Book Reviews

Book Reviews of Guides to Estoril and Lisbon

MARTIN G. SIROVS,  an Australian geologist, worked in the international petroleum industry for more than 30 years.  A long time resident in Estoril he produced three interesting  and unique guide books  of the area. These are from plants describing in detail flowers and plants to walking routes and historical sites in Cascais.

Cascais books Martin SirovsCascais a Guide
The first is a guide, Cascais a Guide. It explores the geography, geology, archaelogy and history of the various towns that comprise this area.

Walks in the Countryside

The second is a walkers guide from Cascais to Sintra, Walks in the Countryside.  This is a complete guide with maps of the various walks. They include the distance of each route and the time each takes.

What Plant is that?

The third guide What plant is that? is about plants and flowers  in Cascais and Sintra.  It has beautifully illustrated photographs.  You can see the name of each plant and flower in the book.

All three guides have text in English and Portuguese and are small enough to fit in your bag.

LISBOA FROM THE AIR by David Santos and Nuno Augusto

Lisboa from the Air book

Published in 2017 by Flying Book House the book is a collection of stunning aerial photographs of Lisbon as well as Cascais, Sintra, Mafra, Almada and Sesimbra.  The preface is given by Carlos de Carmo, one of the great Portuguese Fado singers.

Sponsored by the Lisbon City Council and the Real Hotels the photos are accompanied by historical information about the main monuments. From the 18th century Basilica da Estrela, the Republic Lisbon from 1910, followed by Modern Lisbon with its Oceanarium, Parque das Naçoes, MAAT museum, the Vasco da Gama Bridge.  Outside Lisbon we have the Mafra Palace, Sintra’s Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Ericeira.  Overlooking the 25th April Bridge and Lisbon is the Christ the King statue. The text is in Portuguese, English and French.

Above books available in bookshops and in Cascais:   RG Livreiros Lda, Alameda dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra, 270A, Cascais.