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Bilbao & the Basque Islands (Cadogan Guides)

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Explores the heart of one of Europe's most distinctive regions, with its stunning architecture, chic seaside towns and breathtaking mountains. This title helps you discover some of Spain's most exuberant fiestas. It also details perfect places to stay for any budget including sophisticated 17th-century paradores and idyllic mountain retreats.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Cadogan Guides (USA) (first published August 1st 2001)
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Apr 04, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it
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A good read, actually. This is less like the travel guides I am used to (Michelin, Rough Guide, etc) and more like a descriptive book about an area. After a couple token glossy tourist photos at the front there are no pictures, and fairly substantial articles about mythology, history, and culture outweigh descriptions of the "sights". More something to read ahead of time than a guide for travel planning (which is fine because I'm not going there). I enjoyed this even though it didn't have the ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Tuck rated it really liked it
a dandy up to date guide to basque country, both france and spain. of course you always have to take these with a grain of salt, but writers have tried to convey the sublime, the mundane, the joys, and the pains-in-ass, and the "funny" ways of the basques, and one of the coolest places around. and not a strip mall to be found in the whole place.
Sep 03, 2013 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book is incredibly offensive in its refusal to acknowledge how the vast majority of basque people want independence for their country. if the author had actually had a conversation with a few basque people they would have realised how fucking offensive it is to continually downplay the importance of basque culture and history.

if you have a genuine interest in this amazing place, please do not use this book as your only source of information. saying that, if it is taken with a pinch of salt
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Dana Facaros wrote her first guide book the Greek Islands at age 20 in 1977, and husband Michael Pauls joined her a few years later in penning guides to Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica. Along with Turkey, these books became the genesis of the first Cadogan Guides in 1985. These were a little revolution at the time: guides ‘for the independent traveller’ as the old slogan put it, with a rich and ...more
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