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Focusing on some of the most photogenic areas of Europe and the United States, this growing series of books is most notable for its magnificent photographs of the lovely villages and towns of the areas covered in each volume.

With literary and historical references, these coffeetable books include appendices listing the most important sites, markets, festivals, hotels, and restaurants.

The Most Beautiful Villages of Spain

Hugh Palmer

Traditional architecture and dramatic natural settings place these Spanish villages among the most unspoiled and appealing in Europe. Pretty Romanesque churches dominate mountain communities in the Asturias and the Pyrenees; walled hamlets rise from the high plains of Castilla; literary and artistic associations enrich the beautiful remains of Moorish Andalucía.

More than thirty village gems are featured here. From Galicia to the Basque country in the north lie picturesque fishing villages. Patient exploration in the heart of the country reveals such delights as Pedraza's arcaded square seen against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, or La Guardia's mighty defensive walls towering above the vineyards of Rioja. In the east, the whitewashed houses of coastal Cadaqués have become famous as an artists' colony, while El Palmar is renowned for its paella. And in the villages of Andalucía, like Medina Sidonia, the traces of Moorish civilization can be found.

From Publishers Weekly:
Aside from Seville's storybook cobblestone streets and Barcelona's fantastical architecture, Spain is home to countless romantic, vibrant villages. This pretty volume showcases over 30 of them, from eastern Spain, Andalucia, northern Spain and central Spain. Rural Spain's riches range from 17th-century towers (as in the Andalucian village of Medina Sidonia) to walled cities like Albarracin in the eastern part of the country. Palmer, whose photographs have enlivened other titles in the Most Beautiful Villages series, offers impressive shots capturing the villages' allure. Among the highlights are a photo of Platya S'aranella's sandy inlet, in which a black cat poses inside a chipped rowboat, and a view of Almonaster la Real, a secluded town near the Portuguese border which is shown nestled between woody brush and sweeping mountains. The color photos are accompanied by captions and brief essays on each village, and a short section on dining and accommodations in Spain concludes the book.
© 1997-2005 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.

$40.00 (hardcover)

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