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Great Travel Guide; Just got back and this book helped a lot
on September 10, 2011
In anticipation of our recent trip to Madrid and Seville, I purchased several travel guides and maps. While there isn't a great deal of difference between most travel guides, I found this one to be exceptional. The book is well-organized and includes several maps, both local and regional. There are also ample (and well done) photos of historical buildings, museums, and art. For those unfamiliar with Spanish cuisine, there are several photos of tapas and other dishes, so you can see what it looks like before ordering. There is information on the airport, train routes, currency, language (including a brief language guide), and shopping districts.
We went to almost every major museum in Madrid and this book was quite helpful in this regard. The book has information on over 35 (!!!) museums. There are maps, photos, and interior guides to most of the major museums, to include samples of what art/antiquities you can see on your visit. While Prado was worth seeing, we would have missed a lot by not visiting other museums.
We took the train to Toledo and this book was helpful in this regard. There is a great, two page map of the city of Toledo, which was needed, as the streets of Toledo wind around, up and down various hills. There are also great descriptors of sites in Toledo other than the Alcazar (we went to El Greco's house/museum, and this guidebook had a good description of what to expect).
Like most other Eyewitness Travel Guides, this one fits well into a backpack or purse. We took three travel guides with us, but this is the one we used the most, and the one we took with us on our daily treks. While you will want to read other books and websites before taking your trip, taking this book alone should be sufficient.
I don't have any major complaints about the book, but I wish these guides didn't include so much information on restaurants. If you want to know where to eat and what to expect---wherever you go---look it up at TripAdvisor.com. Also, while there is a small language guide in the book, do yourself a favor and learn more of the language than what you'll find in these kind of travel guides.
If you go to Madrid, have fun!