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Lonely Planet Valencia Encounter Paperback – February 1, 2010
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The lodging accommodations section in Frommer's contains more entries and is more helpful. The Frommer's map in the back of the book is much better than the LP map: sturdier, better detailed, wider view of the city, points of interest noted, a pocket in the book to carry it in. Both books are small enough to be carried around. Valencia's biggest festival of the year is Las Fallas; more than a festival it is actually an industry during the year preparing for the four day event. Frommer's devotes 3 pages to it, LP almost one page.
I would give Frommer's five stars and LP 3.5; both are useful, Frommer's is my choice if I had to chose only one, but I suggest buying both if you are going.
By far, this is my favorite book on Valencia (I don't have the exact website, but if you type 'Valencia Blog' into your search engine, there is also a great website--not affiliated with this author or publisher--that expands on what you will find in this book).
I've done a lot of reading and research on Valencia, and this book really orients the reader to the city and what there is to see/do. On Trip Advisor, there is some dispute amongst the reviewers as to whether a trip to Valencia warrants three, four, or more days. This author suggests at least a week, and based on my pre-trip research, I'm inclined to agree with him.
This book is small; about the size of a postcard, with 160 pages and a pull-out map. Thus, it will be easy to take on a trip. Unlike a lot of other guides, there isn't a great deal of information on most of the sites in Valencia. He includes a Top 10 list, which goes into a bit more detail, but it's not like the Insight series books, which have more content. Because of this, you'll need to cross-reference what you see in this book with other sources. The map is also pretty basic, so it looks like you'll need to get something more detailed, pre-trip or once you arrive.
Anyhow, I'm impressed with this book on the front-end. Again, I'm modify and add to this review once we return from Valencia.