Give books as Christmas presents

The festive season is a great opportunity to give books as gifts and get along to your neighbourhood bookshops.  Here is a list of our recommendations for books about Barcelona. The best of the most recent publications, so that you can enjoy this Christmas reading about Barcelona.

Flors i violes [A Bed of Roses]. La Barcelona literària en clau femenina

Mª Àngels Cabré

A literary stroll around the Barcelona of writers and their women characters, along with some urban legends based around women.


Colita (photography) and Maria Aurèlia Capmany (text)

The recovery of a lost book, 43 years after it was published, acclaiming the figure of two brave and intellectual Barcelona women: Colita and M. Aurèlia Capmany.

Gràfica anarquista. Utòpica tinta 1931-1939

Observatori de la Vida Quotidiana (editor)

A group of works from the libertarian illustrators that picked up a pencil to build a new world. Silenced, repressed and forgotten, now they come back to life through paper and ink.

Barcelona Freak Show

Enric H. March

An extensive and unknown tour through the history of fairground booths and travelling shows in the city of Barcelona from the18th century through to 1939.

Alpina. Mapes, literatura, paisatge

Julià Guillamon (editor)

A tribute to the Alpina publishing company with twenty-five routes combining classic Catalan texts with maps that have now become popular.

Everyone’s Invited!

Jordi Bes Lozano (text) and Lucía Herrero (photography)

Over thirty portraits and experiences of the sustainable food ecosystem of a Barcelona in transformation.

Antonio Machado a Barcelona (1938-39)

Antonio Machado, Josep Playà and Monique Alonso (introductions)

A selection of 29 articles written by the poet in La Vanguardia during the months he lived in Barcelona, before being forced into exile as the Francoist army arrived.

Una història amb swing. La Locomotora Negra, 50 anys

Toni Gili Vidal

A first-hand account book, an emotive sketch, made from within. An engaging narrative, accompanied by pictures, telling the long journey made by this jazz orchestra.

BCNECOLOGIA. 20 Years of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona


For urban planning and ecology enthusiasts, but also for anybody with an interest in learning how the city of Barcelona has changed in recent years.

La gent del carrer Montcada. Una història de Barcelona (segles XIII a XVIII)

Albert Garcia Espuche

The most complete work – two volumes and over a thousand pages – and also the most captivating for discovering and understanding the history of medieval and modern Barcelona.

52 retallables. Gegants i gegantes de Barcelona

Nico Alonso (text), Laia Berloso (illustration) and La Japonesa (design)

52 giants from our city, to play with and discover in full with all the family. You’ll need to cut them out and then decorate them properly.

Dibuixem Drawing Barcelona

Urban Sketchers Barcelona

Barcelona’s sketchers have made a name for themselves around the world and their drawings capture a city which is a great inspiration to them.

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