- Enjoy Lisbon’s gastronomic delights: taste innovative and playful Portuguese cuisine
- Discover the wonderful scenery and elegant architecture of Lisbon
- Sample lovely Portuguese wines at an emblematic enoteca in the old city of Lisbon
- Enjoy the beautiful and serene countryside of the Alentejo, one of Europe’s most unspoiled wine regions
- Sojourn at an exclusive hotel on a wine estate, with majestic views of vineyards and olive groves
- Enjoy the surroundings and take advantage of the warm climate
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Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, enchants its visitors with its laid-back but seductive culture. On the one hand this is a metropolis with a large array of imposing squares and grand buildings. On the other, the majority of the individual neighbourhoods have each kept their own village-like character.
When exploring this city it is best to fall into its Mediterranean rhythm, which is regularly peppered with African and Latin American influences. When walking the cobbled streets opening onto grand squares with imperial remnants, one can stop at one of the many local bars to order a café (espresso) or carioca (weaker coffee) or meia de leite (coffee with milk). Of course, most of these cafes also offer the delicious and famous pastel de nata (custard tart).
Lisbon was once the centre of the world’s first colonial power. It is therefore not surprising that the city has many monuments worth seeing. If you stray off the tourist track, then the city becomes a trove of unexpected treasures. We should also mention the city’s beautiful location being situated on and around seven hills, at the mouth of the river Tagus. It’s up and down layout provides a wealth of breath-taking viewing points, called ”miradouros”. Lisbon’s balmy climate makes whiling away one’s time whilst sitting on one of these many terraces an attractive way to spend an afternoon.
Like all major southern European cities, Lisbon has a rich culture relating to food and drink, rooted in its tradition of exploration. Add to this mix a coterie of talented young chefs and restaurateurs, and it is clear why Lisbon is an internationally emerging culinary hot spot. Intenationally educated young guns have really been reinventing and reimagining traditional Portguuese cuisine.
The Portuguese capital has always been one of the best places in Europe for seafood, however, it was not until fairly recently that one can eat these and other delectable dishes in chic modern surroundings. Nowadays restaurants range from the old-fashioned to the trendy and stylish – in the latter category this younger generations of chefs has become celebrated for inventive Portuguese cuisine, with influences of former colonies including Brazil, Macau, Mozambique and Goa.
Here classic dishes such as “Ameijoas a Bulhao Pato” (venus clams with white wine and herbs), “Perdiz a Guincho” (braised partridge) and “Arroz de Pato” (flavoured duck cooked in the oven with ham, chorizo sausage & rice) have been successfully reinterpreted. But rest assured, the traditional eating houses which offer a comforting old fashioned menu still remain.
Then there are the excellent Portuguese wines served in the restaurants, bars and enotecas. Crisp and refreshing white wines with peachy aromas are mostly made of local grapes such as Antão Vaz and Arinto. Or deep velvety red wines made of Castelão, and Touriga Nacional, which is delicious when drunk with black pork dishes.
As in Spain one can often still dine at midnight. After dinner many bars in the neighborhoods Bairo Alto or Bica or along the rivived riverfront beckon Lisboans and tourists alike to drink caipirinhas or mojitos.
In short, we expect that you will find Lisbon captivating – its great food and wine, and stunning scenery.
The Alentejo in Portugal offers great scenic beauty with its rolling countryside full of cork oaks, olive trees and vines. The hills, sometimes small mountains, are frequently crowned by mighty castles.
Notwithstanding its appeal, the Alentejo remains unspoiled; it has not been discovered by mass tourism. You will be seduced by the culture of its hospitable people and its magnificent cultural heritage – it is full of splendid historical towns like Marvão, Estremoz, Portalegre, Vila Viçosa, Borba, Monsarraz, Elvas en Évora-Monte. We think the Alentejo is one of the last secret treasures for travellers exploring the cultures of Europe.
In terms of food do not miss the local gaspachos, the carne de porco alentejano (pork and clams cooked together) or the empadas de galinha (small chicken pies).
The red wine is some of the best Portugal has to offer, as reflected in its success in international competitions. They range from soft and plummy – a great match with black pork – to those with an intense ripe fruity bouquet. Grape varieties commonly used here are Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and the Aragonez, better-known abroad as the Tempranillo. In contrast, the whites tend to be fresh but very aromatic. The main white grape variety here is Roupeiro. The white wines are also increasingly gaining their deserved international recognition.
With our ”Gastronomic long weekend Lisbon & Alentejo wine region” you will discover some of Lisbon’s culinary and cultural delights; you will also taste some of the best wines at a spectacular winery in the Alentejo. This 4 days / 3 nights experience is perfect for discerning travellers seeking fine wines, delectable cuisine and exclusive accommodation.
Accommodation for two nights is in a 4-star hotel, located in an imposing historic building dating from the early 20th century.
