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Discover the Culinary Traditions of Portugal

This enchanting and endearing Iberian nation has a world class cuisine. Some of my favorites are cataplana, Iberian pork and pastel de nata.

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Rich maritime traditions influence Portugal’s unique cuisuine

Portugal’s ties to the sea are evident in its cuisine that features a diverse selection of seafood dishes. Traditionally cod was eaten so regularly that locals joke that they have 365 ways to prepare it.

Some of the food and drink that I particularly enjoyed while in Portugal were, Cataplana, Iberian Pork and Pastel de Nata. For drinks, it’s the refreshing vinho verde for me. And of course, a well aged port wine after dinner.

If you’re planning a visit make sure to try some of these Portuguese specialties:

  • Pastel de Nata – The beloved custard tart in a crips puff pastry topped with cinnamon
  • Caldo Verde – Collard greens with cabbage, potatoes, onion, garlic and chourico sausage
  • Bacalhau à Brás – Shredded salted cod, onions, thin-cut fried potatoes and scrambled eggs
  • Arroz de Pato – Carolino rice with shredded duck and sliced chourico
  • Ameijoas à Bulhão Pato – Clams with olive oil, garlic, cilantro, and lemon juice served with fresh crusty bread
  • Sardinhas Assadas – Grilled seasoned whole sardines
  • Polvo à Lagareiro – Octopus baked with potatoes in garlic and olive oil
  • Francesinha – Sandwich made with ham, steak, linguica sausage topped with melted cheese
  • Cataplana de Marisco – Seafood stew typically made with clams, shrimp, fish and bell peppers in a white wine broth

Touring Portugal

Portugal is not a large country, so you can in take lots of its rich culture and history in vacation there. It’s gorgeous beaches and recreational opportunities are the reason many visitors come. But don’t miss the many world heritage sights, cultural activities, and the many memorable dining experiences.

Enjoy this scenic and informative video that includes the best of Portugal. It features highlights of Lisbon, Belem, Sintra, Cascais, The Algarve Coast, Porto and the Douro Valley.

Planning a visit? Start with Portugal’s official tourism website: visitportugal.com

Originally published 11/23/2014. Revised and republished 5/29/2024

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