The Rough Guide to Portugal

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This practical travel guide to Portugal features detailed factual travel tips and points-of-interest structured lists of all iconic must-see sights as well as some off-the-beaten-track treasures. Our itinerary suggestions and expert author picks of things to see and do will make it a perfect companion both, ahead of your trip and on the ground. This Portugal guide book is packed full of details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information and top time-saving tips, including a visual list of things not to miss. Our colour-coded maps make Portugal easier to navigate while you're there. This guide book to Portugal has been fully updated post-COVID-19 and it comes with a free eBook.

The Rough Guide to PORTUGAL covers: Lisbon and around, Estremadura and Ribatejo, Coimbra and the Beira Litoral, Beira Alta and Beira Baixa, Porto and the Rio Douro, the Minho, Trás-os-Montes, Alentejo and the Algarve.

Inside this Portugal travel guide you'll find:


Experiences selected for every kind of trip to Portugal, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Porto Covo to family activities in child-friendly places, like Sintra or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Lisbon.


Essential pre-departure information including Portugal entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Includes carefully planned routes covering the best of Portugal, which give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter of this Portugal travel guide includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for swimming, snorkelling, hiking or wine tasting.


Rough Guides' rundown of Algarve, Monsaraz, Porto and the Rio Douro Valley's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Portugal, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, this Portugal guide book will help you find the best places, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter of this travel guide to Portugal features fascinating insights into Portugal, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Trás-os-Montes and the spectacular Costa da Caparica.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Estremadura, Ribatejo and many more locations in Portugal, reduce the need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.


Free eBook download with every purchase of this guide book to Portugal allows you to access all of the content from your phone or tablet, for on-the-road exploration.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781789197440
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 3/1/2023
Pages: 504
Dimensions: 129 x 198


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.2 out of 5, 35 global ratings

Amazon Customer

All good

Reviewed on September 19, 2022
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No problems with this order

Amazon Customer

Generic and not for backpackers on a budget.

Reviewed on August 27, 2022
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All the information in this guide is generic and can be found on the internet. I used the Rough Guide books many years ago when I first started travelling and there were some great tips and great info about good local cafes, restaurants and bars that were aimed at backpackesrs. It's now aimed at much wealthier travellers and the info is so repetative and simply states the same rhetoric about a place to see. Wouldn't buy it again.

Amazon Customer

Excellent guide

Reviewed on June 20, 2021
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This is a very comprehensive guidebook, probably the best there is on Portugal. I really appreciated some of the information on more remote archaeological sites and some of the smaller towns. The only reason I have not given it 5* is because some of the maps need correcting. In some of the national parks roads marked did not correspond with what was there and some places in the town maps were not where they actually are. If these could all be checked as I suspect they are artist mistakes, it would be almost perfect.

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