"We tout these guides a lot, we must confess, but we're suckers for good, humorous writing." --Book Passage
"Cadogan uncovers delightful secrets in some of the earth's most traveled spots." --New York Daily News
"humorous, informed . . . irresistible." --Sunday Times (United Kingdom)
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Discover a part of Spain that can feel more African than European, where Roman, Moorish and Christian rulers have all left their mark. These three classic cities are home to some spectacular, world-renowned sights: the romantic, unmissable Alhambra in Granada: Seville's Cathedral with its Giralda tower and nearby Royal Palace; and Cordoba's great mosque, La Mezquita, alongside the labyrinthine Jewish quarter. Watch Gypsies dance authentic flamenco in the caves of Sacromonte, or toreros parading their skill in El Maestranza, the Cathedral of Bullfighting. Examine the complex geometry of the vivid azulejo tiles lining courtyards and patios. Take the sol y nieve challenge by skiing in the Sierra Nevada and swimming in the sea on the same day. And, if you're squeamish, be sure to check this book before ordering local specialties such as revoltillos and tortilla Sacromonte. This guide contains: practical travel advice; 250 hand-picked places to stay; 150 restaurants, bars & cafes; detailed maps & site plans; food & drink advice with a practical menu reader; lively fiestas, including Seville's famous Feria; nightlife, from flamenco to opera.
Good writing style; good information on hotels, eating, shopping and entertainment. Got the best pre-trip information from this book after comapring it to 3 others. Maps are adequate, the rest is quite good.
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Excellent Companion to Thicker GuidebooksJan. 10 2010
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We purchased an inexpensive earlier edition of this Andalusia-focused text to accompany the thicker Frommer and Steve's Spain guidebooks and we were pleasantly surprised. The Cadogan guide provides a different point of view, with more historical and cultural comment and much less practical information (i.e. hotel and restaurant reviews). As a thin volume, we carried Cadogan with us, until I foolishly dropped the book from my shoulder bag in Triana (Sevilla) - luckily near the end of our ten-day intinerary through Cordoba, Granada and Sevilla. I wanted to cry! As mentioned, we bought the slightly outdated previous additional for a few dollars, since we were relying on the current other guides to give us the up-to-the-minute practical info. This strategy worked perfectly. I recommend that any traveler to these Andalusian cities, particularly those on a first visit, purchase this guide as a good supplement to the other better-known guidebooks, whether you carry it to Spain, or not.