Author Philippe Barbour is half-Breton and knows his subject intimately. Well-written introductory chapters are followed by thorough regional coverage in which historical and cultural context takes priority over practicality. Maps are few and basic.
A fantastically thorough companion, written with imagination and humour, that manages to blend solid practical information with a deep understanding of local people and culture. Plenty of maps but perhaps too few photos for some tastes.
Now in its 7th edition, this is a fantastic general guide for a comfortable exploration, balancing dependable practical detail with solid and well-expressed insight into local history and culture. Includes a good chapter on Milan.
Much the preferred choice for the north of Spain, the Cadogan guide is unsurpassed in its detailed histories and sightseeing suggestions, written in an entertaining and knowledgable style. Limited restaurant and accommodation listings.
Written in an enjoyable and personable style, this guide is particularly strong on the Basque region and its history and culture. This is now easier to navigate and features some very good touring maps for the region.
An illuminating and informed guide with good maps. Contextual reading takes precedence over practical information, though there is still a good deal of the latter. The quality and enthusiasm of the writing more than makes up for the lack of photographs.
Comprehensive and varied guide, covering wine tours, winter sports, local cuisine, hiking and so on. Insight into local history and culture is woven in amongst reliable practical detail. Colour photographs are lacking after the opening pages but the content is never dull.
Plenty to read in this knowledgeable guide that blends rudimentary practical information with in-depth historical and cultural context. Maps are fairly scarce but of a high-standard; there are no photographs after the glossy opening pages. There are one- and two-week proposed itineraries and chapters on Landes, The Gers, The Pays Basque, Bearn, The High Pyrenees, Toulouse, and Ariege, Andorra & The Eastern Pyrenees.
Essentially a guide to all of Southern Italy which takes Naples as its primary focus, this is an excellent general companion to a comfortable tour of the region, blending practical tips with well-composed context offering a strong sense of place.
Author James Stewart has written an enjoyable guide, if one that is a little confusing in its arrangement. Practical details and sightseeing tips are presented in an informal style, with a reasonable introductory essay on Slovenian history and culture.
12 detailed walks around London with an historical bent including Roman London, Tudor London and the villages of Hampstead and Highgate. Each walk features background notes, further reading, recommended stop-offs and all walks start and finish at a tube station.
Philippe Barbour's considerable volume balances rudimentary travel information with extraordinary coverage of local history and culture, for which there is no better companion. Maps and photographs are lacking however: this is a real reader's guide.
Author Nick Rider proves a knowledgeable and amenable guide to the region. Spots like Saint Malo and Lille make up a total of 30 suggested destinations, with a recommended restaurant for each plus extensive and well-written coverage of local history and culture. Drivers will want to take a separate map.
As also for Slovenia, author James Stewart has written a perfectly good guide, if one that is a little confusing in its arrangement. Still, there is plenty to read here amidst adequate practical details and sightseeing tips.