Camino de Santiago Tours

Based in Spain Since 2006


Reading List

They say your journey starts once you decide to take one! To help you get excited and prepared for your Fresco Tour, we've developed a list of some of our favorite books and we've thrown in a few films too.

    Books on SpainGhosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett: “[A] provocative and vividly written book that is part history, part political and social commentary, and part love letter. This book should be in all public and academic library collections on Spanish history and culture.” - Library Journal

    Books on SpainThe Story of Spain by Mark R. Williams: “By far the best introduction for students in English to Spain's history and culture...” - Paul Smith, Professor Emeritus, Department of Spanish, U.C.L.A.

    Books on SpainThe New Spaniards by John Hooper: “Hooper . . . not only knows where Spain has been in recent decades and centuries, but he also has an impressively authoritative view of where exactly it is today and where it is headed.” - The Washington Post

    Books on SpainIberia by James A. Michener: “Massive, beautiful... Unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain... The best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject... Stunning... Memorable.” - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

    Books on SpainSpain by Jan Morris: “Passionate, evocative and beautifully written, Spain is a companion to the country: its people, its history - and its character.” -

    Books on SpainJourney to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture by José Saramago: A well-known Nobel Prize author, Saramago gives us the mystery and brilliance of a country he loves so dearly. His descriptions and reflections serve less as a guidebook and more of friendly travel companion.

    Books on SpainThe Maias by José María Eca de Queiroz: “... Quierós has a magisterial sense of social stratification, family and the way eros can make an opera of private life. The novel crystallizes the larger unreality of an incestuous society, one that drifts, even the elite heatedly acknowledge, into decline. This novel stands with the great achievements of fiction.” - Pubisher's Weekly

    Books on SpainThe Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa: “Pessoa's amazing personality is as beguiling and mysterious as his unique poetic output.” - William Boyd

    Books on SpainThe Portuguese: A Modern History by Barry Hatton: “Barry Hatton shines a light on this enigmatic corner of Europe by blending historical analysis with entertaining personal anecdotes. He describes the idiosyncrasies that make the Portuguese unique and surveys the eventful path that brought them to where they are today.” -

    Books on SpainA Survival Guide to the Portuguese Camino in Galicia by Jeffery Barrera: Following up on his successful Survival Guide for the Camino Francés, Jeffery now introduces us to the lesser known Camino Portugues. Galician section of the Portuguese Camino. General information is provided for each village and place of interest including historical, religious, artistic, or anything else related to Spanish and Galician culture and/or customs.

    Books on SpainHomage to Catalonia by George Orwell: Homage to Catalonia is political journalist and novelist George Orwell's personal account of his experiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War.