Lonely Planet's Spain travel guide begins with a list of 25 top experiences, top itineraries, and information for planning your vacation. Spain is then divided into chapters covering Madrid, Barcelona, Central Spain, Catalonia & Aragon, Spain's North Coast, Spain's East Coast & Islands, and Andalusia travel regions, each containing color maps, highlights, itineraries, colorful images, and venue details. Then the travel guide ends with historical and cultural information, travel directories, and transportation details.
The Gay and Lesbian Travelers directory provides lots of details, mentioning areas such as Madrid, Barcelona, and Ibiza as lively scenes. However when looking through the chapters, I couldn't locate a single gay and lesbian venue. Fortunately the directory provides a listing of websites and publications to supplement this travel guide.
Venue details include, where available, hours of operation, website URL, phone number, rates/fees, map page number, and more. Along with the venue details, travel tips and an events calendar provide the information needed to plan a vacation. Enticing color images make for a pleasing read, while providing inspiration. The itineraries and highlights in each chapter can make trip planning simple, or one could customize their own itinerary from the venue listings and maps.
This guide isn't complete, but for most travelers may be the only guide needed. When looking for information into something more specific, a supplemental guide may be necessary. I'm confident Lonely Planet's travel guide is a great starting point for planning a vacation though.
PROS: Enticing color images Detailed venue information Ready made travel itineraries
CONS: Some information lacking
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Experience The Best of Spain Make the most of your trip abroad – Lonely Planet’sfull colorDiscover guides highlight the best a country has to offer while still providing an authentic and memorable experience.
Full Color Throughout Full of color images and maps – makes planning as inspiring as the journey itself Color-coded navigation
Easy-To-Use Structure Easy-to-use tools include: color-coded chapters, color thumb tabs, dynamic color spreads on major highlights and Easy-to-read planning sections throughout
Highlights Special front-of-book chapter on the top 25 can’t-miss experiences Features the must-see attractions and unbeatable experiences Focuses on key cities and regions
Itineraries Country-wide itineraries take you step by step though the country – broken out by interest, theme and length of trip Region-specific itineraries help you plan more deeply for the regions you are most interested in
Local Experts Major attractions include insights from local experts on what not to miss