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The Rough Guide to Spain
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2001
This is a good, thorough guide, full of helpful details on all aspects of travel in Spain. The information in the previous edition seems to have been conscientiously updated, and there are a number of new entries. The contexts section is particularly strong; the historical background is well written (and up to date), and the discography is excellent. The Rough Guide is also good on the less fashionable areas of Spain and covers places not mentioned in some other popular guides. The language sections are sensible, and should prove very useful to those with a limited knowledge of Spanish.
The Guide suffers, however, from one glaring and baffling omission - there is nothing at all on the Canary Islands. I hope that Rough Guides correct this omission next time around!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2001
I found this easily the best Guide book to Spain out of the three I've used (Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Eye Witness). While short on photos, it was the best for providing information about what their was to actually see in each region and city in a digestible form and proved the most useful in planning my trip to Spain. I found the hotel/hostel/restaraunt recommendations pretty useful in general.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This 942-page book is an interesting and readable (the two are not always found together) guide to the United Kingdom of Spain (read the history section). Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a (literally) rough guide in terms of comparative paper finishes, but well-designed and presented, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allowed. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.

The Contents are
P004: Introduction
P026: Basics (travel, accommodation, touristy stuff)
P058: The Guide (the regions, and what is in them)
P890: Contexts (history and articles)
P931: Index
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2015
Maybe this book is written for Australians, but most of the maps seem to be arbitrarily orientated, with North anywhere but at the top of the page. This makes it very difficult to get your bearings when comparing it to sane maps that actually put North at the top.

In fact, the maps are difficult to use - there's a key with accommodation and restaurants highlighted, but the actual landmarks - the things mentioned in the text that you might actually want to visit - are just labelled directly on the map. So you have to continually play "Where's Wally" trying to find them.

The book is also surprisingly lacking in useful information. Take the section on Seville. It's dominated by pages and pages of 'tour guide' style content about the 2 or 3 main landmarks which is pretty much pointless since this is exactly the sort of thing that is a) useless unless you're actually in the landmark, and b) normally written on a sign in the room anyway. Once you remove all of this junk, there's only minimal information.

The sections within the chapters appear to be arranged arbitrarily. The index page at the start of each chapter, instead of having towns/cities listed alphabetically is just an unsorted jumble.

I could go on...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2001
The Rough Guide aims to tell you the thruth about the places you wish to visit. Very informative, including all up to date information obtained on the various locations, the Rough Guide also includes tips not only on how to go about your visits, where from and for how much, but also the normally insignificant information of other guides, such as the renovations that are taking place, until when. Although in some places opinionated, the authors provide a refreshing insight into places, reagrding their history, reputation, and above all, hidden truth, that may not be included in guided tours in the same place. It is easily referenced, quick and useful to use for immediate information on prices, or travel departures, while at the same time, provides an excellent read while making your way to your destination. A worthwhile book that explores all the places you didn't necesarily know existed, while providing the reviews of the local bars, restaurnats and local entertainment, with the odd vocabulary you may need to acompany it! After living in Spain for four months with another 5 months to go, the book has been a lovely book to refer too, and has very little faults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2015
The recommendations aren't as sound as we are used to in a Rough Guide, despite the purportedly-recent updating. The guide itself is not a bad starting point overall, but don't rely on the specifics around hotels/restaurants/bars.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2001
I recently went to the south of Spain and we brought this guide book. It was a total waste of money. We used the book to find a hotel in Granada, 'well located, up market hotel' only to find the hotel was at the other end of the old city and smelled like a boarding school. We ended up staying in the Alhambra hotel because we couldn't find anywhere else. Then when we arrived at Cordova we went to a recommended arabic restaurant for 'excellent inexpensive food' only to find the place had never served anything but tea - NO FOOD ever. After which we ceased to rely on the book.
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on 5 July 2015
very useful book we always use the rough guides on our travels
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on 19 April 2015
Best guide, great layout, maps, pictures etc
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on 17 June 2015
wouldn't go anywhere without a Rough Guide
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