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Lonely Planet Discover Spain (Full Color Country Travel Guide) Paperback – April 1, 2010
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** One alert: The classic country guide gets fairly bad Amazon reviews as it seems to incorporate feedback on every published edition, even those 10 years ago, versus the latest v9 edition. I have the classic country guide v9 and its really quite good**
What's Different with the Discovery Edition vs. the Classic edition
- Far less written content
- Less eating, drinking and sleeping suggestions
- Elimination of smaller cities
- Larger type, probably 12 point vs. 8 point in classic
- 392 pages vs. 942 pages
- Heavier paper (so its probably 3/4 the weight of the 942p edition)
- Less maps, but they are in color
- Same number of 'best of suggestions'
- Generally the same number of itinerary suggestions
- A few full page color photos
- Lots of small inline color pictures which are so small they aren't terribly valuable.Read more ›
The Gay and Lesbian Travelers directory provides lots of details, mentioning areas such as Madrid, Barcelona, and Ibiza as lively scenes. However when looking through the chapters, I couldn't locate a single gay and lesbian venue. Fortunately the directory provides a listing of websites and publications to supplement this travel guide.
Venue details include, where available, hours of operation, website URL, phone number, rates/fees, map page number, and more. Along with the venue details, travel tips and an events calendar provide the information needed to plan a vacation. Enticing color images make for a pleasing read, while providing inspiration. The itineraries and highlights in each chapter can make trip planning simple, or one could customize their own itinerary from the venue listings and maps.
This guide isn't complete, but for most travelers may be the only guide needed. When looking for information into something more specific, a supplemental guide may be necessary. I'm confident Lonely Planet's travel guide is a great starting point for planning a vacation though.
Enticing color images
Detailed venue information
Ready made travel itineraries
Some information lacking
Each section is broken down into the:
`Things you need to know'
Along with these, each city is dissected not just into areas to explore, but cafes and restaurants, bars, hotels, "hot-spots", Information locations; all with telephone numbers, price, websites and descriptions. Small villages are also listed, giving the tourist ideas about to expect.
There are colorful large scale maps, city maps, travel recommendations (train, bus, car, etc.) also all with phone numbers and addresses and websites. Nearly every page has a colorful photograph or map showing highlights of the region. Spain is also a country full of festivals, so these are listed as well with appropriate dates and festival details. As I mentioned, this book is as much fun to read before and during and after your trip. Lonely Planet really does deliver on providing you with the `Best of Spain!"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book describes so many wonderful places in Spain that I want to go back and I haven't even been there yet. Read morePublished 16 months ago by DMozen
Never travel anywhere without your Lonely Planet book! I highly recommend any and all of their books. Filled with the most current information. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Broadsworddiva
Lonely Planet's Discover Spain may be for you if you are going on a guided tour, and you don't have to worry about making sleeping arrangements, how to get around in the city or... Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Gloria Henderson
Simple handy but not a very complete guide. Lacking in depth reviews of cities and sites. Like the fact that site not on the major routesare covered.Published on February 1, 2013 by Kaohsiung
Great thing about this book is that index comes in link so I can choose and jump to the content I want easily.
However, most data is not in details especially the map. Read more
I've used and praised many Lonely Planet (LP) travel guides but this one leaves something to be desired. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by K.A.Goldberg
This Lonely Planet's Discover! Spain guide contains information on more affordable options than Frommer's or Fodor's while still offering full-color glossy photos and articles to... Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by C
I give this book three stars because I bought it's sister version (less detailed) and returned this copy unread to the store.Published on January 17, 2012 by J A Jones