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Living in Portugal

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Living in Portugal

by Anne de Stoop

MANY RESIDENTS may well already have a copy of Living in Portugal by Anne de Stoop, with photography by Jérôme Darblay.

This is just about the best “coffee-table” book in English about the country, and it was very disappointing when it went out of print some while ago. Fortunately, the publishers have reissued a revised version of this lovely hardback and it should be on every resident’s bookshelf. It also makes a lovely gift or souvenir of a holiday.

The book celebrates the brilliant colours, lush perfumes and traditional lifestyle of Portugal in a fascinating voyage from north to south. The author’s love affair with Portugal began over 20 years ago and her knowledge and infectious delight are reflected in a lively text which vividly evokes the country’s diversity: the Minho and Douro regions, renowned for their fertile landscapes and famous port wines; the busy markets of Oporto; elegant country estates and lavish gardens, whose sophisticated designs reflect a rich architectural heritage; the urban pleasures and baroque opulence of Lisbon; the bright colours and sparkling white villages of the sun-drenched Alentejo; and the unspoiled beaches of the Algarve.

Both a style book and a travel guide, this book also contains much practical information and is priced at 50 euros.