Books about Portugal

We've read a lot of books about Portugal. It's a country for which, happily, there is a great deal of literature. That is due in part to its fascinating history and culture - it's a country people want to write about!

Travel guides for Portugal

Lonely Planet Portugal (Travel Guide)
"Lonely Planet Portugal is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Stand at Europe's southwestern edge on the barren cliffs of Cabo de Sao Vicente, stretch a towel on the golden sands of Algarve and hear soulful fado in Lisbon; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Portugal and begin your journey now!"
The Rough Guide to Portugal
"The Rough Guide to Portugal will ensure you make the most of your time in Portugal, whether you plan to relax on the Algarve's vast swathes of golden sand, surf the wave-lashed west coast or hike through the country's unspoilt mountainous interior."
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Portugal
The ideal travel companion, full of insider advice on what to see and do, plus detailed itineraries and comprehensive maps for exploring Portugal.

Take a guided walking tour of Lisbon, island-hop around the Azores, become a wine connoisseur in port country or relax on Madeira's golden beaches: everything you need to know is clearly laid out within colour-coded chapters. Discover the best of Portugal with this indispensable travel guide.

Books about Portuguese culture

The Taste of Portugal: A Voyage of Gastronomic Discovery Combined with Recipes, History and Folklore
"It is amazing that in these times of passion for the food from every corner of the globe, the cooking of Portugal remains unexplored by so many, especially given its vibrant flavours and simple domestic style. In this authoritative and fascinating book Edite Vieira traces the rich legacy of her country's culinary excellence from medieval through to modern times lacing it with history and anecdote and a collection of authentically delicious recipes."
Portugal - Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
"Culture Smart! Portugal will help you to navigate this multifaceted society. It gives insights into different aspects of life, from sleepy seaside towns to modern, trendy cities, so that you can experience at first hand how this society, which protects family and privacy so fiercely, is eager and proud to show visitors everything the country has to offer."
"A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette in Portugal"

Books about politics in Portugal

Portugal in the European Union (Routledge Advances in European Politics)
"This book examines the involvement of Portugal in the European integration process since the country signed the Accession Treaty in 1985.

The volume elicits how Portugal has grasped opportunities and challenges emanating from its participation in the institutional, regulatory and political frameworks of the European Union (EU), as these have become more intricate as well as intrusive. It scrutinizes the adjustments and transformations that have taken place in Portuguese society, politics and economics as well as in the country’s international relations, as engendered by its increasing enmeshment in the Community-building dynamics."
Portugal in the Twenty-first Century: Politics, Society, and Economics
" . . . reflects on the legacies of authoritarianism on the democratization process and addresses issues related to Portugal's integration into the European Union, with the perspective offered by its twenty-three years of membership. Portugal in the Twenty-First Century reflects on what has happened in the country and in Europe during the last three decades. The analysis is divided into two sections: political and sociological perspectives, and economic and social perspectives."

Books about Portuguese history

The Portuguese: A Modern History

"Barry Hatton shines a light on this enigmatic corner of Europe by blending historical analysis with entertaining personal anecdotes. He describes the idiosyncracies that make the Portuguese unique and surveys the eventful path that brought them to where they are today."
Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire
"As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atlantic winds, launched the expedition of Vasco da Gama to India and beat the Spanish to the spice kingdoms of the East - then set about creating the first long-range maritime empire. In an astonishing blitz of thirty years, a handful of visionary and utterly ruthless empire builders, with few resources but breathtaking ambition, attempted to seize the Indian Ocean, destroy Islam and take control of world trade."
A Concise History of Portugal (Cambridge Concise Histories)
"This concise, illustrated history of Portugal offers an introduction to the people and culture of the country, its empire, and its search for economic modernisation, political stability and international partnership. It remains the standard single-volume work on Portugal, studying the effects of the vast wealth mined from Portuguese Brazil, the growth of the wine trade, and the evolution of international ties."

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