Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Spain
Author: Juan Lalaguna
Description: A swift survey from prehistory through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present.
Andalucia Map 578
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A travelers' map of Andalucia and the Costa del Sol at a scale of 1:400,000 with city plans of Seville, Malaga and Granada.
Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, the Alhambra
Author: Washington Irving
Description: This collection of Irving's writing, published by the Library of America, is the only book in print that contains "The Alhambra," his romantic account of travels in Southern Spain.
Driving over Lemons, An Optimist in Andalucia
Author: Chris Stewart
Description: Stewart's memoir about moving with his wife to a farm in Alpujarras is charming and insightful. Unlike many expatriates, Stewart manages to ground himself far enough into the community to make lasting friends -- as well as a home for his young daughter.
Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This wonderfully organized and visually rich guide features excellent maps and essays on the culture, history and geography of the region. With a pullout city map of Seville.
Author: Richard Fletcher
Description: The history and culture of Islam in Spain geared for the curious traveler.
Platero and I
Author: Juan Ramon Jimenez, Eloise Roach (Translator)
Description: In this autobiographical tale, the Nobel Prize-winner chronicles the wanderings of a donkey and his meditative master through Andalusia, capturing the rhythms and traditions of village life.
Shadow of a Bull
Author: Maia Wojciechowska
Description: In this compelling award-winning, young-adult novel, everyone expects Manolo to become a bullfighter like his father. Not surprisingly, it features vivid descriptions of bullfights.
Spain, The Root and the Flower
Author: John A. Crow
Description: Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in modern Spain.
Author: Robert Irwin
Description: Irwin's brief, indispensable guide introduces the stunning Moorish palace and fortress complex, revealing its mysteries, myths and significance with wit and insight.
The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
Author: Maria Rosa Menocal, Harold Bloom (Introduction)
Description: A lively, illuminating portrait of the Andalucian Kingdom, its cultural achievements and religious tolerance from the eighth century to 1492.