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Rick Steves' Spain 2007 (Rick Steves' Country Guides)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  725 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Who but Rick Steves can tell travelers the best way to see Barcelona, the Basque Region, Madrid, Toledo, Salamanca, Andalucia, Sevilla, Arcos, Jerez, Granada, Gibraltar, and Morocco? With Rick Steves’ Spain 2007, travelers can experience the best of everything Spain has to offer, including tapas-hopping and cathedral visits — economically and hassle-free. Completely revise ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 22nd 2006 by Rick Steves (first published 2004)
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Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
like any modern-day Rick Steves - certainly far above adequate and generally wry if not actually funny, the text seems mostly unchanged from the 2002 version I also happen to own. The hotel and restaurant recommendations are practically worthless to me - in any guidebook, so I barely skimmed those. Where Steves always shines is in the city and museum walking tours, where he (and his co-authors) can weave a narrative through physical space, and make sense of how history shapes place and culture, ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written in the typical Rick Steves fashion with his dry, quirky humor and frugal take on travel. We enjoy his writing and many of his tips are very helpful. His tips on how to get to Tangier and Gibraltar from Tarifa were fantastic.

I do wish she would add some of the lesser-known attractions in the big cities. We went to some of the smaller museums to avoid the crowds at the Prado and others and we’re delighted with the selection of paintings and lack of crowds. The Hospital Pau in
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, non-fiction
So let me begin by saying that the maps and historical/cultural facts within were appreciated. They helped add context to my visit to Spain. The general guidance was a little more spotty - some items were very right, others... not so much. I did try to find a few of the restaurants mentioned but for the most part was not impressed. Best takeaways were the maps and the culture site guides. I read the rest of the ideas, but took them as suggestions and frequently supplemented my plans with other t ...more
Varrick Nunez
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Rick Steves fan and this one was handy for our trip to Spain.
Harriet Williams
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
My edition was 2014 and it proved a valuable guide when I was visiting in 2015 and 2016.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good guide and there was some humor involved which I appreciated.
Steve Stuart
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good guide, that had many helpful tips and helped me plan itineraries for several days on a vacation to Spain.

Ironically, we made the most use of the sections on Gibraltar and Tangier... neither of which is in Spain. The guide doesn't make any attempt to cover all of Spain, instead opting for detailed coverage on about a dozen recommended destinations. The coverage of Andalucía, Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca is quite sparse, which made it less than ideal for my trip. I'm sure Rick Steves woul
Terri Lynn
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, nonfiction
I confess, I don't like Spain at all. I hate the culture, am not fond of the food, and am not even wild over the people or language. This is one of the very few countries in Europe I can say this about (Portugal is another).

On the other hand, if one has a relative whose work took him here along with his wife and kids and you want to see them, you have to visit Spain. There are only three things I like about it- getting to visit the Altamira Caves (or at least a replica), visiting museums, and t
Dec 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
I used this to help plan my trip last month to Barcelona and Granada. I've been a fan of Let's Go and Lonely Planet travel guides and have preferred to use those in my past trips. However, I was impressed and I appreciated the level of detail Rick includes in these guides. Suggestions on what to eat, people who are helpful, walking tours of neighborhoods and even guides for some museums (thank goodness for his guide of the Museu Picasso! It helped a lot!) were really helpful.

However, there were
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We used this book the entire time we were in Spain and have also used it since returning home. Although we joked about it at the time, this book was a valuable addition to our trip. I would recommend this to anyone planning a trip to Spain. Most everything you want to know is covered in here. If driving you will need a more detailed map but that's not a huge drawback. (Also if driving get GPS on your car) This is a great book to use while exploring the country on your own! We stayed at hotels Ri ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
I found this guide somewhat useful for my purposes while visiting Spain. The basic information and history was well-presented and so important to know in advance. I felt well-informed about the sights I visited. I didn't use his recommendations for either accommodation or restaurants in Barcelona or in San Sebastian. I know that I have missed out on some fine dining as a result but we discovered some amazing food and craft beer without his help. (I think it is hard to go wrong when eating in Spa ...more
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
We owe our awesome trip to Spain last March to this book. It saved us money & time. We skipped paying for guides everywhere we went because the book has it all! It took us to the best restaurants (or really I should say bars--that's where you eat in Spain!). It got us a sweet room in Toledo for a discounted price. Recommended the best café con leche y pastel you can find in Segovia. Found us a break from Spanish cuisine when we enjoyed some lovely pizza in El Escorial. The list goes on & ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This guide book has a lot of in-depth, pertinent information that I found useful in planning my visit to Spain. However, some of the information is outdated- disappointing for a self-proclaimed "2016" guide. Banks in Spain no longer exchange currency, unless you are a client. Currency exchanges are a rip off, as expected. In short, do not bring cash to Spain! Your best bet is using an ATM. Not only are ATMs abundant and easy to use (all I used had an English option), they give the best exchange ...more
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rick Steves' guides are the best. If only they were smaller. But then they might not be so informative: where to go, how to get there, how much it costs and even opinions as to whether one should bother! I did a terrible thing for a librarian. I bought an older copy and tore out relevant pages, took them with me, recycled that book and retained the 2010 for notes when I got home.

