Highlights: Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal
written by Gabriella Opaz | 28th November 2016
Just south of Lisbon, across the Tagus River estuary, you’ll visit the extraordinary villages of and Azeitão, renown for not only for their famous fortified dessert wine, Moscatel de Setúbal, but also for their sensational seafood!
“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
Ernest Hemingway’s heavenly description in A Moveable Feast was of Paris, but it could have easily been Setúbal with their vibrant oysters, fried cuttlefish and flavorful and fat sardines! In fact, the Setúbal sardine was proclaimed one of Portugal’s 7 Gastronomic Wonders!
On this full day retreat from the bustling city of Lisbon, you’ll savor regional pastries, explore a quaint little towns, see lush farmlands and majestic mountains, and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch in the quaint village of Sesimbra. It’s the perfect opportunity to kick-back, relax and enjoy Portuguese hospitality.
Looking to enjoy a great excursion through some of the world’s most beautiful vineyards? Our group’s tour off the beaten path with Catavino was a carefree day of discovery in fine company, and with memorable food and wine. A big plus was an opportunity to spend time with a winemaker happy to share his family story, expertise and excellent wine. I cannot think of a better way to experience the authentic Douro!
Experience the best of the Setúbal Peninsula wine region through the eyes of a native. Setúbal boasts of many important Portuguese natural heritage sites including: the Tejo estuary, the Serra da Arrábida nature park, Meco Beach, Espichel Cape and Sesimbra Castle. You’ll savor regional pastries, explore a quaint little towns, see lush farmlands and majestic mountains, and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch in the quaint village of Sesimbra. And most importantly, you’ll visit the famed wineries producing the region’s beloved Moscatel de Setúbal, a deliciously sweet yet little known fortified wine, along with other reds and whites. So pack your walking shoes, bring along your camera and prepare for a stunning day of delicious, mouthwatering adventure!
|9:30am||Meet your English-speaking driver/guide at the lobby|
|10:30am||Visit Meco Beach & Espichel Cape|
|12:00pm||Visit the majestic Sesimbra Castle|
|1:00pm||Savor a mouthwatering lunch at a traditional seafood restaurant|
|2:30pm||Visit two famed wineries in Azeitão for a unforgettable wine tasting|
|6pm||Head back to Lisbon|
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