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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Marrakech
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This 128-page book - the May 2014 print edition - is a colourful and informative guide to the attractions of this legendary Moroccan city; for real visitors and armchair travellers alike. It has all the usual features, including excellent maps and articles. There are excellent colour photos breaking up the text columns, so you can see what you are looking for. It is a handy up-to-date guidebook, with all the usual topics a tourist guide provides, as well as chapters on the top ten sites (Jemaa El Fna; The Night Market; Koutoubia Mosque; The Souks; City Walls and Gardens; Saadian Tombs; Medersa Ben Youssef; Badii Palace; Majorelle Gardens; Mamounia Hotel).

Please note that this is a POCKET guide to the HIGHLIGHTS of the area, and not an in-depth study of everything to be found there. For that, you need a full-sized guide.

The Contents include -
P007: Marrakech’s Top 10 (and other touristy stuff to see and do)
P059: Around Town (6 sub-sections)
P060: Jemaa El Fna and the Kasbah
P066: The Souks
P074: The New City
P080: Essaouria
P088: Tizi-n-Test Pass
P094: Tizi-n-Tichka Pass

P101: Streetsmart (practical touristy information); including -
P111: Places to Stay
P118: General Index
P126: Phrase Book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2014
The Top 10 range of books is perfect for any weekend break. I have used them for many European countries and they never fail to deliver. I am sure I will be suitably satisfied with the upcoming trip to Marrakech. The pull out map is always really handy so you don't need to be constantly pulling the guide book out. The pocket size is perfect. The book has lots of pictures which is great to entice you into certain places and makes for a much more enjoyable read. I do not bother reviewing the other guides now when I am going for a weekend break; I just buy these.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2015
I'm a big lonely planet user but thought I'd buy this just to see as they are a lot cheaper. Unfortunately though we were very disappointed. This book was not great. The map is ok but the detail on it was none existent. It even took our host quite a while to find her own home. Then with regards to the top 10, the overview pages were good to read but then things like restaurants were all expensive, touristy locations. Some of which didn't even sell local cuisines.

By the end we only used this to scan and tick off some of the big touristy monuments. The rest we just researched on the Internet and asked the locals for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2014
Eyewitness guides are always beautifully laid out with wonderful graphics. This is no exception. Quite a basic little guide, but for a long weekend in Marrakech probably sufficient. Comes with a laminated map which is quite handy too.,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2014
It's got all the practical information in it but a bit more about the culture, history, etc would have been good because it is worth reading a bit about it before landing and I was not going to buy another book just for that either
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2015
I thought this was a bit naff when I first saw it but it is actually very good for the city and does genuinely cover all that most tourists might need for a short (4day) visit to Marrakech.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2014
Simple, brief and to the point. All you need really for Marrakech and the rest is best to discover yourself. Its that kind of place. Loved it :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2014
I bought this guide as well as Time Out, but it was nowhere near as useful. Stick with Time Out guide and the Rough Guide map
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on 18 March 2015
I purchased this book as we were planning on going to Marrakech this year but sadly our plans have changed. I've awarded this book 5 stars as it is the same excellent quality as the other destination versions I have (all purchased at the same time) and the content looks all up to date and helpful. Once again it comes with the handy pocket sized map that can be kept seperate if you don't want to carry the book around with you all day.
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