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on 3 July 2003
Good guide books to Mallorca are hard to find so this is my recommendation for the best book to make a start to your reading and reserach.
As ever this Rough Guide is strong on arrival, departure, transport and accommodation but it's strength is really in the chapter about Palma.
It skillfully leads you away from the Majorca of the 60s ad 70's or if you are so inclined back to them again.
You could have a very happy week-end break in Palma with this book to assist you and it is indeed a city worthy of a visit even if you don't want a beach.
With so many cheap flights now available from the U K this is a perfectly viable destination for a short break, whether it's a city or seaside break.
The Rough Guide encourages you to look at the north west of the island where the upgrading of Mallorca is most visible. It is indeed a very beautiful, peaceful destination with several new hotels and one or two good restaurants. It's biggest drawback is it's lack of beaches but you do have wonderful mountains as your backdrop and the coastal views are stunning.
This part of the island was made famous,of course, by Robert Graves so my suggestion would be to read "Wild Olives" by William Graves, a son of Robert's before you go.
The Rough Guide will, however will lead you to such famous delights as the gardens of Alfabia and to lesser known ones such as the lost gardens of Raixa.
It is not shy of admitting to Mallorca's weak spots so I fail to see how you can go wrong by choosing this book as your companion to Mallorca.
Further reading could include Pamela Legge's "Enjoying Majorca" and Peter Kerr's two books about his new life on the Island, "Snowball Oranges" and "Manana Manana".
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on 22 December 2004
This book looked to be the best guide to Mallorca, and I guess that view hasn't changed (given the dearth of decent guidebooks to this well-visited island). However, don't buy this book if you are expecting an upbeat insight into what is good around Mallorca. The author tends to focus on what is wrong with Mallorca, without necessarily having been to the places he writes about. I suspect he has filled in certain blanks along the way by whizzing past places by car, or by trusting the opinions of locals from neighbouring villages. The book is helpful in taking you around the various areas on the island, and also providing a good insight into facts and history. So the guide is helpful in that respect. Bottom line though - please form your own opinions on some of the wonderful places in Mallorca, and don't take the word of this rather negative author. I hope I never sit next him in the plane on his way home from a holiday.
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on 9 October 2004
A good guide to the sights and tastes that Mallorca has to offer. The only negative point is the indication that parking in Palma is very difficult and this is true for downtown parking on the streets. However, Palma also offers many car parks dotted around the outskirts of the centre which are only minutes walk from the sights and sounds of a beautiful city. You are charged by the hour for parking, but with a stated maximum price of which you will pay. Prices are very reasonable compared to most UK city centre car parks.
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on 18 August 2001
Rough guides have never failed me before and I wasnt dissapointed with this one. Quite well researched and put together in a logical manner. Would reccomend it to any one planning to visit Mallorca.
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on 7 April 2014
Like all guides only as useful as you make it.

I already knew the island somewhat so did not use it much.

Nevertheless worth buying if a first time visit, But some needs to understand that life there moves on.......
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on 6 April 2013
the book is good and covers everything and it also includes a map and i would use them again in the future
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on 8 July 2015
Just what I needed.
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