EXPLORE PORTUGAL! A Country Full Of Colorful Experiences
Located in the extreme southwest of Europe and reachable just a few hours away from any European capital, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination. A pleasant climate, 3,000 hours of sunshine year-round and 850 km of splendid beaches along the Atlantic Ocean make Portugal the perfect choice for any season.
In Portugal your clients will find a great diversity of landscapes, many leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend in harmony. Delicious gastronomy, fine wines and hospitable people complete the tourist experience with the highest quality. Discover the charm of Portugal now and create the best itineraries for your clients with our exclusive up to 25% off limited-time deals!
Portugal's gastronomy is as rich and varied as its landscape. The sea is the most outstanding feature of Portuguese cuisine. Dishes vary from simple grilled fish seasoned with olive oil, to the seafood that abounds all along the coast, always fresh and of the best quality.
Some examples include the eels in the Aveiro region in the Center of Portugal or the grilled sardines particularly eaten during the Popular Saints festivities in Lisbon in the month of June. In Algarve, clams, oysters and cockles cooked on a griddle or in a frying pan are delicious, while the islands of Madeira and Azores offer different options such as black scabbard fish fillets, tuna steak and octopus.
In meat dishes, a suggestion for the whole country: the cocido a la portuguesa, a mixture of meats, vegetables and various sausages, cooked in a succulent way. From the north to the south of Portugal, there are excellent Protected Denomination of Origin (DOP) meats, whether beef, pork or kid, and fruits and vegetables from organic producers. When it comes to cheese, it is enough to mention Serra, creamy, unctuous or dry, goat and sheep cheeses, but all the cheeses from Central Portugal, Alentejo or the Azores are delicious too.
Last but not least are Portuguese sweets. Your clients shouldn't miss the opportunity of tasting the mouth-watering pastéis de Belém (aka. Pastel de nata), a highlight of convent sweet making that is a trademark of Portuguese gastronomy.
Portugal is a country of great wine tradition with an excellent quality of its wines, recognized all over the world. In the north, we find numerous manor houses. In the region of the Green Wines, your clients should taste the wine and buy a bottle at Solar do Alvarinho, in Melgaço.
The Douro Valley, characterized by its hillside vineyards, is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A good way to discover the region is on board a cruise, to visit the wine villages that produce the excellent Douro and Port wines.
Alentejo is home to many of the main national wine producers. In Évora, a World Heritage city, your clients can participate in the grape harvest and observe the different stages of winemaking. The 2015 European City of Wine, Reguengos de Monsaraz, proposes different initiatives, such as astronomical observations with wine tasting, grape picking, and enogastronomic dinners.
Finally it is worth mentioning Madeira wine, with the vines, arranged in terraces supported by stone walls, form stairways that in some points of the island join the sea and the mountains, giving rise to dazzling landscapes.
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