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Lonely Planet Sardinia (Travel Guide)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2012
Like the person who commented on mariek's review, I too have experience of Sardinia from living here and I too think the guide is spot-on. Other Sardinia travel guidebooks tell you need a guide-person to accompany you to the Gorroppu gorge. The authors of this guide, on the other hand, actually describe accurately two not-difficult walks to this beautiful place, which is #2/15 of their Must See places. The book gives a lot of emphasis to the outdoor activities (inland as well as along the beautiful coasts) for which the island is increasingly being discovered, while covering as well the "glitzy" Costa Smeralda and the beaches and coast for which Sardinia is best known. But I found the best insights into Sardinia in the last pages: recent history, local life... Or this is the first guide I've seen which actually explains the origin of the term "Sardonic grin" - facial paralysis after eating Hemlock. In olden days, old folk who were a burden on society were thrown to their deaths off cliffs, after being stupefied with Hemlock. So I think this guide manages well in a slim volume to give you the necessary infos on where to stay, how to get here etc but also gives you a really good insight into the island.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2012
Hoprless. Worst lonely planet I've bought and I've stuck with LP for years. Maps are non existent. Accomodation listings are terrible and too few. Book does not flow and doesn't take a simple, pragmatic layout. Too Many "see page xx" and you end up flicking all over the place instead of page by page. I wanted a one stop shop. Should have bought a route map and printed out ideas from wiki travel. Poor effort lonely planet. What happened?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2012
The book seem to have only a handful of useful info (such an overview of the island), but all together I found that lodging info, restaurant info, activities info was quite limited and not that very helpful.
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on 14 November 2012
As seasoned travellers and trusting Lonely Planet, we relied on this guide for a recent visit to Sardinia. It led us completely astray and proved to be unreliable, badly organised, with in some cases bizarre recommendations of places to stay and significant inaccuracies. I would advise anyone to look for a better guide. Hopefully Lonely Planet will also reconsider this new design, which highlights trivia, hides important information in different sections that truly belong together, and crucially, leaves out the maps required! Altogether, a bad buy
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on 21 November 2012
We used this Lonely Planet guide on a recent trip to Sardinia and really loved some of the suggestions for longer walks in the hills and hidden beaches, which we wouldn't have found otherwise. The way accommodation is given separately is a bit confusing, but it is OK when you get the hang of it. Overall we had a great time at some of the agriturismos and restaurants recommended. The tips were helpful on what can be a pretty expensive island.
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on 25 June 2014
Sardinia is a magical place with a surprising amount of things to see and do besides sitting on a beach all of which we saw were excellent. The island cuisine is very good and not the usual Italian fare. Really quite unique. There is a good range of accommodation at far prices. We had a wonderful holiday made so by this guide. We never had a bum steer using it. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 24 January 2013
There are others to choose from that will give a far less opinionated version of the country in question. Whats happened to the balanced honest approach as well as choice. Book was a waste of money and new layout too fiddly. The old style was much better. This will be my last LP purchase.
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on 23 April 2012
I found this book very helpful and would recommend it to anyone travelling to Sardinia. Recommendations of particular restaurants should be taken with a pinch of salt though, because they don't always match up to expectations.
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on 12 August 2013
We took this on our trip and were reading it every night to plan the next day's activities! Excellent source of information that you will not find on your own. Definitely recommended!
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on 12 November 2012
It is rather extensive for a small island but the island lot's of other stuff that are not included in the guide. I could use more informatino on restaurants and beaches.
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