Spain's vibrancy and passion are brought alive in this colorful, comprehensive guide. Filled with in-depth information and practical travel tips, it features experiential sidebars, insider tips from National Geographic experts, 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 Madrid and its museums and nightlife, Catalonia and Valencia, Basque Country and the Pyrenees, Barcelona, Castille, Andalucia, the Balearics and Canaries, and to many lesser known places as well. 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 a 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.
Fiona Dunlop's peripatetic life has led her from the Australian beaches of her birth to an upbringing in London, and jobs in Italy and Monte Carlo. She has written for numerous publications, and has authored travel guides to Portugal, India, Indonesia, Singapore & Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico, Costa Rica, and southern Africa. Dunlop visits Andalucia frequently to write in what she considers to be the optimum conditions, combining sol y sombra (sun and shade) with delectable tapas.
The award-winning National Geographic Traveler has been enhanced with engaging new features and a contemporary redesign. Each guide begins with an introduction that enables you to sample a bit of the culture, history, and attractions before you go and plan the trip based on your own interests and length of stay.
Immerse yourself in active, in-country "Experiences" and "Off-the-Beaten-Path Excursions" you won't find anywhere else.
Other new features, such as "Insider Tips" from National Geographic photographers, writers, and experts, and "Not-To-Be-Missed" lists ensure that each visit will be memorable.
The guides' design has been simplified, opened up, and enhanced with easy-to-read tinted sections. Gorgeous color photographs, high-quality maps, and the popular walking and driving tours are still highlights of our crisp, new look.