Cyprus (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 27 Jun 2002
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Highly recommended, sound on hotels and restaurants, with a good eye for detail and crisp political insights. -- The Observer, London, UK
The best guidebook. -- The Times, London, UK --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
Book has been updated, late 1998. I show Cyprus as it is.
Rough Guide Cyprus was thorougly updated in 1998, with the current edition out mid-1999. Sarcasm there is not, dry humour however you will find in abundance. Moreover, I do not shrink from describing some of the less savoury aspects of tourism on Cyprus, as is the Rough Guide habit. There is no other guide which even-handedly addresses the awkward division of the island. I take pride in the fact that many diplomats, journalists, businessmen, etc use my guide as a reference as well as a travel guide. I have in fact read most of the background books recommended in the book list cover to cover. On the ground, the book is pitched primarily at folks on a one-to-three week package with a car the most popular and sensible strategy for visiting either side of Cyprus. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In addition to what you would expect from a tour guide the book also provides a wealth of political background and context to the sites and atitudes you will encounter while visiting Cyprus (Cyprus does after all have a very colourful recent past). These sections are generally very well writen and make compulsive reading if you're stuck on a bus or your other half makes you lie by the pool for a day.
As is the case with the other rough guides I've used, the policy seems to be tell it like it is. Don't go crazy about what is good and give a straight (sometimes worst case) account of what is bad/risks. It's a matter of personal choice whether this style suits you or not. Personally I find it very usefull. If I want a thesaurus like collection of superlatives I can look at the holiday brochures or the local tourist office stuff.
One small complaint about the book is with some of the editing. I suspect that they were in a bit of a rush to get it to print before the end of the summer 2002 season. There are a couple of spollink mistooks in there still (not the end of the world), once or twice cross references were not correct and the omission of the wreck of the Zenobia from the book can only have been a tragic editing error. Not serious as its not a wreck for beginners and experienced divers will already know of it, but as one of the best wreck dives in the world, it does deserve a mention.
Mr Dubin's Rough Guide to Cyprus is very different. In fact there are very few pictures and it is printed on decidedly unglossy newsprint. Yet is filled with fascinating and useful information, from where to stay and where to eat if you are an independent traveller to de-coding the mish-mash of archaeological ruins of places like Kourion and Kato Paphos. One of the strangest things I came across after flicking through the book while travelling in the west of the island was the artists' colony in the village of Lempa. Here there were not only lots of artists studios to visit, but the 'Great Wall of Lempa', a huge sculpture-wall full of sculpted elephants, gorillas and blue abstract things with eyes. I did not have found this in any other guide but it was a very enjoyable moment in my trip.
Dubin doesn't skirt around the uncomfortable facts about Cyprus either, such as the ongoing trouble with Turkey and the mistakes of some tourist development on the coast. In fact I used the guide to get away from the worst 'costa-brava' like developments, up into the beautiful and almost deserted mountains. All I can say is thank-you Mr Dubin for showing me a little of the real Cyprus.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fair price for a book that was in perfect condition, but a few years out of date. (My fault for not checking for later editions I guess.
Very prompt service so no complaints.
What a great investment. The book was our constant guide while preparing the trip and then exploring the Northern part of the island. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2002