Where? Barcelona, Spain
Visited: August 2008
(Read more on Altair in our Report from Barcelona)
Courtesy of Gridskipper
Altair bookstores in Barcelona and Madrid are the biggest travel specialized bookshops in Spain, and perhaps in the whole of Europe. The company also publishes a monthly travel magazine (by the name of Altair), and they also own an alternative travel agency called Orixa. Some people say that there is too much to choose from in Altair: numerous travel guides, maps and books related to traveling, even photography and music, find their place on Altair's bookshelves. Perhaps, there is no such thing as too much. Judge for yourself.
We have visited the bookstore in Barcelona and we were more than impressed. We have to say, that this is most probably the best travel-specialized bookstore we have seen. The whole interior of the bookstore is a traveler's delight. The books are arranged by continents and countries and the offer goes well beyond guidebooks and maps, you can actually find a selection of fiction by selected authors for each country. We tried to describe our impressions from the atmosphere of Altair in our Report from Barcelona.
Altair is a spacious travel bookstore, with two stores in Spain: one in Barcelona and the other in Madrid. Their selection offers guidebooks of many kinds, various maps, colorful travel literature and even books on topics such as nature and anthropology, children's books and comics. Another interesting offer is their selection of music CDs and DVDs.
Gran Via 616
Phone and Email:
(34) 93 342 71 71
Mon-Sat 10-14 and 16:30-20:30
Phone and Email:
91 543 53 00
Mon-Fri 10-14 and 16:30-20:30
Sat 10:30-14:30 and 16:30-20
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