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2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, incomplete, biased and boring travel story of only the South Peloponnese, 3 Jun 2010
This review is from: Greece: The Peloponnese (Bradt Travel Guides) (Paperback)
I had purchased the excellent Bradt guide to Serbia but this guide is a great disappointment to me. Despite its fair coverage of some of the major tourist spots and perhaps Mani, most of the books chapters do not seem to be based on recent and accurate fieldwork. I suppose this is a reprint of previous editions as it lacks vital information on the North and West of the Peloponnese and is instead focusing mainly on Argolida and Mani. The North of the peninsula as well as its mountainous hinterland are virtually absent from the guide and I seriously doubt the writer has visited mountainous Achaia and Korinthia. In the case of Patra the writer informs us that the old Archaelogical Museum is indefinitely closed despite the opening in July 2009 of one of Greece's biggest museums in the city's north entrance. He has not updated the old text there apart from his reference to the Rio-Antirio bridge. I would not buy this guide as it is weak on its coverage of natural parks as well as the ancient sites. The Oxford archaelogical guide to Greece provides a much better commentary given that most of the sites are on the Peloponnese. This Bradt guide is of some use if you intend to stick to the tourist spots but if you wish to tour the entire peninsula then the Cadogan guide to the Peloponnese and Athens is far more up to date and complete. However the most comprehensive guide to the Peloponnese (although a bit old) is "Unexplored Peloponnese" by Road Editions.
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Initial post: 6 Mar 2011 14:46:14 GMT
Kathy 2shoes says:
I had already bought this book before I read George Williams review. I found it excellent when I toured the Peloponnese last October. As soon as books are published they are out of date - wasn't it written in 2008-2009 so therefore the Museum in Patras was not open when it was written - these kind of errors are to be expected!! Soon we will have the chance to read guides direct from the internet which are updated daily so these problems will be a thing of the past. Until then Andy Bostock's guide is one to have with you when you visit the Peloponnese - happy exploring!!
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