9780679001447

Fodor's 1999 Spain

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  • Copyright: 1998-10-01
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Summary

The best guide to Spain, updated every year Walks and drives to castles, cathedrals, monasteries, gardens, and ruins, with coffee breaks on graceful plazas Where to buy antiques, leather, clothing, lace, ceramics Fiestas, bullfights, pageants, saint's-day bonfires Flamenco, reggae, salsa, and other after-dark diversions Side trip to Morocco: mosques, markets, desert drives Where to stay and eat, no matter what your budget Paradors, mountain retreats, historic inns, the latest resorts Stylish restaurants, cafes, cozy bistros, sea-view fish houses, taverns, tapas bars, and top picks for paella Fresh, thorough, practical -- on and off the beaten path Costs, hours, descriptions, and tips by the thousand All reviews based on personal visits by savvy writer-residents 60 pages of maps, 40 suggested itineraries, and more Smart travel tips Fodor's Choice What's Where Pleasures & Pastimes New & Noteworthy Background essays, further reading, films to watch Complete index

Table of Contents

About Our Writers Each year the Gold Guides are written and updated by more than 500 resident writers
New This Year Keeps you up to date on recent changes
How to Use This Book Describes organization, icons, and other key information
Don't Forget to Write Tells you how to get in touch with our editors
The Gold Guide: Smart Travel Tips A to Z An easy-to-use section divided alphabetically by topic
Under each listing you'll find tips and information that will help you accomplish what you need to in Spain
You'll also find addresses and telephone numbers of organizations and companies that offer destination-related services and detailed information and publications
Destination: Spain Helps get you in the mood for your trip
New and Noteworthy Cues you in on trends and happenings
What's Where Gets you oriented
Pleasures and Pastimes Describes the activities and sights that make Spain unique
Great Itineraries Helps you make the most of your time
Fodor's Choice Showcases our top picks from special restaurants and one-of-a-kind accommodations to out-of-the-ordinary sights and activities...
Let them inspire you! Festivals and Seasonal Events Alerts you to special events you'll want to seek out
Destination chapters inFodor's Spain '99are arranged by major city or provence
Each city chapter begins with an Exploring section subdivided by neighborhood; each subsection recommends a walking or driving tour and lists sights in alphabetical order
Each provincial chapter covers cities in logical geographical order, and attractive stretches of road and minor points of interest between them are indicated by the designationEn Route.Within town sections, all restaurants and lodgings are grouped together
Madrid Around Madrid León, Galicia, and Asturias Burgos, Santander, the Basque Country, and La Rioja The Pyrenees Barcelona and Northern Catalonia Southern Catalonia and the Levante The Southeast The Balearic Islands The Costa del Sol Granada, Cordoba, and Eastern Andalusia Seville and Western Andalusia Extremadura The Canary Islands Morocco Portraits of Spain Spain at a Glance: A Chronology, "A Tale of Two Cities," by George Semler, "Spanish Food and Wine," by Michael Jacobs, Books and Films
Spanish Vocabulary
Index Maps
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Pleasures and Pastimes


Bullfighting


Bullfighting is a form of ritualized slaughter: The bull never wins, and gorings are unusual. Those who can conceive of the bull as a symbol rather than as an animal, who can remain undisturbed by the blood, and who can appreciate the drama and the fanfare will get the most out of a bullfight. For Spaniards, it's an art form and a national passion.

Bullfights start with a procession of banderilleros, picadors, and matadors. First, the matador waves capes to encourage the bull's charges. Then a picador, on horseback, stabs the bull's neck and shoulder area. Next, banderilleros plant darts in the bull's back. After more cape taunting, the matador kills the bull with a sword: He or she (some matadors are female) may receive the bull's ears and/or tail for a job well done. Six bulls are killed per day, by several different matadors.

