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Books

This selection of books relates to the Costas and inland Spain & Catalonia, which should dispel any doubts you may have on this wonderfully diverse country.

Further titles are added as the books are reviewed. Suggestions for other books and comments about the following selection would be most welcome.

Voices of the Old Sea - Norman Lewis Book of the Month
Voices of the Old Sea by Norman Lewis

Describes Norman Lewis's three post-war successive summers in the remote fishing village of Farol, on what is now the Costa Brava. The book records the villagers' struggle to sustain their precarious existence and to defend it against the enticements of tourist development.
This is perfect fiction to read on your Catalonian Holiday!

Costa Brava Insight Pocket Guide Costa Brava Insight Pocket Guide 4th Edition
With recommendations for eating out, shopping and nightlife, this pocket guide aims to help visitors get the most out of their stay in the Costa Brava. Included is a full-size, separate pull-out map that can be used in conjunction with the book's itineraries or independently.
An invaluable guide
The Lonely Planet Country Guide The Lonely Planet Country Guide - Spain

The complete country guide for independent travellers. Featuring inspirational colour highlights sections, easy-to-use grid-referenced maps and insightful history, culture, food and environment chapters by specialised contributors. This is the revised 5th edition. Highly recommended.
{short description of image} Walking in Spain

This guide features detailed descriptions of 57 great walks; precise two-colour maps for every walk; complete coverage of the pilgrims route, Camino de Santiago; illustrated guide to Spain's wildlife plus complete information on accommodation and transport options.
Barcelona Barcelona - Top 10 Guide.

Your guide to the very best that Barcelona has to offer. Whatever you are looking for - whether you are travelling first class or on a limited budget, want to sunbathe on the best beaches or shop till you drop in the Passeig de Gracia. Dozens of top 10 lists - from Modernist buildings to top tapas bars - provide the insider knowledge you need. Includes detailed maps.
Costa Blanca Costa Blanca Top 10 Guide.
Your guide to the very best that Costa Blanca has to offer. Whatever you are looking for - whether you are travelling first class or on a limited budget, want to sunbathe on the best beaches or party at the funkiest bars. Dozens of top 10 lists - from water sport locations to restaurants and bars - provide the insider knowledge you need. Includes detailed maps.
Ricks Steves Spain 2006 Spain 2006 - Rick Steve
Travelers can experience the best of everything Spain has to offer, including tapas-hopping and cathedral visits, with this guide that offers opinionated coverage of famous and lesser-known sights, friendly places to eat and sleep, day plans, and walking tours.
Catalonia - Sarah Andrews Catalonia by Sarah Andrews

These popular, compact and colourful guidebooks are perfect for planning your holiday whether for a city break, regional tour or a long-haul destination. This extensive series is packed full of information about where to go and what to see, as well as walks and tours, feature spreads on cultural background and other aspects, restaurant and accommodation listings and practical information.
Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

George Orwell's account of his experience as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. The book describes the chaos at the Front, the futile young deaths for what became a confused cause, the antique weapons and the disappointment many British Socialists felt on arriving in Spain to help.
A classic! Highly recommended.
Spain Spain Reprinted edition

Your holiday starts here! From the sun-scorched hills of Andalucia to the streets of Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls, explore Spain in all its glory with this essential guide. Unique cutaway maps and 3D models will ensure you miss none of the amazing Gaudi architecture in Barcelona.
{short description of image} Drive Around Andalucia & the Costa del Sol

Your Guide to Great Drives: Combining guidebook and route map, this new series contains everything a self-drive traveller needs to know to tour a region or country by car. As well as road maps and city plans, which pinpoint driving routes and other tours, these detailed guides are packed with information on the top sights to visit, places to stay and restaurant recommendations.
Dali by Robert Descharnes Dali by Robert Descharnes

Focusing on Salvador Dali, this volume in the "Masters of Art" series has 40 full-page colour plates, accompanied by commentaries discussing each individual work. Other illustrations show the artist at various points in his career, his contemporaries and comparative works. Written by the foremost scholars for a general audience, Abrams' Masters of Art series has proved its popularity over the years, becoming the industry's best-selling art history monograph series.
Portable Dali by Robert Hughes Portable Dali by by Robert Hughes

