Most Beautiful Villages of Spain

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The best-selling Most Beautiful Villages series now takes colorful, romantic, vibrant Spain as its subject. Traditional architecture and dramatic natural settings place these villages among the most unspoiled and appealing in Europe. Pretty Romanesque churches dominate mountain communities in the Asturias and the Pyrenees; walled hamlets rise from the high plains of Castilla; literary and artistic associations enrich the beautiful remains of Moorish Andalucía.More than thirty village gems are featured here. From ...
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Overview

The best-selling Most Beautiful Villages series now takes colorful, romantic, vibrant Spain as its subject. Traditional architecture and dramatic natural settings place these villages among the most unspoiled and appealing in Europe. Pretty Romanesque churches dominate mountain communities in the Asturias and the Pyrenees; walled hamlets rise from the high plains of Castilla; literary and artistic associations enrich the beautiful remains of Moorish Andalucía.More than thirty village gems are featured here. From Galicia to the Basque country in the north lie picturesque fishing villages. Patient exploration in the heart of the country reveals such delights as Pedraza's arcaded square seen against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, or La Guardia's mighty defensive walls towering above the vineyards of Rioja. In the east, the whitewashed houses of coastal Cadaqués have become famous as an artists' colony, while El Palmar is renowned for its paella. And in the villages of Andalucía, like Medina Sidonia, the traces of Moorish civilization can be found. The Most Beautiful Villages of Spain is completed by special sections on local culinary delights, as well as listings of places to stay and eat and sights to visit. 266 color illustrations.

Author Biography: Hugh Palmer is one of the world's foremost photographers of rural life. His previous books include Garden Ornament, The Water Garden, and many titles in the Most Beautiful Villages series.

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Publishers Weekly
Aside from Seville's storybook cobblestone streets and Barcelona's fantastical architecture, Spain is home to countless romantic, vibrant villages. This pretty volume showcases over 30 of them, from eastern Spain, Andalucia, northern Spain and central Spain. Rural Spain's riches range from 17th-century towers (as in the Andalucian village of Medina Sidonia) to walled cities like Albarracin in the eastern part of the country. Palmer, whose photographs have enlivened other titles in the Most Beautiful Villages series, offers impressive shots capturing the villages' allure. Among the highlights are a photo of Platya S'aranella's sandy inlet, in which a black cat poses inside a chipped rowboat, and a view of Almonaster la Real, a secluded town near the Portuguese border which is shown nestled between woody brush and sweeping mountains. The color photos are accompanied by captions and brief essays on each village, and a short section on dining and accommodations in Spain concludes the book. (Sept. 29) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500511282
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/29/2003
  • Series: The Most Beautiful Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 360,008
  • Product dimensions: 10.08 (w) x 12.57 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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