The Rough Guide to Portugal

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Practical travel guide to Portugal with a free eBook featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Portugal. The Rough Guide to Portugal also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Portugal, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

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

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Portugal, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Évora to family activities in child-friendly places, like Castelo de São Jorge or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Ribeira.


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.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Portugal 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 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 walking, swimming, cycling, kayaking or visiting vineyards and cork oak plantations.


Rough Guides' rundown of Algarve, Obidos, Porto and Alfama'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, to help to find the best places in Portugal, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter 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 Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and the spectacular Ponta da Piedade.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Lisbon, Minho Coast and many more locations in Portugal, reduce 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 a printed book allows you to access all of the content from your phone or tablet, for on-the-road exploration.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781789194692
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 11/30/2019
Pages: 536
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


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, 33 global ratings

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.

Amazon Customer

Portugal is too big for one volume!

Reviewed on November 21, 2020
Paperback | Verified

(This review is of the previous 2017 edition, bought October 2019, but these points probably haven't changed)

My main point is that pages are falling out - this should never happen in modern books that have been carefully handled! I'm a longstanding customer of Rough Guides but I'd be reluctant to buy more if print standards are slipping that much.

Portugal is (rightly) an increasingly popular place to go, and is too big a country for one volume - few people will travel all over, and you are carrying round a lot of weight you aren't using. More importantly, the bits you are using do not have nearly enough detail. Much better if broken into two, south (say Algarve up to Lisbon) and north.

Amazon Customer

Prompt service

Reviewed on April 23, 2020
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Deciding where we are going to go once this 'lockdown' is over.

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