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Makes you appreciate Ordnance Survey...
on 9 September 2013
This is a good map in that it has most of the roads and places on it, and the labels are there. But as for clarity it leaves a great deal to be desired. It's definitely not the kind of map you can give to say, your teenage daughter to guide you along unfamiliar parts in a country where you're not strong on the language. It's not the kind of map you can have on the passenger seat and quickly glance at now and again, because without sitting down to examine it for some time, you can't make much out. The road numbers are confusingly jumbled in with all kinds of other information and it's hard to make out which numbers refer to what. The distinctions between toll roads and free roads are not really made very clear (why not use two completely different colours instead of slightly different shades of the same colour?) and many of the symbols on the map simply don't appear on the key at all, as indeed many of the small country roads and names of villages and hamlets just aren't there.
Normally you get this kind of problem when you buy a road atlas of a single, large country such as France or Germany. You put it down to the fact that it's just too much land to get into that much space, so the scale is very small and and details are inevitably left out. But this is quite a large map of a small area, so it has no excuse for that kind of stuff.
Having said all of that, experience tells me that this is, even so, probably the best mapping you'll get of Spain. Which makes you realise how lucky the UK is to have had OS setting the bar very high for our own national maps, so that even the cheapies you get in the petrol garage are better than this. Try to take deep breaths and look at it that way when you're grinding your teeth in rage at having missed yet another turning because the map didn't tell you it was there, or you took the wrong road because the map confusingly made a distance figure look like a road number... this is normal for most of Europe; we've just been spoilt by the Ordnance Survey!