A 10-day food and wine itinerary taking in Lisbon, Porto and Alentejo
Rich ruby port, custard tarts and delicately cured meats: Portugal's food is almost as famous as its beaches. Discover the finest regional cuisine, from Lisbon to Porto with this culinary itinerary – and boutique Portugal hotels as your base. Wineries, markets and local dishes are just some of what's on the menu.
AT A GLANCE
- 10-day independent itinerary for Portugal, based on arriving at Lisbon Airport and departing from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport
- Spend days feasting on Portugal's specialties, and nights relaxing in boutique SLH hotels
- Highlights include the famous wineries of Alentejo, and Lisbon's every-flavour food markets
START IN STYLE: LISBON
White-washed houses on steeply winding streets, red-roof skylines and ocean panoramas – Lisbon is the archetypal European city. And the tradition doesn’t stop with the architecture – the local food and wine make fine rivals to the city’s elegance.
For a taste of authentic Portugal, head to Bairro Alto. Historical buildings mixed with a bohemian atmosphere make this an enticing setting for the Mercado da Ribeira (Time Out) food market. The traditional market stalls sell fresh produce in the mornings, while trend-setting chefs take over in the afternoons. Grab a selection of small plates and take a seat at the long tables that run down the market’s centre. It becomes a kind of do-it-yourself Portuguese tasting menu.
A short tram ride away – past the ornate Basílica da Estrela – is Mercado de Campo de Ourique. It might be set amid traditional buildings, but this market draws a hip, urban crowd.
For those interested in the making (as well as the eating), Taste of Lisboa offer market tours and cooking classes. Buy ingredients from the stalls and prepare an authentic Portuguese three-course meal guided by a local chef. You can also learn how to make your own Pasteis de Nata – the custard-rich national tarts – with Cooking Lisbon. But for a taste of history, use your final day in Lisbon to visit Jerónimos Monastery in Belém – the original café where they were created in 1837.
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: ALENTEJO
Gently undulating terrain and world-famous wine. Let the natural calm of Alentejo take over and ease yourself into the Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa. Suggested stay 3 nights.
Starting in the Gothic city of Évora allow a little time to soak up the ancient ambience before heading out to the nearby wineries. Be sure to visit Restaurante Fialho that's served up local flavours (paired with Portugal's finest wines) since the 1940s.
Speaking of wine, the Cartuxa winery is one of the oldest in the region, set in 15 hectares of organic vines. Or, if you're looking for something a little grander, Casa Relvas boasts 350 hectares. Here you can try your hand (or foot) at grape stomping, take a hammock nap under the 'siesta tree' and explore the history of viticulture.
Round off your time here with a visit to the atmospheric Cozinha de Santo Humberto. The wines are excellent – exactly what you'd expect from a restaurant that was once a wine cellar.
WINING AWAY THE HOURS: PORTO
Stay in neoclassical opulence at Hotel Infante Sagres. Suggested stay: 2 nights. From here it's just a five-minute stroll to the Mercado de Porto Belo, open every Saturday. Walk a little further to reach the Mercado do Bom Sucesso. Almost futuristic in style, it's packed with trendy and traditional restaurants, and gourmet food shops.
You can't go to Porto without learning about Port Wine. Near to Mercado Beira Rio, the Port Wine lodges offer tours and tastings. The Port houses further from the riverside tend to provide a more intimate experience. Chocoholics should hotfoot it to Croft in Gaia, where you're given chocolate to taste alongside your wine. It's a little quieter as it's slightly less accessible, but worth it for the smaller crowds – and the chocolate.
For the perfect end to your Portuguese adventure, head to Wine Quay Bar for exquisite food pairings and riverside views. Garrafeira do Carmo in Porto has a wide selection of wines to fill up your suitcase – and as it's just five minutes on foot from your hotel, it'd be rude not to...
Trams are the best way to get around central Lisbon and taxis are ideal in Porto. However, you might like to hire a car to explore Alentejo, as the rural routes aren’t always made for public transport.
BOOK YOUR BOUTIQUE HOTELS
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