Portugal’s cuisine is as rich and varied as its landscape.
The most distinctive feature of Portuguese cuisine comes from the sea. As you enjoy a simple grilled fish, always fresh like the seafood that abounds from end to end along the coast. We have excellent DOP (Protected Denomination of Origin) meats, from north to south, whether it’s beef, pork or kid. Many vegetables and fruit also preserve the taste of the old times, and some also have the DOP label, especially as many are produced organically. Portuguese olive oil is of prime quality and is part of every dish, including cod, for which it is said that there are 1001 recipes! Each dish is matched to the right wine. The whole country produces wine and, while Port wine is famous, the Douro, Alentejo and many other table wines are no less superior. And the cheeses! While Queijo da Serra (mountain cheese from Serra da Estrela) tops the bill, all the cheeses from Centro de Portugal, Alentejo and the Azores are delicious. The sweets, whose roots go back to the many convents where they were originally prepared, even today make us “give thanks to heaven”. And a pastel de nata (custard tart) is a must. It is delicious with coffee, which we drink in the form of espresso.
The land that is now Portugal has been inhabited for thousands of years and its national boundaries have been defined for eight centuries. Manueline art, tiles and fado are unique expressions and genuine symbols of the Portuguese, but also a contribution to World Heritage. There are 18 such classifications by UNESCO in Portugal, including monuments, landscapes and intangible heritage.
Golf, surf, outdoor activities... You choose!
Anyone playing golf in Portugal will have the experience imprinted on their memory. There are around ninety golf courses, with different layouts and levels of difficulty. But the greatest challenge is to resist the beauty and light of the surrounding landscape and remain focused. The Algarve and Lisbon coasts are well-known destinations amongst more experienced players and have been awarded a number of international prizes.
Surfing is a 365 days a year activity in Portugal. Or 366 if it’s a leap year. The diversity of natural conditions and an exceptional climate provide memorable experiences within everyone’s reach, from beginners to pros.
From kite surfing to bike rides over hill and dale, or rock climbing, abseiling and zip wiring for the more adventurous, the options are endless for those who like to keep active.
Music, sun and sea, partying every night and 850km of beaches: this is the best combination, at summer festivals in Portugal. You have great concerts, excellent beaches, nice people and nights that last until daybreak. From shows with major talents to great events in the international calendar, Portugal loves its festivals.