Northern Spain by Andy Symington
From the green hills of Galicia to the scorched plains of Aragon, this book gets off the beaten track and discovers plenty of untouched places in the heart of one of Europe's most visited lands. The guide covers the whole of northern Spain comprehensively, including the Basque country (San Sebastian and Bilbao), Navarra, Aragon, La Rioja, Castilla y Leon, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. It focuses on the immense cultural and historic differences that characterize the area, with the emphasis on the good life - festivals, restaurants, tapas bars, wine tasting and spectator sports. It also features the entire pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela and plenty of outdoors - good walks, picnic spots and beaches, exploring the Picos and the Pyrenees. The where-to-stay section includes hotels, characterful mid-range accommodation and those hard to find unmarked cheapies.