Reading list inspiration for travel
City and region specific
Books & eBooks
- A Concise History of SpainView on Amazon An outstanding introduction to Spanish history. By William D. Phillips Jr. and Carla Rahn Phillips.
- Connoisseur’s Guide | JamónView on ApproachGuides.com In the culinary world, no ham rivals Spain’s jamón ibérico in flavor or texture. This guide explores everything that makes jamón ibérico special.
- Don QuixoteView on Amazon Quintessential book and a classic of European literature. By Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra.
- Ghosts of SpainView on Amazon Part travel memoir, part social history and commentary, this engaging book highlights the unique aspects of Spain and how the past plays a critical role in the current culture. By Giles Tremlett.
- Iberia: Spanish Travels and ReflectionsView on Amazon The famous author's reflections on his cherished second home. By James A Michener.
- Late Dinner: Discovering the Food of SpainView on Amazon The author offers an unrivaled review of Spanish cuisine, linking its traditional dishes to the country's landscape, people and history. By Paul Richardson.
- Ornament of the WorldView on Amazon Explores how Muslims, Jews and Christians created a culture of tolerance, literature, science, and the arts in medieval Spain. By Maria Rosa Menocal.
- The Franco Regime: 1936-1975View on Amazon The history of modern Spain is dominated by Francisco Franco, who presided over one of the longest authoritarian regimes of the twentieth century. The author offers insight into this formidable figure and the enormous changes that shaped Spanish history during his reign. By Stanley G Payne.
- The New Spain: A Complete Guide to Contemporary Spanish WineView on Amazon A region-by-region tour of Spain’s rapidly changing vineyards and wineries.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Bullfighting is Not a Sport – It is Tragedy”View on TheStar.com The author's thoughts. By Ernest Hemingway (1923).
- “How to Make a Country for Everybody”View on Economist.com The challenge of language: Catalan versus Castilian.
- “Peoplehood”View on London Review of Books The Origins of the Inquisition in 15th century Spain. By David Abulafia.
- “Spain Shouldn’t Change Its Mealtimes. We Should Change Ours”View on Slate.com 10pm dinners aren't such a bad idea. By LV Anderson.
- “Spain’s roadside bulls live to fight another day”View on independent.co.uk After public outcry, a campaign by intellectuals and a political row, the gigantic black metal bulls that tower over Spanish highways will be allowed to stay put. By Phil Davison.
- “Spain’s Stunning Solar Power Towers”View on Slate.com The author explores the country's burgeoning alternative energy infrastructure. By Elia Morton.
- “The Art of Medieval Spain”View on MetMuseum.org A series of essays by leading scholars covers the full spectrum of Spanish art from 500-1200.
- “The Bull Passes Through”View on TheMorningNews.com Every year in July, people are injured—some killed—during Spain’s San Fermín festival when bulls run the streets. So what inspires someone to participate? A report from inside one man’s skull just before last week’s rocket went off. By Kevin Chroust.
- “Spain’s Paella Problem”View on RoadsandKingdoms.com Paella is Spain’s national dish, and most would say the purest example of the Spaniards’ talent with grains. But if a decade of trial and error has taught me anything, it’s that very few people know how to cook paella in this country. By Matt Goulding.
Online Sources & Blogs
- The ultimate app for wine enthusiastsVisit wine.approachguides.com Simply the best resource for learning about wine regions, appellations and grape varieties.
- Top Spanish FestivalsVisit Expatica.com A good expat-oriented source for English language information on Spain.
- What to Buy in Spain: Spanish JamonVisit ApproachGuides.com* The basics for understanding and buying jamon.
- World Bank | SpainVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
- Yale Lectures on Cervantes’ Don QuixoteVisit youtube.com Yale University Professor Roberto González Echevarría offers a complete course on Don Quixote in the artistic and historical context of renaissance and baroque Spain.
Just for Kids
- Adventures of Don QuixoteView on Amazon Easy-to-read version of Cervantes' adventure classic recounts the comic misadventures of an idealistic knight and his squire. By Argentina Palacios.
- My 1st Spanish Word Book / Mi Primer Libro De PalabrasView on Amazon A bilingual word book that presents pictures labeled in both Spanish and English. By Angela Wilkes.
Who to Follow
- Twitter: El Pais in EnglishFollow @elpaisinenglish The best content from the world’s leading Spanish-language daily, translated by a team of native English-speaking journalists.
- Twitter: Ferran AdriaFollow @ferranadria The best Spanish chef of them all.
- Twitter: Fiona GovanFollow @fifimadrid Journalist in Madrid writing about Spain. Previously correspondent @telegraph, now editor @TheLocalSpain.
- Twitter: Spain Arts & CultureFollow @SpainCultureUSA For pre-travel events and news on the Spanish arts scene
- Twitter: Tom BurridgeFollow @TomBurridgebbc BBC Spain correspondent again after 3 months in Nairobi covering Africa. Before in Washington, London, Bristol.
- Twitter: Venture SpainFollow @Venture_Spain Exploring Spain: travel, the economy & books.