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, to amazing pork sandwiches. From fresh seafood at the famous Cervejaria Ramiro, and amazing lesser known wines. Portugal has a little something for everyone. So far, we have only scratched surface of Portugal food travel, after a couple of trips to Lisbon. We explored the Alentejo wine country, which left us only wanting more. To properly experience Portugal food travel, it all starts with accommodations.
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 traditional eateries, to bars serving amazing pork sandwiches and, bakeries offering incredible pastries and coffee. Then, there is a new contemporary scene, where chefs are exploring the combination of traditional flavors and new techniques.
This is the heart of our Portugal Food Travel Guide:
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.
Then, we learned about Alentejo, the stunningly beautiful wine country east of Lisbon, bordering Spain. Home to an up and coming wine country, with traditional Portuguese home cooking, 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 recently, 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.
Where to Stay in Portugal
This may be a Portugal food travel guide, and I am going to continue to tell you where to find the best seafood 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.
We’ve written detailed descriptions of all of the places we’ve stayed around Portugal, and 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.
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We have one more resource if you love Portuguese food travel. Our friend Nelson published The Portuguese Travel Cookbook. The cookbook is absolutely beautiful, loaded with tasty photos of dishes from across Portugal. What makes it special, though, are the stories behind the dishes. Nelson walks through the regions of Portugal, talking about the specialities, and the history of those specialities.
And, the cookbook includes recipes of some of our favorite dishes, one that we’ve talked about on the blog. The cataplana recipe looks very similar to the version we had in a Portuguese chef’s kitchen. The acorda is just like the versions we’ve eaten in Alentejo. The alheira looks just like the version we ate when we were wine tasting in the Douro Valley.
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