The Spain Survival Guide is a list of all the books, videos, blogs, tools and services that I recommend for having a rich and memorable trip to (or life in!) Spain.
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Getting Ready for Your Trip
Before I head anywhere, I love to read, watch and listen to information about a country. This section is intended to help you a list of great books, blogs, videos etc. that will help you understand Spain and get excited for your trip!
Here are my best three YouTube playlists to help you understand Spain:
Here are my top three recommended books about Spain:
- If you want to get your hands on an excellent book that will help you truly understand modern Spain, I recommend The Ghosts of Spain, by Giles Tremlett.
- For an understanding of Spanish food, I think Grape, Olive, Pig by Matt Goulding, is an excellent overview of the regionality of Spanish cuisine.
- While it may be getting a little dated, John Hooper’s The New Spaniards is a fantastic overview of this country’s history and culture.
Check out my other favourite books about Spain.
If you want to feel inspired while you’re planning your trip, check out this fantastic Spotify playlist of Spanish music put together by the team at Devour Tours.
Get the Most Out of Your Trip
Once you’re in Spain, it can be very overwhelming how regional the country is, and how different the food is in each part of the country.
These playlists will help you navigate four of the most-visited cities in Spain.
- Eat in Madrid Like a Local
- Eat in Barcelona Like a Local
- Eat in Seville Like a Local
- Eat in San Sebastian Like a Local
And if you want to go off the beaten path, check out this playlist where I go into deep Spain!
Planning Your Trip
Booking.com – Best Accommodation Website
I travel a lot around Spain, and I simply find booking.com the easiest, fastest and most cost-effective way to book accommodation.
Spain Savvy – Excellent Spain Travel Planning
Sarah Gemba of Spain Savvy is a fantastic person, Spain-lover and travel planner who knows this country through and through. If you’re looking for help in organising your trip around Spain to make sure you get the most out of your time, get in touch with her. Let her know I sent you!
Tours & Experiences I Recommend
If you decide to take a tour while in Spain, here are a couple that I wholeheartedly recommend.
Devour Tours – Delicious, Inspiring Food Tours!
I co-founded Devour Tours with one goal – to help curious travellers truly connect with Spain in a way that helps them have a rich experience, and also helps the local culture thrive. We offer tours in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and San Sebastian. And now we’re also in cities beyond Spain! Who would have thought! I hope you’ll join us!
The Flamenco Guide – Madrid’s Best Private Flamenco Experience
Yes, Yoly my wife! She runs amazing private flamenco experiences where you truly get to discover this local art form. You’ll visit local artisans, discover the world’s most famous flamenco school, and see Yoly’s handpicked show in her company that evening.
Madrid Travel Photographer – Incredible Way to Capture Your Trip
If you want to capture gorgeous photos of your time in Madrid (instead of just selfies!), Angela is my top recommendation. She’s shot for Marie Claire, Esquire, Harpers Bazaar and will capture your time in the city beautifully.
Once You’re Home
I get it. You’re back home and you’re missing Spain. Best thing to do is start planning your next trip. Remember, this country is very regional so there is so much to explore, and every part is different!
La Tienda – Delicious Spanish Products Delivered Across the USA
If you’re in the States, and would like a taste of Spain, then I’ve long admired what La Tienda do. They’re a family-run company who provides Spanish products and wine to the US market. I think they’re the best way to get your jamón fix stateside. Check out their products here.