Uncover the history and traditions of some of Portugal’s favorite foods during this private cultural tour from Lisbon. A guide will give you personalized attention and take you on and off the beaten path as you visit some of the most culturally-rich places in the area.
Fished since the beginning of the 16th century in the cold waters off Newfoundland, codfish is one of the most important elements of the Portuguese gastronomical culture. It is brought back to Portugal to be cured in salt and is always present at Christmas supper or any other festive occasion. Traditionally considered a “food of the poor,” today codfish is known for its variety of uses and near delicacy status.
Head to Ilhavo to visit its codfish museum and learn about the importance of fishing for the area. Enjoy lunch in the magnificent restaurant of the Hotel Vista Alegre, where you can feast on traditional codfish recipes. Then head to the Factory Museum and the Vista Alegre Shop to admire another one of Portugal’s cultural signatures, its unique and exquisite porcelain artistry. Along the way, stop in Aveiro, known as “the Portuguese Venice,” for sweet egg pastries, a local favorite.