Introducing Read Trip

Introducing Read Trip, where we recommend the books and audiobooks you’ll need to get through your vacation. We’ve mapped out a few of the buzziest travel destinations of 2018, and selected the best books to help you get around and get away. 

First up? The beautiful (and very hilly) city of Lisbon, Portugal!

Lonely Planet Portugal

BEFORE YOUR TRIP…

First things first! Figure out everything from the basics of what you’ll need to bring to where you’ll want to stay with Lonely Planet’s guide to Portugal. Updated annually and filled with some of the best sight-seeing and restaurant-hopping advice out there, this is an essential guide to review before your trip. (And, pro tip: If you download to read offline, you can check back in on recommendations without having to lug around a touristy-looking guidebook.)

Lisbon: City of the Sea

ON THE FLIGHT…

Take advantage of the travel time to bone up on the port city’s rich history. From its adventurous maritime past to the devastating earthquake of 1755 to its Manueline architecture, this book closely examines Lisbon as it is to understand Lisbon as it was. 

Baltasar and Blimunda

IN-BETWEEN GLASSES OF VINHO VERDE…

José Saramago is Portugal’s most beloved author. The winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature is probably best known for his post-apocalyptic novel Blindness, but several of his novels star Portugal’s capital. Baltasar and Blimunda is a romantic adventure that features Lisbon in incredible historic detail, yet is filled with magic — and his characteristic breathless prose that propels readers from page to page. 

The High Mountains of Portugal

ON A DAY TRIP TO SINTRA…

A century-old mystery collides with the modern day in this entertaining road trip through Portugal’s past and its present. A bittersweet portrait of love, loss, and adventure, it’s the perfect audiobook to put on whether you’re traveling to the fairytale land of Sintra by rental car or train.

The Taste of Portugal

ON YOUR WAY HOME…

A really wonderful gift to give friends back home after your trip? An authentic Portuguese dinner, followed by that bottle of very nice port you picked up. It’s a lovely way to share your travels and to ease back into life at home. Saúde! 

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