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Barcelona: The Rough Guide Paperback – 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd.; 3rd edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858282217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858282213
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,282,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
When I went to Barcelona recently I relied heavily on this guide book and found it very useful for my purposes. I found it very well laid out and much easier to plan my time with than the Lonely Planet guide. It was also good on background information (history, architecture etc) and practical information such as restaraunts, getting around the city etc.
The only drawback with this book was that there were fewer pictures than some other guides but personally I didn't find this an important omission.
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By A Customer on 22 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
Having used the rough guides religiously in the past to navigate and orientate my way around many cities, I found the Rough guide to Barcelona dissapointing. Not only did the layout seem confusing, but some information seemed to be out of date, leading to the conclusion that a revised edition is required. This has to be the first Rough Guide that has let me down, especially after the elation on previous holidays at having used the guide to find the most wonderful places and restaurants that otherwise I would never have found. All this guide requires is some reorganisation to obtain the archetypal straightforward layout of a rough guide and some updates on tourist and restaurant information, to bring it in line with its other publications. Come on Barcelona you are letting the side down !
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Format: Paperback
There wasn't much missing here (no reference to the evening Moon Express tourist train, but I'm hard pushed to think of any other omissions); the guide helped me get the best out of a brief stay in the city. Very good on transport and sights to see,and maps were clear and easy to use (esp. colour maps at the back) Index also a plus. One of the best informed and readable travel guides I've used; I'd certainly choose a Rough Guide over others after using this one. Tip: the Pedrera is unmissable, and don't eat in El Rey de la Gamba - at least not if you want to avoid food poisoning.
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By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
Don't get this if you are off for a city break or similar. It is written in a very dry style and would benefit greatly from some more headings. The maps are over detailed and too small to be of value. I bought it on the strength of the Los Angeles Times review and have definitely regreted it. Perhaps its one for the pseuds but I'm just a regular traveller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TAKE THIS ONE WITH YOU! 21 April 2001
By Ponymad45 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like most other Rough Guides, I found this very reliable. It is not too heavy to carry round ,even on a night looking for good Tapa Bars! The recommendations in eating out proved invaluable and accurate. They are much easier to follow than the LP guide as the different city areas are conveniently headed up.This enables you to wander around an area and stop off at your leisure sampling tapas. A very agreeable night out. Our favourite bar was El Xampanayet (A Cava Bar). The accomodation recommendation we chose proved good and prices were also as quoted. Time spent browsing the net for accomodation was far less productive than a quick read. The colour maps are an improvementon earlier additions, but you are better with a tourist centre map, not because that in the book is inadequate, but it is easy to have a map which slips into your pocket. The tourist info in the guide is good, the style is easy to read and all the city is covered, including days out from barcelona if you feel so inclined. The section on getting around is useful and includes weekly transport tickets etc. Overall excellent value. If you like pictures your better with Eyewitness, but its much heavier to carry, and in Barcelona you'll be doing lots of walking!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Get the Lonely Planet book instead 13 Feb. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The maps in this book are completely inadequate. Barcelona is a big complicated city and needs more than Powerpoint-style graphics that pass for maps. Reading a flimsy Spanish map from the tourist office was better. Pictures... virtually non-existent. Construction of book absolutely pales in comparison to a Lonely Planet book. Poor layout. I do not work for Lonely Planet!
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