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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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 It was compact and concise, albeit a bit out of date.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*
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!!