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Great guide for planning trips in Portugal
on 17 April 2015
Having travelled with rough guide books in a few cities in the past, it was the obvious choice for Portugal too. Compared to other guides, like the Basque country, Rome and Barcelona in particular, the restaurant and bar recommendations are rather boring and touristic. In most towns it was easier to discover restaurants and bars ourselves, as the recommend ones were often tourist traps and not very nice. Otherwise the guide has nice recommended driving routes, perfect for road trips, and good concise descriptions of most towns and areas of Portugal. The highlights pages at the beginning of each chapter help with planning weekend trips. Regarding maps and picture criticisms by others: the maps are good in my opinion, although I mostly use google maps to find my way around. The pictures on the other hand arw good quality, but some more would be useful sometimes to make decisions weather it is worth visiting certain places.
(+) good summaries of areas
(+) highlight page at each chapter
(+) nice route recommendations
(-) restaurant and bar recommendations not to par with other rough guides
(-) more pictures would be useful
Overall I would recommend the book, but it is not at the same standard as some of the really excellent other rough guides.