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This review is from: The Rough Guide to Spain (Paperback)
This edition is packed with so much researched and useful information for do-it-yourself touring. The 13th edition, published in May 2009, is in front of me being compared with a predecessor published in 1999.
You now get 1000 pages with 34 in colour compared to ten years ago of a 911 page book with just 8 colour pages. The latest version has thankfully lost the annoying adverts at the rear where you would expect to quickly look up a place name in the index. Additionally, we have the latest trend of a travel list, along the lines of things not to miss, in this instance it is 34 colour pictures showing what we ought to view when in Spain. There is so much to enjoy in Spain to entice travellers away from the resorts . . . grand architecture, grand cities, mountain landscape, fiestas, food and art.
The details of each location are of such a practical approach from 'how to get from the airport', where the bus/train stops in the town centre and, in my view, the most comprehensive maps of any guide which contain the street names, notable places of interest and accommodation.
Each region is covered, then within each chapter it is laid out in an order which recreates a route which can feasibly be taken. The accommodation selected shows the variety of age groups and tastes catered for, not just for gap year students and back-packers! There are hostels through to 5-star hotels, each is chosen for consideration of character and the web site addresses make it easier to book yourself, in English.
Think of a bible, not just a wealth of knowledge and a trustworthy companion, but it is amazing how print can be applied to such thin pages!
In summary, it offers a practical approach to traveller's needs with an emphasis on value for money.
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Initial post: 20 Jun 2011, 18:24:16 BST
Spider Monkey says:
A very thorough review, thanks!
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