Sometimes, we want to travel and to schedule our holidays, and we don’t know exactly where to go. We like travelling, but the world is so big and there are so many countries, cities and places to go, that the decision where to spend your next holidays can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve chosen 13 inspiring books to travel around Spain for helping taking the decision to visit this marvelous country.
Not everyone likes bullfighting. Some people think that it should be banned as may attempt to the animal rights. However, in some cities in Spain, bullfighting is still a tradition and for the ones who want to watch one of those events, reading the book can be so interesting as Hemingway describes that tradition and the Spanish culture in a journalistic way.
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
The story of how universe can help you to achieve goals that you really want to fight for. The main character is a young shepherd from Spain who decides travel to Egypt.
3. The Train in Spain
by Christopher Howse
You’ll get the vision of those tiny little towns in Spain and how locals live. The author describes his 10 journeys by train across Spain. Towns like Cáceres, Cuenca and the villages in the south are well explained. It’s a good portrait of the Spanish culture.
4. The shadow of the wind
By Carlos Ruiz Zafón
One of my favorite novels. Written by a Spanish author. The story happens in Barcelona, after the Spanish Civil War. It tells the story of young boy who must protect a book for the rest of his life and who starts to investigate about its author. Once you’ll finish the book, you’ll feel like traveling to Barcelona and start visiting all the different streets, small squares and places described in the book. There’s even a tour in Barcelona related to The shadow of the wind .
5. The Time of the Doves (La plaça del Diamant)
By Merce Rodoreda
The novel happens during the Republic and the Civil War. It tells the story of Natalia, a young girl who accepts everything that she is supposed to do within the Catalan society. Generally speaking, this book is a faithful Chronicle of postwar Barcelona and the way this historical period changed the lives of its inhabitants.
6. Franco’s Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936
by Jeremy Treglown
Everyone between roughly 40 and their mid-seventies today who was born in Spain was born under Franco,’ remarks Jeremy Treglown in the introduction to Franco’s Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936. In a book ranging elegantly between travel writing, history, literary criticism and investigative journalism, Treglown unpicks the puzzle of Spain, especially looking at how novels, paintings and films have tried to interpret and reinterpret events there between the 1930s and the establishment of democracy. In a competitive field, this complements similar titles by Giles Tremlett (Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past) and Jason Webster (Guerra: Living in the Shadows of the Spanish Civil War), but with deeper analysis of the arts. All three are essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the Spain of today.
7. The sun also rises
By Ernest Hemingway
It is one of the most popular Hemingway’s books. It happens in France and Spain, after the First World War. Good to get an idea of the San Fermines Festival (running with the bulls) in Pamplona.
8. A year in the world
By Frances Mayes
A good travel story which takes place in Spain, Portugal, France, UK, Turkey, Greece, Italy and the North Africa.
9. It’s not about the tapas
By Polly Evans
The author decides to travel to Spain and visit the country cycling. From the Pyrenees to Jerez de La Frontera in the South, it is a good way to know more about the Spanish history and culture.
10. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
by Laurie Lee
How the author traveled to Spain after the Civil War and describes the atmosphere that saws in Spain after that brutal war.
11. Spain in Mind
By Alice Leccese Powers
Forty English and American writers explain their fiction and not fiction experiences and ideas about Spain. It’s quite an original travel guide.
12. The Drifters
by James Michener
That’s a novel from wrote during the end 60ies. Six young characters, from different parts of the world, who end up travelling together to Spain, Morocco and Mozambique. Pamplona and Torremolinos are the two Spanish cities where the story takes place in Spain.