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The Rough Guide to Portugal [Paperback]

John Fisher , Matthew Hancock , Jules Brown
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1 April 2010 Rough Guide to Portugal

The Rough Guide to Portugal is the essential travel guide with clear maps and coverage of the country's unique attractions. The Rough Guide to Portugal guides you around the fashionable cities of Lisbon and Porto, takes you hiking in the hills of central and northern Portugal, and covers every beach along the Algarve making it the ideal companion whether you're on a city break, beach holiday, walking or driving. The guide unearths the best sites, hotels, restaurants, and nightlife across every price range- from backpacker hostels to beachfront villas and boutique hotels. You'll find specialist coverage of Portugese history, art and literature and detailed information on the best markets and shopping for each region. The locally-based Rough Guide author team introduce the best vineyards, country taverns and fado clubs and provide reliable insider tips from driving Portugal's roads to shopping for linen and lace. Explore all corners of Portugal with authoritative background on everything from Porto's architecture to surfing at Peniche, relying on handy language tips and the clearest maps of any guide.

Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Portugal.

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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 13 edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848364342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848364349
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth travelling in Portugal 18 Mar 2001
In fact as a review of the Rough Guide to Portugal this could as easily be a review of any or all of the Rough Guides travel books - it just happens to be the one I've used most recently. The Rough Guides score on all the main factors for books as aids to travel. They are thorough enough to enable the traveller to make informed judgements without being so comprehensive that they drive your airline baggage into excess weight. Most important of all Rough Guides are relevant to most travellers' experiences: the places I visit are recognizably the same as described and the guides do not direct themselves to one readership, be it backpackers or epicures, seekers after history or nightlife. There's nothing fancy about the Rough Guides, but all you need is helpful, clear and accurate guides - and that's what you get. And, of course, as guides start going out of date even before they reach the shops, the positive encouragement to readers to supply corrections for the frequent updates is the Rough Guides' final strength.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left in Portugal 24 Sep 2009
I took my Rough Guide with me to Portugal when visiting friends who have lived there for 10 years. They found it so useful and informative that I left it for them to use when I returned from my holiday. We visited Mafra for the first time after reading the description of the palace there. This book added another dimension to my holiday ......... is there a R.G. to the UK? I want one.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
I did a 16 day trip around Easter this year, visiting among other places Porto, Coímbra, Lagos and Lisbon. The Rough Guide proved very helpful in directing me to Portugal's most interesting spots, as well as in giving me information about practicalities like accomodation, food, transport and even laundry. I travelled on a quite limited budget, mostly eating and sleeping as cheap as possible, and even if this book isn't specifically aimed at such travellers, I'd easily recommend it to others. A plus for a good number of quite accurate maps that help you get the bearings on arrival, and also for including accomodation listings in the very beginning of each chapter. A roof for the night is, after all, one of the first things you should look for. Also good on nightlife. And just to point out a few drawbacks: Accomodation is listed alphabetically, not by price. Didn't like that. I also found it coming a little short on background information about portuguese society, culture and contemporary life.
But I definately liked the book. It helped me getting the most out of my fortnight in Portugal.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets the standard for guide books 25 Aug 1999
By A Customer
By far the best guide to Portugal you will find. It tells you everything you could wish to know. I live in Portugal -- and find it invaluable.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for low-budget travellers 27 Jun 2011
By Grze
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We used this guide in Portugal this year. In general its quite well written and contains useful information. The maps of all the towns and cities are considerably better than in the competitive Lonely Planet. Also it contains some tips on where is the best place to park your car (again, you are not going to find it in Lonely Planet).

However, we found out that it doesn't contain the most budget accommodation. The true backpacker types would call the cheapest listed options "mid range". E.g. it would be nice to include a decent place with rooms without bathrooms (usually 15 cheaper) or a municipal campsite (e.g. there is a really reasonable campsite in Tomar, 10 mins stroll from the old town - perfect choice for people on the budget).

To sum up: recommended for people traveling with a car and on an at least mid-range budget.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of everything 14 Aug 2004
This guide is quite good to give you an overall view of Portugal. It is quite comprehensive, it gives you a bit of everything you may need to know. It also seems to cater for everyone, different ages, sex, etc. I am a regular holiday maker in Portugal and really love it there. This book has given me a good introduction not just as a visitor but as someone with a deeper interest in the country. Useful aspects it covers include tips on living and working in Portugal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Outdated 9 Mar 2013
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Big fan of rough guides, but the prices, opening hours and restaurant information were completely outdated. A new edition is very urgently needed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide 7 July 2009
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As a religious user of the Rough Guide series, I have plenty of experience of the quality of these travel books.
They surpass the Lonely Planet, Time Out and DK series in that they offer up-to-date, easy to browse information that is not padded out with useless colour pictures. They are always indexed well, which as any traveller will know, is an essential part of any travel guide.
I've used Rough Guides in Poland, Russia, Japan, England, Croatia and Italy and rarely found anything to fault them on, and the Portugal guide follows suit.
The information is all relevant and correct (ridiculously, this isn't always the case with other guides), and well-organised.
The city guides are easy-to-digest and offer plentiful suggestions for additional excursions or traditional things to do in Portugal's different areas. Truly invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rough Guide to Portugal
A very useful book to have for any traveller to Portugal which is a super country and well worth visiting.
Published 1 month ago by woody42
2.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of info about a lot of towns!
This book would be great for those doing a full tour of Portugal from top to bottom, as has a little bit of info about a lot of areas. Read more
Published 5 months ago by PinkieRossini
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide to Portugal
Delivery and condition great. Pictures fab, too. Didn't make the area I went to sound very interesting, though. Came in useful.
Published 5 months ago by Cath Denison
3.0 out of 5 stars Look at others before buying.
This guide is OK, but it didn't turn me on or attract me to Portugal. I felt that it makes things seem ordinary. I still might go, but am less likely to do after reading this.
Published 8 months ago by Eric Morrell
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best guide books
I used a copy of this book on a previous holiday to Portugal - absolutely fantastic, many reliable tips - had to get one of my own. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Rosemary Bertram
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative
great can't wait to go and explore great tips and very handy on my samsung tablet can take it anywhere
Published 9 months ago by simon p oldfield
5.0 out of 5 stars ROUGH GUIDES
I prefer The Rough Guides above all others because it gives you a review "warts and all"! :-) Never let med down - yet!
Published 13 months ago by John Quinton-Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for first time travellers to Portugal
This is up to the high standard of all the Rough Guides and we found it very useful. It is packed with lots of useful information from where to stay to where to eat, with contact... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Phil
1.0 out of 5 stars Virtually Useless On A Kindle
I'm a big fan of Rough Guides. Sadly though, the maps that are included with the Kindle version of this book were, largely, unreadable. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Pitbladdo
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about Potugal
This is an normative book which really lets you know when to go and where you should stay. It covers places to visit and eat. Essential reading before you book your holiday.
Published 13 months ago by SuzieG
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