Books to Read Before Visiting Spain

Books to Read Before Visiting Spain

Dreaming of Spain? Keen to learn more about the country or read some of the most popular books about Spain? Check out our list of top rated books to read before you travel to Spain.



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.


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.


The Train In Spain by Christopher Howse


The Alhambra by Robert Irwin


Madrid: A Cultural and Literary Companion by Elizabeth Nash


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


For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway


Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain by Chris Stewart


The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes


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. 


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.


Top Tip - Buy a Kindle

Kindles are perfect for reading while you’re at home or on your travels and you can find so many different books which you can download quickly and hassle free.

You can have everything you need in the palm of your hands - literally hundreds of books in just one device. This will really help you to save space in your luggage.

There are several different models of Kindle available including: 


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