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Specialty Bookstores in Barcelona

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Written by Paula

Barcelona has a number of good bookstores all around the city, where you can find books covering a variety of themes. If, however, you are looking to buy a book on a very specific subject, ShBarcelona suggests you pay a visit to one of Barcelona’s specialty bookstores.

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Founded in Barcelona over thirty years ago, Altaïr is the single most important European travel bookshop.

This spacious store offers a selection of guidebooks, maps, atlases, globes, graphic novels, gastronomy books, nature books, travel magazines, handmade objects and a variety of travel accessories.

Altaïr is located at Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 616 in La Dreta de l’Eixample


Founded in 1996, Oryx is a store dedicated to all nature lovers, home of the largest natural history book collection in the world! At Oryx, visitors can find books on entomology, botany, geology, environmental sciences, meteorology, forest engineering and astronomy.

Oryx  – La tienda del amante de la Naturaleza is located at Carrer de Balmes 71 in l’Antigua Esquerra de l’Eixample

Libreria Medios

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Libreria Medios is a bookstore that specializes in books connected to the area of communication.

At Libreria Medios, visitors can find books on the subjects of animation, cinema, radio, theater, linguistics, design, journalism, marketing, advertising, writing, television, and more.

Libreria Medios is located at Carrer de Valldonzella 7 in El Raval


A historic LGTBQ book shop, Cómplices has been promoting the homosexual culture for over nineteen years, playing an important part in the integration and rights equality of gays, lesbians, and transsexuals. At Cómplices, you can find books, comics, movies, magazines, and other products related to the LGTBQ world.

Some of the authors represented in the shop are Lily Carmona, Alejandro Melero, Dean Spade, Mohamed Chukri, and Giorgio Bassani. If you are interested in knowing more about Cómplice’s products, pay a visit to the store or browse their online catalog.

Librería Cómplices is located at Carrer de Cervantes, 4 en El Gòtic

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Karma is a store that specializes in esoteric products like incense, meditation pillows, statues and figurines, jewelry and talismans.

The store has a large collection of esoteric books on themes like astrology, divination, angels, magic, reincarnation, and parapsychology.

Karma is located at Avinguda del Paral-lel, 143 in El Poble Sec

Libreria Náutica

If you are a fan of all things nautical, Libreria Náutica is the bookstore for you. The online bookstore carries a variety of publications on professional, sporting and recreational boating, nautical charts, travel books, technical books, domestic and imported publications, and plans for ship modeling.

Have you ever been to one of these specialty bookstores?

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Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

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