Portugal Food Travel Guide
It took us a long time to get to Portugal. We even traveled to Montenegro before Portugal. It was always that little sliver to the west of Spain. A place somewhat difficult to get to from the rest of Europe. When we finally landed in Lisbon for the first time, though, I questioned what took us so long? What took us so long to explore the Portugal food travel scene?
From high end food courts in Lisbon with traditional Portuguese food, to amazing pork sandwiches. From Portuguese fish and fresh seafood at the famous Cervejaria Ramiro, and amazing lesser known wines. Portugal has a little something for everyone. We only scratched the surface of Portugal food travel, after a couple of trips to Lisbon. We explored the Alentejo wine country, which left us only wanting more. But, then we explore more, including Porto, the Douro, and Minho in the north. The best way to visit Portugal is to get out of Lisbon, and really explore!
Where to Stay in Portugal
Portugal Travel Guide – Hotels
This may be a Portugal food travel guide, and I am going to continue to tell you where to find the places to eat in Lisbon until you promise me you will go to Cervejaria Ramiro. But, because we’ve stayed all over Portugal, from luxury hotels to boutique hotels to wine hotels (yes wine hotels), we’ve put together our recommendations on where to stay in Portugal.
The first thing is deciding where to go in Portugal. Then, we’ve written detailed descriptions of all of the places we’ve stayed around Portugal to help with your Portugal travel plans. I honestly don’t know which place I loved most. The fact is, there are so many unique options of where to stay in Portugal, particularly when you get out of the big city of Lisbon, and you start exploring the countryside. That makes any Portugal trip magic!
Lisbon is often the first stop on anyone’s Portugal food travel tour. Exploring Lisbon is like exploring a forgotten city, with climbing hills and intricately tiled buildings. The Lisbon food scene is bustling, though, from family-owned eateries focusing on Portuguese traditions to bars serving amazing pork sandwiches and, bakeries offering incredible pastries and coffee. And a local Lisbon food market that showcases them all. Then, there is a new contemporary scene, where chefs are exploring the combination of traditional flavors and new techniques. And no matter when you travel to Europe, Lisbon is almost always beautiful.
This is the heart of our Portugal Food Travel Guide – Where to Eat in Lisbon
Before traveling to Portugal, I would not have associated the country with wine. Of course I know about the sweet port dessert wine, but other than that, it is a country unexplored for wine. When traveling to Lisbon for the first time, we often just asked for the house white wine, or thought we were sophisticated when we learned about vino verde, a crisp white wine, with a greenish tint. But, most important, I never wanted to be a Portugal travel blog that only focused on the best food in Lisbon!
Then, we learned about Alentejo, the stunningly beautiful wine country east of Lisbon, bordering Spain. Home to an up and coming wine country. And, offering traditional Portuguese home cooking with a typical Portuguese stew and rustic meats. Within a day it was a land that stole our hearts. Here are our tips on how to explore Alentejo, and to experience Portugal food travel, through a wine glass.
We’ve been hearing about Porto and the Douro Valley since our early trips to Portugal. But, we’d never managed to head north. Something we corrected, when we stayed not only in Porto, but explored the wine regions of Douro and Minho, at the far north of Portugal. So far north we could see Spain. And we loved exploring the Porto food scene.
Recommended Lisbon Hotels
Recommended Porto Hotels
Looking For Great Food and Wine Tours in Portugal?
Check out our recommendations for the best Portuguese food tours, cooking classes, and wine tours. With tours from Lisbon and Porto, these tours cover Alentejo, Minho, and everything in between. These day tours are great ways to explore the Portugal country side. Checking a list for the top restaurants in Lisbon is one way to travel in Portugal. But, there’s more to Portugal cuisine than Lisbon. Taking a food or wine tour with a qualified Portugal guide is the best way to understand what Portugal is known for – and that’s great food and wine!
|Tour||Duration||City of Departure||Price From||Book It!|
|Wine & Cheese Tasting on a Luxury Sailing Yacht||2.5 Hours||Lisbon||$1000|
|Private Tour of Douro Wineries and Vineyards||10 Hours||Porto||$500|
|Private Wine Lovers Tour||6 Hours||Lisbon||$212|
|Alentejo Food & Wine Tour||8 Hours||Lisbon||$188|
|Douro Valley Grape Harvest - Picking & Tasting||10 Hours||Porto||$148|
|Minho & Vinho Verde Gastronomic Tour & Tasting||11 Hours||Porto||$136|
|Vinho Verde Wine Tour & Lunch||11 Hours||Porto||$112|
|Portuguese Cooking Class, Dinner & Wine||3.5 Hours||Lisbon||$106|
|Porto City Flavors Gastronomy Tour||Flexible||Porto||$91|
|Lisbon Food Tour - Tapas and Wine||3 Hours||Lisbon||$69|
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Recommended Portugal Food Travel Guide
Our Portugal food guide only scratches the surface of what there is to do and eat in Portugal. We tried to cover some of the best food cities in Portugal and offered recommendations for Portuguese food and wine tours. For more information, please check out one of these Portugal travel guidebook options, which do offer a little more information than a Portugal travel blog can.
Here are the recommended Portugal Travel Books: Lonely Planet offers a good Portugal visitors guide for backpacker and budget travelers. Fodor’s and Frommer’s also publishes some well-regarded Portugal travel guides. For us, we tend to like the DK Eyewitness Guides. Their Portugal guidebook and other guidebooks we’ve used from them in the past are lovely to look at and give great maps and diagrams. They make traveling to Portugal easier. All of these Portugal tourist guide options offer great recommendations.