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Knopf MapGuide: Barcelona (Knopf Mapguides) Paperback – January 1, 2013


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The Washington Post says, “The map guide lets you be inconspicuous: it’s as small and light as a novella, and its flip-out maps could pass as a flyer to a cool club.”

“Make sure you never lose your way in a strange city. Each of the Knopf MapGuides captures its city’s pith in a package as small as a passport wallet…”– Real Simple

“Knopf MapGuides are handy, practical and perfect for those of us who are slightly impaired when it comes to map-reading. You don’t have to search a huge crackling sheet with a microscopic index for one of 10,000 dots on the map…The extraordinary quality of the books’ beautiful hues and heavy paper also give these $8.95 guides an evocative quality that stands apart from the glossy, garish look of most travel books.” – Marin Independent Journal

“A good, handy portable item for a quick trip” – San Francisco Chronicle

“We love Knopf’s smart new map guides.” – Travel & Leisure
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Product Details

  • Series: Knopf Mapguides
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; Rev Upd edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030726386X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307263865
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
We've just returned from Barcelona, having brought several pocket guides with us -- this one was the lightest to carry and had the best maps. The city is divided into six sections, each with short descriptions of several attractions and restaurants, and each with a fol-out map to that section. These maps were included metro stops, street names and the places listed, and were augmented by small color photographs. Attraction and restaurant listings include hours, prices and telephone numbers/ The front and back covers fold-out also and give general and metro information and some hotel listings. We found this little guide to be fairly useful, but particularly liked the maps.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Shim on March 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Top 10 reasons to buy this guide.
10. It's small and compact and fits in your purse.
9. It's beautifully designed. Would you just look at that vintage style cover!
8. Districts of Barcelona are represented in 6 sections, making it easier to navigate the city.
7. There's an updated full color subway map in the back matter.
6. Every restaurant and cafe we tried on a whim served delicious food and didn't ever disappoint.
5. Days and hours of opening are listed on every venue listed. This is very important since Barcelona stores hold erratic business hours.
4. Basic information on day trips outside Barcelona is listed in the front matter.
3. The thumbnail size photos while not great do provide a quick impression of the venue listed.
2. All explanation are short and to the point, making it easier to read while you're on the road.
1. It's only $9.95!

That said, I recommend supplementing this pocket guide with something more substantive like Frommer's walks of Barcelona that give more detailed and poignant explanations of historical attractions, and give you an itinerary that prioritizes what you should see.

Bon voyage!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Wong on October 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I brought 5 Barcelona books with me for the trip. This was the only one I carried around throughout my stay there. Great fold out maps and color coded to easily find your destination. It's small and compact, easily fit into a coat jacket or a purse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary K on December 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Best travel guide bar none. Fits your pocket or small purse.. Visually great looking.There are actual pictures .... All high recommended hotels different prices..Great maps.. hard to get lost even in Barcelona .. Great recommends for food I am a shopper.. Absolutely great & unusual shops ..None of the bad tourist gear only the styling gear.. .I had four guides to Barcelona this is the one we used every day...We do not go anywhere without this guide if there is one available for the destination I will be traveling to....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Okerstrom-Lang on January 6, 2011
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During our December 2010 trip to Spain and Barcelona this book was by far the best map book we had. Totally blows away Michelin Guide and Rick Steve's Guide for Spain with map details. Those other Guides have very little city street details. It's small size fit in my back pocket or jacket vest pocket. The foldout maps for each neighbor were highly detailed with street labels. This was very useful in walking the Port Vell, El Born, El Raval and Sant Gervasi neighborhoods. Also used this guide while bike riding in La Barceloneta and the Villa Olimpica. I plan on purchasing this series of guide book for future travels. This Guide also has recommended restaurants, cafes, tapas, shopping for each of the neighborhoods.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Wexler on March 5, 2013
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The unique foldout maps of 6 sections of Barcelona make it an easy to stuff in a pocket and take along. I looked oat 5 other maps and choose this one for April trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on October 16, 2013
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The city and neighborhood maps are very useful for the tourist on foot. It also had great tips for the wonderful variety of public transportation offered in Barcelona. I really enjoyed the way suggested sights were divided into neighborhoods.
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I don't love to travel with a guide book because they tend to be too large but the size of this book is perfect. Fits well in a purse or a big back pocket. It's extremely well designed and organized. Good overview of the city with a guide for each of the different neighboorhoods (or groups of neighborhoods, rather). We used this as our only map for a week long trip. It has a nice metro map as well and it's nice to be able to go out for the day and refer to the book to find out what good food or shops might be nearby. I wish they made these for every city. They're fairly inconspicuous as well so you don't feel like a goof standing on the side of the road with a big ole' map.
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