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Good For Whetting The Appetite - Not So Good In The Field.
on 4 June 2012
This guide book is full of nice pictures of things to see and do in Spain. In my trip I went to Seville, Granada and Jerez de la Fonterra and so a general guide to Spain was ideal. The section on southern Spain did have good information and decent enough maps of Granada and Seville. The book also had good sections on Spanish food, flamenco (I enjoyed a good night of flamenco in a bar in Seville recommended in this book), sherry and Spanish history all of which were made interesting by using good pictures and good presentation. All of this made planning my trip to Spain enjoyable and really stimulated my enthusiasm for going. After reading bout the Alhambra and the Real Alcazar (in Granada and Seville respectively) and thanks to the well produced pictures and diagrams to accompany these I was very keen to visit them on my trip. The drawback of the book was that it was not so helpful in Spain. There was information about train links, but only a picture of where the stations were and nothing about train times. As it turned out I travel between cities by bus of which there was no information in my book. Also whilst in Jerez I looked up recommended places to eat, but when I looked up Jerez in the guide book its only 2 recommendations where for places in Cadiz. I did find a very nice tapas place whilst waling about in Jerez although this guide book did not have a map of Jerez at all. I thought this was a bit amiss as Jerez is the centre of sherry production and is well worth a day or two out there to visits some of the bodegas where they make sherry. As such I had to make use of a different guidebook on several occasions and this really undermined the point of this particular guide book, especially when it came to getting around between cities and often within cities as it did not give much information about how to get about - this would have been very useful for those occasions when I arrived in a city bus station and then had to take a bus into the city centre to find my hotel. I note that eyewitness also publish separate guidebooks for specific cites such as Seville and these might have more details than this more general guide, however I still think that the primary good of this eyewitness guide was for whetting my appetite for travel and not for use in Spain.