I never really know what to call pages like these, but Travel Resources seemed the simplest and most obvious title. Although you’ll find book recommendations and other suggestions at the end of practically everyone of my posts about Lisbon and the Azores, on this page I aggregate them all and include the online tools I use frequently to book accommodation and to buy e-tickets for local attractions (when available).
I’ve been using Booking.com* to find and book hotels for over a decade. It’ simple to use, I never got scammed using it, and I like the fact that I can secure different hotels in a destination before finding flights due to the book now, pay later feature. That feature it’s particularly useful when planning trips to the Azores — flights delayed or canceled due to weather conditions off-season is frequent.
Although Tiqets.com* list of attractions available for Lisbon* and Ponta Delgada* in the Azores is smaller compared to other destinations, I have the comfort of knowing they add new attractions frequently. I use them because I like e-tickets — it’s cleaner, more eco-friendly, and I try to travel as clutter-free as possible.
For must-read books about Lisbon and the Azores, I bring you a mix of travel guides, easy-to-digest history books, fiction by local authors (some books are only available in Portuguese I’m afraid), and local culture. I hope they all give you a well-rounded perspective of both destinations.
It’s always tricky to select films and shows about a destination for fear of raising someone’s expectations of a place. Nevertheless, camera tricks and takes aside, I expect these shows and films serve as inspiration pre-trip and reality check post-trip.