Comporta comes 2nd in the Top Ten selection of Condé Nast’s Traveller magazine for best holiday destination in August. Looking for the best sunshine around the world not crowded by tourists, the magazine refers to Comporta as "a region of golden-sand stretches of beach, of rice paddies, canals and fields bulging with organic courgettes"
Food and Drink
I had heard that Vinho Verde means green wine, but after a little online research I learned the word “verde” means young. And that makes sense, since these wines are released just three to six months after harvest.
In the summertime the Portuguese beach sellers spread the word on the send while carrying their bags full of treats: bolas de berlim, línguas da sogra and bolacha americana. It's a Portuguese habit to have the creamy berliners by the sun and to call the vanilla rolls "língua da sogra" as for Mother in law tongues
Chapitô is a house for artists and its one with quite a view. Performers come to practice, perform and learn. Functioning as a school with a 33 years old tradition, circus is the main core of Chapitô and you can tell by the tent covering the restaurants balcony.
This exclusive accommodation in Montemor-o-Novo hosts guests in what used to be a farmhouse. The building, a palacete (small palace) from 1895, was renovated to be a hotel and afterwords the owners invested in creating a chocolate factory in the former horses stables. The combination worked out and now the visitors get a lodging and a gastronomic experience.
While Portugal's culinary scene doesn’t get as much attention as its neighbor Spain, insiders believe Portuguese food rivals that of its Iberian counterpart. There are certainly some delicious dishes and foods in Portugal, so if you spot any of these on the menu, give them a try, you won’t regret it. New-York-based travel company AllTheRooms has rounded up the top seven Portuguese dishes, from a chicken marinade dating back to the colonial era, through to incredible fish dishes
During the Fish Festival in Lisbon, the patanisca made at the D'Bacalhau restaurant was nominated by the jury as the best patanisca in town. Competing against 9 more restaurants, D'Bacalhau climbed from the last years' third position in the rank.
Condé Nast elected Lisbon as the top destination for City Breaks this year in Europe. The great weather, the location by the sea and the river, the sights and the food are some of the reasons to take a summer break in the Portuguese capital.
Since Roman times, the water in Portugal has been used for therapeutic purposes. Thanks to their purity and diversity, spas remain a source of well being even today. The Centro region was favored by the Romans for the purity of its waters and it was that here they built spas for the treatment of bodily and spiritual ailments.
The Portuguese Easter celebration includes the visiting of Christ on the cross to the families's houses for blessings. Compasso is the name of the small catholic group that, headed by a Judge that carries the cross, goes through every town's street ringing the bells announcing the Christ's resurrection.