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List of Itineraries For Spain

As Published In The Karen Brown Guide.

Total Number of Itineraries in this list: 10

Andalusian Adventures

This itinerary features western Andalusia, the area that most foreigners picture when they think of Spain, and surely the most-often visited by tourists. This part of the region is characterized by the warmth of its people as well as its climate. It also includes the most tourist-intensive area in the country—the Costa del Sol from Málaga to San Pedro de Alcántara. This is the part of Spain that extends to within about 15 kilometers of the northern tip of Africa.

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Barcelona Highlights
Barcelona is Spain’s second-largest city, but its distinct history and regional culture make it anything but a small-scale Madrid. Its personality, architecture, customs, proximity to France, and long-term importance as a Mediterranean seaport make it a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city. The whole region of Catalonia, especially its capital city of Barcelona, has long resisted absorption by Castile-dominated central authority. Catalans pride themselves on their industriousness and prosperity, both immediately evident to the visitor. Barcelona is a fascinating, bustling, and charming city that will enchant you.
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Costa Brava and Beyond

This itinerary is essentially a tour of Catalonia, and it includes a sampling of the multiple delights to be savored in this region: spectacular mountains, lovely old towns and castles, and beautiful sea coasts that alternate cliffs and beaches along with a highlights of Barcelona section.

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Cradle of the Conquistadors

Most of this itinerary finds you in Extremadura—an area of Spain less frequented by tourists, which is part of its appeal. The name Extremadura originated during the Reconquest period and translates as "land beyond the river Duero" (which runs across the country from Soria to Valladolid to Zamora). Historically somewhat at the periphery of national life, and less privileged economically, the area was rich in young men eager to seek their fortunes in the New World.

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Madrid and More
We rediscover Madrid with increasing pleasure each time we visit. Our delight is mingled with increasing astonishment at the "new" face of the city that has emerged since Franco's death in 1975. The itinerary highlights our favorite Madrid activities.
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Moorish Memories

The culture of contemporary Spain is a rich mixture of its prehistoric Celtic-Iberian, Roman, Visigothic, and Moorish heritage. Each of the cultures left its mark, and nowhere is the variety of modern Spain more evident than in the area covered by this itinerary: from cosmopolitan Madrid to the glamorous Costa del Sol, playground of the jet set.

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Old Castile and the Cantabrian Coast

This itinerary takes you through the north-central section of Spain. Beginning in Old Castile, it includes Asturias, the Basque region, then Navarre (originally Basque, but later "Romanized"), and back to Castile. Along the way, you will enjoy some of Europe's best hotels and some of Spain's finest scenery. Geographically, the itinerary includes the high central meseta, or large mesa, the spectacular Cantabrian mountain range, and the coast along the Cantabrian Sea.

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Pilgrimage to Santiago

This itinerary takes you to a hallowed spot that was once the most popular destination in Spain—Santiago de Compostela, site of the tomb of Saint James the Apostle and goal of countless religious pilgrims for a millennium. Most of the destinations described are in the region of Galicia: basically, that part of Spain directly north of Portugal (the provinces of Lugo, Pontevedra, La Coruña, and Orense).

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Seville Highlights
We should preface this section highlighting Seville with a frank admission of prejudice. It is one of our favorite cities, chock-full of fond memories of good times and good friends. Every time we return we fall under Seville’s spell—and it won’t surprise us a bit if you’re enchanted, too. It is not that Seville is totally different from other Spanish cities, it is just that the town and its inhabitants are the quintessence of Spain. We strongly suggest several days in Seville. You need time to see its many sights, as well as time to wander along the orange-tree-lined streets and soak up the special feeling that the city imparts to its guests.
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Treasures off the Beaten Track

This itinerary starts off in New Castile, traverses Aragón and winds up in Barcelona, the sophisticated, seaside capital of Catalonia. Most of the route, as its name suggests, takes you to areas not so commonly frequented by foreign tourists. It heads east through New Castile, which holds in store the beautifully rugged Cuenca Range and Cuenca, one of Spain's most enchanting medieval towns, famous for its "hanging houses." Then the route continues on to Aragón. The final stop, Barcelona, provides considerable contrast.

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