Adventures and Eats in Portugal
This southern European country certainly doesn't lack in natural or architectural beauty, so it's no wonder so many people have it on their bucket list. There's a never-ending number of things to do and see, so where should you even begin? Here are some top recommendations for your first visit.
What places should you check out?
As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is full of vibrant culture, historical sights, and friendly natives. Also, Lisbon is an ideal place to enjoy authentic Portuguese cuisine and live entertainment. Lisbon is known for its traditional Fado performances, so don't miss out on an opportunity to listen to some of the best Portuguese folk music!
This is one of the most phenomenal Gothic monasteries in all of Europe and is protected as a World Heritage Monument due to its significance. As you enter the grand doors, you'll immediately take notice of its architectural details and picturesque 16th Century stained glass windows.
The Abbey of Santa Maria
As Europe's most significant building of the Cistercian order, you may want to wander through this historical site for hours. There certainly is a lot to see, including a monastery, seven dormitories, the library, the kitchen, and of course, the church.
The coastline of Portugal provides some amazingly stunning beaches. Take a break from your exploration to relax on the shorelines of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Stream. Some of the most popular beaches are in the Algarve region, Sagres, Aveiro, and the Praia da Adraga.
What are some of the most popular dishes and foods?
Arroz de cabidela
It might seem daunting once you know what this dish derives from, but this chicken blood rice is a native favorite in Portugal. You can also get this dish made with rabbit and rabbit blood.
This delightful lunch includes sausage, typically prepared with french fries and fried eggs.
Bacalhau à Bras
Cod is shredded and sauteed to perfection and served with onion, straw fried potatoes, eggs, parsley, and garlic.
As an authentic Portuguese dessert, this dish is a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth. This creamy rice pudding is topped with cinnamon and caramel custard to add to the burst of flavor.
On a chilly night, treat yourself with this fantastic soup. It's made from potato, onions, and shredded kale, cooked in garlic and olive oil, but it certainly doesn't lack in flavour!
Pastel de nata
Originating in Lisbon, this custard tart is an indigenous staple, and you certainly can't leave the country without giving it a try.
Now that you have some ideas for your first trip to Portugal, let's start planning your stay! You'll be amazed by the nation's delicious food options and breathtaking sights! Get in touch any time - by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or using this form.