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  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 7 edition (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405389907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405389907
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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Mark Ellingham wrote the first Rough Guide - to Greece - in 1981. He followed that with The Rough Guide to Spain the following year and has spent time in Andalucia most years since then. Geoff Garvey has been captivated by Andalucia since his first visit as a student in the early 1970's. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2009
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Working on the recommendations on an Amazon list, I bought this to take along on a trip to Andalucia last week. It's a weighty tome that, following some basic travel information about the area, is divided into four sections dealing with geographical regions centred on Malaga, Seville, Cordoba and Granada. There's also some helpful background, including a comprehensive history of Spain, a description of flamenco, and a survey of books about several aspects of the country which looks complete (at least, I couldn't think of anything that had been missed) and is healthily opinionated.

In a book like this, it can be difficult to get the amount of information right - too little, and the reader remains lost, too much, and they're overwhelmed. Besides the introductory and background material, I read the sections for the towns we were visiting (Mijas, Ronda, Seville, Cordoba and Granada) and thought that the balance the authors had struck was exactly right. There are helpful overviews that emphasise the sights and buildings that mustn't be missed, along with pointers to sections that allow the reader to drill down, providing just the right amount of extra information about the history, layout and importance of what they're looking at. I paid less attention to the sections on accomodation and restaurants, but the parts I looked at appeared to be complete and accurate. This didn't leave my side for the whole of our visit, and I'd strongly recommend it to anyone touring this region.
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148 of 151 people found the following review helpful By TonyBishop on 19 Aug. 2006
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First, I have a confession to make. I live in the region and have co-written a walking guidebook about it. (Tony Bishop & Eva Bratek: "Walking in the Ronda Mountains"). When it comes to the thorny question of "Andalusia" (anglicized spelling) or "Andalucía" (Spanish spelling), it is very tricky in this age of the internet. Basically it boils down to which you think Googles best because both spellings are correct. Both I and the publisher of this guidebook have settled on the Spanish spelling.

Unfortunately when a reader reads through the Amazon reviews section, they can never know which edition they are reading about if there is more than one. That is unless the author points it out. That is particularly relevant to such a guidebook as this one. Some of the other reviews clearly refer to much earlier editions because of the date they were written. Maybe Amazon needs to re-examine this aspect.

And yet guidebooks change, sometimes drastically, especially if they are good guidebooks. The Rough Guide to Andalucía is a very good guidebook.

On the spine of the print edition there is the note "New Design". Indeed the design is a great improvement on previous editions. There are more and better photos, and an excellent use of colour coding along the edges of the pages for each of the eight provinces, even though six of those provinces are in fact paired together. Only Málaga and Cádiz provinces merit their own chapters. I can see why relatively small Almería was paired with Granada province. However, I would have thought that there was plenty to be visited in Seville, Córdoba, Huelva and Jaén provinces for them to deserve a chapter to themselves apart from their wonderful provincial capitals.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S Lawrie on 11 July 2013
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Enjoyed this guide, and it was much better than other guides we looked at however...

- Some details annoying inaccurate. Although we bought the most up to date version opening times of museums, restaurants etc were probably 60% inaccurate. This led to some pretty annoying instances where we totally missed one museum because we were only in that location for a short period. Now this may be because of the Spanish habit of changing their minds and there is a disclaimer to this effect in the book but if you really want to go somewhere, double check this information on the web before you go.

- Some of the layout choices make it difficult to cross reference. For example, the hotels map is on one page but there is another section and map for restaurants. This means there is a lot of too-ing and fro-ing and it can get a bit tedious.

- maps are either too small to be useful (pretty sure I strained my eyes trying to read the road names) or don't have all the road names on them in the city centre which can lead to quite a lot of confusion.

All that considered though this book allowed us to stray off the well trodden tourist path and have some adventures and we still felt safe. Can highly recommend trying the convents in Seville for some 'nun buns', straying south of the river in Seville for some non tourist flamenco or heading into the hill towns outside Jerez. Just remember to double check they are all open first ...
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Dec. 2000
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I used this guide during a recent trip to Andalucia and chose it for the same reason as Sam (see other review). I found it an extremely useful guide for planning an itinerary, and I did not happen upon any major inaccuracies. I guess if you're the kind of person who gets worked up about having to 'waste' an afternoon in Granada (sounds like heaven), or taking a wrong turning on a walk, then you're probably going to be quite hard to please. I took numerous wrong turns and wasted time in some fabulous places, I recommend you buy this book and do the same.
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