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.
Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city – thriving with all kinds of culture, entertainment and cuisine. So, in this most Portuguese of cities you would think the culture is pretty homogeneous? Right? Wrong! Today’s Lisbon is a multi-cultural city, capital of the Portuguese speaking world and full of all kinds of delights and fun from Asia to Africa to South America. Here is a mini-guide to multi-cultural Lisbon:
As for meat, local favorites include the Serrabulho, which begins its cooking process as boiled pig's blood before blending it with rice. There is also the crackling pork (Rojões) and leg of pork à Clara Penha.
The International Academy of Gastronomy has just awarded José Avillez the Grand Prix de L ’Art de La Cuisine, a distinction that “rewards great contemporary cooking artists whose culinary mastery and creativity are recognized worldwide”.
Vinho verde is made with Portuguese grapes varietals such as alvarinho, loureiro, trajadura and pederna- all which are lower in alcohol.