Corridas (bullfights), are normally held around 5 pm on Sundays, from April to early November. Hemingway made famous Pamplona's running of the bulls and bullfighting during the feast of San Fermin, in the second week of July, but nowhere is bullfighting better than at Madrid's Las Ventas, where three weeks of daily corridas in May mark the festival of San Isidro. Seville is the home of Spain's most hallowed bullring; during the April Fair, daily corridas here feature Spain's leading toreros. Valencia hosts the best bullfighters on July 25 and during the Fallas, in March. Ronda's picturesque bullring is rarely used for taurine events except during festivals in May and September.


Dining

Seafood and roast meats are Spain's national specialties. Foods are lightly seasoned, although garlic is considered a basic ingredient. Salads are delicious and fundamental, especially in the heat of summer. Ensalada mixta includes canned tuna, asparagus, olives, tomatoes, onions, and egg. Ensalada verde is simpler, usually limited to lettuce, tomato, and onion.

Breakfast in Spain is usually coffee and a roll; in Madrid, it might be churros (strips of fried dough) and chocolate (thick, hot cocoa). Spanish coffee is strong espresso taken straight (café solo) or with hot milk (café con leche). If you prefer weaker coffee, ask for café américano.

Spaniards generally eat paella, the delicious seafood and saffron-spiced rice dish, at midday, preferably at a beachside restaurant or around a campfire at a country picnic.

Lunch usually consists of a first plate, which is a salad, soup, vegetable, or smoked fish or cured meat; a second plate, almost always meat or fish; and dessert, which can be ice cream, yogurt, or flan but is more often a piece of fresh fruit, which natives peel deftly with a knife and fork. All this is accompanied by bread (no butter) and washed down with a bottle of wine. In big cities, some workers now grab a quick sandwich instead of stopping for the traditional three-course lunch.


Supper is three courses, sometimes with lighter fare replacing the meat course. Some restaurants may offer a menu del dia, but it's usually leftover lunch.


Shopping

Clothing is expensive in Spain: World-famous Spanish leather jackets and shoes are beautiful, if pricey. Madrid has the best selection of leather clothing, purses, and shoes; shoes are generally made in Alicante and the Balearic Islands. Distinctive, country-style ceramics are in ready supply throughout the country; most are made in Talavera, Puente del Arzobispo (Toledo), and Seville.

In any stationery shop you'll find unusual pen and pencil boxes.

Other shopping in Spain will probably have something to do with alcohol. Each region produces its own wine, with the sherries of Jerez, the Riojas of the north, and the sparkling wines (cavas) of Catalonia famous around the world.


Sports

Sailing, boating, and other water sports are popular along the Mediterranean coast and in the Balearic Islands. Mountain streams in the Pyrenees and other ranges offer excellent fishing. The golf course at El Saler, south of Valencia, is considered one of the best in Continental Europe. Marbella has 14 excellent courses, and the Costa Brava and Costa Blanca also have commendable courses. The Valderrama Golf Club on the Costa del Sol hosted the prestigious Ryder Cup in September 1997. Hiking is excellent in the Canary Islands, the interior of Spain, and the numerous national parks, from the marshy Do&#241ana to the mountainous Picos de Europa. The Pyrenees and the Sierra de Gredos are also popular. Spain has excellent skiing and winter sports facilities, with major resorts including Baqueira-Beret, Port del Compte, Llessui, and Formigal, in the Pyrenees; Sierra Nevada, near Granada; and Navacerrada, Valcoto, and Valdesqui, near Madrid. Spain is renowned for its horses: polo is played at the magnificent Pue
rta de Hierro Country Club, in Madrid, and the Royal Polo Club, in Barcelona. Thousands of pedal-pushers turn out in early summer, when the roads are closed off for Madrid's annual bicycle day. Otherwise, bicycling is impossible in crowded cities, but many coastal resorts rent bikes.

Excerpted from Fodor's Spain '99: The Complete Guide Including Majorca, the Canary Islands and Morocco by Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc. Staff
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