The hotel, which has recently been refurbished, successfully blends traditional Portuguese charm with modern design. All the rooms have parquet floors, air-conditioning and are very comfortable while some have their own private terrace.
The hotel is located in a quiet area in the heart of Lisbon, near the Praca Marques Pombal. It is conveniently situated for the metro.
We will offer you accomodation at a working winery centrally located in Alentejo, in an area where some of the country’s finest wineries are located. It is close to the charmingly town of Vigdigeira, around 2 hours’ drive from Lisbon.
The quinta, an elegant late 19th century country house, has been lovingly transformed by its current owner into an intimate and atmospheric hotel. Each room is equipped with air condition and is decorated in a casual rustic yet elegant style.
The property, situated within a large agricultural estate, has spacious gardens and terraces as well as a large swimming pool.
The principal red grape varieties cultivated at the estate are Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Syrah, and Trincadeira. The white wines essentially come from Antão Vaz, and Arinto grape varietals.
- This gastronomic break is available throughout the year, with the exception of August.
- The minimum number of guests is two
- Please contact us for availability
The price for an all-in 4 days (3 nights) gastronomic break for 2 people is:
- EUR 595 per person
- A single room supplement of EUR 165 is applicable
The price for an all-in 4 days (3 nights) gastronomic break for 4 people is:
- EUR 565 per person
- A single room supplement of EUR 165 is applicable
What is included?
- Two nights’ accommodation 4 star hotel
- 1 night accommodation exclusive winery/hotel
- Three breakfasts
- Two extensive dinners at the best local restaurants – including selected wines, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
- A private tour of Lisbon / Alfama, Graca & Baixa
- A wine tasting at an enoteca, accompanied with finger food
- 1 tour & wine tasting at winery
- 1 dinner at winery – including wines and soft drinks, coffee and tea.
Lisbon airport is a 15 minute journey by taxi from the centre of Lisbon.
There is an excellent motorway from Lisbon to Vidigeira in Alentejo, which makes for a relaxed and beautiful ride, of around 2 hours.
Arrival and departure transfers can be organised easily.
Paladares Travel does not offer flight or car rental services and we suggest that you to book these directly with one the many companies offering such services. However, if you would like Paladares Travel to assist you in making such arrangements please let us know.
If you wish to book your flights directly, we kindly refer you to http://www.flytap.nl , the website of TAP Portugal.
TAP Portugal is Portugal’s national airline; they are known for their reliability and good level of service. TAP has frequent connections to various cities in Portugal, from Amsterdam, Brussels and London.
Alternatively there are many other companies offering flights. Booking early can be very advantageous
- Arrival during the day.
- Dinner in the old town at a stylish modern Portuguese restaurant. It is located on the riverfront, allowing for great views over city and river. At the restaurant the chef focuses on seasonal and regional offerings, fusing excellent Portuguese fare with some Mozambican influences – think fresh seafood and tropical fruits. The enjoyable three-course menu will be accompanied by matching local wines.
- Buffet breakfa t
- After breakfast a tour with a knowledgable and enthusiastic local guide through Baixa, Graca and Alfama. These are the oldest areas of Lisbon, dating back to Roman and Arabic times, which is still clearly visible, and still home to some of the best rustic traditional eateries in Lisbon. Strolling through the alleyways and squares you will enjoy the sights and sounds of these quirky yet beautiful neighbourhoods. Your guide will share with you numerous facts and stories about the area which are not mentioned in guide books.
- After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the town and do some shopping. Of course we can give you tips as to where to find local delicacies.
- At the end of the afternoon, the program will be resumed. You are expected at an intriguing wine bar / enoteca, a few minutes’ walk from attractive square Praca Principe Real. The enoteca is housed in an 18th century water distribution outlet. This has been one of the best wine bars in Lisbon for some time now.
Here one can taste amazing wines from Lisbon’s own wine region, accompanied by petisco’s (Portuguese tapas).
- Dinner takes place in a top modern Portuguese restaurant. Here a well-known chef adds a modern, seasonal approach to create a refined menu based on traditional flavours of Portugal. Ingredients are organic, in keeping with the chef’s commitment to local farmers and fishermen. Dishes are also imaginatively presented – the result is a wonderful authentic as well as creative gastronomic experience.
- The menu may include a variety of shellfish, as well as poultry, salt cod, veal from the Minho region and Iberian cured hams. A delicious tasting menu will be complemented by beautiful Portuguese wines – sourced from small, organic producers.
- Buffet breakfast.
- Check out hotel.
- Depart for the Alentejo.
- Arrival and check-in at your hotel in the heart of the Alentejo wine lands. This is an exclusive hotel situated in the heart of a wine estate, with great views over the surrounding vineyards and river.
- At the end of the afternoon there will be a tour of the winery followed by a comparative wine tasting and dinner. Here you will enjoy tasty country dishes which may feature local produce. The food will be paired with the wines from this top-estate.
- Breakfast sees the conclusion of the program.