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Portugal: Madeira Island

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Cadogan Guide Madeira & Porto Santo

Cadogan Guide Madeira & Porto Santo

by Cadogan Guide

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A guidebook in the respected British Cadogan series, this comprehensive look at Madeira and Porto Santo provides insightful cultural and historical background with up-to-date practical information. (SPN21, $19.95)

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)

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)

Madeira Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • MAP

A map of Madeira, shown at a scale of 1:75,000. (PGL18, $14.95)

 
Portugal Map

Portugal Map


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2013
  • MAP

At a scale of 1:400,000, this fully indexed map also includes insets of Madeira and city maps. (PGL08, $12.95)

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)

Portuguese, A Language Map

Portuguese, A Language Map


by Kristine K. Kershul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly-needed words and phrases. (PGL47, $7.95)

Walking in Madeira


by Paddy Dillon

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER

Featuring a rich and varied selection of walks on Madeira and neighboring Porto Santo. (PGL74, $22.95)

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, $21.99)

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)

Prince Henry

Prince Henry "The Navigator," A Life


by Peter E. Russell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A complicated yet rewarding portrait and the first biography of this empire-minded Portuguese prince in more than a hundred years. (PGL25, $27.50)

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)

Alentejo Blue

Alentejo Blue


by Monica Ali

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER

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. (PGL58, $15.99)

Baltasar and Blimunda

Baltasar and Blimunda


by Jose Saramago

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

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. (PGL26, $15.00)

Requiem: A Hallucination

Requiem: A Hallucination


by Antonio Tabucchi | Margaret Jull Costa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 110 PAGES

Tabucchi's fever-dream tour of a vanishing Lisbon. The narrator, an "adopted Portuguese," returns after many years and visits cemeteries, brothels and gentlemen's clubs, in an ambiguous search for the ghosts of his past. (PGL09, $14.95)

The Lusiads


by Luis De Camoes

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 258 PAGES

A 16th-century account of Vasco De Gama's voyage to India modeled after Virgil's "Aeneid." (PGL12, $12.95)

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)

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)

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe


by Margaret and Roland Spohn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Over 450 species of wild flower are covered, each beautifully illustrated with detailed paintings and clear photographs. (EUR46, $21.95)

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