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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Cyprus Flexibound – 2 Jul 2012
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This book is comprised of:
* Introducing Cyprus (incl history), 30 pp (i.e. of a suitable size to be read on the flight over)
* Cyprus Region by Region (West, South, Troodos Mountains, Central, South Nicosia, North), 120 pp
* Travellers' Needs (mostly hotels and restaurants), 34 pp
* Survival Guide (practical info and good index), 28 pp
This is more illustrated than conventional guidebooks such as Lonely Planet. With those guidebooks, when you arrive at a major sight, you have to read or reread an essay of say five hundred words, and at the end may still be confused as to where exactly things are. DK's brilliant innovation is that instead they provide a labelled diagram, a bit like an aerial photograph, that orients you immediately and shows you where to go for the most interesting items. Of course this takes a lot of space so it's only done for major attractions – Kato Paphos, Kourion, Limassol Castle, Kykkos monastery, Salamis, and Kyrenia Castle.
Another DK innovation is the illustrated diagrams of sightseeing walks, which make it much easier to locate the places of interest, and much harder to get lost, than with other guidebooks. Unfortunately in the Cyprus guidebook there is only one recommended walk, in South Nicosia.
The bottom line is this. If you want to spend your time at the poolside, then that is fine but this guide (or any guide) is useless to you. If you want to get out and see the place, without spending a lot of time reading, then this book is ideal.
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