Great Breaks Oxford by Insight Guides

By Insight Guides

Dreaming spires, tranquil waterways, and a special literary historical past: no holiday within the united kingdom is entire with out a stopover at to Oxford. Great Breaks Oxford is a set of 12 illuminating walks and excursions in and round the urban, guiding you from the old center of the collage to idyllic Port Meadow and past, all with shiny full-color images, transparent maps, and our choice of the easiest areas to consume and drink.
 
It’s packed choked with principles to encourage you, with the ten most sensible points of interest in Oxford, together with the enduring Bodleian Library and the tranquil pleasures of punting at the Thames; plus sections on energetic vacation trips, themed breaks, and concepts for activities with teenagers in tow. gains on literary Oxford, the city’s waterways, and tune and theater offer a cultural backdrop to town, whereas useful details and our selective lodgings listings make making plans your journey a breeze.

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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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