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Visiting Spain Virtually
Keep your wanderlust fueling
Following my posts about Spain Virtual Tours, Spanish TV Shows, and Contemporary Spanish Novels, I’d love to give you one extra idea to feed your travel bug with new Spanish places straight from home.
Let´s talk about the most unique Spain Coffee Table Books so that you can keep visualizing your Spain Bucket List while sipping a cup of morning coffee.
In this post, I will show you lots of vintage photo books that I have at home, alongside new trendy Spain Coffee Table Books you might be able to buy internationally.
Where to shop for Spain Coffee Table Books
Since I am based in the Valencia region, I also love visiting Librerias Paris Valencia and Railowsky (these two always have corners with discounted books, where I end up finding authentic gems).
Llig Library in Valencia sells lots of photo books issued by the local government (like, those featuring the paintings of Joaquin Sorolla). Also, in most of the Spanish cities, you will find a low-cost bookshop Re-read with vintage books, where, depending on your luck, you might come across some unique Spain Coffee Table Books as well.
Unique Spain Coffee Table Books
Lonely Planet Experience Spain
If you are looking for some budget-friendly Spain Coffee Table Books with photos and brief guidebook tips, set your eyes on Lonely Planet Experience Spain. This book might now work for a Spain travel pro, since it´s very basic, but will make a great Spain souvenir for someone only starting to learn more about the Iberian Peninsula.
In this Instagram post, I have also shared one of our favorite Spain books for kids – Lonely Planet Atlas de España (available only in Spanish). It has no pictures, only visual maps and cute drawings along with the basic data and sights for every Spanish province. While I initially bought it for my girls to embrace our local travels in Spain with kids, in reality, this book is extremely handy for adults while planning new Spanish road trips.
Sargent and Spain by Sarah Cash
Sargent and Spain by Sarah Cash shows Spain through the eyes of an American artist John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). The book features the artist’s dazzling watercolors, oil paintings, and drawings from his trip to Spain. You will find everything from landscapes and seascapes to architectural studies, scenes of everyday life, and portraits of the locals.
It´s one of the coolest artsy Spain Coffee Table Books to have at home.
Madrid by Fernando Manso
Last year we enjoyed a spontaneous getaway to Christmas Madrid and saw the same foggy view that appears on the cover of Madrid by Fernando Manso (Spanish Edition). However, there is an English edition of Madrid as well.
If you do not mind the Spanish text, you might also like Fernando Manso´s book España.
By the way, another cute visual read on Madrid (in Spanish) is Madrid. Acuarelas de viaje.
Abandoned Spain by Fran Lens
It features some of the towns bombed during the Spanish Civil War that were never rebuilt, an international railway station once teeming with Nazi and Allied double agents, various laboratories that have closed down, and more gems for all the fans of the Undiscovered Spain Blog Series.
Even though some monuments in this book, like the old town of Belchite (which I visited during this Aragon road trip) or Canfranc railway station ( a must-stop on every Spanish Pyrenees road trip) are well-established on the tourist track, you will still discover lots of secret historic sites in Spain.
España 360º by Gustavo Martín Garzo
Another one of the unique Spain Coffee Table Books is España 360º by Gustavo Martín Garzo, featuring 70 must-see places in Spain. While it is currently available only in Spanish, the vibrant photos of Javier Sanchez are really worth having a look at.
Playas de España by Jose Alejandro Adamuz Hortelano
If you are into beach getaways in Spain, you will definitely enjoy Playas de España by Jose Alejandro Adamuz Hortelano, featuring 130 unique beaches across the country. This Spain Coffee Table Book only has a Spanish edition, but the beach pictures with blue see-through waters and white sands really speak for themselves anyway.
Black and White Photos from Spain by E.J. Kelly
Fans of black and white photography might enjoy Black and White Photos from Spain by E.J. Kelly.
For many years, the award-winning photographer has traveled across Europe with a special affection for Spain. Within this book, the author presents black-and-white images with breezy essays to better explain the thinking behind each photo.
If you like his approach, you can also get more of his StreetScapes series photo books on Amazon.
Barcelona Coffee Table Books
It´s no secret that most international visitors come to Spain with the ultimate dream of exploring Barcelona. The city´s unique charm is pretty undeniable.
There are quite a few Spain Coffee Table Books that will allow you to have a piece of Barcelona at home: Barcelona by Berta Marse, Best-Kept Secrets of Barcelona, or Barcelona by Serge Ramelli. For the kids, you can get Lonely Planet Kids City Trails – Barcelona.
Within the Barcelona Coffee Table Books, you will for sure come across the name of Antonio Gaudi, one of the most famous Spaniards ever. If you like his architectural style – check Gaudí: The Complete Works by Rainer Zerbst, Gaudí Basic Art Series, and Antonio Gaudí: Master Architect.
Andalusia & Flamenco Spain Coffee Table Books
España en 1000 Carteles by Jordi Carulla
This is such a cool Spain Coffee Table Book for anyone who loves Spanish art and vintage posters.
España en 1000 Carteles by Jordi Carulla is a bit overpriced on Amazon (I recently saw it at Spanish FNAC for 57 euros). But I really wanted to mention it anyway – since it’s one of my current favorites.
Spanish Ceramics Books
If you are a fan of colorful Spanish pottery, head to my post about Ceramics in Spain – you will discover the main regions of the country creating unique ceramics. I still own lots of books on Spanish ceramics since my first job was for a ceramic tile company. In most of the Spanish Ceramic museums, you can purchase books on pottery and ceramics of spain.
Unfortunately, I could not find any Spanish ceramics books available internationally on Amazon to suggest to you. If one day you get a chance to visit the small town of Manises near Valencia, you might easily find a few unique ceramics books there.
Don´t worry, I will keep searching to update this post once I discover something.
Sorolla Coffee Table Books
One of the most famous Spaniards in history is definitely the painter Joaquin Sorolla. Born and raised in the Spanish city of Valencia, he made the drawings of the Mediterranean coast his international trademark.
If you plan to spend a day in Valencia, stop by Llig Bookshop (e.g. Libreria de la Generalitat Valenciana), where they sell a few exclusive Spain Coffee Table Books dedicated to Joaquin Sorolla.
Salvador Dali Coffee Table Books
If you plan a trip to the region of Catalonia, there is no chance you can miss visiting the worldwide famous Dali Museum.
Salvador Dali is one of the biggest names in the world of Surrealist art. You can get a few unique Spain Coffee Table Books with Dali´s artworks – Dalí: The Paintings: 1904-1989 by Robert Descharnes, Dalí Basic Art, Dali’s Mustache, Dalí. The Paintings, Dalí: The Wines of Gala, Salvador Dalí: Master of Modern Art, Salvador Dalí: The Late Work, and Dalí: Les Diners De Gala.
I also own the limited-edition of Don Quixote with Salvador Dali illustrations (by Martin Riquer).
Artesanos: El buen hacer español
I also enjoyed this book on the Spanish artisans Artesanos: El buen hacer español, but it´s completely overpriced on Amazon (purchased it in one of Valencia’s bookshops for less than 10 euros). So, in case you plan a weekend in Valencia, search for it at Librerias Paris Valencia.
El Camino de Santiago Books
Walking part of the Way of Saint James is in my plans for the upcoming 2024, so I lately get inspired by all the Spain Coffee Table Books dedicated to El Camino de Santiago.
Except for the novels and guidebooks, I could not find anything visually beautiful in English to suggest to you (so once I get there, I might end up creating my own Camino Photobook for the blog subscribers).
For more inspiring reads check my Pinterest Board – Travel Books, Movies, and Quotes.
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