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Streetwise Barcelona Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Barcelona, Spain (Streetwise (Streetwise Maps)) Map – 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

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'Don't leave home without STREETWISE.' --The New York Times

'STREETWISE is an absolute travel essential.' --Travel + Leisure Magazine

'In a strange city, your sense of direction is only as good as the map in your hands. The best maps to carry are published by STREETWISE.' --Chicago Daily Herald --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

STREETWISE® is the first map to be designed with modern graphics and is the originator of the laminated, accordion-fold map format. We’ve set the standard that every map company has imitated but never duplicated. Our mission is to make you feel comfortable, to make you feel safe in a place where you’ve never been before and to enable you to experience a familiar place more fully.

The company was founded in 1984 by Michael Brown, who had been in international publishing for many years, setting up subsidiaries for textbook publishers. In the 1970’s, Brown traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brown would take a large paper map, cut out the city center, folded it up and slip it into his pocket, thus preventing him from looking like a tourist in areas where discretion is the better part of travel. This was his tool for surviving.

After many years on the road, Brown settled back in New York and decided to start his own business, based on the adaptations he had made to maps in his travels. His goal was to give someone the ability to navigate easily in unfamiliar terrain.

He started with a new map format: the accordion fold. Such a simple idea, but at the time it was revolutionary. No more struggling to fold an awkward, oversized paper map. This new format would enable the user to blend in like a native, instead of stick out like a tourist. Brown then added lamination to ensure that the map would be a lasting tool.

More important than the format was the design of the map itself. It had to be a map that not only succeeded above and beyond any map he had used, but was esthetically appealing as well. The look of it had to be as striking as the functionality. Color was introduced in a way that was never seen before in a map - vivid purple for water, soothing gray for the background of street grids, gold to highlight elements of the map. Clarity, conciseness and convenience in a very stylish package.

Building the business was a 24 hour job. Brown sold the maps during the day, zipping around Manhattan making deliveries on his Harley Davidson. At night he packed the orders and did the design work. More titles were added, each title requiring months of research and design.

Today, STREETWISE® produces over 130 titles for major destinations, regions and countries throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia. We have grown from the back of a motorcycle to selling millions of maps around the world.

Yet each title is still painstakingly researched and updated. STREETWISE® is one of the only, if not THE only map company that conducts research by walking or driving an area to ensure accuracy. After all, what good is the map if what you hold in your hands doesn’t match what you see on the street sign? This lengthy fact checking results in superior accuracy; in effect, we’ve done the work, now you have the adventure.

In the end, it’s not about the map, it’s about getting out and finding your own authentic experience wherever you go. It’s about being in a city or a region and discovering things that you never thought you would find. You can do this if you have confidence and you have confidence if you have a great map. STREETWISE® is the great map that you need.

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Product Details

  • Series: Streetwise (Streetwise Maps)
  • Map
  • Publisher: Streetwise Maps; Fol Map Re edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931257558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931257558
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 3.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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By Ian K. VINE VOICE on February 11, 2005
Format: Map
In engineering we learn that when you optimize for one feature
you sometimes have to give up other features, or scale them
back. Perhaps this is the issue with this map.

The Streetwise map of Barcelona is designed so that it will
easily fit in your pocket or purse. It is plastic or plasticized
paper, so it is sturdy. But what is lost is detail. For example,
the street in the Ravel where I will be renting an apartment is
not shown on the map.

The map does show the subway and bus routes which is nice too.
But if you need detail, you need another map. I highly
recommend the Rough Guide maps. They are detailed and
very tough. My survived daily use for two weeks.
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Convenient map for navigating Barcelona on foot. I particularly liked the included metro map. It was a little inconvenient that the map didn't extend a little bit to the northwest--had a little trouble finding the Parc Guell. Fairly durable.
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Overall, great map. Nice and durable, good lamination. The mini metro map was great, as well as notations of rail lines, funicular lines, etc. Index to the streets was well done and very appreciated. My one complaint is that the map did not actually cover all of Barcelona. I'm not talking about "metro Barcelona," the towns comprising the around the city limits (but yet not actually Barcelona). I'm talking about the actual outer circles of Barcelona proper; the map excluded them, which was a problem for me at times.
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Have purchase maps like this in the past, including ROME, and loved them. But this one of Barcelona was disappointing. You could not see the whole city map on one side, and when you flipped it over to see the rest, it was a section or two to the left or right, not above/below where you were tracking an area. It was very hard, if not impossible, to get your bearings in this city with this map. You usually need a good map when you are a visitor, and are not someone familiar with an area, so simplicity and ease of use is imperative. Like their other maps, the quality of the paper/laminate is very good.
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This map is an excellent resource for tourists who prefer independent travel in Barcelona. My wife and I used this map exclusively while touring Barcelona and it was well marked with all major attractions as well as having a complete listing of all street names and places of interest. Well worth the price.
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Spent 5 days in Barcelona in a wonderful apartment in Barri Gottic...this map was indespensible. Very sturdy,easy to read,lightweight,easy to store in backpack pocket. Perfect size print and useful key.
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Best maps for tourists: laminated, idiot-proof re-folding, slips into a pocket, don't need to unfold the whole thing to use it, has separate metro map, index AND locates the metro stops ON THE REGULAR MAP (alone worth the price...otherwise it's impossible to know how to navigate a strange city).

Does everything a map needs to do and it's almost impossible to damage (though I did not try to set it on fire).

I own these for every city I've had to navigate INCLUDING the cities that I have lived in (even when I've lived in a place for years, I still prefer to use these maps on a regular basis over all the others).
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By jim on November 13, 2010
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While many guide books have a "free" small paper map in back, buy the larger and more detailed and laminated Streetwise map. I took it every day and it was the map we referred to. While it is too large to easily fit in a pocket all day, I carried a small backpack (and was of course careful of pickpockets) with jacket, camera, etc. and it fit fine in an outside pocket and was quickly available.
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