As a founding master of Surrealism, Salvador Dali remains one of the most fascinating and intriguing artists of all time.
With an insightful introduction by author and art critic Robert Hughes, this compact collection of hundreds of images illustrates the complete arc of Dali's career, which can be read as an entire history of the Surrealist movement.
Live and Work in Spain Live and Work in Spain
Covers employment options featuring indispensable regional guides and directories of major employers. Includes essential information on customs, laws and regulations and way of life that will be encountered. It also includes personal case histories of people who have made the move.
Special Places Special Places to Stay Spain
Whether you're heading for the Sierras or the costas, historic towns or cosmopolitan cities, this guide has a huge variety of places to choose from. There are simple Casas de Aldea, restored monasteries and palaces and modernist buildings with all the contemporary designer trimmings. Make the most of courses and activities organised by inspiring owners. Every property in the book has been inspected. Symbols, maps, colour photos, clear directions and quick reference indices help guide readers to the best choice for them, and well-researched, fresh & lively write-ups paint an accurate picture.
Costa Brava Holiday Map Berlitz Costa Brava Holiday Map

A great companion for the Costa Brava visitor - Combines clear, detailed cartography with useful tourist information and attractive photographs. This map includes descriptions of over 25 places to visit, from the most popular to the less well known, helpful tips on traffic regulations, emergency services and opening hours, and a town plan.
Through the Spanish Pyrenees - GR11 Through the Spanish Pyrenees: The Gr11 Trail
Walking in the Pyrenees continues to increase in popularity, often as an alternative to the well-known areas of the Alps. A combination of spectacular peaks, glistening tarns, deep valleys and expanses of wild beauty make the range a good choice for the adventurous walker. The GR11 crosses the Pyrenees from coast to coast on the Spanish side of the border with France. Whilst the few previously known centres have boomed in popularity, there remain vast areas of true wilderness, with abundant opportunities for secluded wild camping.
Buying a House in Spain Buying a House in SpainRevised & updated.
For everyone looking for property abroad whether they are moving to live, work, start a business or retire, or want somewhere to use as a holiday home or an investment.
Essential reading if you are considering a move to Spain
Madrid Madrid Revised 2nd edition.
Get to know your way around the sunniest party capital in Europe with Footprint Madrid. This second edition of our popular Spanish guide takes you through the backstreets to discover palaces, paintings, Picasso and Pollock in a celebration of cultural Spain. Use our guide to do a tapas crawl around the streets and enjoy the local delicacies. Excursions take you to San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the Valles de los Caidos, Segovia, Toledo, Avila, Aranjuex, Alacala de Henares and the Sierras.
Andalucia Andalucia Lonely Planet Regional Guide
The Lonely Planet Regional Guides are the complete guides for independent travellers. They feature inspirational colour highlights sections, tailored itineraries, insider tips and opinionated reviews from authors with intimate ties to the region.
Concise & authoritative!
Madrid Madrid
Your guide to the very best that Madrid has to offer, whatever you are looking for, whether you are travelling first class or on a limited budget, or want to enjoy the fashion, football or art of Fransisco de Goya. This book includes dozens of top 10 lists - from the best bullfighting festivals to the top bars and nightclubs - providing the insider knowledge you need. It also includes detailed maps.
Women - a Guide for Men Women - a Guide for Men by Richard Hazelwood
This is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek book about women, but not for women. It is a guide for men; a guide concerning attitudes, emotions, character etc of women, in fact their day to day behaviour.
This short book is ideal for reading on your flight or on the beach.
Richard Hazelwood, philosopher and psychologist, was born in England but now lives in Roses, Catalonia
Costa de la Luz Costa de la Luz:
From Cadiz along the Atlantic coast, the Costa de la Luz is the unspoiled and underdeveloped jewel of Andalucia: fine beaches, flower-strewn meadows, rolling farmland, mountains and small, intimate villages. This new guide, the first in our series to investigate this beautiful area, takes you away from the crowds in true Footprint style, to find the authentic heart of Andalucia. Including national parks, Moroccan-influenced Tarifa, beautiful Moorish architecture and opportunities for watersports. Great seafood, tasty tapas.


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