We recommend 'Stanfords' who stocks the widest range of maps and travel books for Spain in the UK. Our selection includes country maps, regional maps, street plans, thematic tourist maps, wallmaps, travel guides, photographic books, travel literature, phrasebooks and history books.
Visit Stanfords and find the right map for your planned holiday or be inspired by our maps and books to new travels around Spain.
You can search our online catalogue by region or by product category, or go straight to the full listing of our stock for the country.
Spain Guide Books
The choice of travel guides available for Spain is very broad and takes in the demand for popular destinations as well that for lesser-known corners of the country.
Guidebooks to the whole of Spain are published to suit the tastes of different audiences: budget, luxury accommodation solutions, family-friendly, culture holidays, activity holidays, gastro-tourism, etc. In our descriptions we highlight the qualities of each title and try to give you an idea of the details that make one guide different to the others in the list. Among the publishers in our Spain books catalogue are Footprint Handbooks , Lonely Planet , Rough Guides , the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness guides, Cadogan , Insight Guides but also minor publishers of quality titles or travel books.
There is an increasing number of guides dedicated to individual regions or cities. Southern Spain and Barcelona are dedicated the most attention but all regions of Spain are gradually being covered by one publisher or the other. All available Time Out Guides to cities are regular stock as well as regional guides by the other major publishers.
The popular walking regions are covered by titles from Cicerone and Trailblazer . The Way of St James is covered by various guides, some in its full extent, some dedicated to one of the routes to Santiago de Compostela. Special interests such as gastronomy, cycling and birdwatching are all provided for as well. As mentioned above, we also stock popular walking maps for Spain, ideal for planning your holiday route.
Among the accommodation guides we stock, are titles exclusive to Stanfords in the UK, such as the Official Guide to Campsites and the Official Guide to Hotels by the Spanish Tourist Office, Turespaña .
Our travel literature selection includes classics such as Gerald Brennan's South From Granada , an affectionate account of life in the Alpujarras after the First World War, Chris Stewart's bestselling Driving Over Lemons , about how he and his family left the UK for life on Andalusian farm and Robert Hughes learned portrait of Barcelona as well as worthy recent titles analizying contemporary Spanish society and culture. Next to wordy introductions to Spain, we have a fine range of picture books, which capture the beauty and special charm of the country in its colours and shapes: from illustrated portraits of individual cities to itineraries through regional countrysides, from architectural guides to regional cookery books.
Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe and the variety of maps from different publishers reflects the high interest the country attracts at any stage of the year. We stock Spain road atlases and maps by GeoCenter , the Michelin , Freytag&Berndt and Insight Guides , which all go down to minor road detail and often include street plans of major cities and towns.
If you are visiting a particular region of Spain, the availability of high quality Provincial Maps produced by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional makes it more convenient to buy the one sheet you will require. They are a convenient scale and size and carry tourist information.
We stock detailed topographic maps for the popular walking areas of Southern Spain, the Pyrenees, the Way of St James and the Picos de Europa produced by Editorial Alpina , Rando Editions , Editorial Penibetica , Instituto de Cartografia de Andalucia and Adrados Ediciones .
Catalonia has its own Survey, Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya , which produces some of the best topographic mapping in the world. We regularly keep sheets covering the most popular areas in stock but can provide all on order within a fortnight.
Less up-to-date and a bit slower in coming in are the Spanish Military Survey sheets, which cover the whole of the country at 1:25,000. They can come in handy for areas not mapped by other commercial publishers and the popular sheets, mostly covering the Sierra Nevada and Southern Costas region are updated more regularly.
You will find grids that will help you choose the sheet covering the area you require.
Look out for the coverage images and the samples of cartography we add to the text description of thematic tourist maps as they will provide you with extra information to choose the right map for your needs.