A photographic guide with good cultural and historical information, it will bring your trip alive. Aimed at a higher-end of the market this guide is more useful as a sightseeing companion than for practical tips on where to stay and how to get around.
A photographic guide that is a great companion for sightseeing and for getting excited about your trip beforehand. Strong on the cultural and historical information, but weaker than some on practical help and listings.
Never intended as a practical companion, the slightly aged nature of this guide does not detract from its lush and inspiring charm, filled as it is with colour photographs and readable introductions to the country.
A glossy, bulky volume that covers a good deal of ground, from the Gironde to Arles and from Biarritz to the Cevennes and beyond. With abundant colour photographs and well-composed chapters on local life, it will give a strong flavour of the region, although it is perhaps lacking somewhat in practical terms.
Certain to fill one with pre-trip inspiration, this weighty volume offers plenty to read on local culture and history and is crammed with colour photographs. Once there the sightseeing guidelines are useful enough, but in other practical areas it is perhaps lacking.
A good deal of information arranged alphabetically in a way that one either loves or hates: turn to C for Children, M for Monuments, P for Parks and so on. Lots of maps and photgraphs in the usual Insight style.
With plenty of colour photographs and readable introductory chapters, Insight guides are ideal for pre-trip inspiration and offer enough sightseeing advice to make them worthy of a place in your backpack.
Insight's SmartGuides are a new series aiming to fuse the visual brilliance of the original Insights with a the practical information needed on a short break. This Salzburg volume is proof of their success.
Perhaps better viewed as a reference than a guide, this enticing, weighty tome offers fantastic extended chapters on local history and culture, followed by a region by region journey through the finest sights. Sumptious photography gives a real flavour of the island.
A substantial introduction to the country with a multitude of colour photographs and interesting chapters on Portugese history and culture. Not a nuts-and-bolts practical guide, however, though some listings are offered.