- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 edition (2 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1858280540
- ISBN-13: 978-1858280547
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.2 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rough Guide Directions Madeira & Porto Santo Paperback – 2 Jun 2008
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About the Author
aMatthew Hancock is author of Rough Guide DIRECTIONS Madeira, Lisbon and The Algarve and co-author of the Rough Guide to Portugal.
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This provided pretty well all we needed for our twin centre, 10 day holiday, although I'd recommend getting a detailed separate road map if you are going to drive outside the capital and a specific guide for any serious walking as the directions given in this compact format are maybe a little too concise for comfort.
Despite the small size, there is a lot of destination specific information for attractions, food and accommodation. The noticeable omissions were very few and no doubt due to pressures on editing down to the necessary word counts for the sections on the island's history, events throughout the year, (a very selective list compared to how much actually goes on), and practical advice, (such as how to use postal services). I would definitely buy another from this series of books and recommend them to anyone who needs a lighweight and clearly laid out compact guide.
We spent 10 euros each on entry into the Royal Botanical gardens in Monte, described as the best in Funchal, and we found the experience really disappointing. Almost all of the plants we saw were ones that you could find along roadsides, paths and walks in Madeira (rhododendrons, hydrangeas, ferns) and lots of trees. There was also an exhibition with African art, a collection of semi-precious stones (quartz etc), and lots of tacky Japanese replica architecture.
We were also not overly impressed with some of the restaurant suggestions, including 'Arsenios'. (Bad bad music, puddings from the 70's, and singing waiters = lots of embarrassed tourists robbed of a good night, and with substantially lighter pockets!)
We didn't like a lot of the suggestions, and if you're not overly into touristy gimicks, then you're probably best off giving this book a miss; follow your nose, buy a good walking map, use your imagination and you won't go wrong!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a >5 yo rough guide some of the detail and prices were dated, but quite adequate for our requirements.Published on 3 Dec. 2013 by Richard J Palmer
Avoid this guide. We're quite easily pleased; however this guide recommended visiting places which in reality are rubbish. This contributed to a disappointing holiday. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2011 by Hemanth