Lonely Planet Hiking in Spain 4th Ed.: 4th Edition Paperback – Apr 8 2010
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About the Author
As a child English born Stuart Butler received his first travel inspirations from weekly visits to his local zoo and the constant re-reading of the late, great Gerald Durrell's books about his animal collecting exploits in Corfu and beyond. A few years later Stuart put the lizard hunting onto a back burner and took up surfing. A short and not very successful professional surfing career quickly evolved into the far more enjoyable task of surf exploration along some of the worlds most remote coastlines. The results of these trips, which have seen him riding waves in places as diverse as the Arctic tundra in winter, the burning coastal deserts of Pakistan and Yemen in high summer, the rain soaked jungle beaches of Colombia and the shark infested reefs of eastern Africa, have appeared widely in the international surf and travel media. His stories and photos from these trips have gained Stuart a well-founded reputation for stumbling blindly into minefields, getting his travel companions thrown into Third-World military prisons and becoming tangled up in all sorts of magical duals with passing sorcerers and ghosts. His first guidebook work was all surfing based and included writing for the legendry Stormrider Guides as well as compiling his own Oceansurf Guidebooks to Portugal and Spain. Since joining Lonely Planet Stuart has worked on guides to South Asia and the Middle East and for other publishers he has written about Africa.Stuart now lives beside the beautiful beaches of southwest France where the lack of a decent zoo is compensated for by the lizards and terrapins living in his garden. Photographs and stories from his trips can be seen on his website www.oceansurfpublications.co.uk
Top Customer Reviews
On the first glance the book is well written, it has a few hikes in every area of the country, the hikes have a description, a map as well as the route outline. All is fine until you actually get on the trail.
A few of the things we have experienced:
* Not being able to follow the route directions, more than once, the things described in the route just were not there
* Routes having inconsistent difficulty ratings which ended up with us miscalculating both the time and the amount of supplies to take with us
* The book directing us to walk for more than 2 kilometers on a dirt road with no views while it was possible to just drive on this road to a provided parking area
* Some of the route description having weird details while all that was required to say was just follow the clearly posted signs
Overall if you can find another book on hiking in Spain go with it, use this one only if there is no other option but be aware of the books problems.
"Walking in Spain" describes thirty or so of the best trails in Spain, highlighting trails in Mallorca, the Alpujarras Mountains of Andalusia, the area around Valencia, Castile's Sierra de Gredos and Sierra de Guadarrama, the Spanish Pyrenees, Galicia, and the Cordillera Cantábrica. Hikes vary from longer hauls like the 23-day Pyrenean traverse and the month-long Camino de Santiago to shorter 5- and 6-day hikes and walks you can do in less than a day.
I've used the guide to get some great ideas for an upcoming hiking trip to the Alpujarras Mountains and the Sierra Nevada and have found it extremely useful. It lists numerous places to stay, ranging from 30- and 40-euro "pensiones" to dirt-cheap hikers' "albergues". You're not going to find a list of every single cheap place to crash your head here (if you did, you would have a book twice as big as this one), but you won't find yourself stranded. There's also a bunch of affordable eating places listed in this book.
A plus for hikers who want to tackle all or part of the famous St. James pilgrimage route is that the guide's recommended day-to-day itinerary drops you off at the end of each day in towns where you can get food and water. A chart also shows the distance between each official "albergue" and the next.
This book comes up a little short on cultural information, but you can always take a look at Lonely Planet's general guide to Spain. Recommended. Five stars.
You will find some errors or changes needed in all of these guides, due to conditions changing on the trail, overlooked typos, etc. When you do, help future pilgrims by sending an email to the publication's website so that they can revise the next edition.
Most recent customer reviews
A lot of information you won't have in any other book !
A great complement to another book that is more about general tourism in Spain.
We used this book and also the Lonely Planet Spain guide together for 2 walks in Galicia. In both cases (Spindrift 2 and Mt Pindo) the information was out of date. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by George Klima
My first-ever lonely planet guide, but it made me an instant convert. I've since bought a few other Lonely Planets and haven't been disappointed. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2002 by Amazon Customer
I recently completed walking the Camino de Santiago, (the last section of the book), and the maps and narratives were invaluable. Read morePublished on July 21 2001 by james r eyskens
The book is generally up to the usual LP standard, with good coverage of transportation and lodging possibilities. Read morePublished on July 15 2000 by Belguy Chadash
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