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For Americans "doing the tour"
on 16 March 2011
Although this looks like a pocket-book, in fairness it doesn't describe itself as such and is quite a substantial tome, weighing in at a hefty 815 grammes, so not something you'd want to carry around. Printed on glossy paper it is lavishly illustrated; the front has a fold-out map of Spain showing the different regions with a guide to their highlights, and the back has a removable map with a small map of Spain and maps of the Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona metros. At the back there are also 5 pages of useful phrases and menu terms together with phonetic pronunciation.
The title is "Spain day by day" and is split into the different regions, so you get, for example, "The Best of Barcelona in a day", "in 2 days", "in 3 days", so you can plan your itinerary around Spain to fit your time. There are 80 pages devoted to Barcelona and the coverage is comprehensive with lots of colour photos. Different regions get different coverage, although it is always comprehensive, e.g. Valencia and the Costa Blanca get coverage of 27 pages. In general each section has a small map and there is useful information on the culture and traditions as well as admission times and prices for attractions, as well as recommended hotels and restaurants, prices are usually in euros.
There are chapters on Spanish history and culture, which is really good, you get a timeline from 20,000 BC to 2010, architecture, artistry and the Spanish Table, a chapter on Special Interest trips, such as food and wine, language classes, outdoor activities etc, and a chapter entitled "The Savvy Traveler" which has month by month festivals and special events, rainfall, advice on mobile phones, US embassy etc.