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Rick Steves' Spain 2012 Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Over the past 20 years, Rick has hosted over 100 travel shows for public television, and numerous pledge specials (raising millions of dollars for local stations). His Rick Steves' Europe TV series is carried by over 300 stations, reaching 95 percent of U.S. markets. Rick has also created two award-winning specials for public television: Rick Steves' European Christmas and the ground-breaking Rick Steves' Iran. Rick writes and co-produces his television programs through his company, Back Door Productions.
Rick Steves also hosts a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves. With a broader approach to travel everywhere, in each hour-long program Rick interviews guest travel expert, followed by listener call-ins. Travel with Rick Steves airs across the country and has spawned a popular podcast. Rick has also created a series of audio walking tour podcasts for museums and neighborhoods in Paris, Rome, Florence and Venice (with more tours, including London, coming in 2010).
Rick self-published the first edition of his travel skills book, Europe Through the Back Door (now updated annually), in 1980. He has also written more than 40 other country, city and regional guidebooks, phrase books, and "snapshot" guides. For several years, Rick Steves' Italy has been the bestselling international guidebook sold in the U.S. In 2009, Rick tackled a new genre of travel writing with Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives, and travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world. Rick's books are published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group.
In addition to his guidebooks, TV and radio work, Rick is a syndicated newspaper columnist with the Tribune Media Services. He appears frequently on television, radio, and online as the leading authority on European travel.
Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), a business which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of 70 full-time employees. ETBD offers free travel information through its travel center, website (www.ricksteves.com), European Railpass Guide, and free travel newsletters. ETBD also runs a successful European tour program with more than 300 departures -- attracting around 10,000 travelers -- annually.
Rick is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening their perspectives through travel. He is also committed to his own neighborhood. He's an active member of the Lutheran church (and has hosted the ELCA's national video productions). He's a board member of NORML (working to reform marijuana laws in the USA). And Rick has provided his local YWCA with a 24-unit apartment building with which to house homeless mothers.
Rick Steves spends about a third of every year in Europe, researching guidebooks, filming TV shows, and making new discoveries for travelers. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.
Top Customer Reviews
Also, I use Rick's books often, but he needs more info like a place to stay near airports as late arrivals or very early departures makes it difficult to get to town and get a hotel.
As Steves says himself, his book covers all of "the predictable biggies", and does so very, very well -- perhaps better than anyone. But if you're going to Valencia, you'll need another book.
I always find Steves' guides to be most helpful with regard to information about the cultural sights, and Spain 2012 is no different. For a ten day trip through Madrid, Toledo, and Andalucia, we were well-guided through the key locales (Alhambra, Prado Museum, Royal Palace, El Mezquita, Toledo Cathedral, etc.). Where I find Steves to usually be a little bit weak is in food and lodging, but I found his Spain guide to be surprisingly strong in those areas. I found hotels through TripAdvisor reviews, and by a happy coincidence noticed that they came highly regarded in Steves' guide as well (Casa 1800 in Seville and Granada, Preciados VIP in Madrid). The food options were quite strong, although slightly weaker ... a number of our favorites we had recommended to us by others or otherwise found on our own (one Seville highlight not in Steves' guide: Labulla).Read more ›
The book more than paid for itself by netting us discounts at lodgings. We found hotels to be of good quality and good service. We mostly stayed in street-side rooms in the old-town section of cities and didn't find noise to be a problem (most hotels appear to have double-pane window systems). The rough-drawn maps in this book save a lot of time compared to searching in the detail of more fine-grained maps. We have nothing against the books' eating suggestions, but Spain has so many places to eat that we stumbled into great places by just wandering around.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very disappointed when I took out my book in Spain and found out that it had NOTHING on Valencia, which is a truly beautiful city with unique art and architecture. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ellen
As Rick Steve's books go, this one is pretty good. As usual, I have hard time with what Rick considers affordable in a way of prices for restaurants and eatiers ( a tapas... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stanislava
We find Rick Steves books to be a wonderful trip companionPublished 18 months ago by Loretta P. Grant
I always enjoy Rick Steves' guides and this is no exception. I love his many tips that you don't often find in other guide books and above all his self-guided tours. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Thom in San Diego
I still use this book because I travel often to spain. While in Spain I used it sooo much! Highly recommend!Published on January 20, 2014 by Marisa M. Luna
I love Rick Steves guidebooks...the information is always up to date, and helps you make the most of your trip without falling into tourist traps! I don't leave home without it :)Published on November 3, 2013 by msabookworm
Very helpful information for our trip planning. Rick's triage ratings of sights to visit are spot on. Background info is excellent.Published on July 12, 2013 by Edward J. Denecke, Jr.