This title features: dynamic two-colour layout for easy navigation; brand new colour section that gives a photographic overview of the region, together with special features of the region, tailored itineraries and lists of the best things to do; full-colour touring maps of the whole region; extensive listings of hotels and restaurants - all personally recommended for a really local flavour; and, Top Don't Miss sights for each regional chapter, plus Author Choices of personal favourite places to stay and eat. It explores this green haven with unspoilt coastline, soaring mountains and lush valleys of pine and beech forest. It uncovers architectural treasures from the Visigothic, via florid Baroque to modernista master Antoni Gaudi - and visible cultural history stretching back to Paleolithic times. You can discover some of Spain's most interesting cities including Vitoria with its six-day Fiestas de la Virgen Bianca, or genteel Burgos, with its unlikely combination of frogs and Gothic art. It details over 300 restaurants, bars and cafes for sampling the tantalising local cuisine.
Excerpt: The Pilgrimage to Santiago
No saint on the calendar has as many names as Spain's patron – Iago, Diego, Jaime, Jacques, Jacobus, Santiago or, in English, James the Greater. James the fisherman was one of the first disciples chosen by Jesus, who nicknamed him Boanerges, 'the son of thunder', after his booming voice. After the Crucifixion, he seems to have been a rather ineffectual proselytizer for the faith; in the year 44 Herod Agrippa in Caesarea beheaded him and threw his body to the dogs. But Spain had another task in store for James: nothing less than posthumously leading a 700-year-old crusade against the peninsula's infidels. ...click here to read the rest
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