The world’s most inspiring literary cities; Hayley Skirka; The National

Estonia – Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn

As Dubai prepares to host the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, we present a guide to 10 of the best cities in which to venture beyond the pages of the world’s famous wordsmiths

As Dubai gets ready to welcome authors from around the world to celebrate the 10th Emirates Airline Festival of Literature from Thursday, we take a look at some of the world’s most inspiring literary cities. From retracing the pages of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind in Barcelona to bedding down in the Cairo hotel where Agatha Christie first fell in love with Egypt, read on for our top 10 literary escapes.


France is the country with the most Nobel Prize for Literature winners and its capital has been home to some of the world’s greatest writers. Settle down with a good book in the tree-lined Place des Vosges in Le Marais, then pop into the Maison de Victor Hugo ( next door to learn about the acclaimed poet’s life and works. Have lunch at Café Procope (, the oldest cafe in Paris and the former hangout of Rousseau, Voltaire and Diderot.

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