A mere hour from Lisbon is a portal where all who enter will be taken on a culinary journey around all of Portugal. Two weeks every October for the past 27 years, Santarém, a town choc-a-block with Gothic treasures, plays host to the National Gastronomy Festival, the country's main culinary event
The vast majority of people who visit the Azores stay on São Miguel. And this is understandable. It’s the home of the João Paulo II International Airport and the island offers a wide variety of tourist activities. The other islands in the archipelago all have their own unique appeal though.
Portuguese olive oil comes in different grades. The best is always the cold-pressed extra virgin. The better the quality, the better the flavor, texture and shelf life. Portugal is in the top 10 producers of olive oil in Europe, accounting for about 2 percent of consumption and more than 1 percent of production.
Located only 10 minutes away from Madeira’s capital Funchal, Câmara de Lobos is emerging as an alternative place to dine and stay. The town is set around an amphitheater-like harbor surrounded by colorful houses that make this a charming and picturesque place to visit. Fishing and agriculture remain the main activities, but tourism has expanded into the nearby areas and this sector observed significant growth in Câmara de Lobos.
Life moves at a different pace in the Alentejo. Days are sunny - but never dull. From the north in the Ribatejo area to the very south of Lower Alentejo the diversity of landscapes and culture makes for a wide offering of adventures. Visitors won’t only unwrap the history of the region, but also enjoy nature and so many open-air activities in this unique place with mild winters.
If we had to choose one truly remarkable thing about Portugal, it would be the cuisine. There are amazing natural landscapes and miles of beaches, not to mention the rich culture but Portugal has many delicacies that are only found in certain regions and they are worth a special trip.
There’s a saying in Portugal about there being a different recipe of codfish for each day of the year. Is that actually true? Maybe, but it sure says a lot about the Portuguese love of codfish. And, by that, we mean salted cod, bacalhau. To explain the story behind how codfish became the “faithful friend” of this nation’s tables, it will open this Summer The Interpretive Center of the History of Cod, in Terreiro do Paço (Torreão Nascente) - in Lisbon.
The New York International Olive Oil Competition - one of the most respected in the world - awarded 32 medals to olive oils from Portugal’s north to south.
The neighborhoods you have to see on your next trip to Lisbon
The foundation of a good and healthy breakfast? A fresh, homemade orange juice is often the right answer - and every Portuguese is happy to agree. The reason for this joy is because in the very south of the country we find a not-so-hidden secret - the Algarve orange - brought home by Portuguese navigators in the 16th century and grown in the green Algarve hills.
Portugal is a nostalgic nation. And many fados from the 19th century looked back to a simpler time, when street sellers, know as Pregões, sold everything from fish to bread. Here are two of our favorites - one fondly recalling how black braids became all the rage in Lisbon - and the other a love letter to a lemon seller.