around Ourense     435
Listings     436
Background
History     440
Contemporary Northern Spain     453
Economy     456
Culture     457
Architecture     457
Arts and crafts     462
Literature     464
Language     466
Music     467
Dance     469
Cinema     470
Religion     471
Land and environment     472
Geography     472
Climate     472
Wildlife     472
Vegetation     474
National parks     474
Books     474
Footnotes
Basic Spanish     478
Food glossary     483
Index     487
Colour maps     499
Map symbols     512
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