Synopses & Reviews
Portugal is a fascinating land of many contrasts packed into a country smaller than the state of Indiana. From the popular sand beaches of the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines to the dramatic stone castles of the mountains of Beira Alta, Portugal combines a storied colonial past with stunning natural scenery in a vibrant, modern society.
From Coimbra, the lively university town that has been home to a venerable university since 1290, to the hard-working, commercial, wine-rich city of Oporto, frequent visitor and veteran travel writer Fiona Dunlop guides you through the incredibly varied landscapes that is modern Portugal. Illustrated with more than 180 vivid photographs and nearly 20 detailed, full-color maps, the National Geographic Traveler: Portugal gives you every tool you need to plan a trip to this unique Iberian travel destination.
Following a detailed introduction to Portugal's history, food, land, and culture, the book explores each of the country's seven regions, covering every corner of this sun-drenched land in fascinating detail. From the hidden alleys and grand palaces of Lisbon, Portugal's elegant capital city, to the beautiful gardens and flowers of the remote Madeira islands off the Atlantic coast, it's all here. Special detailed sidebars give comprehensive information on many diverse topics such as Portugal's famous wines, the sultry and soulful music of the land known as Fado, and the colorfully-painted ceramic tiles, Azulejos, that adorn countless buildings. In addition, the book features five guided drives through some of the country's more spectacular scenery, including the fantastic granite massifs of Peneda-Gers National Park in the north. It also offers detailed guided walks through old Lisbon, as well as through the beautiful riverside Ribiera district of Oporto. A thorough Travelwise section provides author's recommendations of hotels and restaurants in all price ranges and in all areas.
Whether you're visiting the unspoiled, rolling plains of Alentejo, soaking in some sun on the world-famous beaches of Algarve, or visiting the inspiring architectural masterpieces of the monasteries in Estremadura, the National Geographic Traveler: Portugal has everything you need to make your trip a memorable and rewarding one.
Portugal is a captivating, sun-drenched land of diversity packed into an area smaller than the state of Indiana. National Geographic Traveler Portugal
opens with a detailed introduction to the country's history, food, land, and culture. From the hidden alleys and grand palaces of Lisbon, Portugal's elegant capital city, to the beautiful gardens of the remote Madeira islands off the Atlantic coast, readers will discover each of the country's seven regions. Special detailed sidebars discuss such diverse topics as Portugal's famous wines and the sultry and soulful music known as Fado.
Several detailed sections filled with practical travel information include extensive lists of handpicked hotels and restaurants and insider tips on the best tours. With meticulous maps and lavish photography, the National Geographic Traveler guides ensure exciting and memorable trips.
About the Author
Fiona Dunlop's peripatetic life has led her from the Australian beaches of her birth to an upbringing in London, and subsequent stints in Italy, Monte Carlo, and Paris. She has written widely for numerous magazines and national newspapers (including the Observer, Guardian, Financial Times, CNN Traveler, and Spain Magazine, among others). She has written travel guides to India, Indonesia, SingaporeandMalaysia, Vietnam, Mexico, Costa Rica, and southern Africa. In between her more exotic travels, she has regularly visited Andaluca to write articles and books in what she considers to be the optimum conditions, combining sol y sombra (sun and shade), not to mention tapas. Her main base is now in London. She is also the author of the National Geographic Traveler: Spain guidebook.