What are they for?
The main function of a travel guide is to provide information about a place and thus offer a kind of tourist assistance. In general, the data they contain is the following:
How to get
What to see and what to do
Where to sleep and where to eat
Other information and recommendations
Thus, another of its functions is to advise or recommend, since the editor of these books has already been to that destination and knows what we can find in the places and establishments that we visit.
There are different types of guides, which are adapted to the taste of each traveler. Some of them explain how to travel with children or backpackers to a destination, others focus on the cultural aspects of the place, etc.
We can even find online guides with satanic and horror content, in which they show us places that appear in scary movies, such as Thamesmead, the London neighborhood starring in “A Clockwork Orange.”
The best guides in the world
The most famous guides in Spanish and recommended by travelers are the following:
Globetrotters: they are published by the Anaya Group and translated from the French Guide du Routard collection.
Lonely Planet: they began to be published in the 70s. You can buy them through Fnac, among other portals.
Carrefour: its travel department produces publications for free and for download from its website. They have a total of 28.
Michelin: under the name of The Green Guide they show the best itineraries and attractions. They also have thematic publications, such as caravan trips.
de Dios Editores: they originate from an Argentine family with a passion for travel. They currently have more than 100 titles.
National Geographic: Diario Clarín collections, in Argentina, offers translations into Spanish exclusively from this important entity
La Nación newspaper: despite the fact that this Argentine newspaper has not published guides, it does make very interesting tourism supplements for travelers
COPEC: the Compañía de Petróleos de Chile has the Chiletur Guides. They are sold in some service stations in the country, although they also publish a lot of information on their website.
Some of these guides, such as Lonely Planet or National Geographic, are worldwide, that is, they have books of this type in English and other languages. Due to their fame, it is easy to get them second-hand on many Internet portals.
Likewise, many tourist destinations such as Barcelona, Seville or Madrid publish their own official editions in app (application) format for the mobile or tablet, so that you can easily use them while you visit the city.
If you prefer to use more original guides, the Anaya Touring publishing house has the Inspiración Viajera collection, with which it intends to excite travelers in a different way. One of his books is entitled The best destinations to observe the skies in Spain.
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