With its medieval hilltop towns, magnificent beaches, traditional Fado music, and excellent food and wine, Portugal is Western Europe's most exotic destination. This comprehensive new Fodor's guide captures the best this country has to offer, from its ever-popular café and bar scene to its lush vineyards and picturesque, mountainous landscapes dotted with castles. NEW COLOR SECTION: An 8-page color insert at the start of the guide contains a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions around Portugal. NEW THIS EDITION: With Portuguese wine and port increasingly gaining popularity worldwide, this new edition expands our coverage of the best vineyards throughout the country. It also includes extended coverage of the hottest beach destinations and new reviews for spas and thermal springs. The opening chapter includes a new section on the country's many majestic castles, and features on Portuguese wine, the country's distinctive cuisine, golfing in Portugal, and ecotourism. ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Features on top attractions and how to experience Portugal like a local, along with four detailed itineraries make it extra easy to plan a vacation to Portugal. This edition also includes a brand-new Planner section that offers practical tips for travelers to the region. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Portugal offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ABOUT FODOR’S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.
Born in 1905 and raised in Czechoslovakia, Eugene Fodor joined the U.S. Army’s psychological-warfare branch during World War II. He emerged a decorated war hero, thanks to his leadership in the liberation of Prague and Pilsen.
Multilingual and with extensive travel intelligence, Fodor began working for the CIA during the Cold War. His publishing career began in 1936 when Fodor created the first modern guidebook and many of his guidebook writers were undercover CIA agents. Fodor revolutionized the travel publishing industry, inspiring new generations to explore the world around them. An American, a Hungarian, a world citizen, a CIA agent, a war hero, a New York Times best-selling author, and an entrepreneur—Eugene Fodor was the spy who loved travel.