The Rough Guide to Spain (15th Edition)
Simon Baskett, Geoff Garvey, Greg Ward, Annelise Sorensen, Matthew Hancock, Joanna Styles, Simon Willmore, Ros Walford, Helen Oc
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The Rough Guide to Spain is the definitive guide to this captivating country, with in-depth coverage of everything from its classic cities to hidden island beaches.
The introduction will help you choose where to go and what to see, inspired by dozens of stunning photos. The Things Not To Miss section runs through all the must-sees, while the Itineraries guide you around the country's highlights. Navigation through the book and on the ground is aided by clear color maps with every chapter. Each map is keyed with all the accommodation, eating and drinking options, nightlife venues, and shops that are reviewed in detail in the Listings chapters.
With stunning photography to inspire you and clear maps to steer you, The Rough Guide to Spain will ensure you discover the best of Spain, whether it's ticking off Gaudí's stunning architectural masterpieces in Barcelona, hiking in the magnificent Picos de Europa, admiring Granada's splendid Alhambra, or taking part in one of the country's fabulously vibrant fiestas. Insider reviews reveal the best places to eat, sleep and party with something for every budget, whether you want to stay in a majestic parador, sip sherry in Jerez, bar-hop in Madrid or nab a table at one of Catalunya's hottest restaurants.
Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Spain.
Com, which has details about, and links to, every European ferry service. < Back to Basics GETTING AROUND Most of Spain is well covered by public transport. The rail network reaches all the provincial capitals and the main towns along the inter-city lines, and there’s an expanding high-speed network that has slashed journey times on major cross-country routes from Madrid. Inter-city bus services are often more frequent and cheaper than the regular trains, and will usually take you closer to your destination, as some train stations are a few kilometres from the town or village they serve.
If asked to choose just one corner of Spain, though, many would plump for the rugged Picos de Europa in Cantabria and Asturias, which, although only 40km or so across, offers a surprising diversity, from easy day-treks to full-blown expeditions. SPAIN’S CLASSIC HIKES The country’s major footpaths are known as GR (Grande Recorrido) or PR (Pequeño Recorrido), some of which make up part of the trans-European walking routes that extend across the entire continent. GR paths are the longest, and are marked by red-and-white stripes, while the smaller PR routes (yellow-and-white) can usually be done in a day.
There are some particularly wonderful monastic locations in Galicia, Castilla y León, Catalunya and Mallorca. If you’re following the Camino de Santiago, you can take full advantage of monastic accommodation specifically reserved for pilgrims along the route. Camping There are literally hundreds of authorized campsites in Spain, mostly on the coast and in holiday areas. They work out at about €5 or €6 per person plus the same again for a tent, and a similar amount for each car or caravan. The best-located sites, or the ones with top-range facilities (restaurant, swimming pool, bar, supermarket), are significantly more expensive.
Automatic ticket machines at main stations take some of the hassle out of queuing. The best deals are always available online on the RENFE website, which has a range of different promotional fares offering discounts of up to sixty percent on the full fares. Otherwise, return fares (ida y vuelta) are discounted by ten to twenty percent, depending on the service – you can buy a single, and so long as you show it when you buy the return, you’ll still get the discount. There’s also a whole range of other discounted fares of between 25 and 40 percent for those over 60 or under 26, the disabled, children aged 4 to 11 years, and those travelling in groups.
69 Pétalos C/Alberto Alcocer 32 grupo69petalos. com; Colombia/Cuzco; map. Despite the upmarket location, this is a light-hearted club determined to keep the clientele happy with its party atmosphere, actors and go-gos. There is a popular summer terraza too. Disco Thurs–Sat midnight–6am, terraza Mon–Sat midnight–2am. GAY AND LESBIAN MADRID Much of Madrid’s nightlife has a big gay input and gay men especially will feel at home in most of the listings in our “Discotecas” section. However, Pza. Chueca and the surrounding streets, especially C/Pelayo, harbour at least a dozen exclusively gay bars and clubs, as well as a café that’s traditionally gay – the Café Figueroa at C/Augusto Figueroa 17.