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Product Details

  • Series: EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DK Travel (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789441799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789441799
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,797,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You'd be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive, engrossing, and just plain fun-to-read guidebook than the Eyewitness Travel Guide: Madrid. Known for their eye-catching design, the Eyewitness city guides are practically spilling over with all sorts of useful information, and the Madrid version is no different. You'll find three-dimensional drawings, floor plans, and detailed neighborhood maps, as well as timelines and charts. There's even a map of the Metro. Broken down into four sections--"Introducing Madrid," "Madrid Area by Area," "Traveller's Needs," and "Survival Guide"--this book provides a complete picture of the city. Readers will especially love the hundreds of color photos showing everything from the city's famous plazas to a pitcher of sangria; the street-by-street illustrated city walks (Old Madrid, which takes in the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayer, looks especially enchanting); the room-by-room explanations of the Palacio Real and Prado Museum; and, of course, the best places for tapas (Taberna del Foro is one). By the time you're finished with this book, you may know more than the locals. --Jill Fergus

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...You feel, looking at them, as if you could close the book and step into the street. -- Contra Costa Times

...considered to be the world's best travel resource to over 30 destinations around the world, make it easier to plan a splendid vacation. -- North American Press Syndication

Both novice and experienced travelers will be captivated. -- US News & World Report

Each book is a visual as well as informational feast about a particular place. -- The New York Times

Easily the best city guides available today. -- PLAYBOY

Encyclopedic in scope, it's meant to be used before, during, and after your stay. -- Travel & Leisure

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The most graphically exciting and visually pleasing series on the market. -- Chicago Tribune

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I purchased this book for a short trip to Madrid last month.
A. Perikleous
The book was very useful for providing information on sites, routes, history etc.
Ray T
The maps are good, the pictures of the food and other items are very helpful.
Samuel J. Schleman

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Samuel J. Schleman on December 27, 2001
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I am an experienced traveler (30+ countries) who is nearing retirement and plan to travel extensively, who has recently become obsessed about finding "good" guidebooks. So this review is a comparison of the books I looked at for Madrid.
I started with the Insight Guide. I was seeking to get background, history, etc. The Insight Guides seem to vary enormously from one to the next in both quality and orientation. I think they are good for an entire country if you are trying to decide where in the country or what parts you want to see. I thought the guide for Madrid was useless. It provided very little information about the city or the culture. It seemed to be best if you were planning on moving to Madrid and wanted to find out the differences between the various suburban areas. I suggest you forget this one.
I looked at the Mini-Rough Guide. I didn't like the format and it was too terse for my taste. In my opinion, Rough Guide still needs to produce a guide for Madrid that is a regular, not a mini Rough Guide. The LP Guide to Madrid seemed pretty mediocre. The stiff covers also made it awkward to use or hold open to a particular page. The information and descriptions were inadequate compared to some other guides. The Eyewitness Guide to Madrid is, I think, the best overall guide to Madrid. (Generally I prefer Eyewitness guides for City's much more than as a guide for an entire country.) The maps are good, the pictures of the food and other items are very helpful. The hotels and restaurant sections were pretty good, but not great. If you are looking for hostels, you will need the LP guide. Eyewitness does not give great historical depth, but it gives you some, probably enough for most tourists. Guide Books are not the best source for detailed historical and cultural information anyway.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Pochciol on October 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
I spent the first week of my vacation on my own in Madrid. Since every street in the Old Town looks the same as every other, good maps are essential. I highly recommend this guidebook for its accurate maps, ease of use, convenient size and beautiful photography.
Accurate Maps: Every street was just as pictured, right down to the drawings of suggested sights. Local Madrileños nodded in approval as they shared my guidebook with their friends.
Ease of Use: Unlike other bulky travel guides, this slim guidebook is easy to slip into a medium size purse or backpack. The included page-keepers made it easy to go back to the same map again and again. I enjoyed my afternoon as other tourists stood on streetcorners trying to find their way using ordinary maps. Another American tourist preferred my Madrid guidebook to her husband's text-saturated guides.
Beautiful photography: It's helpful to see pictures of foods with English descriptions since many restaurants don't have menus in English.
The pictures of buildings are placed right with the featured area maps, making a professional guide rather unnecessary. I enjoyed my unhurried stroll the the old town, something I would have been unable to do without such a fantastic guidebook. This guidebook is also a great supplement to guided tours, providing a lasting memory of my travels...all the details we so quickly forget.
I must mention the restaurant lists in the back. The restaurant Casa Labra was easy to find, close to my hotel, and within the price range specified. Although the croquetes bacalao were very good, I didn't find the atmosphere of the tapas room to be at all inviting.
Overall rating of 5 stars is well-deserved.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the most entertaining of all guide books on Madrid I have ever read. The accuracy is incredible, it really gave me the feel of the city before i visited. It provided me with the knowledge to explore the sights before I had even reached them. Excellent!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2001
Format: Map
This map was worth over its weight in gold in Madrid. The idea is excellent. The streets are large enough and the laminated paper makes it usable even in the rain and it also can fold in any direction so that you can slip it into your inside pocket while the section your interested in is just a peek away at all times (saves the tourist look)...GENIUS...my friends swept all the bookstores in madrid looking for one just like it . only problem is you get spoiled and wish there was a map like that for every city.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I spent two days in Madrid in November 2002 with this guidebook. I found it to be well-organized and readable, with photos accompanying the text. With this guide, it didn't take long to gain a basic understanding of the history of the city and the different neighborhoods. The restaurant listings were particularly helpful.
There were two downsides, in my opinion. One is that there is no pull-out map. The map pages are integrated with the rest of the book. Second, the prices in the book are given in pesetas, not in Euros. I found that hotels, restaurants, etc. were all quoting prices in Euros, making the guidebook slightly less user-friendly. Still, the printed prices seemed to give a good idea of relative cost.
Overall, a good guidebook, but be sure to pick up a map when you arrive in Madrid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2011
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In anticipation of our recent trip to Madrid and Seville, I purchased several travel guides and maps. While there isn't a great deal of difference between most travel guides, I found this one to be exceptional. The book is well-organized and includes several maps, both local and regional. There are also ample (and well done) photos of historical buildings, museums, and art. For those unfamiliar with Spanish cuisine, there are several photos of tapas and other dishes, so you can see what it looks like before ordering. There is information on the airport, train routes, currency, language (including a brief language guide), and shopping districts.

We went to almost every major museum in Madrid and this book was quite helpful in this regard. The book has information on over 35 (!!!) museums. There are maps, photos, and interior guides to most of the major museums, to include samples of what art/antiquities you can see on your visit. While Prado was worth seeing, we would have missed a lot by not visiting other museums.

We took the train to Toledo and this book was helpful in this regard. There is a great, two page map of the city of Toledo, which was needed, as the streets of Toledo wind around, up and down various hills. There are also great descriptors of sites in Toledo other than the Alcazar (we went to El Greco's house/museum, and this guidebook had a good description of what to expect).

Like most other Eyewitness Travel Guides, this one fits well into a backpack or purse. We took three travel guides with us, but this is the one we used the most, and the one we took with us on our daily treks. While you will want to read other books and websites before taking your trip, taking this book alone should be sufficient.
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