Travel Guides:


Paper format

    • The Time Out Barcelona Guide by Sally Davies (Editor) (updated annually; try to get the latest addition).
    • The Rough Guide to Barcelona.
    • Lonely Planet Barcelona.
    • Schmap Barcelona Guide .
    • Barcelona Unbound Sutro Media app

Pod CityGuides

  • A Brighter Place - Barcelona Student Guide  (Made by students and for students but can be used by any budget traveller..)
  • Diário de Bordo - O pulsar das minhas viagens (travel book in Portuguese, with several trips made by the author, one of them through Barcelona) 
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Barcelona Modernisme Route (useful visitor's guide for the city's "Modernisme" heritage published by Barcelona's City Council)
  • Discovering Barcelona, a travel guide for teens
  • Barcelona en silla de ruedas, Montse Serrano e Isabel de Villalonga (ALBA) Una Guia Accesible de la Ciudad. (SPANISH)








  • The Shadow of the Wind: by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Angel's Game: by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • La Ciudad de los Prodigios (The City of Marvels ) by Eduardo Mendoza
  • The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones 
  • A Light Comedy by Eduardo Mendoza
  • The 'Pepe Carvalho' series by Manuel Vazquez Montalban
  • Steep Climb to Elsewhere by L.P. Fairley
  • Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas
  • No Word from Gurb by Eduardo Mendoza
  • Catalan Poems by George McWhirter

Fiction for Kids


  • Barcelona: A Thousand Years of the City’s Past by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto.
  • Barcelona or Barcelona the Great Enchantress (Directions) by Robert Hughes.
  • Homage to Barcelona (Penguin Travel Library) by Colm Toibin.
  • Antoni Gaudi by Rainer Zerbst.
  • Catalan Cuisine: Europe’s Last Great Culinary Secret by Colman Andrews (cooking recipes are included!).
  • Barcelona: A Guide to Its Modern Architecture by M. Gausa.
  • Barcelona, the urban evolution of a compact city by Joan Busquets
  • Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (historical - Spanish Civil War)
  • Gaudi by Gijs van Hensbergen
  • Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett
  • The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution and Revenge by Paul Preston (historical)


Note:  to make sure you buy the most recent version of the above books, you may search directly at or browse the Barcelona section of the Schmap Travel Store.

Bookstores in Barcelona:

Travel DVD or Video Viewing:

  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site