- Flexibound: 176 pages
- Publisher: DK Eyewitness Travel; 3rd Revised edition edition (6 Feb. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751348058
- ISBN-13: 978-0751348057
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 21.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,749,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Barcelona and Catalonia (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide) Flexibound – 6 Feb 2003
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No other guide whets your appetite quite like this one (The Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Flexibound edition.
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On the upside it covered most of the main attractions, and its attempts to give the reader an informed view of what to see from more than the average tourist perspective are commendable. Its also not too big, and has some good history and useful contextual information.
Overall I think its on the right lines, but could be improved significantly. I would guess that there are better alternatives out there.
I would like to counter the complaints of some reviewers that there was not a map of the drive from the airport to the city. If you are renting a car, get that information from the rental agency. But more importantly, if you are planning to drive anywhere in Europe, use a GPS. No map inside a guidebook will save you from getting hopelessly confused on the roads -- they are not intended to serve as road maps.
I would add that we never take the accommodation recommendations in guidebooks -- we use tripadvisor for hotels, and usually find apartments to rent on our own.
The restaurant recommendations were actually good, but we also peruse internet sites, newspaper articles and such for restaurant and café recommendations. We also like the restaurant recommendations in the Guide Routard (the French know food!), and so sometimes purchase it as well.
The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to Barcelona and Catalonia though, is the single best guide there is -- don't leave home without it.
In comparison with other city guides, the clarity of the maps and attractive photographs are particular strong points. The only drawback was the absence of price information for the entry to museums and other tourist attractions. Overall a good buy which served us well.
Leave it at home to enjoy on your return and buy a book with better info for travellers (the real hub of the Book doesn't even start till p.50 "Introducing Barcelona").
The book doesn't take away that slightly lost feeling you have when travelling - enjoyable when you are alone / in a couple, but not really as a family.
The information we needed (I will assume most people new to a place do too) didn't seem to be in this book e.g. useful insights to help you out - I will give you one as an e.g.
There are 4 pages dedicated to the Sagrada Familia in the book. A tiny panel is all the info about getting there. When we arrived there was a huge queue - but none at the "Tickets Online" counter.
With 2 children we couldn't stand in the queue - and on a different day we booked our entry tickets from a computer and walked straight in.
This guide book could have provided us this as a tip and saved a half a day carrying the kids up and down stairs etc on the underground (metro).
Tips like these should abound in a good guide book.
Incidentally, another top tip - if you get the train from the airport to Barcelona I think a station is actually signed "Barcelona Sants" on the platform and "Sants Estacio" on the Metro map.
I might be wrong about this but I missed our stop because it didn't have the station name I was expecting and this is how I think I did it, and hope you don't make the same mistake.
Lots of other problems with the book - e.g.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The dk eyewitness series of travel books are very informative come with a fold up map at the back. They have a hotel and restaurant review guide with price ratingsPublished 16 months ago by Stephen
Extremely useful and informative when travelling through this area with all of DK's usual attention to detail.Published 22 months ago by Christine Bowden
Needed a guide,and this was available. Arrived quickly but not sure it is the best guide on the planet. Saved looking around too much by going with DK. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2013 by Kazzer
This company makes so good guide books. Theres only one other copany thats as good and that is Marco polo. But DK Guides are my favourite i have many other guide books from DK. Read morePublished on 26 May 2013 by Margarete Moser
love books of dk so much. can rely on a lot in several countries, types. well done. superb. thank youPublished on 20 Jan. 2013 by V. P. ranson
Another great guide from DK. This will help us gain background information on the City prior to going there to set up a Hunt for Treasure event for our clients. Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2012 by hunt for treasure
I buy a DK guide for everywhere we visit, and this one's poor compared to the many others I have. Doesn't really describe Barcelona well at all, and the "updated yearly" statement... Read morePublished on 29 May 2012 by Mr. I. Jeffray