Edition reviewed: First
Date published: December 3, 2015
Date I used the book: June, 2016
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
Authors & Researchers: Alex Robinson
Genre: General with an emphasis on food, wine and history
Pairs nicely with: Alentejo Blue (which is a novel, not a guidebook) and The Rough Guide to Portugal
Strengths: History, culture, food, wine, road tripping
Weaknesses: Budget, nightlife, adventure
Recommended for: History buffs, foodies, wine lovers, ruins explorers, those looking to escape Western Europe’s maddening tourist crowds
Price at publication: $19.99
- Engrossing history and culture chapter
- Thorough winery overview
- Deep lodging reviews
- Smart itineraries
- Expert eating and shopping advice
- Healthy dose of nature info
The author, Alex Robinson, commands a mastery of the Alentejo. What this book covers — and it covers a lot — it does so thoughtfully and deeply. In sum, Robinson and Bradt have published an impressive first edition.
- Not for those seeking hard-partying nightlife or extensive budget options.
- Will soon be showing its age.
Meh… A second or third author would have been a strong addition, perhaps for the 2nd edition (Hey Bradt, I’m available. Me liga?).
Ratings (0-5 stars)
Tone & Voice: 3/5
Amazon rating: N/A
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Bottomline on Bradt’s Alentejo
This is one of the finest guidebooks I’ve ever used and unquestionably the best guidebook covering this little-visited area. Robinson and Bradt have a masterpiece on their hands. My only qualm is … do I want more people to know about this blissfully tourist-free area by promoting its definitive guidebook? Dice = rolled.
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