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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2012
Rather than bombard the reader with information that they don't really want or need, this Crete 'Day by Day' guide from Frommer is highly readable and has a rather personal and friendly approach to the writing; ideal reading for someone who has never visited the island before, wishing to see the best it has to offer. To my mind it is more useful than the Rough Guide or Lonely Planet equivalents.

The guide is thoughtfully and neatly divided into useful sections covering Special Interest Tours, Urban Tours and Tours by region including ancient, modern and natural attractions, with advice on places to dine and places to stay. There is advice on how to plan your trip to see the best of the island whether it be a short trip or a much longer holiday and the final section is full of useful information such as weather, local customs, language, travel information and a potted history of Crete. There are a couple of useful maps in the back of Heraklion and Chania, the two most populated cities.

All things considered this is an excellent guide; concise, easy to navigate, entertaining to read, inexpensive and an ideal reference book to take away with you on your trip. I doubt you will need another guide. Bon Voyage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2011
This is a good little guide book. There is plenty of information on places to visit, where to stay and even where's good to eat!! The handy pull-out map is a great idea too.

This book mentions lots of interesting places to visit, but it also tells you about Crete's history too.

In addition to this, it also talks about the more practical things like, bus routes, taxis, banking hours, insurance, police, etc.

In short I found this great in planning how and where I'm going to visit on my holiday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2012
Fantastic, pocket-sized resource with lots of useful information - we used it all the time and couldn't fault it for its tips and recommendations on places to go... except for the restaurants. We went to their top recommendation in the Venetian harbour in Rethymnon (Palazzo) and were practically robbed by the restaurant who charged an unbelieveable amount of money for a single-course meal. Top tip if you are visiting - beware the 'tourist tax' added by unscrupulous restaurant owners in the more 'touristy' areas and don't go for anything on the menu, like fish, that is charged by the kilo - it's too late to quibble when you have eaten it! I would definitely suggest you take this book but use TripAdvisor for up-to-date restaurant recommendations.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2011
As I already own a hefty guide to Crete, I was on the lookout for something a little more `portable' before planning my next jaunt and thank goodness I came across `Frommers'!

With its intelligent layout and full ranging content this was exactly the kind of `real guide' that I was looking for - well thought out and, dare I say it, humorous. The `Strategies' section was a huge help and has given me a firm basis to plan my next holiday.

Goodbye old guides - hello Frommers!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2011
This is a fantastic guide book with everything you need to know to see the best of Crete. Whatever you're looking for, whether it's beach or town or visiting the historical sites Crete has to offer, you will find it here. It's not just a bland list of things to do though, but feels more like real personal recommendations. You get the impression the author really cares about whether you have a good time and wants you to love this place as much as he does.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2011
The guide was very helpful on our trip! We spent 15 days there and it gave us an idea on where and when to go. We found beautiful places and exquisite food thanks to it. highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2013
A GREAT BOOK & AN ESSENTIAL ITEM FOR USE WHEN IN CRETE.I FOUND THE ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION SPOT ON!
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on 13 November 2012
A really usefull and sensiby sized guide.
The sections were really helpful and made it easy to locate what we were looking for by region or by the type of attraction.
Some of the notes and hints from the author were also very helpful, and some quite amusing.
The map was a little too basic, hence 4 stars, but apart from that the book is great.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2011
This book was incredibly useful and I can't understand why people would buy anything else!

Not only did it give useful information about places to visit but it also gave very useful information on the way of life in Crete i.e. about paying, tips, taxis, hiring cars, taxis etc etc.

Highly recommend it!
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on 5 September 2013
Small and more portable than the Rough Guide/Lonnely Planet versions.

Good maps. Restaurant guide very useful.

This is designed for car users, but the buses on Crete are excellent.
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