Rick Steves Barcelona
Once again, Rick Steves gets it right. In the fourth edition of his Barcelona , Steves hits all the highlights of Barcelona while making sure to include those hidden gems that are worth a visit. The guidebook is structured in Steves’ typical user-friendly format: beginning with an “orientation” to the city before dipping into the must-see sights, places to eat, and where to sleep.
Essential to any guidebook on Barcelona is a small primer on the region of Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital, and its rocky relationship with Spain. Steves highlights the tense relationship in the very beginning of the guidebook and emphasizes the dominance of Catalan culture throughout.
A stand-out feature of Steves’ guidebooks, including Barcelona , is the inclusion of the hours of operation for each site mentioned, allowing quick planning. Additionally, the guidebook includes curated walking tours of Barcelona, which provide some of the more efficient ways to see the city for those travelers with limited time.
All-in-all the guidebook is a useful tool for travelers with only a day to spare, as well as those who have the time to explore and enjoy the details and intricacies of a complex and dazzling city.
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