- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harrap Columbus (28 April 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747101442
- ISBN-13: 978-0747101444
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,058,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rough Guide to Crete (The rough guides) Paperback – 28 Apr 1988
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Top Customer Reviews
A well organised and comprehensive guide to Crete, providing detailed, basic practical and general information as well as it's history. Easily navigated, the book details each of the island's 4 prefectures, giving good, descriptive information on the major towns, their highlights, and street maps. The surrounding areas are well described and easily driven, though you do need good detailed map to supplement those in the book. There's lots of information on the best places to visit - villages, scenic countryside, some walks, and plans of many of the ancient sites of the island as well as text to help make sense of them. Useful information on where to eat and stay is provided throughout, with price guides.
There's so much to see on the island that we'll have to return to get best use from the book!
October 2010 - we went back and the book was very useful again - better than the 2010 edition judging from the review. We explored eastern Crete this time, and apart from roads being better than described in the book, prices probably higher - as in all Greece I expect - and Heraklion Archaeological Museum proper being closed, most important exhibits in a temporary building, the book served us very well again.
As with all Rough Guides, there are relatively few colour photographs, but it is the detailed and descriptive "local knowledge" that really stands out. Recommended for those who want to explore Crete. If you are happy to sit by the hotel pool, walk to the nearest beach and go on guided tours you probably wont get much use from this guide.
The main part of the guide is divided by geography into 4 parts: Iráklion, Lasíthi, Réthymnon and Haniá. Each of the sections provides details of how to get there and around, and where to stay, shop, eat and drink. The main sights are covered in detailed multi-page descriptions. However, the provided maps are fairly poor as they are slightly too abstract and small, and only show the names of very few roads which makes it hard to find your way around.
The final section gives some useful context about Crete. Crete's history is summarised on 17 pages, and even more concise with a two-page chronology. The section goes on to describe the discovery of bronze age Crete, Crete in myth and Crete's wildlife.
Overall, a very good and comprehensive guide, even though I got a few times due to the poor maps.
The guide suggests that there is "a practicable walk" of around 5km from Eleftherna to the monastery at Arkadhi; we walked for about about 10km through really rough country and past many dead goats, and were still nowhere close to the monastery. In a similar vein, the "pleasant 45min walk" from Kato Gouves to the cave at Skotino took us about three hours, and if a friendly local hadn't given us a lift back to the village, we would have been in big trouble.
OK, maybe we should have picked up a proper hiking guide, but the book gave the impression that these were light walks, which they certainly weren't, particularly in the summer heat. It is a good guide book, but beware of some inaccuracies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
because it's a heavy book, filled with dense and useful information I actually ended up cutting it up and only taking the sections I needed for the area and interests I was... Read morePublished 12 months ago by walker
The Book arrived in excellent condition - good as new. Great price & very speedy delivery. What more can you ask for ?!!
Another great Rough Guide - very useful..
The Rough Guides are the best in my view. In this Crete one, the contents are very comprehensive and cover every aspect of the island.Published on 7 Jun. 2014 by vita brevis
I purchased this Rough Guide Crete edition as I saw that it had a good rating from other people and because I have generally had quite good experiences with Rough Guide's for other... Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2010 by Emmamab
I used this guide when visiting Crete a few months ago and found it to be very good. It provided virtually all of the information I needed whilst touring the island or at least... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2009 by David