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Spain

Spain

Run with the bulls in Pamplona, walk the pilgrim's way along the Camino de Santiago, beachcomb in Barcelona, bask in Basque cuisine. And before all of that, read up on Spain. Our regional reading lists for the country will acquaint you with Spanish culture, cuisine, literature, language and art. Soon you'll be running with the bulls alongside Ernest Hemingway, paying Homage to Catalonia with George Orwell and mingling with the Ghosts of Spain with journalist Giles Tremlett.

Follow the links below to see recommended reading for each destination.

The Longitude Blog – Spain
The Sagrada Familia: The Astonishing Story of Gaudi's Unfinished Masterpiece
Towering over Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia has famously been under construction since 1882. Yet despite its unfinished state, the cathedral draws approximately 3 million tourists each year who revel in the wild masterpiece of devotional architecture. Gaudi’s vision combines Gothic and Art Nouveau, resulting one of the most original, memorable buildings in history.
Pamplona, Spain
Kindly contributed by Peter Milligan, author of the new book Bulls Before Breakfast. Milligan, who has cheated death in Pamplona over 70 times, introduces readers to the sights and sounds of the city made famous by Ernest Hemingway while recounting his daring showdowns with its long-horned killers, los toros bravos. When he's not running for his life, Milligan focuses on local knowledge, eateries and the Spanish countryside.
  From July 7 to July 14, I run with the bulls with my brother in Pamplona every morning—every summer.
Victus: The Fall of Barcelona
The delicate art of historical fiction breathes life into history and shows its relevance to the present. In his newest novel Victus: The Fall of Barcelona, Catalan author Albert Sanchez Pinol keeps the fires of the past burning by narrating the end of the nation of Catalonia. His engrossing story is a unique backdrop for the present-day independence movement in Catalonia and its crux: the War of Spanish Secession. Pinol’s novel is posited as the autobiography of a 98-year-old Catalan military engineer, Marti Zuviria. “Zuvi” is a picaresque character (much like Voltaire’s