Check out our list of top rated books to read before you travel to Spain.


1. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell

If you've read "1984" or "Animal Farm", and are a fan of George Orwell then this book will not disappoint. Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell's personal account of his experiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War and is a masterpiece. This is one of Orwell’s best books.


2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is one of the most famous and best travel books written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho that was first published in 1988.

Originally written in Portuguese, The Alchemist has now been translated into lots of worldwide languages and is a modern classic.

This book is about a shepherd from the andalusian region of Spain who chases a dream. This book will make you want to chase your dreams too.


3. The Train In Spain by Christopher Howse


4. The Alhambra by Robert Irwin


5. Madrid: A Cultural and Literary Companion by Elizabeth Nash


6. Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett


7. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway


8. Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain by Chris Stewart


9. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


10. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes


11. Lonely Planet Spain by Lonely Planet

Reading a guide book before visiting any new country is highly recommended and Lonely Planet are one of the best publishers. This guide to Spain will give you so many ideas for destinations and things to do. 


12. Eyewitness Travel Phrase Book Spanish

Be a respectful tourist and learn some of the local lingo before arriving. This travel phrase book is one of the best you can get. This book also might inspire you to want to combine experiences and consider booking a Spanish language course in Spain.


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