With Portugal and Spain six jet hours away and offering inexpensive tourism, Iberia has become a travel favorite. It has long been a favorite of the author, who fulfills the promise of his title but does not expand beyond it in his guide. He talks about transportation to and in Iberia, about accommodations (pousadas and paradors), about what to expect in the way of facilities, where to buy film or tobacco or taste wine, port, sherry, how to order food, what to do for enjoyment (go to the movies, try the lottery and bullfights but don't roller skate). There are beaches, discovered and undiscovered, but Mr. Jacob's anti-cultural stance leaves his book the poorer--he does not describe the sights, the great cities, the art and music, even the flamenco that enrich the Spanish landscape. Consequently his book becomes a mundane recital which does not communicate at all the Iberian spirit and experience. Nor does it give specifics in hotels, or prevalent package deals. Middle-of-the-road.