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Frommer's Spain Day by Day (Frommer′s Day by Day – Full Size) Paperback – 8 Oct 2010
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From the Back Cover
Map your adventure
Plan a trip that suits your interests. Follow ourrecommended itineraries or mix & match to createyour own. Explore a region in depth or hit the highlights. With Frommer′s Day by Day guides, the choice is yours.
103 self–guided tours with maps that show how to get from place to place
Hundreds of photos,plus engaging insights on history and culture
Detailed reviews of hotels,restaurants, shopping, and nightlife
Full–sized foldout mapof Spain in a handy plastic envelope
Find travel news & deals, expert advice,and connect with fellow travelers at Frommers.com
About the Author
Patricia Harris and David Lyon (chapters 1–13 and 16–20) have journeyed the world for American, British, Swiss, and Asian publishers to write about food, culture, art, and design. They have covered subjects as diverse as elk migrations in western Canada, the street markets of Shanghai, winter hiking on the Jungfrau, and the origins of Mesoamerican civilization in the Mexican tropics. In the name of research, they have eaten hot–peppertoasted grasshoppers, English beef, and roasted armadillo in banana sauce. When good wine or craft beer is unavailable, they drink Diet Coke. Wherever they go, they are continually drawn back to Spain for the fl amenco nightlife, the Moorish architecture of Andalucía, the world–weary and lust–ridden saints of Zurbarán, and the phantasmagoric visions of El Greco—and the sheer joy of conversing with the regulars in a thousand little bars while drinking the house wine and eating tapas of Manchego and chorizo.
Neil Edward Schlecht (chapters 1, 3, 14, 15, and 19) is a freelance writer based in northwestern Connecticut. His fi rst exposure to Spain was teaching English for a summer at a Col·legi Sant Ignasi in Barcelona. He returned to the Catalan capital just before the 1992 Olympics and spent most of the decade there, working on social and economic development projects for the European Union and later as a contributing writer for a Spanish art and antiques magazine. Neil is the author or co–author of a dozen travel guides, including Frommer′s Peru, Frommer′s Cuba, Frommer′s South America, Frommer′s New York, Frommer′s Texas, and Spain For Dummies. But little motivates him like the chance to discover new restaurants and wines in Spain.
Top customer reviews
The book gives a very comprehensive guide to Spain and offers suggestions of itineries depending on what you're interested in. So there's planned routes/tours for families with kids, people who like wine, etc. No matter how much time you have in each place, there's useful sections - Madrid in one day, Madrid in two days, Madrid in three days, etc. All the major cities and sections of Spain are covered. The book even dedicates a chapter to each of the Balearic islands, though these are (necessarily) covered in such a quick and cursory manner that I think it would have been better to leave them out. After all, if you're going to Ibiza or Menorca you're probably going to want a separate guidebook dedicated to that island.
There's an impressive selection of maps included in this book too, from detailed layouts of shopping areas, to double page spreads of cities showing all the best restaurants, museums or nightclubs. There's also a separate map in a plastic wallet at the back of the book which shows the metro routes for all the major cities, which is useful.
This is an excellent book, and though it's a bit overpriced at it's full price, it's definitely worth buying at Amazon price!
However I wouldn't want to use it as my sole guide to a place- I'd want one of the more text less picture guidebooks to actually tell me something interesting. This will get you around comfortably.
However, I found the 'itinerary' format confusing. With planned mini-trips split into 1, 2 or 3 days, information on the same locations were repeated throughout book's 20 chapters, which was more scattershot than snapshot. I can understand the reasoning behind this; American tourists may be more used to planned holidays in which they want to make the best use of their time and see as much as possible. This guide doesn't work so well if you want a more in-depth look at each location.
The maps, including major city Metros, are useful and clear and I would certainly give the extensive restaurant recommendations a go. I could be a real snob and question whether the 'spotlight' sections (the bits you only get round to reading when you are delayed at the airport) provide much insight - calling Almodóvar a surrealist is really stretching it - but they have made a decent enough stab at providing some cultural context.
The book itself is sturdy and glossy and should survive the occasional sun tan lotion stain. I wouldn't pay nearly £20 for it, but it is a reasonable buy at the Amazon price.
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