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  • Paperback: 936 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; Fol Pap/Ma edition (12 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612386733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612386737
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 11.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (RickSteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 80 at Europe Through the Back Door--in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle--Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.

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It is a Rick Steve's travel book; enuff said? I use Rick Steves' books for a good number of trips to Europe and they are always detailed, full of short cuts/tricks to save time; all things considered, extremely helpful and frequently the only book I use for each trip. This Rick Steves book for Spain is no different. I should add however that for hotels and restaurants, I use tripadvisor more these days. For restaurants, I also rely on hotel concierge for recommendation of authentic local food, and that has often times turned out to be the best choice. At any rate, this book was ordered for dear son who took a one week trip to Barcelona with his friends while studying at Univ. College of London. Armed with this book, he of course became the group's chief tour guide :-). He and his friends were able to see all major Barcelona sites, had great, great, food, and appeared to have had the "trip of a lifetime." Ahh.... it's good to be young.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Must Have Travel Accessory 18 Dec. 2013
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I would rate Rick Steves Travel Books 5 stars for the paperback versions and 4 stars for the Kindle versions. The maps in the Kindle versions are not "zoomable" and that is a significant shortcoming, especially for us more senior travelers. If you have watched Rick's TV shows or used his books for any trip you probably already know if you agree with his travel philosophy or not. I have used the books to plan trips to Turkey, Greece, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Ireland, Scotland and Britain and I've never been disappointed. Especially valuable are the sections on connections. I make most of my trips using public transportation and with a combination of the book sections and Rick Steves website I can put together a travel plan that works well. You'll know when to substitute buses for trains, which stations to stop or change trains, all the essentials. I have also found his hotel recommendations to be excellent. Tips provided on how to save money and time for museums and attractions are invaluable. I wouldn't plan a trip without buying one of his travel guides.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Disappointeed in the Spain/Portugal books. 1 July 2014
By Valerie Ames - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There was no information on the cities on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea such as Valencia, Malaga, Cazdiz, etc. We were on a Cruise ship and had no way of ascertaining what we should see in these port cities. Also I do not think Rick mentioned that American Express is accepted in only a few places (hotel, restaurants, shops, tec.) in Spain while stating that Portuguese merchants preferred cash to credit cards and we found it to be the opposite - Portugal readily accepted even American Express.

Valerie Ames
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not a comprehensive guidebook. 27 July 2014
By Adam Knowles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a thousand pages long yet still has nothing to say about large portions of the country and significant cities, including all of Aragon and the city of Valencia. If you only want to go where Rick Steves thinks you should go, this book will serve you well. Otherwise, skip it.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
boring and hard to use 12 April 2014
By Robert T. Nicholson - Published on Amazon.com
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When I plan a major trip, I usually buy several guidebooks to get different perspectives. Rick Steves' books seem to be very hot right now, because of his TV show, so I bought this guide. I was very disappointed. For the most part, the book is a sea of text.

The major travel guides have been doing this for decades, and they mostly get it right. Fodors, Frommers, Lonely Planet... make good use of sidebars, breakout sections, highlights, photos, etc to organize the information, and make it interesting and easy to navigate. In addition, they have more usable info, such as train routes and ticket ordering info.

Of the three travel guides to Spain I bought, this one is the least useful by far.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good for Planning Purposes 22 Feb. 2014
By E. Rich - Published on Amazon.com
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Our trip is for May 2014 so we are still in the planning stages. I think Rick Steves does a good job of describing the different parts of Spain and giving ideas for itineraries. There is information about how to get around that we found helpful (we are going to take a night train for part of the trip--an idea from Rick that we think will work well). I was able to get excited about the trip from his descriptions. I do think that Rick caters a bit to the budget traveler though and doesn't always give enough of a balanced review for those of us who want a bit of luxury during our travels. I haven't really explored the restaurant sections, but it seems that he likes to help travelers find the hole in the wall local joint that serves great food--which we LOVE, but we also like to eat at a Michelin star restaurant one night too and Rick doesn't seem to be a foodie in that respect. Great maps including ones that detail travel times. Good tips on avoiding crowds and lines. No coverage of Valencia--which I found odd, given that the other book we bought (Fodor's 2014) did cover it. Worth buying in combination with another travel book unless you are solely a budget traveler and don't want to go to Valencia!
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