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Andalucia

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Awash in earthen hues and whitewashed villages, bathed in glorious sun, sounds of the flamenco, and imagery so exotic it borders on seductive, Andalucia is a world of adventures all its own. It is the birthplace of the bullfight, the guitar, flamenco music, and countless other fascinations lost in time. There is no right or wrong place or time to begin and end a trip here; choices for both the adventurous and the culturally curious are limitless. Ancient Arab influences pervade this landscape, from the magnificent Alhambra to the orange groves of La Mezquita, from the region's storied past to its bustling present - where grinning Moroccans stand in storefronts anxious to ply their wares as sleek Spanish businessmen walk past, where sun-seekers the world over crowd its beaches and thrill-seekers scour its challenging highs and lows.

Andalucia is a land of extremes, with Spain's driest areas of Almeria in the east and its rainiest, the Sierra de Grazalema, in the southwest. Five hundred miles of coastlines span Andalucia, of which roughly three-quarters are sandy beaches. These range from the less-touristed and less-developed Costa de la Luz along the Atlantic in the western realm, to the cheery resorts of the Costa del Sol, Costa de Almeria, and Costa Tropical to the east. The fertile valley of the Rio Guadalquivir separates Andalucia's two mountain ranges, the Sierra Moreno across the northern border, and the Cordillera Betica (with mainland Spain's highest peak, the Mulhacn in the Sierra Nevada) running southwest to east. The region is made up of the provinces of Cdiz, Crdoba, Jan, Huelva, Almeria, Mlaga, Granada and Sevilla; together they comprise 60% of all the country's environmentally protected lands.

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Extremadura

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"The sturdy cork-oaks, without any other inducement than that of their own generosity, shed their thick, light bark with which men first covered their houses, supported on rustic poles only as a defense against the inclemencies of the heavens." Cervantes, Don Quixote

Extremadura has traditionally been the land left behind. During the Spanish conquest of America it was the region that contributed the greatest number of bodies to the effort-strong, naturally hardened young men who, finding little in the way of a livelihood in this poor realm, signed on as soldiers and ended up conquering foreign empires. Except for a few of its larger settlements, the great wealth accumulated in colonizing the Americas rarely found its way back to this, the most deserving realm of the motherland. Later, during the 19th and 20th centuries, poor agricultural workers were forced to migrate in droves to the cities of Madrid or Barcelona in search of factory jobs. As a result, Extremadura now has one of the oldest populations of any Spanish region. And still today, with its bounty of pre-historic relics, a great and visible Roman legacy and terrain shifting from bleak plains to blossoming valleys and snow-capped peaks, tourists tend to shy away from this borderland in southwestern Spain. They opt, instead, for the sure bet in neighboring Andaluca or Castilla y Len. And lonely Extremadura carries on as the country's best-kept secret.

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Castilla-La Mancha

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From Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha is an arid crossroads to the cities of Extremadura, Andaluca, Valenca and Catalua. Without the cultural diversity and attractiveness of Toledo, or the natural beauty of a hilltop city such as Cuenca, most travelers would quickly pass on through. Sweeping views are unbroken in every direction, of parched plains, of a few modest hills, a smattering of villages and no major, bustling commercial centers. Madrid, by all geographical respects a part of this region claiming the southern half of the country's high, central plateau, was granted separate autonomous status in the early 1980s when, after the demise of Franco, Spain's new regions were defined. What remained were the provinces of Toledo, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara and, added to them, Albacete; together they form a conglomeration of New Castile that lacks a central axis, a spurious realm with little political influence and the Iberian Peninsula's lowest population density. For each square mile here there are 54 residents, compared to the national average of 192.

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Asturias

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This guide focuses on recreational activities. As all such activities contain elements of risk, the publisher, author, affiliated individuals and companies disclaim any responsibility for any injury, harm, or illness that may occur to anyone through, or by use of, the information in this book. Every effort was made to insure the accuracy of information in this book, but the publisher and author do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any liability for any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misleading information or potential travel problems caused by this guide, even if such errors or omissions are the result of negligence, accident or any other cause.

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Extremadura

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Ulysses Travel Publications

4176 Saint-Denis, Montral, Qubec, Canada H2W 2M5

514-843-9882, ext. 2232; fax 514-843-9448

 

Windsor Books

The Boundary, Wheatley Road, Garsington, Oxford, OX44 9EJ England

01865-361122; fax 01865-361133

 

 

  Hunter Publishing, Inc.

 

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher.

This guide focuses on recreational activities. As all such activities contain elements of risk, the publisher, author, affiliated individuals and companies disclaim any responsibility for any injury, harm, or illness that may occur to anyone through, or by use of, the information in this book. Every effort was made to insure the accuracy of information in this book, but the publisher and author do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any liability for any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misleading information or potential travel problems caused by this guide, even if such errors or omissions are the result of negligence, accident or any other cause.

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