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Spain is one of the most fun and exciting countries in the world to visit. From snowcapped peaks and ski resorts down to the palm treed semi-tropical shores of the blue Med, Spain will delight your senses and keep you coming back.

Cosmopolitan cities like Madrid and Barcelona are rich with art and culture. The extraordinary coastline along the Mediterranean hosts dozens of resort towns where guests from all over Europe stay for weeks on end in high rise hotels, condos and villas. It’s not hard to find the sun, sand and surf in Spain. Yet hundreds of quaint villages in the interior wait to be explored far from the hustle of cities and tourist destinations.

This site will help you explore all Barcelona and Spain have to offer the visitor including 1000+ Hotels, restaurants, museums, shopping, Spanish Recipes, Tips for Tourists, Spain Forum and our Spain Photo Gallery. We even have a Bookstore with a good selection of travel books about Spain. Browse around our site and let us know what you think!

Living and Working in Spain: Survival Handbook

Living and Working in Spain : Survival Handbook by David Hampshire

Often when you move to another country, you’re faced with frustrating obstacles at every turn. Besides language difficulties, there’s also cultural and procedural differences that can cause unexpected problems.

I used this book when I was living in Spain and it was full of useful information about how to get what you need, how to deal with the bureaucracy, legal tips and much more. This kind of advice is invaluable since it can prevent major hassles and headaches.

Lonely Planet: Spain by Damien Simonis

Lonely Planet: Spain by Damien Simonis

Lonely Planet has been the authority on budget, insightful, alternative travel for 30 years. This guide to Spain is no exception. Get this book and read it before you go to get psyched up, and plan your itinerary.

All Lonely Planet guides assume you are not just a tourist, but a traveler who really wants experience a different culture and the local people. And their books help you to do exactly that, and are perfect for turning you on to the cool things to do.

Iberia by James A. Michener

Iberia by James A. Michener

Unlike most Michener books, this one is more of a travelogue rather than a work of fiction. Michener traveled around Spain during the 1960s and wrote profusely about the country he loved.

Although Spain has changed radically during the intervening decades, it does provide a lot of insight into Spanish history, culture and personality. A good read and as with all Michener books, it contains valuable lessons about a unique culture. 0449207331

Following the Sun: From Andalusia to the Hebrides

Following the Sun: From Andalusia to the Hebrides by John Hanson Mitchell

This engaging and inspiring read follows a bicyclist on a 1500K trek from Cadiz in Southern Spain thru France to the British Isles eventually ending in the Hebrides in Scotland. On the way Mitchell’s main goal is to follow the summer sun and report on how others worship the sun in various cultures.

There’s a lot of interesting stories and insights into the cultures he passes through. The section on Andalucia and Spain is quite good, and will encourage travelers to seek out their own spot of sun… Continue reading

The Rough Guide to Spain

The Rough Guide to Spain by Mark Ellingham, John Fisher

The Rough Guides combine in depth research about each destination, excellent recommendations for lodging and eating for budget travelers, alternative attractions and information, and much more.

These guides are updated regularly, and this is the 2004 edition, so it’s going to have the latest info for your trip!

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