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Zakynthos: Complete Guide with Walks Paperback – 15 Aug 2009

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  • Paperback: 2184 pages
  • Publisher: Sunflower Books; 2 edition (15 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856913724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856913720
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.1 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 898,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Radu Popescu on 15 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I had high expectations from this book since I saw it on amazon.co.uk and although I had the impression that it will not fulfil them, I was not disappointed by it.

I searched everywhere. On the Internet, in libraries, in every bookstore that I could find, but although I found a lot of general guides on the Greek islands, they could only provide a small description of the island and the all known tourist attractions - water park, navaggio, carreta turtles, etc. Having the experience of Paris, when doing some walking tours in the old town was the best part of out trip, we searched for the same thing for Zakynthos, but weren't really finding anything. When this book opened its pages to us, it was all we are looking for, and even more.

I think one of the best things about the book is that the author, Gail Schofield lives there and knows the surrounding and also that she was a zoology student, so has insights on all the plants and animals that live on the island. A book on culture and architecture is a marvel in large cities, but on islands as Zakynthos, where the main attraction is it's savageness, you need to know everything about the environment, beaches and life in general.

I skimmed the book preparing for our trip to Zakynthos this summer, and I found interesting the fact that it has hand drawn maps of every walking tour, a thing that I haven't encountered that frequently in travel books. The illustrations of plants and animals are also high quality but the best part of the book is the folding map at the end which is by far the most complete map I have found to date.
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We got this guide book specifically because I wanted to get off the beaten track and see parts of Zakynthos that we otherwise wouldn't see on a first visit. And the book did not disappoint. There was a lot of useful information throughout, and I particularly enjoyed finding the natural bitumen pools (I'd never realised such a thing existed beforehand!) at Lake Keri.

On the downside, some of the walking instructions are a bit vague, and I imagine it could be quite frustrating if you were really keen to do all the walks. The couple I did were clear enough that the instructions in the book were quite sufficient for my needs.

On the upside, the little 3D sketch maps that accompany each walk, and the very detailed fold-out map at the back of the book, are worth the cover price on their own.

A very helpful guidebook, which I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who wants to get away from the main tourist trail.
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I used this book throughout my week in Zakynthos. Even though I didn't follow the drives exactly it was interesting to read about the towns that we chose to go to. I found the restaurant recommendations particularly useful and ended up having two of the best nights of the holiday in a Taverna that was only down the road but I would never have ventured into without this book. The maps were easy to use and helped us explore Zante town ourselves and I also liked the descriptions of the many many beaches on the south peninsula of Vasilikos. All in all I fouind this book an invaluable guide for someone who likes to make informed decisions themselves rather than have every last detail prescribed for them. I found myself regularly thumbing through the book as we went on various road trips.
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Wanted this guide as we are going on holiday there this summer and found the book to be very informative and will be very useful
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Aug. 2010
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Have just bought this guide book for an impending holiday to Zakynthos. It seems to have all the information you could want, especially if you plan to walk a lot. I will be hiring a car whilst there and the book includes car tours, which no doubt I will make use of.

The book has just been recommended on a Zante website forum and other people have been buying it due to the recommendaion and been very pleased with it.
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