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  • Places to Visit in Spain | Spain Travel Guide | Rough Guides
    holiday a walking tour or a city break but before you know it you ll find yourself hooked by something quite different the wild celebration of some local fiesta perhaps or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona Even in the best known places to visit from the capital Madrid to the costas from the high Pyrenees to the Moorish cities of the south there are genuinely surprising attractions at every turn whether it s hip restaurants in the Basque country the wild landscapes of the central plains or cutting edge galleries in the industrial north Soon you ll notice that there is not just one Spain but many and indeed Spaniards themselves often speak of Las Españas the Spains Partly this is down to an almost obsessive regionalism stemming from the creation in the late 1970s of seventeen comunidades autonomías autonomous regions with their own governments budgets and cultural ministries even police forces You might think you are on holiday in Spain your hosts may be adamant that you re actually visiting Catalunya and will point to a whole range of differences in language culture and artistic traditions not to mention social attitudes and politics Indeed the old days of a unified nation governed with a firm hand from Madrid seem to have gone forever as the separate kingdoms that made up the original Spanish state reassert themselves in an essentially federal structure Does any of this matter for visitors As a rule not really since few tourists have the time or inclination to immerse themselves in contemporary Spanish political discourse Far more important is to look beyond the clichés of paella matadors sangría and siesta if you re to get the best out of a visit to this amazingly diverse country Even in the most over touristed resorts of the

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  • Places to Visit in Sweden | Sweden Travel | Rough Guides
    to Portugal View Guide The Rough Guide to Andalucia View Guide South Central Anatolia Rough Guides Snapshot Turkey View Guide The Rough Guide to Amsterdam View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Copenhagen View Guide The mere mention of Sweden conjures up resonant images snow capped peaks reindeer wandering in deep green forests and the 24 hour daylight of the midnight sun But beyond the household names of ABBA IKEA and Volvo Sweden is relatively unknown The largest of the Scandinavian countries with an area twice that of Britain and roughly that of California but a population of barely nine million Sweden has space for everyone the countryside boasts pine spruce and birch forest as far as the eye can see and crystal clear lakes perfect for a summer afternoon dip not to mention possibly the purest air you ll ever breathe The country s south and west coasts meanwhile feature some of the most exquisite beaches in Europe without the crowds In general Sweden is a carefree place where life is relaxed Indeed the Swedes liberal and open attitude to virtually every aspect of life is certainly one of their most enviable qualities people are generally left to do their own thing providing it doesn t impinge on the rights and freedoms of others In Sweden rights go hand in hand with duties and there s a strong sense of civic obligation count how few times you see people dropping litter for example which in turn makes for a well rounded and stable society Many of the cornerstones of the Swedish welfare state such as tremendously generous benefits and health care perks which Swedes still hold dear today were laid down during forty years of unbroken rule by the Social Democrats Yet over the years foreigners have somehow confused the open

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  • Switzerland Travel | Places to visit in Switzerland | Rough Guides
    Gallery Explore Lake Geneva The Swiss heartland The Swiss Alps Ticino Liechtenstein Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels View map Switzerland Four languages dozens of cheeses and hundreds of mountains Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides Rough Guides Snapshot Europe on A Budget Switzerland View Guide The Rough Guide to Barcelona View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Italian View Guide The Rough Guide to Belgium Luxembourg View Guide Pocket Rough Guide London View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Lisbon View Guide The West Midlands and the Peak District Rough Guides Snapshot England View Guide Puglia Rough Guides Snapshot Italy View Guide The Rough Guide to Spain View Guide Split and the south Dalmatian coast Rough Guides Snapshot Croatia View Guide All the quaint stereotypes are true cheese chocolate clocks obsessive punctuality but there s much more to Switzerland than this The major cities are cosmopolitan and vibrant transport links are excellent and the scenery takes your breath away Switzerland is diverse and multilingual almost everyone speaks some English along with at least one of the four official languages Read More When to go Where to go Essentials Fact file Getting there Getting around Accommodation Food and drink Culture and etiquette

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  • Turkey Travel | Places to visit in Turkey | Rough Guides
    influences from the Middle East and the Mediterranean the Balkans and Central Asia Mosques coexist with churches Roman theatres and temples crumble near ancient Hittite cities and dervish ceremonies and gypsy festivals are as much a part of the social landscape as classical music concerts or football matches The friendliness of the Turkish people makes visiting a pleasure indeed you risk causing offence by declining invitations and find yourself making friends through the simplest of transactions At the big resorts and tourist spots of course this can merely be an excuse to sell you something but elsewhere despite a history in which outsiders have so often brought trouble the warmth and generosity are genuine Politically modern Turkey was a grand experiment largely the creation of one man Kemal Atatürk With superhuman energy he salvaged the Turkish state from the wreckage of the Ottoman Empire and defined it as a modern secular nation Following 2011 s record breaking third successive election victory by the AKP Justice and Development Party largely supported by conservative Muslims some secular Turks fear an Iranian style Islamic theocracy This seems most unlikely however in a country that has been a multi party democracy for over sixty years and successfully blended secularism parliamentary democracy and global capitalism with Islam Despite official efforts to enforce a uniform Turkish identity the population is remarkably heterogeneous When the Ottoman Empire imploded refugees streamed into Anatolia including Muslim Slavs Greeks Albanians Crimean Tatars Daghestanlis Abkhazians and Circassians There they joined an already mixed population that included a very sizeable minority of Kurds Thanks to recent arrivals from former Soviet or Eastern Bloc territories that diversity endures Another surprise may be Turkey s sheer youthfulness more than half the population is under thirty with legions of young people working in coastal resorts

