The two-hour public television special RICK STEVES’ VIVA ESPANA! captures the quintessence of Spain in vivid high definition. First, Rick experiences the joys of Andalucia – from dazzling Moorish palaces to flamboyant flamenco – in Granada, Cordoba and points in between. He marvels at the grandeur of the Moors, the power of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand, dazzling equestrian art, and Spain’s passion for sherry and the good life on the Costa del Sol, where he feasts on paella. Then, after a break, he continues his journeys in southern Spain. Starting in the mountains, he ventures along the route of the whitewashed hill towns, then descends to sea level to enjoy the windsurfing mecca of Tarifa, experiences a dose of Britain on the Rock of Gibraltar and sets sail for Africa to explore the thriving Moroccan city of Tangier. After another break, Rick heads to northern Spain to follow the centuries-old pilgrim trail from the French-Spanish border to Santiago de Compostela. Along the way, he stops off in Pamplona to run with the bulls, and savors the rich and unique Celtic culture of Galicia – where Riverdance meets flamenco.
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