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Barcelona and Catalonia (Cadogan Guides) Paperback – 15 Jul 2009


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides; 1 edition (15 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860114210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860114212
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.7 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'You simply can't travel without it.' - Spanish magazine"

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Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls are passionate about Europe and have written over 40 books for Cadogan, including Spain and all titles in the flagship Spain series. They have lived all over Europe, but are currently settled in an idyllic farmhouse surrounded by vineyards in the Lot Valley, France.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By worldismyoyster on 1 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls are easily the best travel writers in the business. Witty, funny, informative and utterly original, their books are absolutely the best in the market. I have lived in Catalunya for almost a decade and they have unearthed a wealth of weird and wonderful finds that I can't wait to go and discover for myself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RB on 26 April 2011
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If you're interested in history, art, architecture, and culture, and want to know about any old church in Catalonia, this is the book for you.
If you're interested in visiting the local parks and the Pyrenees or if you're traveling with children look elsewhere -- little useful information for planning a trip.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Langley Lass on 26 May 2011
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Arrived promptly & well packaged. A good overall guide to Barcelona & Catalonia - possibly wished for a bit more historical/ cultural detail....but then that's own interest when travelling somewhere. Otherwise reasonable price & happy with purchase. Plenty of map detail & suggestions for places to visit etc
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2010
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I have visited Barcelona and the surrounding area and wish I had had this guide with me. It gives a good historical background, maps including train maps and a concise yet thorough guide to all you need to know about the area. It offers great instructions for how to get around, a range of eateries and places to stay for all budgets. It uses Catalan spellings for place names. I'm going back armed with this guide. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another excellent travel guide from Cadogan 14 Feb. 2011
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Over the last couple of years I have become a loyal customer of Cadogan travel guides (I also own Cadogan guides for "France", "Bologna and Emilia Romagna" and "Gascony, the Pyrenees and Toulouse", all of which I liked a lot). I prefer guides that devote a lot of space to history and site description and not too much to hotels/restaurants etc and these guides are just like that.

I used this guide while spending a few days in the wonderful Barcelona and I liked it a lot. The guide is well-written with a lot of historical information (taking into account the size of the book), nice maps (with a caveat, see below), very nice formatting, useful tips on "don't miss" locations. We tried only one of the restaurants suggested in the guide (which was all right) but we also checked out a few others and they seemed to be very good choices overall. In one case we could not get a table because the restaurant was already all booked for the day (Kaiku, on the beachfront)! The section on the history of Barcelona was quite long and interesting. Also insightful were the sections on Gaudi', Parc Guell, the Sagrada Familia and the architecture of the Example.

Perhaps the one thing I thought could have been done better was the maps. There are two maps for Barcelona, a larger one which covers most of the city, and a more detailed one for the area around the old town. Both were reliable and very useful for general orientation. The problem is that these maps were instead not very useful in finding restaurants, whose location is briefly described in the "eating out" section but not located on the map. In some cases the street/square where the restaurant was located wasn't even labeled in the map, which caused us some trouble. Cadogan's maps would be much improved if hotels/restaurants were clearly indicated. Given that, as I was writing before, these guides include a relatively small number of options, I think these locations could be included in the maps without adding too much clutter.

But with this caveat this is a great guide and I would certainly buy it again. Good job once again, Cadogan!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Detailed and cheeky with good maps for certain areas. 4.5 stars! 2 Oct. 2011
By Ms. What-Day-Is-It - Published on Amazon.com
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We used this book in combination with Risk Steeves's brief book (or extended booklet) and a fabulous and indestructible Rough Guide map. We already knew where we wanted to stay, so our focus was on understanding the history of Barcelona, prioritizing the sites we would see (and taking in those sites in a sane way), and getting lost only in the best of ways. The Cadogan guide was outstanding for the first of these things especially and made a solid dent in the second (especially where background details were concerned). The maps were merely OK -- good for exploring a specific neighborhood but not for cross-neighborhood navigation. The Metro map in the back, on the other hand, was perfect and extremely useful. But we didn't buy this book for its maps. The authors are clearly familiar with the area and possess a witty yet informative writing style. We loved the area and if we can manage to return, we will bring this book along for the journey. Would give 4.5 stars if it were possible.
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As always Cadogan is the best! 8 April 2013
By Marget Lippincott - Published on Amazon.com
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This is only for those of you who do not need pictures. Cadogan guides don't do pictures. The maps by region (often times very small regiosn) are the most useful. The layout features related regions and driving within them. One can find often obscure and potentially important sites not covered in other guides which only touch on the really high spots. This gets to the folkways of a region in powerful citations. I have never been steered worng by a Cadogan guide. This is the second copy of this guide I have owned. I gave away the last one. Yes Barcelona is wonderful BUT the places covered in this book reveals a whole different cultural guide; one fundamental to the identity of Barcelona but so much more. Don't miss out on this it goes way beyond the pretty picture books.
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