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50 Great escapes
This unique travel book takes readers on a tour of the world, as seen through the eyes of writers, photographers, filmmakers, composers, painters, sculptors, and philosophers. The author has tracked down life-changing locations-from cities and remote deserts to gardens and cafés-and recounts their transformative power over some of the world's greatest artists. Each entry features color photographs, practical travel advice, and information on exhibitions, festivals, and museums. The book also includes a global directory of twentyfirst- century hotspots, allowing budding artists to experience a creative epiphany of their own. Travellers planning a trip around an intriguing location, aspiring artists looking for a retreat, and fans keen to explore the stories behind their favourite works will find this guide an entertaining and valuable resource. The Almassera Vella is listed.
A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe
A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Europe
Juan Luis Román de Cerro
Delightful collection of photographs of Alicante and the coast pre tourism.
Costa Blanca - 50 Walks
Just published in English - this is Gill Rounds splendidly researched guide to 50 superb walks in this beautiful terrain. The walks are carefully graded and well described with explanatory maps, excellent photographs and useful height profiles. We've tried a dozen or so of these walks - Gill has captured the essence of mountain walking in this province.
Book ref: ISBN 978-3-7633-4837-4
Jason Webster Doubleday 2003 – ISBN 0385603614
Purportedly about flamenco but more to do with Alicante and Madrid low-life and a fascinating read.
For the section ‘Valencian Shore’.
Fire in the Blood
A fine introduction to contemporary Spain.
Flowers of South-West Europe
For the serious botanist – essentially covers Spain and Portugal.
Flowers of the Mediterranean
Huxley & Polunin
Good general introduction to Mediterranean flowers.
Gastro Guia de la Costa Blanca
Carlos Llorca y Angeles Ruiz
Sumptious survey of the varied Levant cuisine a restaurants– a must for foodies. (In Spanish.)
Ghosts of Spain
A highly readable survey of modern Spain which explores the lingering traces of Civil War tragedies plus a contempory update on the one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. A particulary amusing chapter on Benidorm.
Guia de los Pozos de Nieva de la Provincia de Alicante
M V Martinez & J R Gosálvez
A very thorough and beautifully presented guide to the extraordinary ancient storage chambers for snow that can be found throughout the Alicante mountains. The maps included provide excellent aids to exploratory mountain walking.
Guia Senda Verde
An essential walking guide showing the public footpaths clearly and with gradients , distances etc. Now very difficult to find.
James A Mitchener
The best general introduction to Spain I’ve read.
Norman F. Carver
Beautifully illustrated survey of Spanish village vernacular.
A rambly, poet’s introduction to Spain. The late Ted Walker lived in Denia, a short way up the coast from Relleu.
Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca
An excellent guide to the fascinating villages and landscapes away from the Costa Blanca itself.
Landscapes of the Costa Blanca
J and C Oldfield
Excellent introduction to the excellent walking opportunities in the Marina Alta and Baja. Walks 13 and 14 are a short distance from the Almàssera.
Las Fuentes de la Memoria
Publio López Mondéjar
Superb collection of 19th century photographs of Spain.
Mountain Walks on the Costa Blanca
The best English book to date on the tougher walks in the mountains of the Marina Baja, Alta etc. Needs to be supplemented by the 1:50.000 Carta Militars.
R Cebrián & F Jarque
Dramatic colour photographs of the mountains of Alicante and Valencia provinces.
Adrián Espí Valdés
A beautifully presented volume illustrating the relatively unknown schools of artists practising in the Alicante area in the 19th century particularly in Alcoy. The survey includes artists working up to the outbreak of the Civil War.
Plantas Silvestres de la Communidad Valenciana
G Stubing & J B Peris
The best field guide I have found for the wild flowers of Valencia and Alicante province.
Relleu 'Conocer un Pueblo'
A local history of the village of Relleu written in Spanish with some sections in Valenciano. It was written in the 80s by a distinguished local doctor with the help of various members of the cultural association of Relleu. It traces the development of the village from the Iberian race that occupied the site of Relleu before the Romans, the Roman occupation, the Visigoth period,the Moorish and medieval periods up to the opening of the 20th century. Christopher and Marisa North and Sue Boulton are in the process of translating this volume into English.
Story of a couple setting up in Denia – just up the coast from Relleu.
Published by Ebury Press 2001
Special Places to Stay SPAIN
Ed Jose Navarro
Alastair Sawday's Directories are fast becoming the essential guide book for travellers seeking interesting and off-beat places to stay. The Almassera is in the 'Levante' section.
The Spanish Woman’s Kitchen
Good section on the Levante.
An introduction to Spain’s superb wild life parks.