Foodies

MEDITERRANEAN FOOD AT ITS BEST

Hiking and Cycling Trips for Foodies in Portugal

The best Portugal destinations for foodies.

For many many years, the Mediterranean cuisine represented the height of culinary accomplishment. Whether you have tasted it once or a dozen times, there are always new ways to expand your palate. We have scoured Portugal to recommend the best destinations for foodies with appetite.

Portugal’s cuisine is as rich and varied as its landscape.

The most distinctive feature of Portuguese cuisine comes from the sea. As you enjoy a simple grilled fish, always fresh like the seafood that abounds from end to end along the coast, you can be sure that you are in Portugal! Cataplanas, bouillabaisses and any other fish or seafood dish are also excellent choices.

For meat dishes, our main suggestion is cozido à portuguesa, a mix of meats, vegetables, and various sausages, cooked deliciously. We have excellent DOP (Protected Denomination of Origin) meats, from north to south, whether it’s beef, pork or kid. Many vegetables and fruit also preserve the taste of the old times, and some also have the DOP label, especially as many are produced organically.

Portuguese olive oil is of prime quality and is part of every dish, including cod (for which it is said that there are 1001 recipes!), which we excel at preparing and enjoying.

Each dish is matched to the right wine. The whole country produces wine and, while Port wine is famous, the Douro, Alentejo and many other table wines are no less superior.

And the cheeses! While Queijo da Serra (mountain cheese from Serra da Estrela) tops the bill, all the cheeses from Centro de Portugal, Alentejo and the Azores are delicious.

The sweets, whose roots go back to the many convents where they were originally prepared, even today make us “give thanks to heaven”. And a pastel de nata (custard tart) is a must. It is delicious with coffee, which we drink in the form of espresso. Take a look at our hiking and cycling tours below.

Peneda Gerês National Park

Cycle through the most unspoiled National Park of Portugal! People say that you’ve never seen the true Portugal if you don’t visit the wonderful Minho region. With such an untouched nature and charming northern cities, it is a gem that not everyone gets to know.
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Historical Villages by Bike

Cycle by the natural wonders and discover the iconic Historical Villages of Portugal. Strategically placed, Portugal's historical villages are the resulting work of many generations of Kings. The people saw each victory as a miracle, and so, century after century, our heritage was built, destroyed and then re-built again.
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Alentejo Vineyards Road 9D

Nine gorgeous days cycling over gentle hills and through unspoiled golden landscapes. Discover ancient megalithic sites, medieval villages and historical cities. Visit and stay in castles, palaces, monasteries and convents, and feel like the queen or king of Portugal! Taste delicious gastronomy and the excellent wines.
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Alentejo Vineyards Road 7D

Seven gorgeous days cycling over gentle hills and through unspoiled golden landscapes. Discover ancient megalithic sites, medieval villages and historical cities. Visit and stay in castles, palaces, monasteries and convents, and feel like the queen or king of Portugal! Taste delicious gastronomy and the excellent wines.
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Alentejo Vineyards Cycling 9D

Nine gorgeous days cycling over gentle hills and through unspoiled golden landscapes. Discover ancient megalithic sites, medieval villages and historical cities. Visit and stay in castles, palaces, monasteries and convents, and feel like the queen or king of Portugal! Taste delicious gastronomy and the excellent wines.
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Alentejo Vineyards Cycling 7D

Seven gorgeous days cycling over gentle hills and through unspoiled golden landscapes. Discover ancient megalithic sites, medieval villages and historical cities. Visit and stay in castles, palaces, monasteries and convents, and feel like the queen or king of Portugal! Taste delicious gastronomy and the excellent wines.
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Easy Atlantic Way

Follow the coastline of Northern Central Portugal discovering some of the cultural and natural beauties of this land. The route starts in Porto, a vibrant city full of history and culture, known for its Port wine. Explore the São Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve, visit Aveiro, Portugal's little Venice, cycle through pine forests and relax in small beaches.
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Douro Valley by Bike

One of the most beautiful and oldest wine regions in the world, the Douro Valley, is here to make you surrender to its outstanding beauty. The cycling through the immense valleys and the Douro River cruise will lead you to amazing vineyard terrace sceneries, which will mark this amazing experience.
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Alentejo Historical Villages

Experience the history of our country through wonderfully preserved castles, medieval towns and megalithic sites. Walk through beautiful forests, meet the proud people of Alentejo and taste their incredible traditional dishes and wonderful local red wine. Learn about the peaceful lifestyle of the Portuguese countryside and the ancestry of our people.
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The Portuguese Way to Santiago

The Portuguese Way is a hiking route linking the major town of Ponte de Lima to Santiago de Compostela, along the beautiful old Saint James path. Churches, monuments and old crosses will tell the history of this less trodden way.
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