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The Rough Guide to Languedoc and Roussillon (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 31 May 2007

3.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 3 edition (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843537907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843537908
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Catlos  is a contributor on Rough Guides to Barcelona, Europe, France and Spain.


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I'm in the process of planning a trip to the Languedoc and I've been reading several guides to the region. This is not a terrible guide, but it's the one I liked the least.

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.
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disappointing guide
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
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Was very disapointed with this guide and whilst it did contain a huge amount of information it failed to give me a flavour of the area probably due to the amazing lack of colour photos. The maps which were part of what attracted me to this guide are small and vague and really not much use other than for a very broad brush view of the area. The writer came over as opinionated and dismissive of certain things and that put me off. Huge amount of detail on the main cities, but very little on the smaller towns and villages. On amazon buying another guide, this was ok but style of book and writting does not inspire me.
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I'd recommend this book for the casual traveller as it is handy pocket/bag companion to pick up whilst out and about. Some of the text can be a bit snooty from the author and there may not be enough depth of information for some but, other than that I found no faults. After 4 days it was well creased and we saw all we wanted to in the region.
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This is a great travel book. I bought this after purchasing a house in the south of france. I wanted a book for myself and future holiday rentals. It was really useful for our holidays with many good suggestions. It was really useful and worth every penny and will be used for many years to come.
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This doesn't cover the Tarn area, but still a useful book to have. I also bought the Michelin green guide of the area, including the Tarn.
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