Every Thursday Barcelos becomes a magnet for traders selling everything from jewelry, clothing, tools, and pottery to food and vegetables.
Food and Drink
The Pastel of Tentúgal is a sweet treat created by the Carmelite nuns of the Convent of Our Lady of Carmo de Tentúgal. This pastry was one of the finalist candidates to the 7 Wonders of Portuguese Cuisine.
Nothings says sweet love like a penis cookie Well, each June, Amarante’s Festa de São Gonçalo features doces fálicos (phallic cakes). The Festa de São Gonçalo is a big deal in Amarante, about 25 miles east of Porto. Yes, this is religious celebration but one with pre-Christian roots that once included fertility rites.
Montemor-o-Velho is famous for its ancient castle rising above the Mondego River.
The farming town of Almeirim is not far from Lisbon - and just outside of Santarém. But Almeirim is also home to the famous sopa da pedra (stone soup). The guarded recipe dates back generations, and the soup is the reason many come to this charming town.
Chestnuts, wine and hiking, oh my!
The bifana is a traditional meal from Alentejo that usually goes with a nice vegetable soup and a beer. It is a pork steak fried with garlic and oliveoil. Tipically the bread is slightly toasted just before putting the steak in side and usually people when served open the bread and spread mustard on top.
Visitors to Portugal certainly have the country’s “grand” restaurants to consider, in addition to excellent seafood and meat restaurants, as well as dozens of “hot” eateries with cuisines hailing from Hong Kong to Hamburg to Hoboken. But no visitor should pass up lunch or dinner at one of Portugal’s hundreds and thousands of small restaurants that serve some of the most delicious and comforting food on earth.
Freshly baked warm bread with local butter is a delight. Bread has always had an important place in Portuguese life. It remains so to this day!
In the very south of Portugal, the Algarve is where the Portuguese, millions of Europeans and more and more Americans vacation annually