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Frommer's Barcelona Paperback – Apr 27 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 3 edition (April 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470387475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470387474
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,025,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --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.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 3.3 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tons of info but frustrating to use Aug. 26 2007
By J. Hunt - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have purchased a number of Frommer's books over the years and overall I have found them to be among the most helpful guides that exist. This Barcelona edition has been frustrating for me to use for my upcoming trip to Barcelona.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate maps Nov. 6 2011
By MCD - Published on
Format: Paperback
I generally really like fromers guides, and this author, like the others, had great recommendations. However, this hook had one inexcusable offense - several times the maps were incorrect. Luckily, I was traveling with some with a European iPhone so we could find the correct location (and point to it when getting into a cab after we found the location to be somewhere other than where there book told us).

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?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good info, but needs more maps and pictures May 3 2010
By M. Cory - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A Good basic tour book. Pretty complete info, but hard to find what you're looking for. I also thought it was a bit lacking in maps and could use some photos to make things more interesting.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maps? Feb. 15 2008
By Robert F. Woods - Published on
Format: Paperback
Indeed - what has happened to the maps which have been with this series of Frommer Guides? They were even detachable - but moreover they were GOOD maps!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars needs better updating May 4 2011
By eac - Published on
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Frommer's Guides are always very helpful but this guide had a few problems. I purchased just one month before my trip and was shocked that it had not been updated for 2 years. There were lots of errors and the pricing was not even close to reality. In addition, it would be a big big help if there were a full city map as part of the guide.

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