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Portugal Food Guide

A guide to help you find the best hotels & places in Portugal for Food lovers

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Our Travel by Interest Experts have created this dedicated food travel guide, to help you easily plan your next culinary holidays and discover all the places you want to see and all the things you want to do. You can find here the top restaurants, bars, cafes, bistros as well as gastronomy Hotels to stay!

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94 Hotels for Food lovers in Portugal

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The Best of Portuguese Food & Wine

Food is not what comes to your mind first when you hear of Portugal. And even though the country is not among the most popular culinary destinations in Europe, things are changing. We all probably know the delicious custard tarts, Pasteis de Belém, however, Portuguese cuisine is much more than this popular delicacy.

Facing the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is a feast of fish and seafood, while its mountainous landscapes are known for offering the yummiest meat dishes. While the heavy use of aromatic herbs such as coriander, pepper, ginger, curry, saffron, and paprika make every Portuguese dish an intriguing collaboration of flavours.

What to eat in Portugal

Cozido is one of the most popular national dishes of Portugal, with plenty of variations around the regions of the country. It is a mixture of fresh vegetables and meat, often chicken and pork, paired with smoked sausages including paprika-spiced chourico and cumin-flavoured blood pudding.

There are also many fish specialities included in the top dishes of the country while the most popular fish varieties (always freshly fished) are rock bass “robalo”, gilthead seabream “douradas”, scabbard fish “peixe-espada” and horse mackerel “carapaus”.

Meat is widely used in Portuguese cuisine and while visiting the country you should not neglect to taste the most famous dishes, prepared with beef, pork or chicken.

Cheese lovers will find their place in Portugal since different varieties of cheeses are must-try delicacies when travelling to the country. The most favourite one is “Queijo da Serra”, a delicate sheep cheese made in Serra da Estrela region. Besides, equally popular are the creamy little cheeses of Azeitao, “Serpa”, “cabreiro”, and “Queijo da llha”, which are also used in many traditional dishes!

Wine in Portugal

Portuguese wines are popular all over the world, with the renowned Madeira wine being the most famous. Wherever you go enjoy a tasteful glass of wine accompanied with a delicious platter of local cheeses and introduce yourself to a whole new set of gastronomic experiences!

Smart tipLisbon is a top destination to visit for food in Portugal having an excellent collection of Michelin-starred restaurants and local eateries serving a plethora of the best dishes the country has to offer.

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The Best Hotels with Restaurants in Portugal

The coastline, cities and countryside of Portugal have an unparalleled array of hotels with dining options and stylish lounges.

From Algarve to Lisbon to Porto you will find excellent boutique hotels, countryside villas, and luxury hotels that used to be former palaces, with elegant gastronomic settings offering exceptional wine-tasting and culinary experiences always combined with views to the sea, the mountains or romantic city landscapes.

Some of the best dining hotels in Portugal have also Michelin-star restaurants within their premises, where famous Chefs prepare for you various dishes based on regional and popular international flavors.

Find here the best dining hotels, boutique palaces and countryside villas with gourmet restaurants and lounge bars in Portugal!

The 4 most popular eateries in Portugal

Adegas, wine cellars which may also have a restaurant or bar on their premises. However, some Adegas may be dedicated only to winemaking and not open to the public.

Tascas, small restaurants usually run by husband and wife serving excellent food at very reasonable prices. This type of eatery is usually frequently visited by locals.

Pastelarias, pastry shops or else the place where you will start your every day with delicious pastries!

Marisqueiras, seafood restaurants serving among others mouth-watering fish, oysters, and lobsters. You will find them on the coasts of Portugal, however, bring your credit card since they are expensive.

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Food Tips

There are many fish specialties included in the top dishes of the country while the most popular fish varieties (always freshly fished) are rock bass, gilthead seabream, scabbard fish and horse mackerel.

Meat is widely used in Portuguese cuisine and while visiting the country you should not neglect tasting the most famous dishes, prepared with beef, pork or chicken.

Different varieties of cheeses are must-try delicacies when travelling to Portugal. The most favourable one is “Queijo da Serra”, a delicate sheep cheese made in Serra da Estrela region. Also the creamy little cheeses of Azeitao, “Serpa”, “cabreiro”, and “Queijo da llha” are frequently used in many traditional dishes!

Portuguese wines are popular all over the world, with the renowned Madeira wine being the most famous. Enjoy a tasteful glass of wine together with a delicious platter of local cheese and introduce yourself to a whole new set of gastronomic experiences!

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Moonlight Bar

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Beach

Praia Da Rocha Beach

swimming , sunset view , kids entertainment

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Museum

Museu De Portimão

sightseeing , kids entertainment

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Restaurant

No Solo Agua Beach Bar

quick meals , local cuisine , traditional recipes , sunset view , swimming

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Beach

Praia De Carvoeiro Beach

swimming , sunset view , kids entertainment

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Benagil Beach

swimming , sunset view , kids entertainment

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How to get there

  • By car
  • By air
  • By train
  • By ferry
  • By bus

Move around

  • Railway
  • Metro
  • Buses
  • Taxi
  • Uber

Ideal for

  • Beach holidays
  • Luxury holidays
  • City breaks
  • Honeymoon & wedding
  • Wellness & spa
  • Sightseeing
  • Shopping
  • Weekends
  • Relaxation in nature
  • Hiking
  • Fine-dining
  • Lgbt holidays
  • Couples holidays
  • Wine tasting
  • Local gastronomy
  • Water sports

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  • Country

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