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Guidebooks for Spain

Start your trip planning by reading guidebooks. These books will help you decide where to go and how to plan your trip. Bring your favorite guidebooks with you; good guidebooks and maps will make your trip more enjoyable.

We always carry a shoulder bag full of books, maps, printed out web pages (including pages from this site), tourist brochures, restaurant listings. We keep this bag in the car whenever we go out, so that if our plans change during the day, we still have all the information that we need. When we leave the car to go touring, we take the one book and map that we need. With the Cadogan guides you can tear out the pages about your destination and slip them into your pocket.

Check our Memoirs and Novels list for other recommended reading.

Spain: General Recommended Guidebooks

Spain (Eyewitness Travel Guides), DK Publishing, Revised edition, 2003
The Eyewitness Travel Guides are good books for your first research into a country. They have good pictures, so you can get an idea of the area, and good general travel information. You might not want to bring this heavy book with you, but it is good for starting your research at home.

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The Rough Guide Spain, Rough Guides, 11th edition, 2004
The Rough Guides do not have photos, but are packed with great travel information.

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Barcelona

Barcelona & Catalonia (Eyewitness Travel Guides), by Roger Williams, DK Publishing, 2003
I like the Eyewitness guides to use when planning a trip. The photos give you an idea of what to expect and the text gives a good overview.

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Barcelona, Cadogan Guides, by Dana Facaros, Michael Pauls, 2nd edition, 2004

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Time Out Barcelona, by Time Out Magazine, Penguin USA, 2004

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The Rough Guide to Barcelona, by Jules Brown, Rough Guides, 2002

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Andalusia: Recommended Guidebooks

Seville & Andalusia (Eyewitness Travel Guides), DK Publishing, 2003
Good photos and information for this area.

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Andalucia, Cadogan Guides, by Dana Facaros, Michael Pauls, 6th edition,  2003

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Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Cadogan Guides, by Dana Facaros, Michael Pauls, 3rd edition, 2004

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Food Guidebooks

Eating & Drinking in Spain: Spanish Menu Reader and Restaurant Guide, Andy Herbach, Michael Dillon, Open Road, 2002

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Finding Paradores (Hotels)

Historical Paradors – A Journey Through Spanish Hotels, by Jaun Eslava Galan, Konemann, 1999.
This is a coffee table book with gorgeous photographs of a handful of the paradores and their surrounding areas. There is also a directory at the back with most of the paradores listed, with a photo and description. This book is out of print but amazon.com has a few third party sellers selling used copies.

Paradores of Spain, by Jan Read, Mason/Charter, 1977. This book was first published in 1977 and is long out of print, but it is worth picking up a second hand copy. Twenty-eight of the paradores are profiled along with recipes.

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