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Portugal: The Azores

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Bradt Guide Azores

Bradt Guide Azores

by David Sayers

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

A comprehensive, practical guide to the Azores. Sayers pays particular attention to the natural history and especially the botany of these lush Atlantic islands. (PGL29, $24.99)

A Traveller's History of Portugal

A Traveller's History of Portugal

by Ian Robertson

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

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. (PGL32, $14.95)

Azores Map

Azores Map

by Turinta Maps

  • 2002
  • MAP

A nicely detailed folded map of the islands with travel information at a scale of 1:75,000. (PGL36, $14.95)

 
Culture Smart! Portugal

Culture Smart! Portugal


by Sandy Guedes de Queiroz

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (PGL53, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Portugal

Eyewitness Guide Portugal


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Featuring hundreds of photographs and drawings, an excellent overview of the culture and history and good information about where to go and what to do. (PGL05, $25.00)

Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook


by Clara De MacEdo Vitorino

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A handy pocket phrasebook for Portuguese basics, covering pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (PGL34, $8.99)

The Food of Portugal

The Food of Portugal


by Jean Anderson

  • FOOD
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An award-winning cookbook featuring the cuisine of Portugal and background on Portuguese culture. Sure to please the palates of tourists interested in Portuguese food, and of emigrants in search of that authentic taste of home. (PGL10, $19.99)

The Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal

The Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal


by Charles Metcalfe

  • FOOD
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 446 PAGES

This oenophile's guide, organized geographically, focuses on Portuguese cuisine, vineyards and wine. (PGL79, $32.95)

A Concise History of Portugal

A Concise History of Portugal


by David Birmingham

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A straightforward and informative account of Portugal from prehistory to its zenith as a seafaring power and current day realities. (PGL01, $26.99)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

Journey to Portugal, In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture

Journey to Portugal, In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture


by Jose Saramago

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Jose Saramago's richly detailed account of his journey across Portugal in 1979. He combines his vivid impressions of the Portuguese landscape and people with a dose of history, fiction and meditation. (PGL23, $17.00)

A Small Death in Lisbon

A Small Death in Lisbon


by Robert Wilson

  • MYSTERY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

Set in Lisbon in 1941 and 1999, this award-winning mystery intertwines a present day murder, some unsavory arms production, and smuggling in Nazi Germany. Be warned, there are some graphic passages dealing with the horrors of war and concentration camps. (PGL22, $7.99)

The Letter of Marque

The Letter of Marque


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

The 12th (and perhaps the most satisfying) of O'Brian's series combines the personal and geopolitical as Aubrey comes to Maturin's rescue in the Baltics. (ATL20, $15.95)

The Maias

The Maias


by Jose Eca de Queiros

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 633 PAGES

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. (PGL07, $25.95)

The Reverse of the Medal

The Reverse of the Medal


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

In book 11 of the Aubrey and Maturin series, Captain Jack and his surgeon/naturalist sidekick Stephen Maturin head from Barbados through the Caribbean across the Atlantic to the Azores and their old stomping grounds in London (where 2/3 of the novel is set). (ATL04, $15.95)

Island Life

Island Life


by Alfred Russel Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

A popular account of the natural history of island groups by Darwin's contemporary and co-presenter of the theory of evolution by natural selection. (NAT27, $18.99)

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change


by Richard Fisher

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation. (GEO02, $30.95)

Volcanoes, Fire From the Earth

Volcanoes, Fire From the Earth


by Maurice Krafft

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science. (GEO06, $15.95)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands

Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands


by Tony Clarke | Chris Orgill

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A comprehensive field guide to 450 species of birds, both resident and migrant, of the Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde. (ATL23, $60.00)

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises


by Mark Carwardine

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species. (FG02, $22.00)

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