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It’s now December, so even the “haters” now have to accept that Christmas is coming and give into festive cheer! Or at least that’s the theory!
With that in mind, today I’m going to suggest a few items that would make great Christmas presents for people who love Portugal, or perhaps even plan to move to the country like we did.
1. Piri Piri Starfish
This is our all-time favourite Portuguese recipe book, with lots of evocative writing about the country and it’s cuisine.
It’s also (sadly) one of only a couple of the recipe books we’ve bought over the years that’s still in print and readily available, with others now becoming rather hard to find. Grab it while you can!
It’s on Amazon UK here:
Readers in the US should find a copy here:
2. Moving to Portugal – The Book
Yes, it’s our own book, and yes, this is a shameless plug. But if you buy if, for yourself or a friend, we get a small Christmas present in the form of a royalty payment too 😉
Find it here on Amazon UK:
Or find it here on Amazon.COM, for US readers:
3. Rosetta Stone Portuguese
If you’re really serious about learning Portuguese, then Rosetta Stone really is the “gold standard” in language-learning.
It’s worth pointing out that Rosetta Stone teaches Brazillian Portuguese, which is a little different from European Portuguse – rather like speaking American English rather than UK English, but you’ll still be understood – and certainly understood better (and respected more) than the many expats who think that speaking English loudly in Portugal is the way forward!
Rosetta Stone Portuguese is on Amazon UK here:
And on Amazon.COM here:
4. The Book of Disquiet
The Portuguese are very proud of their literary heritage, and there’s no better place to start than with this translation of Fernando Pessoa’s “Book of Disquiet.”
It’s not the easiest of reads, but an essential for anyone who wishes to immerse themselves in Portuguese history and culture.
It’s on Amazon UK here:
US Readers will find it here:
5. The Rough Guide to Portugal
We have a shelf full of Portugal guide books for the use of us and our guests, but if we could only have one, it would have to be the Rough Guide.
Some of our other guidebooks are better in terms of photos, but often gloss over places that are worthy of explanation. So if you’re setting off to really explore Portugal (and you really should!) this is the book you need.
Find it on Amazon UK here:
Or on Amazon US here:
We hope this list helps you with a few ideas for you and your Portugal-loving friends! Seasons Greetings!