If you love reading books and literature is the name of your relaxation, this is the right post to read. For all those people (including myself), who proudly call themselves “Bookworm” or “Bibliophile”, bookshops are usually the perfect place to feel cozy and happy. Who doesn’t feel like a Treasure Hunter when he try to find the next, perfect book on the shelves of a bookshop? Who doesn’t feel a little bit more creative when he wander in a bookshop while he absorbs inspiration to write his own book?
So, for many of us, bookshops are a wonderful place to visit. Especially for me, who still cannot decide if Paradise exists, I’m pretty sure that if it does, then bookshops are a small piece of it! Now imagine those small pieces being around us! All you need to do is to visit them, open their door and get lost in there…
So, here are some of the most beautiful bookshops in Europe:
“Libreria Alta Acqua” in Venice, Italy
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A sign outside says “Welcome to the Most Beautiful Bookshop in the World” and who can deny it? This bookshop located in the most famous sinking city in the world and, what an irony, seems to be overflowing with books.
“Atlantis Books” on Santorini Island, Greece
This amazing English bookshop belongs to Oliver and Craig, two friends who decided to open a bookshop on the island when they were there for holidays. The bookstore is located in the basement of a white house of Santorini, which is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea. As those two friends said, it was the one thing that paradise was missing; a haven for readers and writers.
“Word on Water” in London, England
This is the only floating second-hand bookshop in London, that travels the canals for two weeks at a time at various locations such as Camden Lock, Hackney and Paddington. The books are donated by the public and charity bookshops and you can find some great classics, cult and some quirky stuff you might never find anywhere else.
“Shakespeare & Company” in Paris, France
The most famous bookshop in Paris is open since 1921 and had closed during World War II. Shakespeare and Company became one of the most favorite locations for writers, especially since this shop is often the venue of the Literary Festival and offers a free stay for the authors.
“The Book Shop” in Wigtown, Scotland
The Book Shop is known as the largest and oldest second-hand bookstore of Scotland, with over a mile of shelving supporting and roughly 100,000 books. It’s full of nooks and crannies. A great place for all bookworms. Visitors can spend a couple of hours quite happily, curled up in one of the comfy chairs.