Spain has always evoked romantic visions: Sun clad Mediterranean beaches, ancient castles, blustery Atlantic fishing ports, high mountain Pyrenees villages, Toledo Steel and Don Quixote tilting at windmills. The varied landscape, with Europe’s second largest plain to the south and mountains higher than the Alps to the north, provide marked contrasts in climate, vegetation, and customs.
To compliment the beautiful and varied land are some of Europe’s great cities. Three of these are UNESCO World Historical Monuments: Toledo, Salamanca, and Santiago de Compostela. Rich in architectural grandeur, these cities, and many more, show over 2,000 years of splendor so extensive that it seems almost too much to absorb.
Spain’s 400 years of close trade ties with Greece, 500 years of Roman rule, and 700 years under the Moors is evident today in its diversity and its people.
Include stops to enjoy the people, their customs and food along the way. Sleep in the castle, dine in a palace, tilt at a windmill, and even venture into Spanish Africa. You can do all this and more in CLINT DENN’s “Spain, Land of Contrasts”.
- Madrid - great city of the plain
- Toledo - the city of steel
- The Alhambra - the Moors’ last stronghold
- Costa Del Sol - beaches, resorts and golf
- Gibralter - the British rock
- Sevilla - the picturesque inland port of Hercules
- Cortijo - La Calera, a ranch for prize bulls
- Merida - Roman buildings, bridges, 2,000 years of history
- Castro - Urdiales, a northern fishing port
- The Pyrenees - villages in an alpine setting
- Barcelona - seaport and Olympic city
- Mallorca - an island of beauty in the Mediterranean Sea
- Castille-La Mancha - castles and windmills