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on 16 October 2014
This is a real disappointment- DK books are usually very good. This book just tries to cover too much and provides very little detail. I wanted it for a trip to Dubrovnik but it was of limited use. The free map I picked up at the tourist office in Dubrovnik and the advise from the hotel receptionist was more use.
If you are on a whistle stop tour of the Dalmation coast this book 'might' be of some use to you. But if you are after a good guide book to Dubrovnik this is not want you want to buy.
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I have a large number of these travel guides. What I like about them is their format - each book gives an overview (rather than lots of detail). It provides a summary of what is on offer. Inside is not just the obvious i.e. the Top 10 sights to see. Also you get things like the Top 10 museums & galleries, Top 10 markets, Top 10 Arts & Crafts, Top 10 events etc. - even the Top 10 things to avoid. That makes them very useful, and a unique approach to travel guides. I use them to decide what to do, and then use another book (or a website) to give me more detail if I need that.

The book in its physical format is small - just small enough to fit inside a DL envelope (i.e. the standard white envelope, designed to accept a sheet of A4 paper folded twice). It is actually a few centimetres shorter than a DL envelope. This compact size makes it easy to fit into your pocket.

This book can't provide detail - it can provide `the big picture'. I now normally take two travel guides with me - a DK Top 10 one like this and a detailed travel guide, to get the best of both worlds. If you just have a detailed travel guide, you can miss out on things that you wish you had visited.

On a separate issue, I originally bought my Top 10 books in the Kindle format (because I am a Kindle lover) and to my surprise found the Kindle format terribly irritating. It taught me that when using a travel guide, you want to be able to flick quickly through it and jump around easily - that's SO much easier with a physical book. In addition, you want it to be in colour - you can cure that by taking your iPad with you but an iPad is bigger and heavier than this book in its paperback version. You can get round that if you have an iPad mini or a large screen smartphone (neither of which I had when I bought this) but you are still left with the problem of being unable to flick around the book quickly. Travel guides just don't work well in the Kindle format, in my opinion.

You may feel otherwise but that is how I feel. I found the relative awkwardness in flicking around the Kindle book a major handicap. And this is despite the fact that I buy most of my books in Kindle format.

The beauty of these books is that they give you an overview, which means that you end up doing things that you would not have done otherwise.
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This 128-page book - the June 2014 print edition - is a colourful and informative guide to the attractions of this stretch of the Dalmatian coast, on the east shore of the northern Adriatic Sea; for real visitors and armchair travellers alike. It has all the usual features, including excellent maps and articles. There are excellent colour photos breaking up the text columns, so you can see what you are looking for. It is a handy up-to-date guidebook, with all the usual topics a tourist guide provides, as well as chapters on the top ten sites (Old City Walls, Dubrovnik; Stradun, Dubrovnik; Rector’s Palace, Dubrovnik; Korcula Town; Trogir; Krka National Park; Diocletian’s Palace, Split; Kornati National Park; Cathedral of St James, Sibenik; Zadar Old Town).

Please note that this is a POCKET guide to the HIGHLIGHTS of the area, and not an in-depth study of everything to be found there. For that, you need a full-sized guide.

The Contents include -
P008: Top 10 of Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast (and other touristy stuff to see and do)
P057: Around Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast (4 sub-sections)
P099: Streetsmart (practical touristy information); including -
P110: Places to Stay
P118: General Index
P126: Phrase Book
P128: Selected Town Index
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 11 April 2015
Only about a quarter is devoted to Dubrovnik itself, so only a good buy if visiting other areas on the coast too. Having looked at both, we ended up with the older, and more expensive, "Insight Pocket Guide".
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on 12 August 2014
We are sailing down the Dalmation Coast, this is v useful for info on places to moor! Also cross referencing places with Ann Bridges' Illyrian Spring, pub 1935.
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on 6 October 2014
Easy to read
Comprehensive in descriptions of places to visit and things to see
Always buy DK books because of their size and added removeable map
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on 4 November 2014
This is less of a travel guide, and more a collection of top 10 lists of things to see and do along the Dalmation Coast. I was fairly disappointed at the lack of real information about various attractions in Dubrovnik. Very little historic detail, and it is very disorganised. I found myself flicking from, for example, the top 10 list for Dubrovik, to the top 10 list of the Stradun, etc. and trying to find entries that I'd seen previously but couldn't remember which "top 10" list they came under... I did appeciate a list of restaurants for various budgets, however. Although again, with cafes and bars in a different section of the book to the list of restaurant, flicking back and forth to find what you're looking for is a bit of a chore.

All in all it's disappointing. But better than nothing.... The restaurant list was useful.

I think it'd be more useful if you were, perhaps, sailing along the coast and stopping off at various places along the way (i.e. from Zadar, down to Split, down to Duvrovnik), and just needed a list of things to see.
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on 19 May 2015
Very useful for overview of Croatia as a whole and details of Dubrovnik`s main attractions. Not too bulky so easy to carry with you.
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on 15 October 2014
For its size it had a lot of useful information covering quite a large area. It covered all the basics and gave lots of highlights
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on 4 May 2015
Gives a real clear picture of what there is to be seen both in Dubrovnic and around the Dalmation Coast for a reasonable price.
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