Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- Baltasar and BlimundaView on Amazon The Nobel Prize-winning author's compelling love story set in eighteenth-century Portugal at the height of the Inquisition. By José Saramago.
- Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global EmpireView on Amazon A New York Times bestselling author tracks the rise of the Portuguese empire, aka Portuguese Overseas (Ultramar Português). By Roger Crowley.
- My Portugal: Recipes and StoriesView on Amazon Chef and owner of Michelin-starred Aldea introduces the world of Portuguese cuisine, offering 125 mouthwatering recipes that showcase the wide range of dishes that come from this coastal country. By George Mendes and Genevieve Ko.
- Pereira Declares: A TestimonyView on Amazon The tale of an apathetic journalist in Salazarist Portugal who is sparked into action by an aspiring young anti-fascist writer. By Antonio Tabucchi; translated by Patrick Creagh.
- Prince Henry the NavigatorView on Amazon Prince Henry of Portugal (1394-1460) set the wheels in motion for the system of sea exploration that would transform medieval Europe. By Sir Peter Russell.
- The Book of DisquietView on Amazon A masterpiece. This unique, unstructured collection of musings and observations comprises the "autobiography" of Bernardo Soares, one of the famous Lisbon-based author's alternate selves. By Fernando Pessoa; translated by Richard Zenith.
- The Lusiads (Os Lusíadas)View on Gutenberg.org Download a free digital copy of this 9,000-line poem, published in 1572 and generally regarded as Portugal's national epic, which centers on the Portuguese voyages of discovery during the 15th-16th centuries. By Luís de Camões; translated by William Julius Mickle.
- The Portuguese: A Modern HistoryView on Amazon The author shines a light on this enigmatic corner of Europe by blending historical analysis with entertaining personal anecdotes. He describes the idiosyncrasies that make the Portuguese unique and surveys the eventful path that brought them to where they are today. By Barry Hatton.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “‘Chaos’ and ‘Order’: Preto, Salazar and Charismatic Appeal in Inter-war Portugal”View on University of Libson's website In this scholarly review, the author explains how Salazar — the ruler of Portugal from 1932-1968 — crafted his charismatic persona. By António Costa Pinto.
- “Chronicle in Stone”View on wmf.org Built as a monument to Portugal’s maritime prowess, a manueline masterpiece — Lisbon’s Jerónimos Monastery — shines after a four-year restoration. By A Elena Charola.
- “Fado Historiography: Old Myths and New Frontiers”View on Utrecht University's website Exploring the persistent mythology associated with the origins of fado. By Kimberly DaCosta Holton.
- “Getting a Fix”View on NewYorker.com Portugal decriminalized drugs a decade ago. What have we learned? By Michael Specter Hatton.
- “In Portugal, a Land Finely Aged Like Wine”View on NYTimes.com The Alentejo region (southeast of Lisbon) is finally taking its bow on the international stage, and is rapidly becoming one of the top wine destinations in the world. By Eli Gottlieb.
- “Madeira Wines”View on madeirawijn.nl A comprehensive review of Madeira wine, including its history and winemaking practices. By Instituto do Vinho, do Bordado e do Artesanato da Madeira.
- “Portuguese Azulejos”Azulejo — the Portuguese word to describe a square ceramic plaque with decorations and glaze on one side — have transcended their utilitarian decorative function to become one of the most expressive art forms of Portuguese culture. By Rosie Mitchell.
- “The Bullwrestlers of Portugal”View on RoadsandKingdoms.com Portuguese forcados lie somewhere between the bull riders of the Americas and the bloodier bullfighters of Spain. By Eduardo Leal.
- “The discovery of Douro terroir”View on decanter.com The Douro’s soils were long seen as one and the same when it came to growing Port grapes, of whatever variety. But thanks to new approaches from the major shippers, the regional subtleties of terroir are now being appreciated. By Margaret Rand.
- “The Great Escape that Changed Africa’s Future”View on TheGuardian.com In 1961, with Portugal in the grip of a ruthless dictator, 60 brilliant students were smuggled out of the country to safety. The author tells their dramatic story – and reveals how many went on to become Africa’s most respected and influential leaders. By Ruaridh Nicoll.
- “Conservas de Peixe: The Tasty but Discernible Truth Behind Canned Fish in Portugal”View on catavino.net You can't miss sampling conservas de peixe in Portugal. The author offers a good review of the canning process, major brands and the types of fish you are bound to encounter. By Andrea Smith.
- “The Pombaline Quarter of Lisbon”View on ac.uk An excellent review of the history and architecture of Lisbon's stunning Pombaline quarter, rebuilt to a new standard of safety and uniformity after the great earthquake of 1755. By Richard Penn, Stanley Wild and Jorge.
Online Sources & Blogs
- Lisbon Street PavingVisit gardenbreeze.co.uk A comprehensive review of the city's trademark limestone-and-basalt street paving.
- Presunto do AlentejoVisit qualifica.pt The detailed government specifications for Portugal's famous cured ham, the equivalent of Italy's Prosciutto di Parma or Spain's Jamon Iberico.
- Weekend in Lisbon: Food, Drink TipsVisit fedguides.com Alison Cayne, founder of Haven’s Kitchen in New York City, gives her recommendations for an unrivaled culinary experience in Lisbon.
- World Bank | PortugalVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
- Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755Listen to the podcast In this BBC Witness podcast, listen to the story of how an earthquake flattened the capital of Portugal in 1755 and revolutionised European thought.
- How Nostalgia Saved LisbonListen to the podcast In this BBC Witness podcast, listen to the story of how an earthquake flattened the capital of Portugal in 1755 and revolutionised European thought.
- The Sounds of Portugal: FadoListen to the Spotify playlist Listen to a personal collection of traditional saudade-rich fado tracks compiled by Trip Reads founder Jennifer Raezer. The perfect pre-trip soundtrack.
Just for Kids
- If You Were Me and Lived in…PortugalView on Amazon Engaging book that invites children to think about Portugal's many wonders from the sunny Azores to the wide variety of food. By Carole Roman.
- Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?View on Amazon An introduction to the Portuguese sailor, Ferdinand Magellan, and his voyage around the world. By SA Kramer.
Who to Follow
- Instagram: Calçada PortuguesaFollow #calcadaportuguesa See a collection of photos of calçada portuguesa, the traditional pavement of limestone and basalt.
- Twitter: Miguel CarvalhoFollow @Portugal_Travel Press and Public Relations Manager at the Portuguese National Tourist Office / AICEP Portugal Global USA.
- Twitter: Richard MaysonFollow @richardmayson Another great wine follow: Richard Mayson is a highly respected wine writer specialising in Portuguese wines and is an eminent authority on Vintage Port and Madeira Wine.
- Twitter: Salt of PortugalFollow @saltofportugal A blog about all that is glorious in Portugal.
- Twitter: Teresa SousaFollow @TastingPortugal Traditional Portuguese food, recipes and its history. Food tours & cooking classes. Travel. Cooking with children. Love tea & chocolate.
- Twitter: The Portugal NewsFollow @PortugalNews77 Portugal's largest and most informative English-language newspaper. Since 1977.
- Twitter: Wines of PortugalFollow @wines_portugal This is the official Twitter page of Wines of Portugal.