Portugal is famous for it’s seafood, port and other wines, and a small custard filled pastry known as Pasteis de Nata. The food and wine was definitely a highlight of our visit to Portugal.
Most seafood sold in the restaurants was caught locally. Dining was mostly outdoors. Most restaurants had a few tables inside, with many more spilling out to the outside. The first picture is fresh sardines, a dish we saw on every menu and obviously a local favorite. The left is another popular dish of the area, salted cod. We were amused that it came with chick peas, onions, carrots, boiled potatoes and a hard boiled egg.
Here is the cafe, just a typical local eatery where people would walk by and stop in for a drink, snack, or meal.
We decided to try something new every night so we could sample as much local seafood as we could. Katie often asked our waiter for recommendations which is how we ended up with this melt-in-your-mouth grilled Octopus. Most dishes were served with boiled potatoes and vegetables, all cooked in olive oil,
More sardines, this time coated with sea salt.
Seafood & pasta. We had something similar another evening, seafood and rice in the same type of sauce. Yummy.
Our favorite meal of the trip was this sea bass for two cooked in salt.
The fish chosen from a display sitting right behind our table.
Did I mention the bread was always thick and hearty and delicious?
The wine was also tasty, from vihno verde, a light white wine produced in Portugal for the past 2000 years.
To”Port”, Portugal’s most famous wine. Slightly sweet and rich, port is served in small shot size glasses.
The Rose was tasty as well and came with a plastic ice caddy to place over the top to keep it cold.
And last but certainly not least, the Pasteis de Nata, a small flaky pastry about 2 inches in diameter, filled with custard and sometimes served topped with cinnamon or powdered sugar. They were available everywhere and a perfect morning snack with coffee.
Another mid-morning snack involving a scone, pretzel shaped pastry, and typical Portuguese cookies. Coffee there was either a strong black cup resembling expresso which came in a tiny cup, or coffee with milk which was half coffee and half steamed milk. It was nice and hot due to the milk being heated as well as the coffee.
General Trip Information: My Trip to Portugal General Information
A typical day on the trail: A Typical Day on the Trail
Portugal Hotels: Portugal Hotels
Portugal Palaces and Attractions: Portugal Palaces and Attractions