The Rough Guide to Languedoc and Roussillon (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 31 May 2007
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Brian Catlos is a contributor on Rough Guides to Barcelona, Europe, France and Spain.
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This book would be good if you already know exactly where you want to go and what you want to do. For example, there is plenty of specific information on things like opening hours and places to stay. It's very well researched. But if you're earlier in the planning stages than that, it doesn't really do it. The chapters leap about from place to place and it gets confusing trying to work out where they are in relation to one another. Moreover, nowhere sounds particularly enticing! (Apart from Montpellier: clearly a favorite of the author). Several towns that are singled out as highlights in other guidebooks rate only passing mentions here.
To me, part of the enjoyment of a holiday is reading and thinking in advance about where to go and what to see. After reading this book, I half-felt like I'd be better off going somewhere else. It just doesn't make Languedoc and Roussillon sound very appealing. Sort of the equivalent of a recipe book with no appetite appeal. I would recommend instead the Lonely Planet guide to this region, which is a better book.
Post script: Having now returned from visiting the region, I would urge you not to miss Collioure which is a very charming little town by the sea, not far from Perpignan. My profile photo was taken in Albi, which is also worth visiting.
1) text unfairly negative - eg places "uninteresting"
2) omitted assorted sights/villages/activities in the area that more than merited a visit
we realise a guide can't include everything, and tastes vary, but we did feel it didn't do the area justice - or help us make the most of our holiday
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an informative and useful book on the region. As with all literature of this type it is subjective and the author's views will not necessarily be shared by his readers. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2010 by traveller
I found this travel guide reasonably helpful when planning our holiday to the area this summer. My only disappointment was that, like other Rough Guides I have used, there is very... Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2010 by Rosie