I still miss the Michelin green guides for their size and succinct historical accounts. But if I had to choose now I'd
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
I'm going to Spain again in a few months, so I got this book in the electronic format. I've been to Barcelona, but not to other cities and therefore quite enjoyed reading about the various options, potential itineraries, and how to get around. It helped us to narrow our plans for the visit considerably. I like the accessible writing style, hand drawn maps, and focus on culture and history rather than shopping and night clubs. This is a really extensive guidebook, but I enjoyed reading it electro ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always an invaluable tool for our trips to Europe. Although I don't always agree with everything written, these books are very helpful and have great step by step maps and descriptions of the major things to see. I also rely heavily on Frommer's, Fodor's, and Trip Advisor to create my own Itinerary. I end up with a perfectly customized trip that caters to our interests. Time consuming but worth every minute. The RS videos are also excellent.
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rick Steve's guidebook helped us navigate a two week driving tour of Spain. We hit all the highlights; Barcelona, Granada, Sevilla, Cordova, Toledo and Madrid. Informations on sights to see, history, art, and even parking was always helpful. This book did not cover the Coast well as he is more interested in historical and more tourist oriented areas, Best books for information on European travel.
Karen Hsu
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read the 2010 version. This book was excellent preparation for our trip to Spain. Great hotel recommendations and things to see. Wasn't a huge fan of the restaurant recommendations. But it was quite helpful for all things travel paired with all things Spain, and even included some personal tours, which saved us some money in the end.
JG (The Introverted Reader)
I just love Rick Steves. He's funny while at the same time packing a lot of history and very useful information into his travel guides. We used his books for our trip to Italy and just knew we had to have one for our trip to Spain. We caught ourselves mentally thanking him several times for the tips! Highly recommended if you're heading to Europe.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a reason Rick Steves is the king of European guidebooks. He really knows how to explain facts in a light, amusing yet authoritative voice - he seems to know every destination like the back of his hand. Very helpful for our trip to Barcelona, Toledo, Madrid, Sevilla and Cordoba - advice was spot on.
Chad Olson
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013, spain
So much better in book form than on Kindle. I used the Kindle versions for Scandinavia and Italy but the book is so much more useful. You simply need to flip back and forth between pages and maps and the Kindle version just doesn't do that well.

Use this book combined with Trip Adviser rankings to find the good stuff.
Kevin Buckley
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Rick Steve's book will make any travel experience better. He tells you an overview if the country or cities top sights and a bit about the history. Be careful with his maps though they are good to get a general overview but are not good for navigation. Walking tours of the Alhambra were better in his book than the 10€ headsets you could purchase at the ticket booth.
Good Reader!
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just as great as Rick's other publications - full of practical info as well as tons of cultural & historical tidbits. I will say that I don't always agree w/ his restaurant recommendations, but overall this is a terrific publication for hitting Spain's best tourist destinations!
Ashley H
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very informative. It provides you with any Do's and Don't, in addition to things one must do while in Spain. I love Rick's books, but you must check out his website. The two together make an awesome parring/ supportive measure.
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
He was very condescending to the Camino de Santiago pilgrims. He kept referring to them as the backpackers and telling the reader to ignore them, stay away from them. He called them smelly. Even if it's true, he could still be nice.
Margarita Bastar
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really really really useful book to take with you to Spain. Its a tour guide in itself, the restaurants and hotel recommendations are great, the tips save you time, and the money rating system for how expensive places are is very accurate. So glad I took it, and recommended to you! ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indispensable, though it was stolen in Spain. Most helpful were the off-the-path restaurant reviews and the general tips (e.g. make your stuff as hard to steal as possible). I impressed my co-travelers with some of his restaurant guides - that were also on the cheap.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
20150720 ◊ The Rick Stevesiness of books by Rick Steves never fails to annoy me after awhile, but the info is consistently solid. This book did the trick, and I'd recommend it to other travelers, along with several large grains of salt.
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual Rick proves to be a great source of advice and information for anyone traveling to Europe. Although his directions to things are sometimes not so clear and what he says you can see in one day always takes us three.
I love Rick Steves' travel guides. His writing style is comfortable, he gives excellent travel tips, and he offers the must-see spots as well as hidden gems. I always download a walking tour if he has one available or photocopy one from his book. Spain, here we come!
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Richard "Rick" Steves is an American author and television personality on European travel. He is the host of a public television series, and a public radio travel show, and the author of many travel guidebooks and autobiographies.
“Here’s a two-week alternative, which could include a few car days in southern Spain near the end of your trip: Start in Barcelona (two days); train to Madrid (five days total, with two days in Madrid and three for side-trips to Toledo, El Escorial, and Segovia or Ávila); train to Granada (two days); bus to Nerja (one day, could rent car here); both Ronda and Arcos for drivers, or just Ronda by train (two days); to Sevilla (drop off car, two days); and then train to Madrid and fly home.” 1 likes
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