The best pastel de nata cooking classes in Lisbon and Porto

Pastel de nata cooking class or workshop

If you’ve become obsessed with Portugal’s pasteis de natas (Portuguese custard tarts) then you have two options: If you’re interested in learning the secrets behind this irresistible Portuguese pastry (and potentially learn to bake other traditional desserts), read on to find the many hands-on pastéis de nata classes found across Lisbon and Porto.  What is […]

Where to find the best Portuguese street food and snacks in Lisbon

Best street food in Lisbon. Bifana at O Trevo

There’s nothing more comforting than knowing you can get a snack at any hour. From hot sandwiches like bifanas and pregos, to petiscos (tapas) of snails and prawns and an overwhelming range of eggy treats, Lisbon is not short of snacks. Hell, there’s even an entire 5pm meal, dedicated to hoeing down a sweet treat […]

Where to eat in Viana do Castelo

Where to eat in Viana do Castelo - Manuel Natario - best doughnuts or bolas de berlim in Portugal

One thing I love about dining in Portugal is how each city, town and village offers something new. Same ingredients, a whole new world of food. I recently visited Viana do Castelo for the annual Romaria de Nossa Senhora d’Agonia festival, but I have to say I was as excited about the hearty Minho cuisine […]

15 best things to do in Viana do Castelo

Best things to do in Viana do Castelo - climb up to the Santuario de Santa Luzia

Viana do Castelo is a place closely intertwined with the sea. Fishing boats destined for the cod-rich waters near Greenland once left the port of this small city in the northwest of Portugal, and their legacy has left its mark on the people, culture and cuisine. Feel the warmth of the locals who call this […]

The best tile painting workshops in Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve

Gazete Azulejos tile workshop Porto

Among Portugal’s artistic treasures, it’s the azulejos that matter most. Steeped in centuries of tradition, hand-painted tiles adorn the facades of buildings, palaces, and churches, narrating stories of Portugal’s past with vibrant colors and intricate designs. If you’re visiting Portugal – or live here – you may have an interest in learning more about Portugal’s […]

Itinerary: My ideal 7-day Algarve road trip

Casa Igreja, Cacela Velha, Algarve

Golden shores with gently lapping waves. The smell of grilled sardines and sunscreen. Trees heavy with figs, lemons and olives. White-washed villages watching slow days pass by. I love the Algarve, especially in the summer, and it’s not hard to see why Portugal’s southern coast is a favourite destination for beach holidays. Below you’ll find […]

Controversy & a court case: Aveiro Train Station’s tiles

Aveiro Train Station has 50 tiled panels

One of my favourite things about Portugal’s many tiled train stations is that they double as a tourism brochure. If you arrive in Aveiro by train, take the time to lap the original Aveiro Train Station building where 50 blue, yellow and white tiled panels detail the history of the city, its culture, people and […]

What to eat in the Azores Islands

Grilled limpets or lapas

Fresh seafood, hearty stews and heavenly pastries await in the Azores islands. Lost in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the volcanic archipelago of nine islands offers up many unique dishes and unusual ingredients, partly thanks to its climate and remote location. Taste the thermal-cooked Cozido das Furnas, visit an island best known for its […]

Best places to eat octopus in Lisbon

Das Flores serves one of the best octopus dishes in Lisbon.

One question I get asked a lot is where is the best spot to eat octopus in Lisbon. It seems every traveller coming to visit wants to try great octopus dishes in Portugal, whether that’s a traditional Polvo à Lagareiro or a simple octopus salad.  It’s true – octopus is a favourite ingredient in Portugal. […]

Lisbon’s best day trip: Sintra 1 or 2-Day Itinerary

1 Day itinerary for Sintra includes the Moorish Castle

I always say Sintra is Lisbon’s best day trip and encourage anyone visiting me here in the Portuguese capital to take at least a day to explore. Fairytale palaces, dense mystical forest, charming villages, oversized mossy boulders and a wild, rugged coastline define the historic Sintra village and wider region, and while there’s so much […]

A complete guide to the best festivals in Portugal in 2023

Festa dos Tabuleiros, Portugal

Portugal knows how to throw a brilliant party, and in 2023 these will be the biggest and best festivals and events to attend. Each year cities, towns and villages across Portugal play host to traditional celebrations, food-focused events and huge music festivals. From celebrations with sardines and world-class street theatre, to medieval fairs and international […]

Best food festivals and events in Portugal in 2023

Chefs on Fire is one of the best food festivals in Portugal

From celebrating sausages and sweet potatoes to Michelin-starred chefs cooking with fire, Portugal honours its rich gastronomic heritage with dozens of food festivals, wine fairs and events. Food is closely intertwined with culture in Portugal so it’s no surprise the small country puts on more than its fair share of food events. Each village has […]

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