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Great guide for the cost of a breakfast
on 13 June 2012
Before revealing the contents of this book, I will tell you that I always buy a guide book before I go somewhere new. Wouldn't you just hate to come back from Egypt without having known in advance that they have pyramids there and a river called the Nile. Ok I exaggerate a bit, but in all the years I have gone to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, I had ignorantly assumed that Lanzarote is much the same. The fact is that in the same way, I have only recently discovered how delightful Madeira is. Flicking through this all colour guide, I know that I have a spectacular desert and moonscape of rock and huge caves to explore. This might set alarm bells ringing for those who will never leave the pool, as Lanzarote appears to be charming and interesting more than commercialised. If you are considering taking children, the book warns of the lack of things for children to do unless they enjoy sun, sand, sea and exploration. For those less able, some of the island may be less accessible too. I am going in July and will report my findings. However, it is already clear that prices are reasonable and the food is rustic. The book is similar to many travel guides in that it divides into various areas and tells you what is available in each location. Thus if you fancy riding a dromedary through the volcanoes or a descent into a cavern, you look through the pictures to find out more information. The Euro price has, at my time of writing, moved favourably against the book conversion chart, which shows the Euro price in pounds and vice versa. Flights at the moment are also historically low, due to competition from new airlines. If you are American there is a dollar chart as well and good on you for being so adventurous, as there are no direct flights from the USA. This is a small guide that easily fits in a pocket or handbag and is slighly taller than a standard postcard. It is not encyclopedic. It basically covers a little bit of everything including for example a few useful words and phrases without being remotely like a phrasebook. There is a map tucked into the back cover which is very useful but then again the really adventurous and off-roading should buy something more comprehensive. Lanzarote is a windsurfer destination but I had to look hard to see a brief mention of this. The more sporty and adventurous may find other guides cover this better. Seriously consider buying two different guides, as you will be spending hundreds on your holiday, so don't leave regretting what you didn't do. I will add a few footnotes after the holiday, but as I am not a travel writer please don't expect me to cover everything in the book. The weather thus far in England has been pretty wet and gloomy, so I am hoping for some relaxation and sunshine. Whereever you decide to go on holiday I hope you get everything you are seeking from your hard earned time in the sunshine.