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  • Series: Rough Guide to...
  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 14 edition (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848367252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848367258
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm an author, editor and photographer, and live in London, England.

I've written sixteen travel, history and music books for Rough Guides as sole author, and shared authorship on several more. I also work for Lonely Planet, and am currently updating the New Mexico chapter of the Lonely Planet: Southwest USA.

This year I'll also be working on new editions of the Rough Guides to Brittany and Normandy and to Spain.

I've recently completed new editions of the Rough Guides to Southwest USA, the entire USA, and Belize, and written the new Pocket Rough Guide to Las Vegas, as well as several sections of DK's Music: The Definitive Visual History.

As an editor, my recent projects have included Lloyd Bradley's Sounds Like London, Dylan Jones' Elvis Has Left The Building, Michael Haag's Inferno Decoded, and the Rough Guide to Turkey.

My Rough Guide to the Titanic, published in 2012, is a definitive guide to the most famous maritime disaster in history. You can read about it on my blog, blogtanic.wordpress.com, and website, gregward.info.

My photographs have been published in my own titles, and also in magazines, newspapers and other books.

Customer Reviews

This is the perfect guide for travelers who like to plan their itineraries BEFORE they go.
Jon L. Albee
The book is a good mix of history, advice and information that helps anyone from Backpackers to those on guided tours.
AlexT7801
Practical and helpful. we bought the kindle version and read it on our ipads and iphone - quite convenient.
Laurie

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Spain is a large and diverse country and it is encouraging that there has been no attempt here to limit this Rough Guide to a few hundred pages by leaving out large and essential chunks of information. In fact this is a weighty beast which runs to well over 900 pages. There is little doubt that there has been a repositioning of the Rough Guide brand in recent years. Originally launched in the early 1990s as a low cost guide for backpackers, they should now be regarded as general guides with broad appeal in direct completion with Lonely Planet, Fodors et al. On that basis I would judge this guide to be very good indeed and the only country guide that most will need for Spain.

The first 50 or so pages are devoted to the usual general basics, such as how to get there, culture, customs, suggested itineries etc. We also have the almost obligatory sites not to miss, which in this book stretch to 28. However, with a country this large this must be, in the main, regarded as highly subjective. However, the meat of the book is in the following 850 pages which are well organised by area. The country is divided into 13 regions (clearly not a superstitious editor!), and then each region is split into sub areas. Each of these covers sites to visit, accommodation, eating and any other information deemed to be useful. There are plenty of maps and illustrations to assist.

This is an impressive guide. My only slight niggle is that the publishers clearly have not gone overboard on printing costs and although in colour, the colour printing is of low quality. I have to question whether it is really sensible to try to save a few cents in this area for a guide with a headline price of $25 and which has numerous strong competitors. However, this obviously does not detract from the job this book is intended to do and my personal rating would be that it is extremely comprehensive and well put together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Piers Montague on December 31, 2012
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I used this for travel in Salamanca, Oviedo and other parts of Asturias, Segovia, and Madrid. It is a good guide for a lot things, but NOT for entry times/dates for many places. In many, many cases wrong information is printed, which seems incredible for a book published nine months ago (it simply boggles my mind that so many monuments/sites would change their opening hours so drastically within a year). Definitely double-check the opening times of places you plan to visit, especially in the off-season. One cave in Asturias mentioned in the book is said to be open year-round but it is not! It is closed from September to March!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Wulff on September 9, 2012
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So far, I mostly like the book but I really wish there was an index. For example, I want to read about the town Talavera de la Reina but...there's no index to look it up in. So, I have to google "Talavera de la Reina' to find out that it is in Castilla-la Mancha, which I can then find in the book. This is unfortunate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NCBound on January 10, 2014
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I first purchased a Rough Guide book in 2011 for a 5 month venture to New Zealand. After that I always look for a Rough Guide before any other guidebook.

I went on a month long trip with some friends to first walk El Camino de Santiago and then do some sightseeing after. The Rough Guide gives great recommendations for those looking to travel on a budget. This book also gives great short history lessons and maps for both major attractions and random pit stop villages. If you buy an up to date guide the pricing is also accurate.

All in all a very good buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack B. Klarfeld on November 3, 2013
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This is my second version of Rough Guide to Spain. I love these books because they touch on so many places that are out of the way. Many travel guides focus on the most popular places, but Rough Guide touches on so much and give one many ideas about places ego visit. The indexing is very good. The font has been improved with the exception of some of the special boxes where the font is so light in color that reading for this old man is rather difficult. I suggest that very light grey color be changed to provide improved contrast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin on October 29, 2012
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Do yourself a favor when traveling. Don't rely on crowdsourced chitchat and review apps, get a real guidebook (an e-book is most convenient) written by pros who are not themselves tourists. This series is to be particularly recommended for the history and culture sections, which are really excellent, this one included. Fills a train journey perfectly.
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By Marechal Brown on November 30, 2014
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I was hoping for a Kindle book that would give me the same level of access as the paperback. This Kindle version is very difficult to navigate.
1. There is NO INDEX!!!
2. Difficult to retrace tour steps. When you go to a link on a page, you have to go back to the Table of Contents to return to the original page you were viewing. There is no simple "back" function.
3. Bookmarking a page lists it by the words on the top of the page. You have to make notes to make the bookmarks comprehensible.
4. I haven't figured out if you can organize your bookmarks according to subject, or if they remain randomly listed in the order you bookmarked them.
5. One plus: At least the print is larger, so it's easier to read than the paperback.
There's probably more to say on this. I will add comments as I keep trying to use this guide. I want it to work for me so I don't have to carry the heavy paperback guide with me on my trip!
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