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The Rough Guide to Sardinia Paperback – 1 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 4 edition (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848365403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848365407
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rough Guides... make valuable holiday companions (The Sunday Times Travel Magazine)

About the Author

Rob Andrews lived in Italy for six years and is co-author of The Rough Guide to Sicily. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Having The Rough Guide to Sardinia is better than having no guide at all;it's functional and it will probably suit travellers on a minuscule budgetgrimly trying to get around this tremendous place on infrequent publictransport and staying in campsites (the original 'rough guide' scenario).But really, it is a joyless read. The author, Robert Andrews, has managedto reduce a fascinating place to a series of sighs and grumbles. "Not muchto see here," he sniffs, when confronted with a small towns in theinterior, minor nuraghe (the amazing stone age buildings that dot theSardinian landscape), great stretches of coastline.
The RG makesSardinia sound like a drab, dispiriting place. We were there in mid-April2004 during unseasonably bad weather, and even the most Godforsaken townsin the interior in rainstorms were not as bleak as the RG makes Sardiniasound.
That said, the RG's basic information is sound, even if the prices in lireare very outdated. The cultural contexts are as valuable as you'd expectfrom the RG series (which I've been a devotee of for a decade) and it'sobviously well-researched. So it's not totally dreadful - just notanywhere near as good as the Cadogan guide. The Cadogan's writers are somuch more enthusiastic - not in a cheesy, 'everything is wonderful' way,but they are a breath of fresh air compared to the RG, their style islighter, their excitement at the mysteries and wonders of Sardiniapalpable.
Buy the RG as a second guide, an extra voice, and it's fine.But if you only buy one guide to Sardinia, we found the Cadogan so muchmore rewarding, even for travellers on a budget (we rented a cheap car andstayed in agriturismi and small hotels, so it's not like we're luxurytravellers turning our noses up at the Rough Guide).
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Contrary to some other reviewers I found this guide extremely helpful and easy to use when travelling through North West Sardinia for 10 days. It gives a general overview of the landscape and feel of locations, with more detail of towns, activities and places of specific interest. We took it with us most places, found it pretty much an accurate and interesting guide for our holiday and would've been lost without it!

It is not the most exciting book to read but I found it an excellent 'handbook' to Sardinia and its town centre maps an essential accompaniment to the more local not-so-helpful general tourist information. I felt it gave a varied and honest review of the different aspects to the country, its landscape, culture, food, facilities and people. Without being boring, it covers the practicalities and necessities of travelling, emphasising what is particularly relevant for Sardinia. There is also a handy language section at the back with some basic phrases, signs and lists of food for those who don't speak a word of Italian!
Some of the information about restaurants, camping facilities, tourist centre opening times and prices were slightly out of date or inaccurate but this is to be expected and was nothing to cause great distress or ruin its usefulness.
I would certainly suggest reading the introduction to and basics about Sardinia before going and then using the 'area guides' whilst out there. I recommend taking a detailed and comprehensive Map of Sardinia to accompany the guide book and a phrase book/dictionary if you want to make a proper go at communicating (my main mistake this time).
My only real criticism of the book is it suggests that going in August is a big no-no due to prices, temperature and extreme crowds.
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I bought this book with the hope that it would provide an overview of the islands attractions and facilities, and to assist with booking accommodation for a weekend break. The details seem rather bald; a lot of very dry, dusty text, rather small maps, and seemingly endless descriptions of churches and camping possibilities. It seemed to be full of negative information, what not to do and where not to go. The items which seemed as if they would be of interest, e.g. Neptune's Cave, were skimmed over with basic facts of location and access. I wanted information about local markets and facilities for buying food, (other than in a restuarant), and local specialities but have not found them in this book.
There were no real descriptions of an area, or a restaurant or an hotel's atmosphere, useful facts such as addresses and phone numbers and general costs were provided.
I have resorted to contacting the Italian Tourist board for details. I am sure that there are more details in the guide than I am giving credit for, but it feels like a laborious process to discover them.
I had been looking forward to my visit, but now feel rather disappointed with my choice of destination, I hope I will be pleasantly surprised.
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the worst thing about Sardinia when we were there was the hotel. which is pretty much the only thing we didn't find in the rough guide. with the guide as our, er, guide, all things discovered were wonderful.

i tend to use time out guides for cities and rough guides for countries & islands. the RG to Sardinia was great for finding those beautiful undiscovered beaches and excellent restaurants full of locals.
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