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Lonely Planet Sardinia - spot on!
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.