Journey to Portugal, In Pursuit of Portugal’s History and Culture
Jose Saramago’s richly detailed account of his journey across Portugal in 1979. Saramago’s impressions of the Portuguese landscape and people are combined with a dose of history, fiction and meditation. With black-and-white photos and maps.
Conquerors, How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire
This epic narrative history by bestselling author Roger Crowley (City of Fortune) chronicles the rise of Portugal as the small nation forged a dominant share in the global spice trade. His cast of characters (the ambitious King Manuel I, marauding governors and intrepid seamen) built a trade monopoly with the ferocity of a holy crusade, forever shifting Europe’s center of power from the Mediterranean to Western Europe.
Insight Guide Portugal
An outstanding overview of the country, featuring hundreds of photographs and insightful essays on history, culture and art. It includes a substantial section on Lisbon.
Michelin Travel Publications
At a scale of 1:400,000, this fully indexed map also includes insets of Madeira and city maps.
Lisbon 3-in-1 City Map
Hallwag’s two-sided, colorful 3-in-1 maps include detailed and clear presentation of city centers, descriptions of city highlights and useful travel information, among other helpful features for tourists.
A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino Portugal
The only English language guide to the Camino de Portugues includes updated maps and comprehensive references.
Sandy Guedes de Queiroz
Culture Smart! Portugal
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Lisbon
A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. The guide is divided by area, with restaurant reviews for each, as well as recommendations for hotels, bars and places to shop.
Clara De MacEdo Vitorino
Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook
A handy pocket phrasebook for Portuguese basics, covering pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Ronnie Hess, Joan Peterson
Eat Smart in Portugal
Subtitled “How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Food & Embark on a Tasting Adventure,” this guide to Portuguese food is the perfect companion for any visitor to Portugal.
My Portugal, Recipes and Stories
A showcase of 125 Portuguese recipes interwoven with tales and anecdotes by the author, a Michelin-starred chef. His 125 mouthwatering recipes include his signature Duck Rice and Garlic Seared Shrimp, Mozambique Shrimp, and Okra Piri Piri.
Rich, Rare & Red: A Guide to Port
This informative reference begins with a great overview of the history of port wine and the port trade as it developed over the last three centuries. Howkins also includes a complete list of vintages and tasting guide.
The Taste of Portugal: A Voyage of Gastronomic Discovery Combined with Recipes, History and Folklore
A new revision of a classic collection of delicious recipes. Edite Vieira traces the rich legacy of her country’s culinary excellence from medieval through to modern times lacing it with history and anecdote. Ingredients include salt cod (bacalhau) in all its myriad variations, cumin and oranges (both remnants of Portugal’s voyaging past) and coriander.
A Traveller’s History of Portugal
A lively, admirably concise survey from prehistory to the present, great for travelers to Portugal who would like an overview of the country’s history and culture.
Susana Munch Miranda, Pedro Lains, Leonor Freire Costa
An Economic History of Portugal, 1143-2010
From Portugal’s origins as a kingdom in 1143 through the consolidation of Western Europe into an economic union, this economic history explores eight centuries of Portuguese economics. Organized in six chapters, the book covers the nation’s medieval economy, the expansion of Portugal’s overseas empire, and the reasons why Portugal’s economy expanded, stagnated and contracted.
Lisbon, War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939- 1945
This well-researched chronicle of intrigue and espionage uncovers the backstage role Lisbon played in WWII as the conflict raged around neutral Portugal.
The Portuguese, A Modern History
An interesting portrait of the idiosyncratic, enigmatic country at the end of Europe. British journalist Barry Hatton confidently marches from the Age of Discovery through the 20th century, peppering Portugal’s history with entertaining, personal anecdotes.
World Heritage Sites
How many have you visited? This beautifully illustrated compendium, just revised, includes color photographs, a map and succinct descriptions of each of the 1,031 archaeological sites, monuments, cities and parks inscribed by UNESCO from 1978 to 2016. Organized by order of inscription.
Cork Boat, A True Story of the Unlikeliest Boat Ever Built
This endearing tale of family, loss and friendship revolves around a deliciously absurd childhood quest to build a boat of cork and sail it 133 miles on Portugal’s Douro River.
Peter E. Russell
Prince Henry “The Navigator,” A Life
A complicated yet rewarding portrait and the first biography of this empire-minded Portuguese prince in more than a hundred years.
In this contemplative memoir, the Portuguese Nobel laureate recalls a childhood both dark and magical, split between the growing city of Lisbon and the tiny village of Azinhaga.
These short stories set in the Alentejo province of Portugal star a range of colorful expats and locals, including Teresa, a beautiful young girl from the village engaged to a suitable man who yearns to see the world and Vasco, a cafe owner losing business to the new Internet cafe down the road.
Baltasar and Blimunda
This tale of two unlikely lovers in Inquisition-era Portugal is arguably Saramago’s masterwork: a philosophically charged, intellectually rigorous historical drama which is also a captivating read.
Day of Atonement
A young man returns to the streets of Lisbon under assumed name, falling in with a group of old friends who will aid his quest: to find the man who killed his father. A dramatic story of obsession, loss and redemption set against the backdrop of 18th- century Portugal and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.
The Book of Disquiet
Part intimate diary, part prose poetry, part descriptive narrative, this melancholic masterpiece by Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa is a unique collection of short, aphoristic paragraphs comprising the “autobiography” of Bernardo Soares, one of Pessoa’s many alternate selves.
Jose Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)
The History of the Siege of Lisbon
In this historical novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author, the past is rewritten when a Portuguese proofreader adds a false word to a history book, resulting in a whole new perception of the Siege of Lisbon.
Jose Eca de Queiros
This sprawling family epic is worthy of comparison to the greatest accomplishments of Proust and Tolstoy. It’s the atmospheric story of the decline of an affluent 19th-century Lisbon family.
The Stone Raft
A geological fantasy from the Nobel Prize-winning author, in which the Iberian Peninsula becomes unmoored from France.
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
Expertly evoking the melancholy (known as “saudade” by the Portuguese) of Lisbon’s ports and hotels, Saramago builds his plot around the premise that characters — like the poet Fernando Pessoa’s Ricardo Reis — live on nine months after their author’s death.
Ernest Garcia, Eduardo De Juana
The Birds of the Iberian Peninsula
This definitive book on the birds of Iberia covers the status and distribution of each species in the region and also includes photos and introductory chapters on climate, habitats and the history of Iberian ornithology.