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I have a large number of these travel guides. What I like about them is their format - each book gives an overview (rather than lots of detail). It provides a summary of what is on offer. Inside is not just the obvious i.e. the Top 10 sights to see. Also you get things like the Top 10 museums & galleries, Top 10 markets, Top 10 Arts & Crafts, Top 10 events etc. - even the Top 10 things to avoid. That makes them very useful, and a unique approach to travel guides. I use them to decide what to do, and then use another book (or a website) to give me more detail if I need that.

This book covers, for example:
 Grand Master's Palace, Valletta
 Magar Qim & Mnajdra Temples
 Marsaxlokk
 The Citadel, Ir-Rabat/Victoria, Gozo
 Dwerjra, Gozo
 Comino
 Top 10 Moments in History
 Top 10 Temples & Ancient Sites
 Top 10 Grand Masters
 Top 10 Churches & Cathedrals
 Top 10 Museums & Arts Centres
 Top 10 Areas of Natural Beauty
 Top 10 Walks & Drives
 Top 10 Beaches & Resorts
 Top 10 Outdoor Activities
 Top 10 Children's Activities
 Top 10 Restaurants
(This is some, not all)

The book in its physical format is small - just small enough to fit inside a DL envelope (i.e. the standard white envelope, designed to accept a sheet of A4 paper folded twice). It is actually a few centimetres shorter than a DL envelope. This compact size makes it easy to fit into your pocket.

This book can't provide detail - it can provide `the big picture'. I now normally take two travel guides with me - a DK Top 10 one like this and a detailed travel guide, to get the best of both worlds. If you just have a detailed travel guide, you can miss out on things that you wish you had visited.

On a separate issue, I originally bought my Top 10 books in the Kindle format (because I am a Kindle lover) and to my surprise found the Kindle format terribly irritating. It taught me that when using a travel guide, you want to be able to flick quickly through it and jump around easily - that's SO much easier with a physical book. In addition, you want it to be in colour - you can cure that by taking your iPad with you but an iPad is bigger and heavier than this book in its paperback version. You can get round that if you have an iPad mini or a large screen smartphone (neither of which I had when I bought this) but you are still left with the problem of being unable to flick around the book quickly. Travel guides just don't work well in the Kindle format, in my opinion.

You may feel otherwise but that is how I feel. I found the relative awkwardness in flicking around the Kindle book a major handicap. And this is despite the fact that I buy most of my books in Kindle format.

The beauty of these books is that they give you an overview, which means that you end up doing things that you would not have done otherwise.
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on 20 July 2013
great book, informative, insightful and easy to navigate - excellent, as are all the DK eyewitness guides ( I've got about twenty in the series already! )
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on 16 September 2013
Just what is required for a good sightseeing holiday. So much so that our neighbours are using it before us!
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on 8 July 2014
An excellent book which guided me to things I hadn't seen on my previous four visits! Well worth the money.
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on 15 September 2013
Perhaps not up to the high standards of other DK books in that this is the Top 10 things about Malta. OK, that's what the title says so it is not purporting to be something it isn't but I prefer the street view with buildings type of DK book.
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