A good practical guide with most of the facts one needs to know in planning a trip to Spain, but with singularly little of the quality that is Spain. However, that is probably not his purpose. His function is to inform not inspire (and an excellent brief bibliography suggests some of the supplementary reading that supplies the lack). There are the routine notes on climate, clothing, how to get there. The section on travelling contains some good itineraries (maps in the finished book will give these more meaning); and some excellent breakdowns of motorcoach tours not found in other travel guides. Lists of hotels and restaurants are adequate if uninspired. The brief historical summary is valuable and too often either lacking or taken for granted. The major part of the text is devoted to alphabetical listings of towns and cities, with summarized data on things to see, characteristics, specialties, where to stay, etc. This is far and away the best of its kind for prospective travellers to Spain.