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Azores (Bradt Travel Guides) [Paperback]

David Sayers
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20 Sep 2010 Bradt Travel Guides
Illustrated with colour photographs and delicate line drawings by Czech artist Hedvika Fraser, this fourth edition tempts travellers across the Atlantic Ocean to these remote islands. Glittering blue coastlines and spectacular volcanic landscapes characterise this archipelago that erupted from beneath the ocean some five million years ago. Fully updated, Bradt's bestselling Azores provides practical information and unparalleled features on culture, history and festivals. The best walks are described along with information on where to eat and sleep and how to get around. Take a magical tour discovering Europe's westernmost coast - the island of Flores; visit Europe's only tea plantations; explore the hot springs and gurgling mud pools of Furnas.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 4 edition (20 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841623288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841623283
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The Bradt Travel Guide will tell you everything you need to know about each of the nine islands.' Portugal Magazine 'Author David Sayers, a botanical horticulturalist, has produced an informative, practical and user-friendly volume.' EDP Saturday Magazine 'Recommended reading' National Geographic Traveller 'Highly recommended' Yachting Monthly

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David Sayers qualified as a botanical horticulturist from the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. He arranges custom-made holidays to his favourite destination.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more than adequate. 7 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
As a Rough Guide fan I found this book to have plenty of pictures! It is also very good quality, and its content is more than adequate. Certainly the best guide to the Azores that I could find, although perhaps that isn't saying very much. Pretty much my last six trips have been to places where Bradt guides were the best or only option. Only Namibia had much alternative reasonable choice. And this guide, like the others, is well researched, readable, and pretty accurate. Therefore I recommend the book as well as the publisher/series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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We found this a very useful book. Although we weren't expecting it our tour operator Sunvil very kindly sent us a branded version for free a few weeks before we went. So if you book your holiday through Sunvil I'd hold fire and save some money to spend on this other helpful guide: Azores: Car Tours and Walks (Landscapes)

By sussing out the local buses and using the walks in these books rather than going on an organised trip we saved a fortune. Travel firms will try to charge you £50 a head for the same walks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly great but could be a bit better 11 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
Like I have reviewed in other Bradt guides, I wish they would offer a few more pictures and definitely pics of each islands beauty. Also, the maps could be a bit larger and maybe in color. Of the choices available.....very few, this is the best choice, so far.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good coverage but very poorly organised 1 May 2011
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This seems to be the best guide to the Azores available, and it does provide good coverage of the islands (we visited 6 of them). But the guide desperately needed someone to do some substantial sub-editing, since the author seems not to have the slightest idea of how to organise his material to make this guide book easy to use.

Many places/attractions were described in two different places, such as once under the island and once under the town, or once in the main text and once in a separate section with shaded background. The index was fairly good, but one could see the poor arrangement by the fact that so many places have two or three disjoint sets of page numbers by them.

The maps often showed places to visit that were not described at all in the text, and vice versa. Opening dates/times were often not shown - maybe these quickly get out-of-date, but it would be nice to have had them there while the guide was new. Most town maps had no scale - many said "not to scale" but actually from comparison with maps we got there, and with our own experience, they were pretty much to scale, it just wasn't stated. The descriptions of walks around towns would have been good, had it been possible to follow them on the maps - typically most of the streets named in the text could not be found on the town map. I could give numerous examples, but that would make this review too long.

In summary, we found this a very frustrating guide to use. Actually we have found this before with Bradt guides - coverage good, organisation terrible - I guess they simply don't feel it necessary to make any improvements to the text sent in by the author. Pity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good all round information 19 Feb 2014
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An easy to read informative book.plenty of useful information , small and compact to carry around good value for money
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay... 30 Dec 2013
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I have no more to say except that it's about time some of he bigger guns brought out a travel guide for the Azores.
It's well written, if a little unimaginatively at times and only gives the briefest of descriptions of the islands.
That is where however I feel for the author... Lots of Islands and the constraints on size of a travel book.
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