The Rough Guide to Turkey Paperback – 29 Jun 2000
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Fourth edition of Turkey, with many new features.
The fourth edition of "Rough Turkey" is now available, with many new features that once again give it the edge over the competition. This time around we've recruited Kate Clow and Terry Richardson, two of the most knowlegable folk on the local hiking scene: the result is expanded, unique coverage on trekking in the Toros mountains, and exclusive inclusion of the Lycian Way, Turkey's first GR-style trail along the stunning Turquoise Coast. David O'Byrne, resident in Istanbul, has given us the benefit of his long residence in that complicated city. In the well-loved back matter or "Contexts" section, musicologist and saz player Martin Stokes has completely overhauled the music article, and of course the unsurpassed history synopsis has been brought up to date (March 2000). And for the first time, some of the leading photographers of Turkey - including Izzet Keribar and Yusuf Tuvi - have contributed to our new picture section. These are just a few of the highlights for a guide which has won critical acclaim from a disparate group including ordinary Turks, Tourism Concern, and prestigious holiday companies such as Cachet and Tapestry. The authors and updaters of the Rough Guide between them have collectively about 35 years of experience in and around the country. So find out about Turkey as it really is at all levels - the window of a Fez Bus isn't the definitive viewpoint on the country! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The pace of change here is enormous, please try to imagine a review which hasn't changed in 20 years and multiply it's irrelevance by 3. Used Rough guides for many years and many countries, so disappointed by this charade of a current guide.
The maps are not particularly easy to follow and miss off streets. The layout is the same as in other Rough Guides, which at least makes it familiar to those who've used other books from the series. The separation of practical information (in the front), and more academic information (e.g. history) (in the back), from the sections on regions and places can make it quite hard to follow and involves a lot of leafing through.
I didn't rely on it too much for factual information (e.g. prices), but I did notice that quite often the information pertaining to the sights e.g. buildings, or to history were at odds with the information given by my (highly qualified) Turkish guide. Later checks against other sources backed up the tour guide rather than this book.
Particularly frustrating is the language section, which lacks any phoenetic spellings for even the commonest words. This makes it useless for practical purposes. I suppose the aim is to make you buy the separate phrasebook - but that's not much use when you're backpacking and the brick-like size of the guide alone is weighing you down.
Overall, I didn't find this the most user friendly or helpful of guidebooks to the region.
The information for small trips was unhelpful - for example the idea that you could happily walk to Ephesus from Selcuk (it might not be impossible, but not exactly pleasurable, when you can get a shuttle for about a pound) and the information for getting around Pergamum/Bergama was absolutely useless. The idea that the Red Basilica is the foremost attraction seems ridiculous to me and the claim that the acropolis is 'readily accessible on foot' is just a joke. The taxi journey from the nearest bus stop (which is not the normal bus stop) still took a long time up the most winding road imaginable, and I don't remember a pavement. It IS possible to walk back down IF you go through the lower city (I think we were the only ones to do so that entire day) - but that alone is a long and scratchy route.
The pictures are poor and very sparse (probably from the first edition of the guide, god knows how many decades earlier), except for a couple of shiny full-page colour inserts that may possibly be the only new insertions and were utterly useless anyway.
That said, the country is very large and it is naturally difficult to be thorough on every town and city throughout. The book is well laid out and organised according to location, in an easy-to-read format, however you'd be just as well with an older edition at a fraction of the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We took this guide for a 10 days holiday in Marmaris. I guess for a generic guide is okay but we struggled to find useful information for the places that we were planning to visit... Read morePublished 23 months ago by MS. DAISY
Good condition -although not good enough for gift but good saving on specialist book. As a country guide that's going tt flicked through 2nd hand is more than sufficient.Published on 22 Feb. 2014 by waynne marsh
the quality wasn't quite what I was expecting. however it will serve its purpose perfectly enough. fortunately it included the area I neededPublished on 8 Feb. 2014 by Kathryn Loveland
Found the guide very informative, we think this will be a great help when we visist Turkey in the near futurePublished on 14 May 2013 by Sandra Docker