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  • Places to Visit in Wales | Where to go in Wales | Rough Guides
    Ireland and Scotland Neither so internationally renowned nor so romantically perceived the country is usually defined by its male voice choirs and tightly packed pit villages But there s far more to the place than the hackneyed stereotypes and at its best Wales is the most beguiling part of the British Isles Even its comparative anonymity serves it well where the tourist pound has swept away some of the more gritty aspects of local life in parts of Ireland and Scotland reducing ancient cultures to misty Celtic pastiche Wales remains brittle and brutal enough to be real and diverse enough to remain endlessly fascinating Recent years have seen a huge and dizzying upsurge in Welsh self confidence a commodity no longer so dependent upon comparison with its big and powerful neighbour of England Popular culture especially music and film has contributed much to this revival as has the arrival of a National Assembly in 1999 the first all Wales tier of government for six hundred years After centuries of enforced subjugation the national spirit is undergoing a remarkable renaissance The ancient symbol of the country y ddraig goch or the red dragon seen fluttering on flags everywhere in Wales is waking up from what seems like a very long slumber As soon as you cross the border from England into Wales the differences in appearance attitude and culture between the two countries are immediately obvious Wales shares many physical and emotional similarities with the other Celtic lands Scotland Ireland Cornwall Brittany and even Asturias and Galicia in northwest Spain A rocky and mountainous landscape whose colours are predominantly grey and green a thinly scattered largely rural population a culture rooted deeply in folklore and legend and the survival of a distinct ancient language are all hallmarks of Wales and its sister countries To visitors it is the Welsh language the strongest survivor of the Celtic tongues that most obviously marks out the country with tongue twisting village names and vast bilingual signposts Everyone in Wales speaks English but a quarter of the population also speaks Welsh TV and radio stations broadcast in it all children learn it at school restaurant menus are increasingly bilingual and visitors too are encouraged to try speaking at least a fragment of the rich earthy tones of one of Europe s oldest living languages After Wales seven hundred year subjugation at the hands of its far larger and more powerful neighbour many Welsh nationalists call for if not outright divorce from England at least a trial separation The mutual antipathy is almost all good natured but often the greatest offence to Welsh people is when those very obvious differences are blatantly disregarded or patronized Avoid referring to England when you really mean Britain or the United Kingdom and don t say English when you mean Welsh it is like calling a Kiwi an Aussie or a Canadian an American probably worse Although it is the wealth of places to visit prehistoric sites crumbling castles and

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  • Map of Europe | Europe Countries | Rough Guides | Rough Guides
    thanks to its relatively relaxed border controls it s super easy to explore With just a short time in Europe you ll soak up history and culture by the bucket load Castles and cathedrals are high up on many visitors wish lists but Europe is also home to fantastical palaces ancient ruins and extravagant galleries that are stacked with centuries old art Away from the classic city break destinations London Rome and Paris could all eat up weeks of your time options for exploring are almost limitless Spot polar bears in Svalbard embark on your own island odyssey in sunny Greece or search for tranquillity and distilleries in the misty glens of rural Scotland The only real problem is choosing where to start Find out more about Europe Interactive Europe Map European Countries Click the links below to view a map of your chosen country 1 Albania 2 Austria 3 Belgium 4 Bosnia Herzegovina 5 Bulgaria 6 Croatia 7 Cyprus 8 Czech Republic 9 Denmark 10 England 11 Estonia 12 Finland 13 France 14 Germany 15 Greece 16 Hungary 17 Iceland 18 Ireland 19 Italy 20 Latvia 21 Lithuania 22 Montenegro 23 Netherlands 24 Norway 25 Poland 26 Portugal 27

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  • Places to Visit in Europe | Where to go in Europe | Rough Guides
    Lithuania Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Wales Latest Europe Features View By Destination Albania Andorra Armenia Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Monaco Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales In pictures when a little town in Italy went to war with oranges Our expert s guide the best area to stay in Lisbon A British institution the best afternoon tea in London 14 photographs that show the many sides of Amsterdam Why now s the time to visit Nottingham England Emilia Romagna Tuscany without the crowds 10 of the best weekend breaks in the UK Finding love in the UK s least romantic city 7 reasons to visit Hull Biking the Camino de Santiago cycling for the soul See all Europe features Travel Guides The Rough Guide to The Italian Lakes The Rough Guide to Bath Bristol Somerset The Rough Guide to Rome Rough Guides Snapshot Germany Hamburg and Schleswig Holstein The

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  • In pictures: when a little town in Italy went to war with oranges | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    with oranges By Kiki Deere February 11th 2016 View Comments When we heard there was going to be an orange fight in Italy we had to be there Here are some of the best photographs taken by our roaming writer photographer Kiki Deere The small town of Ivrea 55km north of Turin hosts one of Italy s most exuberant carnivals Dating back to the end of the twelfth century the Historic Carnival of Ivrea culminates in the Battle of the Oranges a boisterous event in which participants launch 600 000kg of oranges at one another over the course of three days Nine combat teams re enact the civil war that broke out when the town s tyrant attempted to exercise his droit du seigneur on the daughter of a local miller who was quick to cut the tyrant s head off A battle ensued between the townsfolk and the tyrant s guards symbolised today by teams of aranceri or orange handlers riding carts who clash against more aranceri on foot who represent the townspeople Today a married woman is elected each year to represent the miller s daughter and is considered the Queen of the Carnival Spectators wear red Phyrigian Hats to avoid being pelted with oranges while nets are draped over buildings throughout town providing a safety barrier for onlookers The misshapen oranges destined to landfill come from Calabria and Sicily Crowds Gather in the square to greet this year s miller s daughter The miller s daughter greets the crowds Cheering and chanting as the mugnaia waves at the audience A team initiate two new members for the Battle of the Oranges The Nobili Alfieri throw oranges at full speed from their cart Oranges fly in the air as teams pelt each another La Contea di Montenavale pelt

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