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Frommer's Madrid Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket) by Mary-Ann Gallagher (2009-06-22)


Frommer's Madrid Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket) by Mary-Ann Gallagher (2009-06-22)

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  • By Prikinul on 6 October 2012

    This is one of the most dissapointing travel guides I've ever bought. It has 1 advantage - compact and convenient size.Now about disadvantages:- The biggest dissapointment are the maps (including the foldout). They lack detail, many places are marked inaccurately, but what makes them almost unusable is that most of the streets are not marked with names. Therefore the maps can only give you a sense of direction, but it's next to impossible to figure out on which street or crossroad you're at and where to turn next. Even the praised walking tours are innacurate and sometimes it was difficult to realise that the point of interest is in front of you or where the next point is.- It is lacking background information on almost everything. Most of the points of interest are described by name and the year or century it was built. That's it. No history, no why it's interesting, or what's there now, nothing! The only places with some information are the biggest sights like Royal palace, but then again, we got much more background info and interesting facts from our free tour guide.- Speaking of the wonderful free tour with a local English speaking guide - it's not even mentioned in the book! And you really need to take it if your only source of info is this book!:)- Although the book is published quite recently (that's why I bought it in the first place), A LOT of info is outdated, even such important and easily updatable things like public transport fares.- The "12 favourite moments" listed in the book is exactly what it says - the favourite moments of the author, but NOT (what I'd expect in a guide book) the 12 must do's in Madrid. It doesn't even include seeing Flamenco dance, or tasting summer wine or Sangria or Gazpacho or Jamon! Instead, on a short trip to Madrid (which this book is supposed to help plan) you should go to a flea market, book market and shopping. Wow.- No useful info about Spanish cuisine. It keeps mentioning tapas on every page, but I believe first time visitors would like to know, why are tapas so important, who and how "invented" them, which are the best and most traditional, how and what to order?? And are tapas the only thing eaten in Madrid?- All in all, the book should not be regarded as a travel guide, but more like "What I've seen and liked in Madrid by M. Gallagher", as it is very subjective and doesn't cover the various needs and interests of travellers. Like bullfighting - the author mentions once that she doesn't like it, well I agree and I personally think that it's disqusting, but come on, you can't just ignore it and put no info about it whatsoever - in the end it IS a part of the Spanish culture. Or waterparks - since there's no beach in Madrid and it's quite hot, I guess quite a few visitors would like to visit it. However, this guide won't help you with that, as it only mentions that there IS a waterpark in Madrid, but no pricing, opening hours, or WHERE it is. Instead, you get tons of useful info about flea markets. Well, if you're a flea market addict like the author (which she states in page 4), this book may suit you well. For all the others, I really cannot recommend it.

  • By Ward Brighton on 27 April 2012

    I'm a big fan of lonely planet and rough guides but wanted a small compact book that would be easy to use for just a couple of days visit to Madrid. The book is compact and has some really good walks included which highlight the local focal points in a sensible and sequential order.The book lets itself down with the maps. The maps often has the same areas missed off because of a key box or they go off the page so its sometimes difficult to navigate. Additionally the information on the big parks are misleading - For example Park de Campo they state has a lake that is 10-15 minutes walk away from the cable car stop. I'm a really fast walker and you can times that by 4 at the very least. The park description for Park Retiro just needs to clearly state that if you walk in the park from along from the botanical gardens, you walk up Alfonso and then everything is on the left hand side (the lake, the palace etc). The park is massive and has no signposts. Its just very confusing.The metro pull out is excellent and the times, descriptions and opening times of places was really good and accurate. Sorry I can't be more helpful - its really good in some ways and really not great in others.

  • By blueban on 15 May 2012

    In brief, its not what it says.!!The book is outdated when it comes to restaurants, timings, fees etc.. Though its reprinted this year, the information seems to be 3-4 year old. Some of the top recomended restaurants were closed (for ever). The timings,ticket price etc of most of the museums, flamengo bars, bus & trains have changed. The author hasn't given information to broad spectrum of tourist interest. Its ideal for certain group of tourists & not for many. For Eg I know the author's view on 'Bullfighting' is not positive but its still one of the top tourist attraction in Mdrid. They can express their view(which she has) but should have given basic information for interested tourists. It applies to few other tourist attractions as well. The author has completely ignored some interests in Madrid.ALl this is very inconvenient & frustrating specially when you rely on this book to plan your trip in short time.(which the title claims as its intention)How ever the convenient part is its very handy to carry.In general it was annoying that we had to find lots of information through other means.

  • By Yellow Dog on 11 November 2009

    I have been travelling to Madrid for years on and off and know the city well. But I have struggled to find a decent guide that covers all the ground. Some, like Lonely Planet have good maps but are superficial on museums, culture and dreadful when it comes to restaurants. Others stress culture or eating out but are thin on practicalities.This is the only book I have found which covered the ground. And it's down to the author who writes clearly and wittily, has good taste in food and hotels and is clearly a genuine authority on Spain rather than a person shipped in to do a quick job.

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