Let's Go Spain & Portugal with Morocco (Let's Go: Spain, Portugal & Morocco) Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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About the Author
Every summer for the past 50 years, Harvard students have gathered together the bare necessities and set off with nothing but a backpack and some old-fashioned grit. Budget-conscious gourmets, nimble transit-takers, and die-hard bar-hoppers--Let's Go Researchers have the time of their lives, so you'll know exactly how to have the time of yours. As our veterans like to say, it's more a lifestyle than a job. We've done it all--the good, the bad, the ugly, and the unforgettable--to bring our readers the most candid, witty, and irreverent travel advice available. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Before I continue with this review I should tell you about myself. I am 26 and my travel style is to take longer trips, stay in cheap hotels and travel slowly. My travel companion had "Lonely Planet Spain" and "Lonely Planet Morocco," which for us were much better books.
Things I didn't like about the book:
1. After several days it became apparent that the maps in "Let's go" are harder to follow. For example, in Lonely Planet all hotels, restuarants and sights are described and the corresponding number-letter coordinates to the map are given so finding them on the map is a breeze. "Let's Go" does not usually do this so scanning the map to find your landmark can take some time.
2.There were a few times things were on the wrong spot on the map and only after walking in the neighborhood around where they were supposed to be did we find them.
3. The "Let's go" crew did not have maps for many medium and smaller towns which makes you dependent on finding the tourist info center (assuming there is one) in said mapless towns.
4. The coverage on Portugal was spotty.
5. I can not hold this against "Let's Go" as there is the qualifier of "with Morocco" in the title, but if you have not previously been to Morocco and don't speak french or arabic the coverage for Morocco is not adequate. Morocco is very different and overwhelming. A supplementary guide book for Morocco is a must.
Things I liked about the book:
1. The cheap accomodation listings were slightly better than "Lonely Planet's."
2. The coverage of Madrid was good.
If your plans for Spain, Portugal and Morocco are to visit the large cities only and want to go to dance clubs every night, and sleep in cheap hotels this book is for you.
Many of the reviews and information I used were accurate and helpful, especially in Madrid and Sevilla. However, there was very little information on the smaller cities in Spain. I know Spain pretty well, but was looking for places to stay in Segovia, for example, which was not listed at all. These are the very cities where local Spanish culture and history is likely to be found. If you do not speak Spanish, however, nor intend to leave the major cities, I would still recommend this title, which provided great locations to stay and visit. The information on admission fees to various sites was generally accurate.
Best supplemented with Lonely Planet and frequent stops at the information desks at most train stations, which have proven to be helpful.