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Lisbon (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide) Flexibound – 6 Nov 1997

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Product details

  • Flexibound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK Eyewitness Travel; 01 edition (6 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751310840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751310849
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,787,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A pleasurable read with ravishing photography plus maps and plans of supreme quality.' The Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Everything that can be wrong with this guide, is. A few days in our week-long trip we stopped carrying it with us, and were much happier for it. For me the attraction was the pictures. It would have been useful to have a detailed map of Alfama (with the names of all the little streets), and a map of Lisbon showing which area is which. None of this is present. Instead, there is an abundance of 3D floor plans, the same as you would get FREE with your entrance tickets. The additional information, shown in arrows pointing to some parts of these plans, is obvious and factual (rather than historical and interesting), and can usually be found next to the actual object. The leaflets available on location also tend to provide more information anyway.
This setup would make sense if you wanted to read about something beforehand, and come prepared. But due to the absolute LACK of anything more than the obvious, this makes the book redundant.
Central Lisbon is divided into several major areas, and the book sets out to cover them chapter by chapter. Some areas consist of several neighbourhoods, like Baixa and Chiado, or Bairro Alto, etc. Instead of using a map to indicate the layout of neighbourhoods within the areas, the book uses descriptions. This seems like completely missing the point of visual representation.
Most visitors to Lisbon spend a day in Sintra. Sintra is incredibly easy to get to if you know several facts, like that direct trains only depart from Rossio, and trains originating from other stations travel on the same tracks for some time, and then go off in other directions, so some changes will be necessary if you travel on those. This information is not shown on the train stations, but has to be deduced in a roundabout way.
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If you have already bought DK eyewitness guide to Portugal then you dont need this book as it is just duplicated. However if you are just visiting Lisbon and just need this book then it is excellent, very informative.
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Everywhere you go in Lisbon you see people clutching this book in goodness knows how many different languages. It is up to date (most guidebooks still refer to escudos, how out of date is that?). Everything you need to know basically. It did us proud.
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Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness guides are simply the best for a first vist and I'm never without one on a city break - they truly bring a place alive by bridging the virtual with the actual. Superb 3D images enable sites to be logged on the ground and, as ever, good advice and recommendations abound.

The Lisbon Guide is a little slimmer than for most equivalent places and in need of minor updates. Although the textual content is less than in some guides and foldout maps would be a bonus - this along with its sister guides are incomparable for virgin visits to strange places - opening-up their splendours exquisitely. For subsequent visits more text and hidden secrets are often available elsewhere. But DK generally get the balance just right with this series.

The DK Eyewitness series has never let me down and the Lisbon version has no rivals for first-time visitors.
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Lisbon is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world and this is a great guide to this great city: it gives you a lot of information about places to see, things to do, how to use the public transport, accommodation etc.

Also the book itself is rather beautiful, has lots of pictures, great illustrations and maps. This edition is a must have for anyone exploring the capital of Portugal.

I also strongly recommend the «Lisbon Top 10» from DK and «Eyewitness Travel Guide to Portugal».
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Overall, this prooved to be a fantastic guidebook to Lisbon. we were using it even before we had landed (as it includes information of how to get from the airport into town). As previous reviewers have mentioned, the information is very up to date, the maps are concise, the illustrations are flawless and the entire book lives up to DK's expert reputation.
However, we did find some of the locations of metro stations to be a little innacurate, so take these with a pinch of salt!

Some tips:
Booking a tour bus from the Praca do Commercio is about 15, but is valid all day. You can get off at every stop for as long as you like, and it's a really cheap way of seeing lots of places. Keep the ticket too - it gives you a discount on the walking tours.
If you intend to eat at one of the restaurants listed in the back, I would recommend 'The Boot'. The food was delicious, as was the house wine and house 'starter cheese'. Service was impecable.

Have a great time!!
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By sam155 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2009
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Some guidebooks can be a little dry, with huge blocks of text and occasional inserts of photos,but DK Eye Witness Travel Guides are the opposite. As well as having the usual up to date info and recommendations, they are heavily illustrated with fabulous 3D style intricate street maps, with all landmarks and buildings drawn in. Its as if you are stepping into a model village with everything illustrated and where it should be (cathedrals, museums,parks etc). The illustrations and photos are in colour too, which makes it a joy to use. I don't know why other guidebooks look so dull in comparison. I recently bought a guidebook to California and it felt like wading through a dull encyclopaedia or textbook by comparison. If you're like me and you like maps, pictures and photos in abundance, rather than large unbroken blocks of text, then buy the Eye Witness Guides.

My friend is going to Lisbon next year and loved this.
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