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Lonely Planet Greek Islands (Regional Guide) Paperback – April 1, 2012
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relief, this guidebook turned out to be just like any other Lonely Planet guidebooks, very helpful. The reason I like Lonely Planet guidebooks are because it gives me very practical informations like ferry/bus times, prices, length of travel time, etc. I would not travel to any country without reading Lonely Planet guidebooks first and this particular book, Greek Islands is no exception.
It's just that there could be so much... more. They basically ripped the "Greek Islands" section out of their Greece travel guide, slapped a new cover on it and called it a day. What they should have done was made it bigger and better. Unfortunately - especially for the less famous islands - coverage outside of the main town is often just a brief rundown of destinations, with little detail on what each one is like and what's worth your time.
There is decent advice on how to travel between islands, but not so much for getting around once you're ON the island. It's almost like they just expect you to rent a car (and even then, there's not much island-specific info). On some, walking is a fantastically scenic way to see the island (Tinos comes to mind), but this guide - unlike virtually every other Lonely Planet guide - has very little details on outdoor activities such as hiking. Speaking of which, other Lonely Planet books feature itineraries for DIY walking tours around town... but no such luck here. A shame, since this really is the perfect destination for it.
To be fair, many other books lack this information as well (I've found the Rough Guide's version to be slightly better than most); it's just that Lonely Planet usually exceeds in these departments.
The information is obviously not checked when editions are updated, which renders it completely useless.
I could get all the info I need online, for free, from some gal or dude's website.
I believe it is as cursory about the other islands.
Some countries get great treatment by Lonely Planet but this island was orphaned.