We based our holiday in 2003 to the Catalan area of Spain around the Rough Guide to the Costa Brava, and we weren't disappointed. We chose our hotel from their recommendations (Diana in Tossa - highly recommended) and made our restaurant selections based on the ratings etc in the book. This meant we found places we wouldn't otherwise have found, and we'd definitely have missed out. The maps are a little small though - and more pictures would be nice, but on the whole a very honest and well written book. This area of spain is definitely worth a visit, and with the rough guide in your pocket you manage to bypass all the naff tourist traps and see the real place.