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Lonely Planet Spain is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander the lanes of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter; look down over Spain from the Pyrenees; take in the colour and drama of flamenco in Seville; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Spain and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet Spain:
- Full-colour maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
- Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
- Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – history, art, architecture, landscape, food, wine.
- Free, convenient pull-out Barcelona map (included in print version), plus over 100 colour maps.
- Covers Madrid, Castilla y LeÃ³n, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Barcelona, Catalonia, AragÃ³n, Bilbao, Basque Country, La Rioja, Cantabria, Asturias, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Valencia, AndalucÃa, Extremadura and more.
- Of course it is still a great book but it is not in my pedestal of a perfect book of other years.
I was a LP follower but I’m disapointed and started to think that it has some suspicious info. For example it recommends with a color frame a specific place in Segovia to try a dessert “ponche segoviano”, I was happy to find it and find out that the dessert was not great for my taste. Locals told me that there are several better places to try the real one, and in general told that the recommendadtion was not ok to be mentioned with such an emphasis. I did so, ordered it in another restaurant, and found out a great dessert experience.
The way the Barcelona maps are divided by zones may not the best distribution, good try in a complicated issue.
Best values to improove or to dedícate more lines:
The self walk tours routes are the best and a good value to avoid the big mess of information on the webb.
Dedicate more lines for the 1-2-3, etc. day recommendations.
Mention more info on things that may make you loose time or give more “warnings”.
Some times the recommendation is not clear, looks like the author wants to be Ok with every body and does not have freedom to write his recommendations to avoid resentful parties.
Not easy to use when downloaded onto a tablet. No advise about camping sites. Lots about drinking and nightlife and tapas but no advise if don’t like meat and jamon constantly. I found myself disagreeing on the towns and villages worth visiting – the guide seems to recommend the touristic and commercial ones and not ones that are not which are often more attractive.
I used this book during my two weeks of travel all throughout Spain. Yes, all of the information in the book can be found in the internet, but there is something so satisfying about opening a book and feeling the pages. Also, it was convenient to carry around while in Spain so that I didn’t constantly have to rely on wifi to figure out what to do. With that being said, there were many days, after walking for hours at a time, when I wished it was a little lighter and smaller!!
On our recent trip to Spain I think I was the only person I saw carrying a guidebook as most people use their phones these days. But I enjoyed reading the book to my husband each night as we planned the next day. Some days were better planned than others. I used the book before the trip as well to cross check information online.
Always been a fan of lonely planet guides, but this one disappointed me by not covering Ibiza and Mallorca… the previous (2014?) edition covered these islands, but I didn’t notice before buying that the 2016 version does not. For how dense (re: heavy to carry in my travel pack) it is, I’d think it would cover all my needs. Now I’m stuck trying to get what I need out of the hard to read kindle versions.
I’ve been using Lonely Planet guides for over a decade. This one’s a hair out of date (given a new version is slated for November) and has a weird SJW bent to it that wasn’t so obvious in other LP guides I’ve purchased in the past. Much of the material was useful, but I could do without the author’s biases (which become especially apparent when they discuss the religion/history of Spain). All in all, a solidly mediocre guide.
I have hard copies of Lonely Planet travel books that are very helpful. The kindle version provides brief information then gives a link to the location’s website. When I am standing in the Alcazar, Sevilla, Spain, I cannot get an Internet connection. I wish I had purchased the hard copy with their info, not someone else’s from a link I could not access. I will not purchase another kindle book fro Lonely Planet.
I am currently studying abroad in Spain and this book has dozens of recommendations for things to see and do at all price ranges. For larger cities, it prioritizes things to do as well. The only thing I don’t like are the restaurant recommendations, as a college student, I cannot afford many of the expensive restaurants they typically suggest.
This is an incredibly thorough and well thought out guide. It covers information/ suggestions from a wide variety of areas of interest- sports, food, history for example. Great touring suggestions for short or long term trips, too. I highly recommend it.