For most travellers, Frommers and DK Witness are two very valuable resources as their suggestions and recommendations are really dependable. If you are interested more in an adventure or doing the non-touristy spots and off the beaten path suggestions, you can get a good idea from Rough Guides to Portugal (either from their website or buy their book). 

For a small and handy but great introduction to the country's rich history, a must read is Portugal: A Companion History (Aspects of Portugal S.) by José Hermano Saraiva. There are maps as well as photos with details up to modern day Portugal. For a more comprehensive history book, Portuguese Voyages 1498-1663 : Tales from the Great Age of Discovery by C. D. Ley. For the famous Vasco da Gama's part in bringing Portugal into the world commerce, Into the Rising Sun : Vasco da Gama and the Search of the Sea Route to the East paints a good picture what the trip was like. Another good choice is Journey to Portugal by José Saramago, this is not so much of a history book but one's views and description of the places that he had visited, great description and observations of all that came in his path. And to know Portugal, one has to know its history as a naval power. A good book that compiles some of the more famous shipwrecks and stories is The Tragic History of the Sea by C. R. Boxer. Enjoy !

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.

  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site

Websites

 

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