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The most authentic Foodie Tour in Portugal

By We Love Small Hotels

Portugal is a country that although being small, has an extensive diversity from North to South and the islands, considering landscapes, people and traditions. The gastronomy of Portugal is one of our best-kept secrets as it is rich in flavours that awaken the senses. 

Discover The most authentic Foodie Tour in Portugal

The Portuguese coast is extremely rich, home of the best fish and seafood in the world and our plains and mountains in the inland are home to the most tender of the meats. As a Mediterranean country, olive oil has an important role in the diet, including seasonal vegetables and fruits. The history has been sweetening the tables over the years with recipes from the convents where the famous icon of the Portuguese boulangerie has been created, the famous Pastel de Nata.

And to toast, Portugal is a proud producer of internationally renowned wines from Douro, Alentejo, Porto and Madeira regions.

After opening your appetite, we want you to personally taste Portugal so we suggest that this year you embark on a gastronomic journey through our most authentic Foodie Tour in Portugal.

Begin your journey in Northern Portugal and conquer the country as you descend and discover other regions. The starting point is the city of Porto, the perfect opportunity to get to know Porto's wines and  the city known as Invicta, with its most well-kept foodie secrets. Discover cafes, restaurants, the famous Bolhão market and local grocery stores.

Side by side with the Douro river, explore the region with the same name known for the excellent green and red wines.  A delightful gastronomic experience will be held at a medieval village nearby the charming manor house of  Solar Egas Moniz in Penafiel.  Within this region,  wine tastings at the most iconic producers, as well as cooking workshops will not be disregarded at historical wine producers including Quinta da Pacheca Winery in the Douro region.

Once you have visited the riverside town of Porto and the Douro valley with its vineyards and terraces, let yourself be carried along the curves of the mountain as you climb up to Serra da Estrela, the highest point in mainland Portugal.  Also, here, a welcoming rural boutique hotel awaits you with an open door, Hotel Rural Madre d 'Água the perfect place to get to know the traditions and taste the delights of the region. Try its cheese and wine still produced in a traditional way and participate in the sheep milking, a truly unique experience.        

Descend the mountain and continue towards the Alentejo, the region of the golden rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves, farms and estates where the food and wine traditions are inherited from generation to generation. The sense of lavender will lead the way until you reach the charming boutique house named Quinta das Lavandas located in Castelo de Vide. Fall in love with this village considered one of the most romantic in the country as well as with the charming medieval village of Marvão. Get to know the regions and its old smuggling routes through a horse riding experience and before leaving, establish a unique relationship with Portuguese olive oil in a workshop.

Leave the medieval aura of Marvão to meet Estremoz, an enchanted town in Alentejo known for its numerous wineries. Here you will have the possibility to be a winemaker for a day creating your own wine and combine it with unique and typical flavours of the region. After this epic feast, Pateo dos Solares, a charming house and centrally located will be welcoming you.

After visiting Porto, Douro and Alentejo, this tour could not end without visiting the capital, Lisbon! Explore the traditional markets, the grocery stores and discover for yourself why Lisbon is one of the best foodie cities in Europe. You will also enrol in a cooking workshop to challenge yourself with the secret techniques of the pastel the nata making. Browns Boutique Hotel will be your  hotel in the city of the 7 hills, Lisboa.