Explore Queensland: The best routes around the region by Insight Guides

By Insight Guides

From the glittering Gold Coast and bustling capital of Brisbane to the tropical north, the place prehistoric rainforest meets the world’s maximum coral reef, Queenland’s beach bargains an unequalled experience playground. discover Queensland is a part of a brand-new sequence and is the best pocket spouse while getting to know Queensland: a full-color consultant containing 15 easy-to-follow routes incorporating a wealth of actions, together with crusing from the Whitsunday Islands, sand using on Fraser Island, and recognizing crocodiles within the rainy Tropics of the a long way north. An informative advent completely units the routes in context, with good points on Queensland’s delicacies, subject matter parks, and diving and snorkeling at the nice Barrier Reef. the simplest areas to consume and drink are highlighted in each one path and within the listing part, which additionally encompasses a lots of functional info, together with rigorously chosen lodges to fit all budgets. All routes are plotted at the necessary pull-out map, and evocative images finds Queensland’s sunny good looks.

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The nave of León Cathedral (see pp358–9), built in the 13th century, is supported by rib vaulting and is illuminated by the finest display of stained glass in Spain. The 15th-century Casa de Conchas in Salamanca (see p365) The Salón de Embajadores in the Alhambra (see p494) has exquisite Moorish decoration. Rose window Pointed arch Tracery Flying buttress Sculptural decoration above the doorways of León Cathedral’s south front depicted biblical stories for the benefit of the largely illiterate populace.

Almonds grow on dry hillsides in many parts of Spain. The spring blossom can be spectacular. The nut, enclosed by a fleshy green skin, is used in a variety of sweetmeats including the Christmas treat turrón (see p205). Olive trees grow slowly and often live to a great age. The fruit is harvested in winter and either pickled in brine for eating as a to extract the oil which is widely used in Spanish cuisine. Sweet oranges are grown in dense, well-irrigated groves near the frost-free coasts. The sweet smell of orange blossom in spring-time is unmistakeable.

The almond, orange and olive create the three most characteristic landscapes of rural Spain but several other trees provide important crops. Wine corks are made from the bark of the cork oak. Tropical species, such as avocado and cherimoya, a delicious creamy fruit little known outside Spain, have been introduced to the so-called Costa Tropical of Andalusia (see p487); and bananas are a major crop of the Canary Islands. Elsewhere, peaches and loquats are also grown commercially. Figs and carobs – whose fruit is used for fodder and as a substitute for chocolate – grow semi-wild.

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