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Frommer's Barcelona Day by Day Paperback – Dec 21 2010


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"[This book offers] time-saving suggestions for getting the most out of your city break and include full size pull-out maps"  (virginmedia.com, January 2008) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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21 Self-guided Tours. 39 Maps. One Great Trip.

At last, a travel guide that tells you how to see the best of everything—in the smartest, most time-efficient way.

  • The best of Barcelona in one, two, or three days

  • Thematic tours for every interest, schedule, and taste

  • Hundreds of evocative photos

  • Bulleted maps that show you how to go from place to place

  • Hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife for all budgets

  • A tear-resistant foldout map—enclosed in a handy plastic wallet you can also use for tickets and souvenirs


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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Best of the bunch but not perfect Aug. 18 2009
By M. Lustig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just returned fm Barcelona and brought 5 guidebooks (Fodors See It Barcelona, Frommers 24 Great Walks in Barcelona, Frommers Barcelona day by day, and Time Out Barcelona, and EasyMap Barcelona) because none of them really filled the one-stop-shop I was looking for.

This book was the best of the bunch. It was compact and concise, albeit a bit out of date. The maps were ok, but they lacked the detail that you need for the twisted streets of the gothic quarter. The major plus of the book was its breakdown of what to do by day/priority and interest categories. It has a What To Do on Day 1, then Day 2, then Day 3, plus walks by area and interest areas including architecture, culinary and history walks. Unfortunately, there wasnt a lot of detail about what we were seeing once we got there, so we had to supplement the info with the seemingly lead-bound Fodors tome (doubles as a weapon, apparently).

The front cover has a pretty good small map plus a metro map, and it also includes a big map that was useless since it didnt have any info whatsoever on it. We ended up leaving it in the room.

My recommendation is that if you have only 3 or fewer days in BCN, just get this book. If more, then also get the Frommers 24 walks, which we used quite a bit, but only as a supplement.

Here is my summary reviews

Frommers Barcelona day by day - 4*
See It Barcelona - 3*
Frommers 24 great walks in Barcelona - 5*
Time Out Barcelona - 2*
EasyMap Barcelona - 1*
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for a short trip! July 17 2008
By Gadget Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is absolutely fantastic! It's small and concise while still being detailed enough for a short trip to Barcelona. It offers several suggestions for how to spend 1, 2 or 3 days. The guide book was perfect for our port stop in Barcelona on a recent cruise. I hesitated to buy a book for just one city, but it provided much more information than our general Spain book did. It was not too big or too small - great for walking around for the day - and included a fold out map. I highly recommend any book in this series. The guided Modernista walk provided structure to our wandering in Barcelona. It also features a guided walk of Las Ramblas and tons of other helpful information that we used on our short trip in Barcelona. If you were staying more than a week, I might go for something a little more detailed, but this book hits all the highlights.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Great Book for the Traveler Jan. 28 2008
By Andrew P. Haw - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great guide - if I was to do it again for the first trip to barcelona I would recommend this book. For your second trip there invest in one a little larger so it can go into more detail on everything you see, but that's all. This book is great.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Perfect Travel companion Dec 11 2009
By Dew - Published on Amazon.com
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I had 4 travel books on Barcelona and this was by far the most practical. I suggest getting it far in advance so you can plan each day to make the most of your travels. Also buy a laminated map (waterproof) that you can carry and pop out conveniently when necessary. This book breaks down what your interest might be (history, shopping, parks, etc.) and how many days you'll be in Barcelona. It truly was very accurate down to what the atmosphere is of restaurants they list. One of the biggest things I'd recommend to make your trip enjoyable is to learn the Metro/rail and use it to get to everything quickly. Buy a 10 ticket or monthly pass. Make sure to have your PIN for your credit/debit card for the automated Metro rail machines. Enjoy Barcelona it's marvelous. Learn the Euro before you go as well. You can search for it online. That will make life easier for you when you pay for things and need to count out money. PS - don't wear a frickin fanny pack EVER!! That makes you a pick pocket magnet because they know you are a USA tourist. I carried my wallet and a photo copy of my Passport (for identification when using credit cards) for 2 weeks in my front pocket. I went everywhere (I do mean everywhere) without any issues.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Easy to use when "on the run in Barcelona" Dec 6 2010
By Eat Love Laugh - Published on Amazon.com
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Frommer's is no doubt one of the most popular travel book publishers. They maintain that sterling reputation with me in this great pocket travel guide on Barcelona Spain.

I studied this book in the days prior to traveling from the USA to Barcelona, but we really hit our stride when we hit the ground in Barcelona with the inevitable question...."Where do we eat???" Frommer's to the rescue by dividing the city into easy to navigate "districts." We figured out where we were (at our hotel) and looked at which district was within walking distance.

We followed the guide's recommendation to see "La Boqueria" which was an AMAZING farmer's market, which had small open air cafes dotting the perimeter. These little cafes by virtue to being in the market simply grabbed whatever was absolutely fresh that day and cooked it for eager diners!! We jumped from stand to stand, and without realizing it, did a famous "event" called a "Tapas Crawl."

We then followed the book further and toured the works of famed artist Antoni Gaudi (As in the term - GAUDY). The chapel "La Sagrada Familia" (also referred to as the Melting Candles Church) is truly one of the great wonders of the world, as well as an artistic marvel!!

Navigation of the city was mase "easy peasy lemon squeezy" with the recommendation of catching the double decker "tourist bus." It is inexpensive, and includes earphones that pipe in narration in your choice of a half a dozen languages to suit your needs.

We had a blast at a 100+ year old restaurant (Los Caracoles) that specializes in stewed snails, and roasted sucking pig all cooked over an open wood burning stove.

If you're going to Barcelona - buy this book!! If you're not going, but you have an interest in Spain...Buy this book!!

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