Frommer's Barcelona Paperback – Apr 27 2009
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From the Back Cover
Frommer's. The best trips start here.
Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer.
- Tips on where to see the magic of modernisme, where to find the best cava, and where to view Catalonia's folk dance, the sardana.
Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.
Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.
Find great deals and book your trip at Frommers.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Born in London England, Peter Stone started his working life in the Foreign Office in Downing Street before moving on to translating and journalism. Over the last 29 years he has resided in different areas of Spain, including Málaga, Barcelona, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and also lived in Greece and North Africa. A lifelong lover of Spanish culture, history and language, he made Madrid his home in 1998, and his publications on the Spanish capital include Madrid Escapes and Frommer’s Madrid. He has also contributed to a wide variety of international magazines and guidebooks, including Time Out, Insight, Intelliguide, Spain Gourmetour, and Pauline Frommer’s Spain.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The advantage that this and all Frommer's guides will give you is a star rating for various sights, hotels, restaurants, etc:
3 stars = must see
2 stars = very highly recommended
1 star = highly recommended
reviewed but no stars = recommended
This feature is why I continually use Frommer's guides, they help me find the "priority" spots so that I can most efficiently use my vacation time. The Barcelona edition is no different, they have helped me identify the must-do activities on my upcoming trip.
The downside of the Frommer's Barcelona guide is 2 fold:
1) There are no pictures with in the book - a picture on the front cover and on the back cover, that is it. Most Frommer's guides have a few pages within them with a few photos. I don't buy Frommer's guides for the photos, that is not the kind of guide they make. But a few photos would have made the book better. There is however a color page included in the middle of the book, an advertisement for Travelocity.
2) The bigger issue I have with this edition is the lack of useful maps. There is not a single map that shows the entire Barcelona region. There is a map of the Barcelona attractions (which is helpful), but it does not include a number of things mentioned in the guide and does not include the Barcelona airport. In addition they have separate maps of the same area over and over again, one for sights, one for hotels, one for restaurants, one for the metro system. It would be very helpful to have a map that has the metro system locations included in the "What to see" section so that travelers would know how to get to what they want to see.
Frommer's Barcelona is packed with information (most of it very useful) but could use a few more pages from some useful maps and maybe a photo or two.
I agree with the other reviewers who said that there was a general lack of good maps of the city. Luckily, our hotel gave us a very good one at check in.
Too bad, because the content was great. I guess the editors are to blame?