Well, I have to admit it! This post will be short but, I promise you, it will be very special! Ιt is addressed to people who love traveling and reading (like me, if you didn’t know!) and I believe that they will find that short post very interesting. Well, I just read something and all I wanted is to share it with you.
Now, pay attention, please! As I said, I’m addressing to all those readers who are like me! Just close your eyes and leave your imagination free! Where would you like to be? No, don’t tell me about an another country! Just create the ideal place for you! A place that it would contain your two big loves: traveling and books. I’m waiting!
Oh, you need help? Ok, then! Just keep your eyes closed and listen to me describing you that ideal place! Just stay focus! Imagine a small medieval village behind a tall wall. A castle that stands on the edge of that village while vineyards and fields with grain are spread out all around it. Within the walls, the whole village is dedicated to reading and writing.
The whole village seems like a magical bookstore! Nice, huh? Now, stop dreaming and open your eyes because this village exists and it is located in Spain, just two hours northwest of Madrid. Its name is Urueña.
Urueña Village is located inside a medieval wall, surrounded by vast plains, in the Castilla y León Region. In recent years, it has been transformed into a Villa del Libro, a village that celebrates the books! Well, it sounds like a paradise to me!
Urueña Village has been known since 2007 due to its many books. It has about 200 residents and about 12 bookshops, filled with rare titles and important pieces. Well, It’s a bit unfair! Don’t you think the residents are greedy somehow? I mean, there are so many books for only a few people!
In addition, 5 museums will be establish in that village, while a number of visitors arrive there every year to enjoy reading in an idyllic setting. It joined the International Organization of Book Towns and modeled its re-branding after cities like Hay-on-Wye in Wales or Brevedoort in the Netherlands, where tens of thousands of tourists come every year for Literary Festivals or simply to look through the second-hand shops. So far, Urueña Village is the only internationally recognized “book town” in Spain.
At present, Urueña Village attracts 40,000 bibliophiles to its narrow medieval streets every year. They cross the vast plains of Castilla to search through old tomes; listen to lectures on writing and take classes in calligraphy, and of course to talk to each other about the pleasures found in books.
You still don’t believe me? Ok, then, here are some photos from that village I just described to you which indeed looks like a magical bookstore: