Each journey is a new book, on pages of which the traveller absorbs the sounds and flavours, colours and character of a place. A gastronomic journey does not mean that you will not learn anything about sights and local people. This scenario of gastronomic thread links Lisbon and the surrounding small towns. Each place will carry a cognitive element, impressions that will answer the question: why in this city is this kind of cuisine, people, restaurants and cafes. This scenario is the selection of the brightest culinary places that give a complete impression of the local cuisine, interspersed with unique monuments of culture, history and nature, meetings with new people and participating in the life of the city.
Well, there you are in Lisbon! The first day can be a little fussy: take a car, get to the hotel, check in, exhale :) Choose early flights early, so that you have time for different force majeure. However, a city tour and a delicious dinner are waiting for you.
Walk around Commerce Square to one of the most popular marinas of Cais das Colunas, admire the views of the majestic river and the legendary architectural structure. The Cais das Colunas is located on the banks of the Tagus River (or, as they say, Tahoe) and has always been a special place to meet and receive dignitaries. Today it is not only an observation deck and a special architectural structure that descends directly into the water. Today, this staircase and the two columns are a symbol of Lisbon and its solemn past.
Lisbon's unique cathedral, one of its hallmarks, combines a large number of Baroque, Rocococo, Neoclassicism and Gothic details. This is due to the long history of the cathedral, its destruction and reconstruction. The modern cathedral was built on the site of a destroyed mosque after the conquest of the Moors by Christians.
One of the few architectural monuments to spend the whole day on, in all senses, because the entrance to the territory of this historical place is carried out daily from 9.00 to 21.00. St. George's Castle is located on a hillside. It offers picturesque views of the city, and the attraction itself is imbued with history and carries the whole epochs of the Romans, Visigoths and Moors, defending from this point of the modern city.
Almost down to the river, go to "Portas do Sol" for dinner. Here you have the possibility to taste local and national dishes from the chef's hands. In addition, you can relax and taste quality wines and original cocktails from the menu of the restaurant bar.
There's gonna be a little journey out there today, not north and inland. We will be visiting the Templars all day and studying their rich heritage. And by evening we will return to Lisbon full of impressions with a suitcase.
If you don't want to have breakfast at the hotel for some reason, be sure to stop by a cozy Lisbon café to experience the atmosphere of a large and happy city. Share the joy of a new day with the locals, appreciate the delicious food and pleasant staff and embark on an adventurous and energetic journey.
Get in the car and go in search of adventures! Visit the castle built in the 12th century by the Knights Templars, which later became the centre around which the whole city of Tomar is built. It is precisely in this building that a royal convent will be founded: the Convent of Christ, which will assume prominent positions in the Order of Christ. Take a walk through the picturesque gardens of the modern tourist complex, enter the chapel and convent, relax in the territory of the famous UNESCO heritage object.
Authentic gastronomic details can be explored at lunch at Beira Rio restaurant. Both meat and fish dishes are cooked equally well here. You should definitely try desserts from the menu. Facility's working schedule shows how the influx of visitors changes depending on the day of the week. So, on Tuesdays the institution is closed, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays it works only in the evening, from 19.00 to 22.00. On the rest of the week you can come here for lunch from 12.00.
After lunch visit one of the city's central parks on the island. Here it is worth taking a walk to relax and prepare yourself for the visit to the points of interest, as well as enjoy the wonderful views.
Crossing the bridge over the Nabao River, you can come across the Catholic Church of St. Irina, the martyress, around whose name the whole legend was folded. It is believed that she was very beautiful and it offended the men who proposed to her and were refused, motivated by the promise of celibacy. Then the rumors of adultery with one of the noble men named Brittany were spread about her. He couldn't bear such a shame and couldn't find anything better than killing a girl. Then the Christians of Tomar buried her, spreading the story about her and making her a saint. Saint Irene is believed to be the patron saint of Tomar, and the church in her honor is worth learning more about the history and culture of the city, as well as to appreciate its architectural features.
Walk through the city for a taste of local life, visit cafes and shops, and chat with locals in the main square.
For dinner, head to the very real tavern to taste delicious clay cup wines and be inspired by the special atmosphere of the place.
The first half of the day is in Lisbon. Moreover, a market visit is planned for the morning. There are some shopaholics who can't leave the market empty-handed (in fact, everybody will carry a lot!) - if you are one of them, you should be afraid in advance. Then we will go west and settle in Cascais. And what kind of dinner is planned!
Nowhere are the local traditions and lifestyles of the city so clearly displayed as in the grocery market, where you can communicate with people, find new acquaintances, learn simple stories from life. Even better, when such a place is combined with modern trends and gives the opportunity to come here almost at any time in the morning (the market works from 6.00 to 14.00 every day, except Sunday). Different opportunity to buy delicious food on the road! Here you will definitely find your favorite fruits and vegetables, seasonal delicacies, as well as food corners with local or world cuisine.
No trip is without a visit to the observation deck, where you can see the whole city in the palm of your hand, remembering what places you've already visited, and trying to orientate yourself in the field. Don't forget to visit Santa Catarina's observation deck, which has become a small park on a hilltop with its infrastructure and small museums, which the most curious travelers also prefer to visit.
Not far from the observation deck there is an interesting art gallery, which attracts with its architecture, as well as forms an idea of the modern work of artists. By the way, the famous tram route No. 28, which is worth a ride through the most picturesque places of the city, passes by the gallery building.
Take a walk through the heart of Lisbon. The Luis de Camoes square is particularly elegant, and it's no surprise that only a couple of centuries ago, bohemians, writers, artists and musicians met here. Today, you can also hear a whole bunch of modern city sounds, street musicians' melodies and the buzz of numerous bars and cafes. The Old Town is mixed up with modern life. Enjoy this spectacle.
Have a dinner at the Royal Cafe. This is a regular cafe where you can eat lunch or dine every day in the city center. It's a very good place to meet locals and tourists, but the most common are local cafés that come between work and at the end of the day with friends and colleagues. There are also travellers who are satisfied with the varied and original menu of the place. In addition to service and cuisine, it is worth paying attention to the design of the room with details of the interior, repeating the traditional Portuguese motifs.
It's time to admire the natural treasures of the region. From the observation deck you can see the endless raging ocean. This place is ideal for relaxation and reflection on the past and future.
Take a stroll along the coast and see the old lighthouse that was built in this strategically important place for navigation, which remembers many historical events from the XVIII century.
For dinner, go by car or taxi if the driver wants to finally drink some delicious wine, too. This is the place where you can enjoy the freshest seafood after a long walk along the sea. The restaurant is closed on Mondays until 11 pm.
Cascais is perfect for a walk. Beautiful buildings, wonderful restaurants, breathtaking views and the beach. A great combination to stay here for a while.
At first glance, it's hard to believe this fabulous place is a beach. It is located at the end of a narrow bay behind the western side of the Cascais marina. The locals do not swim here, there are no umbrellas or sun loungers. But it is necessary to come here, because this place combines indescribable landscapes, architectural monuments, as well as cognitive component, because there are two museums here.
This museum, located on the beach of St. Martha, is close to the active lighthouse (Farol de Santa Marta) and is dedicated to the history and work of the Portuguese lighthouses. You can learn everything from the beginnings of lighthouse business to the present, and then go out and see the active St. Martha lighthouse.
The second museum worth visiting is the Palácio do Conde de Castro Guimarães. It tells the story of Count Castro, and exhibits his rich collections. The ivory mansion, reinforced by powerful buttresses and crowned with a stone tower, attracts lovers of history, architecture, fabulous views and romantic pastimes. Families often come here to relax, take a walk in the park, visit a local café or send their children to a specially equipped playground.
Lunch right at the Cascais marina. Each dish on the restaurant's menu deserves special attention, but the most popular ones are fish dishes and desserts. There is no doubt that you will enjoy not only the cuisine, but also the atmosphere created by the staff and views of the marina. Please note that the restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Not far from Cascaisha harbour is the small church of Nossa Senhora da Assuncao. Its history, like many other churches in Portugal, begins with the story of a smaller chapel in its place and then being enlarged after being damaged by a major earthquake in 1755. This church is no exception. The snow-white and relatively simple walls of the church hide the more luxurious interior of the building. The architecture of the church retains the features of the building, mentioned in the XVI century. It also has elements of more modern styles. The interior is notable for its richness, including tile decoration and gilding of the four side altars in the national style.
For dinner, head to a Mediterranean restaurant specialising in seafood: you will find not only the popular Persebacheral Sea Ducks on the menu, but also regular, more common seafood cooked in various combinations and under a variety of sauces. The portions are quite generous, in addition to the usual dishes here also offer degustation sets, where you can taste several kinds of seafood cooked according to different recipes. Such sets are also accompanied by high quality wine. To ensure that you do not wait in line, book a table in advance. The restaurant is open every day from 12.30 to 23.30, except Monday.
Before returning to the hotel, enjoy an evening relaxing stroll to the Cascais dock, where you can see the pleasantly splashing ocean water, romantic white yachts and pleasant evening lights of the city.
Tonight we're going south through Lisbon. Cross the Tahoe River and head south to enjoy stunning ocean views and explore the national park. It will be a long and exciting day!
Tonight you'll have a real adventure. If you feel like eating on the way, you can have breakfast at the hotel. However, in the heart of Lisbon, there's a fine café and bakery where you can eat fresh baked goods with strong aromatic coffee or order breakfast and baked goods on the road.
This wonderful place with its breathtaking interiors presents the history of azulejo and not only tells about it, but also shows visitors incredibly beautiful examples of traditional tiles, each of which can tell especially interested and inquisitive whole stories and legends depicted on glazed works of art.
The statue of Christ the King is interesting in its architecture. Its height is 113 meters above the level of the Tagus River, which makes it possible to view Lisbon and the river itself from the site at the foot of the monument, as well as from the observation deck at the top, where you can get on a special lift. The creation of the statue was approved at the Bishopate's Portuguese Conference held in Fatima on April 20, 1940. The building was built between 1949 and 1959, with popular donations, especially from women who believed that God had prevented Portugal from taking part in World War II and saved their husbands, sons and brothers from imminent death.
A chef at this restaurant, located on the border of the Arrábida National Park, probably wants to modernise and try it, but all the menu options, from the starters to the desserts, maintain the traditions. You must try shellfish, cod and any dessert of your choice. You won't regret having lunch in this fantastic place.
The nature park is worth a visit not only because of the beauty of its nature, but also because of the variety of activities that can be found in the park. Firstly, there are two beaches that are popular with locals as well as residents of other regions of the country. There are a lot of companies that offer diving and mountain climbing services, and for lovers of speleology - descent to the caves. There are many unique Mediterranean and evergreen plants and about 213 species of various vertebrates, which make up the richness of this area and are the reason why the Arrábida Park is recognized as a unique international and scientific relic. If you love nature, you can come here for the whole day!
We offer you dinner in a small restaurant located near the church Nossa Senhora de Fatima, where national cuisine is presented in various combinations of the freshest ingredients. In addition, the quality and prices are perfectly correlated, and the staff is friendly and responsive. When planning your leisure time, remember that the restaurant is closed on Mondays, and on the rest of the days is open from 9.30 with a siesta break. Thus, from 9.30 to 15.30 and from 18.00 to 23.00 from Tuesday to Sunday you can enjoy the local cuisine of a small restaurant in Almada.
This day is dedicated to Sintra. A magical beauty that reveals itself in different ways in sunny or rainy weather. If you like to get up early, there is a chance to find these places more or less free from tourists. Get ready to take a lot of pictures - even if you're not a fan of capturing everything on your smartphone or camera, you won't be able to refuse it.
Right on the oceanfront, near the best beaches of the city, you can find the ideal place for morning recharging. Here they charge both physically and emotionally, because the atmosphere of the place disposes to pleasant communication. The menu is various and for breakfast you will be offered useful nourishing breakfasts, various fruit juices and punches. Here you can not only enjoy the beginning of the day on the oceanfront, you can breathe fresh air on the roof of the facility, as well as buy original and practical souvenirs from Cascais on the ground floor of the facility, in their own shop. The facility works from 10 to 22 every day and charges with positive for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Moving to the next hotel in the list, you should start with this magnificent palace, from which everything started in this city. Today it looks as if it was moved here from a children's fairy tale. However, it is a real palace, whose history resembles the intricacies of one of the ancient fairy tales. It all started with a small chapel built here to commemorate the birth of the Virgin Mary to one of the residents of the nearby villages. Later, in the 16th century, King Manuel I ordered the chapel to be rebuilt into the Monastery of Our Lady of Pena, in honor of the birth of the heir. During the struggle against the Moors, the castle was conquered, and as a result of numerous historical events played out here, the story of the Moors hiding their countless wealth in Mount Sintra before escaping was born. No one found the treasure, but we can say for sure that the Palace of Pena is a real treasure of Sintra.
Rich choice of meals for lunch. Here you will be served not only traditional tapas, but also a variety of soups, snacks and high quality wine. Spend your lunch here, enjoying cool surroundings and pleasant service. It is accessible from 12.00 to 22.00 every day, except on Sundays, when the restaurant is on weekends.
Visit this medieval palace to soak up the atmosphere of monarchical Portugal in the past. Each of these palaces carries the history of Moorish conquests and Portuguese architecture from the 15th to the 19th century. The most interesting and significant are the Soroca Hall, the Swan Hall and the Arabian Hall, which, like most of the ancient buildings, was damaged in the 1755 earthquake.
Last day. Take your time to buy gifts if you've put them off for the last day. Surely you don't want to leave these beautiful places. Then you will have to come back. Portugal is worth it.