15 of the best travel books about Spain

Filed in Holiday Extras by on March 22, 2015

Lady sat by the pool reading a travel book on Spain

The top 15 travel books about Spain – Dont leave home without one

A great way to plan a trip or holiday is to research your destination and what better way then to read one of the top travel books about Spain. Here are our recommended options.

 

1)  Rick Steves Pocket Guide to Barcelona

Spain Travel Book by Rick Steve

Rick Steves’ Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” Each colourful, compact 280-page book includes Rick’s advice for prioritizing your time, whether you’re spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveller needs is easy to access: a neighbourhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.

Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves’ Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a best selling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travellers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (RickSteves.com).

 This is one of the most popular travel books about Spain as Rick’s mission was to show European travel as fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for everyone.

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2)  DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Spain

Eye Witness Travel Guide to spainThe uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Spain is your indispensable guide to this exciting country. This fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of Spain’s must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all its grand cities and quaint towns.

The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best attractions this diverse country has to offer.

DK’s Eyewitness Travel Guide Spain will help you to discover Spain region by region; from the unique culture of luscious Catalonia to unspoilt paradise island, Formentera.

Detailed listings will guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets, whilst detailed practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, car or ferry. Plus, DK’s excellent insider tips will get you under the skin of Spain, from finding a traditional Spanish fiesta to sampling the most delicious paella. This is one of the top travel books about Spain of all time and will surely enhance your holiday to Spain.

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3) Lonely Planet Spain

Lonely Planet Guide to Spain

Lonely Planet Spain is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Lonely planet have constantly published top travel books about Spain for a number of years and this one is no different.

Marvel at the exquisite perfection of the Alhambra, hike the Pyrenean high country and laze on the Mediterranean’s best beaches; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Spain and begin your journey now!

Hghlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests. Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots.  Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices.

Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss. Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – history, architecture, art, bullfighting, politics, food, Basque culture, flamenco, outdoor activities, politics. Covers Madrid, Castilla y Leon, Castilla-La Mancha, Barcelona, Catalonia, Aragon, Basque Country, Navarra, Seville, Granada, Cantabria, Asturias, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Valencia, Mallorca, Ibiza, Andalucia, Extremadura and more

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4) Rough Guide to Spain

Rough Guide Travel Spain

The Rough Guide to Spain is the definitive guide to this captivating country, with in-depth coverage of everything from its classic cities to hidden island beaches.

With stunning photography to inspire you and clear maps to steer you, this guide will ensure you discover the best of Spain, whether it’s ticking off Gaudí’s stunning architectural masterpieces in Barcelona, hiking in the magnificent Picos de Europa, admiring Granada’s splendid Alhambra, or taking part in one of the country’s fabulously vibrant fiestas.

Insider reviews reveal the best places to eat, sleep and party with something for every budget, whether you want to stay in a majestic parador, sip sherry in Jerez, bar-hop in Madrid or nab a table at one of Catalunya’s hottest restaurants.

The rough guides group of books produce excellent quality travel books about Spain which consistently remain amongst the top selling travel books worldwide.

Make the most of your holiday with the Rough Guide to Spain.

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5) DK Eyewitness Spain Travel Guide

Eye witness travel guide to Spain

The DK Eyewitness Spain Travel Guide is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of the must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all the fascinating cities and towns. The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best attractions on offer.

The uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel guide will help you to discover everything region-by-region; from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside.

Detailed listings will guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets, whilst detailed practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, bus or car. Plus, DK’s excellent insider tips and essential local information will help you explore every corner of Spain effortlessly.

 

 

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6)  DK Eyewitness Seville & Andalusia Travel Guide

Seville Travel Guide

The DK Eyewitness Seville & Andalusia Travel Guide will lead you straight to the best attractions Seville & Andalusia has to offer. The guide includes unique cutaways, floor plans and reconstructions of the city’s stunning architecture, plus 3D aerial views of the key districts to explore on foot. You’ll find detailed listings of the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets in this fully updated and expanded guide, plus insider tips on everything from where to find the best markets and nightspots to great attractions for children.

This uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel Guide also includes in-depth coverage of all the unforgettable sights and comes complete with a free pull-out city map, clearly marked with sights from the guidebook and an easy-to-use street index. The map has detailed street views of all the key areas, plus there are transport maps and information on how to get around the city, and there’s even a chart showing the distances between major sights for walkers.

 

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7) DK Eyewitness Northern Spain Travel Guide

Spain Travel Guide

The DK Eyewitness Northern Spain Travel Guide is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of the must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all the fascinating cities and towns. The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best attractions on offer.

The uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Northern Spain Travel Guide will help you to discover everything region by region; from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside. Detailed listings will guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets, whilst detailed practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, bus or car. Plus, DK’s excellent insider tips and essential local information will help you explore every corner of Northern Spain effortlessly.

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8) DK Eyewitness Barcelona & Catalonia Travel Guide

Barcelona Travel Guide

 The DK Eyewitness Barcelona & Catalonia Travel Guide will lead you straight to the best attractions Barcelona & Catalonia has to offer. The guide includes unique cutaways, floor plans and reconstructions of the city’s stunning architecture, plus 3D aerial views of the key districts to explore on foot.

You’ll find detailed listings of the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets in this fully updated and expanded guide, plus insider tips on everything from where to find the best markets and nightspots to great attractions for children.

This uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel book on Spain also includes in-depth coverage of all the unforgettable sights and comes complete with a free pull-out city map, clearly marked with sights from the guidebook and an easy-to-use street index.

The map has detailed street views of all the key areas, plus there are transport maps and information on how to get around the city, and there’s even a chart showing the distances between major sights for walkers.

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9)  DK Eyewitness Back Roads Spain driving

Book Backroads of Spain

DK Eyewitness Back Roads Spain driving holiday guide will take you via scenic routes to discover charming villages, local restaurants and intimate places to stay. Unearth the real soul of this magical region with all the practical information you could need, from road conditions and length of drive to parking information and opening hours.

Twenty-five themed drives, each lasting one to seven days, reveal breathtaking views, hidden gems and authentic local experiences that can only be discovered by road.

Each tour is bursting with insider knowledge and loaded with ideas for varied activities from walks to days on the beach and children’s attractions, to wine and cycling trips.

Meanwhile, the most friendly, best-value hotels and guesthouses and charming restaurants specialising in regional produce have been selected by expert authors. One of the top travel books on Spain this guide is full-colour throughout, with a pull-out map for easy navigation between tours and even postcode information for use with ‘Sat Nav’.

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10) Lonely Planet’s Discover Spain

Lonely Planet Travel Guide

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Discover Spain, our easy-to-use guide, filled with inspiring and colorful photos, focuses on Spain’s most popular attractions for those looking for the best of the best.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all the country has to offer? Check out Lonely Planet’s Spain guide.
  • Looking for a guide focused on Barcelona or Madrid? Check out Lonely Planet’s Barcelona guide and Madrid guide for a comprehensive look at all these cities have to offer; Discover Barcelona, a photo-rich guide to the city’s most popular attractions; or Pocket Barcelona, a handy-sized guide focused on the can’t-miss sights for a quick trip.

 

 

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11)  Bilbao & Basque Region Footprint Focus Guide

Bilbao Travel Guide

The Basque region remains unspoilt by tourism. Whether you want to discover ancient towns steeped in tradition and age-old customs, the buzzy cultural capital of Bilbao, San Sebastian’s stunning beaches or just sample some of the finest seafood and cider then the Foot print focus guide to Bilbao & Basque Region will help you get off the beaten path and really get to know the place.

* Essentials section with practical advice on getting around.
* Highlights map so you know what not to miss.
* Comprehensive listings including where to eat, sleep and have fun.
* Detailed street maps for Bilbao and other important towns.
* Slim enough to fit in your pocket.

Loaded with advice and information, this concise Footprint focus guide and top travel book about Spain will help you get the most out of Bilbao without weighing you down.

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12) My Holiday In: Spain

Holiday Book on Spain

 

The My Holiday In series offers a simple approach to the concept of travel and the new experience of going on holiday to a foreign country.

The typical things relating to holidays are discussed for each country, such as weather, food, landscape, accommodation, the people and their language, as well as the sights and attractions that will appeal to children.

 

 

 

 

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13) Lonely Planet Barcelona

Barcelona Travel Guide

Lonely Planet Barcelona is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Stroll along La Rambla past vibrant flower stands, enjoy the whimsy of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, or spend an evening sampling Spanish tapas at a buzzing cafe; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Barcelona and begin your journey now!

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – art, architecture, history, politics, sports, music, dance, night-life, cuisine and wine.
  • Free, convenient pull-out Barcelona map (included in print version), plus over 30 colour maps.

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14) Lonely Planet Barcelona  Guide

Barcelona Travel Guide

Lonely Planet Barcelona is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Stroll along La Rambla past colourful flower stands, enjoy the whimsy of Gaudi’s architectural details, or spend an evening sampling Spanish tapas at an outdoor cafe; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Barcelona and begin your journey now!

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips – including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience – including history, art, music, dance, architecture, politics, sports, cuisine, wine, and more
  • Free, convenient pull-out Barcelona map (included in print version), plus over 30 colour neighbourhood maps
  • Useful features – including Walking Tours, Travel with Children, and Day Trips
  • Coverage of La Rambla, Barri Gotic, El Raval, La Ribera, Barceloneta, The Waterfront, La Sagrada Familia, L’Eixample, Gracia, Park Guell, La Zona Alta, Montjuic, and more

From  £1.65  »  Buy Now


 

15) Time Out Barcelona 15th edition

Time Out Barcelona Guide

Which? Recommended Provider: Time Out Guides kicks off 2014 by being rated top guidebook brand by Which? Survey, for level of detail, photography, quality of maps, ease of finding information and value for money.

Unparalleled in its enthusiasm for a good time, Barcelona barely has time to take down the bunting between its rollicking festivals. When there isn’t an all-night fiesta happening on the street, there’s more than likely a party on the beach and never any shortage of action in its clubs and bars. All of this takes place in a perfect climate and against a backdrop of mind-blowing modernista architecture and a cityscape as varied as any.

Gentler pursuits are also myriad; Barcelona’s museums have got it all covered from Picasso to perfume, it’s galleries are among the most avant-garde in Europe and its history writ large in the churches and perfectly preserved medieval alleyways of the Barri Gotic.

The 15th edition of the Time Out Barcelona city guide remains the ultimate reference for all the essentials: where to stay, where to eat, where to shop and what to see.

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