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Castilla y León

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Kelly Lipscomb



 

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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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The Levante

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When Spaniards speak of the Levante they refer to that long and narrow strip on the eastern Mediterranean coast claimed by the autonomous regions of Valencia and small Murcia south of it. In this "land of the rising sun" the coastline, over 500 km (312 miles) of it, is a shared sight with the mountains rising in the interior. To the northwest the Iberian chain enters the region, bearing southeast toward the sea where the Tura and Mijares rivers end their journeys, while in the south the Beticos chain encroaches from Andaluca in its own march east to the coast.

There is a sharp contrast in landscape between the north, with its sweeping, lustrous hills and valleys, and the south, where areas of Murcia are semi-desert, copper-colored and gritty. In the drier heights, almond, carob and olive trees dominate terraced slopes, but it is the thriving agricultural industry of the moist lowlands that has earned Valencia the reputation as Spain's garden. Utilizing a highly extensive and effective irrigation system of waterwheels and drainage ditches created by the Moors during their occupation from the eighth to the 13th centuries, farmers grow vast quantities of fruits and vegetables and the citrus plantations can produce nine months out of the year. To the famed Valenciano orange add the rice patties that have shaped the region's cuisine and the bustling tourist cities of the coast that have played havoc with its natural beauty but fostered one of the healthiest economies in Spain. The bulk of the region's population has gravitated to these coastal towns, leaving the interior with only pockets of tourists scavenging the popular destinations of Elche or Gudalfest.

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Cantabria

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Kelly Lipscomb



 

Hunter Publishing, Inc.

 

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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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Aragón

Kelly Lipscomb Hunter Publishing ePub



 

Kelly Lipscomb



 

Hunter Publishing, Inc.

 

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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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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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