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1 of 1 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.

This book covers, for example:
 Palacio Real
 Museo del Prado
 Plaza Mayor
 Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
 El Rastro
 Museo Reina Sofia
 Museo de America
 El Escorial
(This is some, not all)

Top 10 topics include:
 Top 10 Moments in History
 Top 10 Museums & Galleries
 Top 10 Architectural Sights
 Top 10 Spanish Theme Shops
 Top 10 Parks & Gardens
 Top 10 Children's Attractions
 Top 10 Religious & Cultural Fiestas
 Top 10 Entertainment Venues
 Top 10 Nights Out
 Top 10 Spanish Dishes
 Top 10 Bars
 Top 10 Tapas Bars
 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2013
This was my second copy of the guide and found that the updating was excellent. It is a very handy, portable guide and the maps are clearly readable
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2013
Saw more guide books in Madrid than anywhere else and this was one of the most popular ones. Clear and concise descriptions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2013
Excellent purchase! Really useful. Used it on a recent holiday and it ticked all the boxes for what I required from a guidebook. Small and compact with a clear map and full of useful information.
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on 29 June 2013
I have used this top 10 guides before and wasn't disappointed. It is very simple to use and provides clear and concise information without having to necessarily read the whole thing. Maybe not for you if you want a lot of information and history but I would definitely recommend it if you want know where most things are you will possibly need for a short holiday or long weekend. Also the maps provided were perfect and much better than the tourist ones we were given locally.
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on 14 July 2013
This guide seems to do a good job of covering the basics. We used it for a short break and felt that it helped us to visit the key places without missing anything major out. We didn't find any inaccuracies and we didn't come across anything we wanted to know that wasn't at least mentioned.

I'm not sure I'd buy a Kindle edition of a guide book again, though. It was fine for planning but too unwieldy to carry round.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2013
I have a lot of travel guides but I prefer the DK eywitness series. I like the layout and pictures
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on 19 August 2014
Used it for a weekend away in the city and found it very helpful for the sights. Not too big to carry around, fits easily into a handbag, and can easily be brought out over a cup of coffee. Particularly liked their "Ten Best" things to see in the Art Galleries.
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on 21 March 2014
Excellent maps and metro books very useful.top ten very useful.This book was invaluable for our trip and helped us a lot.We refered to it daily .The second pull out metro map was useful if you want to go separate ways and split up.
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on 9 March 2014
This was a fantastic handy guide and we wouldn't have seen so much without it. Definitely worth a purchase and I will be looking out for others when we travel elsewhere. MADRID is worth a visit!
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