Best Books Set in Portugal

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Portugal is one of the trendiest destinations in Europe and for good reason. It's a colorful country with beautiful beaches, friendly people, vibrant cities, and a fascinating history. Today’s post is all about the best books set in Portugal to read before you see it for yourself someday.

This fall, I spent a blissfully lazy couple of weeks in Portugal. For a good glimpse of how I spent my days in Portugal and tips on how you should enjoy yours, read my destination dispatches from Porto, Lisbon, and Lagos.

Mostly, I recovered from walking the Camino de Santiago and I read a lot of books. Here are some of the best books set in Portugal that remind me of those sunny days in October.

Best Books Set in Portugal

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This fast-paced novel reminds me of Jess Walters' Beautiful Ruins in that it transports the reader to a sunkissed Portuguese town with a mystery below the surface. It's the book I chose to represent Portugal when I curated a travel bookshelf with a book set in every country I've traveled to

A collection of short stories written by all Portuguese writers. I personally love reading this type of book because it provides diverse perspectives on a place. 

I’m a sucker for great travel writing and this is a great one. It brings Portugal’s history and culture to life as Saramago journeys across the country. Perfect for armchair traveling to Portugal when you can’t travel there yourself. 

In this thriller, the main character travels to Lisbon on a whim after being inspired by a Portuguese author. A protagonist after my own bookworm heart.

Portugal is undergoing a vibrant transformation and this book pulls back the curtain on the history, geography, and culture of the country. It’s an engaging history book meets travel guide to Portugal. 

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