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.
Food and Drink
The new Japanese restaurant Mizu at VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, in Porches, Algarve, will be officially opening its doors on 23 February. With a Zen and relaxed atmosphere, a decoration inspired by Japanese culture and tradition mixed with a sophisticated and modern style, high quality ingredients, innovative culinary techniques and a privileged view over the Atlantic Ocean, Mizu intends to establish itself as one of the finest Japanese restaurants in Portugal.
Celebrated as the first luxury train in Portugal´s booming tourist scene, last year’s “Vila Joya no Douro” paired the legendary 2 star Chef Dieter Koschina, of Algarve´s “Vila Joya”, with a selection of Niepoort´s finest wines and an impressive list of the country’s best products, in what founder and executive curator Gonçalo Castel-Branco described as “a fantastic trial, that has now matured into The Presidential- a world class luxury experience”.
The 5th Walking Festival Ameixial will grow significantly in 2017, while also striving to boost its international profile. With this in mind, the event is now twinned with the Gran Canaria Walking Festival (http://www.grancanariawalkingfestival.com/en/), a sibling event with which several joint promotion and dissemination activities are planned.
The Portuguese have a sweet tooth. And, you might say that the Nata is Portugal’s best know ambassador.
The famous Portuguese sweet cherry liqueur Ginginha: With or without fruit? “I try will to forget, with a few ginjinhas. For giving a drink to pain is the best way to do that….” - from one the many Fados that speak lovingly of Ginja
Wine, garlic, a dash of salt – tasty, and so good that it is enjoyed around the world.
Inland areas supply succulent and tender meats that make this region a major attraction for hunting enthusiasts. In the inland Northern areas, we find smoked meats and sausages in Chaves and Lamego, spicy garlic sausage ("alheiras") in Mirandela, and pickled pork sausage ("salpicões") in Vinhais.
Portugal has about 530 miles of sandy beaches--all on the Atlantic and all inviting - many with great surfing, and just right for relaxing.
Bolo de Mel (Madeira honey cake) is considered to be Madeira's oldest dessert. But it has no honey in it…