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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Barcelona Paperback – 3 Feb 2014

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DK Eyewitness Travel (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409326276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409326274
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.6 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thank goodness for Top 10 guides! (Mail on Sunday)


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I bought this guide expecting the same clarity and ease of use I so much appreciate in the dozens of "old-fashioned" (larger-format) DK Eywitness Travel Guides I've been using for years. But the Top 10-format is too superficial to be of any practical use, it's more like a menu of things to do which then you have to research in more detail elsewhere. And it's a very confusing menu, too, as themes are bundled together according to "interests" rather then their own logic or geographical proximity. So despite the small format, there is lot of repetition and navigating the book is a nightmare. This "guide" stayed left behind in the hotel room throughout our lovely week in Barcelona.
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I bought this for an upcoming short break to Barcelona. It covers the main things to see, with a useful map that enables you to get around the city. This guide is not expensive for the information that it gives you. Worth the money, I usually buy DK Eyewitness guides and am always pleased with them.
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Used it extensively. With only a 4 day stay it was ideal for sorting out the main attractions. Gives good tips on costs and tourist tickets that save money. Restaurant choices seem to be mainly on the more expensive side but there is plenty of choice in Barcelona anyway.
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I like the style of these top 10 travel guides. Nice and light concise information about all things Barcelona in this particular case. There are some opinions expressed which not everyone will agree with who has visited Barcelona since purchasing the book and the travel warnings about visiting certain areas are exaggerated in my opinion. There are also some astonishing omissions. The absolute best thing about this guide though is the very comprehensive street maps because without them I really doubt if I would have ever have found my hotel or way around the big city thereafter. Barcelona is definitely not the best signposted city in Europe and the maps distributed by the information points or hotels tend to be heavy on pictures without including many street names. Most of the locals also do not have a good enough knowledge of English to understand a request for directions and British tourists are not that numerous in Barcelona as a whole. For me this travel guide was an absolutely essential companion and I indeed I have just bought one for Paris.
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Fantastic guide. Clear and concise and easy to find the best places to go. Went to all the top 10 apart from one, which we've always regretted since, Should have listened to DK, they knew the top 10 allright - I should have listened ! :)
Very good tips for places to avoid or to take extra care in. We were wary and aware of our safety in the Rambles area, which proved good advice as we saw someone mugged there. Having said this, of all the places we've been for city breaks, Barcelona is our favourite. If you go knowing nothing but have this book, you will have a great break.
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This book has everything you need to know about the city and at a very good price I would highly recommend this item
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I have a large number of these travel guides. What I like about them is their format - each book gives an overview (rather than lots of detail). It provides a summary of what is on offer. Inside is not just the obvious i.e. the Top 10 sights to see. Also you get things like the Top 10 museums & galleries, Top 10 markets, Top 10 Arts & Crafts, Top 10 events etc. - even the Top 10 things to avoid. That makes them very useful, and a unique approach to travel guides. I use them to decide what to do, and then use another book (or a website) to give me more detail if I need that.

This book covers, for example:
 Sagrada Familia
 La Rambla
 Barcelona Cathedral
 Parc de la Ciutadella
 Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
 La Pedrera
 Fundacio Joan Miro
 Museu Picasso
 Top 10 Stages in History
 Top 10 Modernista buildings
 Top 10 Perfect Squares
 Top 10 Museums
 Top 10 Cafes & Light Bites
 Top 10 Night-time Hot Spots
 Top 10 Gay & Lesbian Hang-outs
 Top 10 Best Shopping Areas
 Top 10 Parks & Beaches
 Top 10 Best Shopping Areas
 Top 10 Walks & Bike Rides
 Top 10 City Views
 Top 10 Attractions for Children
(This is some, not all)

The book in its physical format is small - just small enough to fit inside a DL envelope (i.e. the standard white envelope, designed to accept a sheet of A4 paper folded twice). It is actually a few centimetres shorter than a DL envelope. This compact size makes it easy to fit into your pocket.

This book can't provide detail - it can provide `the big picture'. I now normally take two travel guides with me - a DK Top 10 one like this and a detailed travel guide, to get the best of both worlds.
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A very useful guide for a recent city break to Barcelona. Handy fold out map, Excellent quick guide to top 10 places to visit. Good size for carrying around yet text not too small to read.
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