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The Rough Guide to the Pyrenees - 5th Edition [Paperback]

Marc Dubin
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29 July 2004 Rough Guide to the Pyrenees
The Rough Guide to the Pyrenees is the only guidebook available to the entire region, covering both the French and Spanish sides of this spectacular region, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. A full-colour section introduces the author's pick of the attractions, from relaxing in the picturesque spa towns to watching the Tour de France wind up the mountains. There are detailed listings of the best places to eat, drink and stay, from boutique hotels in Biarritz to the most remote mountain refuges. For the outdoor enthusiast there are exhaustive accounts of the walking and climbing routes available and information on the host of other activities available, including skiing, paragliding, rafting, cycling and horse riding. There is also expansive coverage of all the cultural highlights including the prehistoric cave art at Ariege and an accesible history of the region from prehistory to the current day.

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd; 5th Revised edition edition (29 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843531968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843531968
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Setting the standard ... Dubin's guide is jam-packed with detail ... The Travel Online International herald Tribune "A cornucopia of advice on how to make the Web work for you."

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Marc Dubin first visited the Pyrenees on 1986 -- and thigh deep in snow melt, discovered why most facilities are closed in May. Since then he has returned on numerous occasions and has become hooked on the regions' attractions - from the cuisine to the wildlife.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for Pyrenees virgins planning a trek 12 Jan 2006
I'm planning to walk over the Pyrenees from Catalonia to the Midi this summer, and was looking for a good resource to give me a well-informed idea of possible starting points, finishes, distances and the natural obstacles involved.
Although the Rough Guide was slagged off somewhat by previous reviewers for being a) too big to be properly useful as a hiking guide, and b) too useful specifically for hikers (there's no pleasing some people!), I'm glad to say that it's perfect for me - I'm not going to take it on the trip, but I'll be siphoning every little bit of information from it while planning.
And there's a lot of information. For instance, all the telephone numbers for refuges are there - indispensable if you're planning to use them, because you have to book ahead of time.
The guide is divided into chapters according to the valleys specific region of the Pyrenees - this allows you to get straight to only those parts which you're going to walk or visit. And like all Rough Guides, the general knowledge (history, wildlife, etc.) sections really add some colour to the subject.
In summary, I am definitely going to take the Trailblazer "Trekking in the Pyrenees" book with me - it's lighter, smaller, more specific and seems comprehensive - but this Rough Guide was an invaluable starting point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 29 Aug 2007
By M. Ganz - Published on
I did a trip to the Pyrenees a year ago (hiking and traveling) , and this book helped me a lot (both in and out of the hikes).
Very useful, informative & accurate and quite essential to my opinion.
I used it together with Trekking in the Pyrenees, 3rd: France & Spain Trekking Guides (Trailblazer)
and I find them both to complete each other.

I just saw that it has a new 6th edition, so maybe that's a bit better, but never the less I highly recommend on it.
2.0 out of 5 stars Pyranees, really, it seems like a "find a hotel booklet" 20 Feb 2013
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I guess I was expecting too much. I was hoping for a historical overview, a general lesson on the entire range of mountains and a helpful guide in getting to know Spain and the French sides of this magnificent mountain range. Instead, I found snippets of those things and a lot of verbiage regarding places to stay and eat. Not a bad thing, but not the general learning experience I had hoped for. Of course I am seeking a book that would be hard to write and if it exists I wish someone would tell me about it. My trip there is planned for later in 2013. Any helpful hints would be welcome.
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