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Long weekend Lisbon: City, food and wine tour

4 days
PortugalLisbon
  • Enjoy Lisbon’s gastronomic delights: taste  innovative and playful as well as traditional Portuguese cuisine
  • Sample superb Portuguese wines at emblematic enoteca’s in the old city of Lisbon
  • Discover wonderful scenery and stunning architecture
  • Delight in convivial and captivating Lisbon and take advantage of the warm climate
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Lisbon

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 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 center 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 breathtaking 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.

Dining in Lisbon

Like all major southern European cities, Lisbon has a rich and wonderful 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.

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 a 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, made of local grapes such as Antão Vaz and Arintoand the occasional addition of non-native grape varieties. Or deep velvety red wines made of Castelão, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon, 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, Docas or along the river beckon Lisboans and tourists alike to drink caipirinhas or mojitos. For those who still have energy left, one can dance until dawn in one of the many clubs of the city.

In short, we expect that you will find Lisbon captivating – its great food and wine, and stunning scenery.
No wonder the city has been tipped in the English press as “the new Barcelona “.

It is a perfect time to visit in city on our delightful “Lisbon: “City, food & wine tour”: tasting your way through Lisbon, you will discover some of Lisbon’s best gastronomic and cultural delights, as favoured by the locals.

A short description of the accommodation and the program outline is provided below.

Accommodation for the three nights is a 4-star hotel. The hotel is situated in an imposing historic building dating from the early 20th century which has been recently refurbished in a calm but chic modern style.

The hotel is located in a quiet area in the heart of Lisbon, near Praca Marques Pombal.
It is very close to a convenient metro stop.

The hotel successfully blends traditional Portuguese charm with modern design. All the rooms have parquet floors, air-conditioning and are very comfortable. Some rooms have their own private terrace.

Dates 2016:

  • 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 585 per person
  • A single room supplement of EUR 150 is applicable

The price for an all-in 4 days (3 nights) gastronomic break for 4 people is:

  • EUR 525 per person
  • A single room supplement of EUR 150 is applicable

What is included:

  • Three nights accommodation 4 star hotel
  • Three breakfasts
  • Three extensive dinners at the best local restaurants – including selected wines, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
  • A tour of Lisbon / Alfama, Graca & Baixa
  • A wine tasting with an oenologist at a manor house accompanied with finger food
  • A wine tasting at an enoteca, accompanied with finger food

It is possible to to enjoy a shorter version of this weekend city break. Should you wish to stay for three days / two nights, then the price would be EUR 355 per person, based on two people sharing a room, for a group of 4 people.
Please contact us for further information.

Lisbon airport is a 15 minute journey by taxi from the centre of Lisbon.

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.

Please find below an outline of the proposed gastronomic holiday.

Kindly note that our ‘’Lisbon: City, food & wine tour “ is available all year round, with the exception of August.
It is possible to start our tour every day of the week expect Monday, with a minimum of 2 people.

Your stay can be easily extended.

Please note that we can also add specific items to the day program, tailored to your specific requirements should that be of interest. For example, maybe you would like go to a local Lisbon market with a chef, and then prepare the food in a cooking class designed to enable you to hone your skills and learn some delicious Portuguese recipes?

Or may be you wish to extend your stay in Lisbon, or combine your Lisbon trip with a visit to the beautiful Alentejo region – a region with great food and fantastic wineries, that can easily be organized. If so, please contact us and we will arrange a personal gastronomic experience bespoke to your individual requirements.

Day 1 Thursday
  • 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.
Day 2 Friday
  • After breakfast a tour with a local guide through Baixa, Graca and Alfama. These are the oldests area 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 will give you tips as to where to find local delicacies.
  • In the late afternoon there will be an introduction to Portuguese wines held in a great location in Lisbon, – in a historic 18th century manor house with a charming garden.
  • The tasting wil be conducted in this garden, weather permitting. A local oenologist will introduce you to the wines (including port) from the major wine regions of Portugal.
  • Dinner will be held in a celebrated local restaurant renowned for great Portuguese cuisine mostly based on recipes from northern Portugal (Minho). There will be a three-course meal which will once again paired with beautiful Portuguese wines.
Day 3 Saturday
  • After breakfast the mornning and afternoon are free for you to explore the city on your own. Perhaps you would like to visit the Mercado da Ribeira. This large market is a feast of aromas, colours and flavours. From the mercado it is not far to the weekly organic market situated in a charming local square. This market is relatively small, but the produce – including fruit, vegetables, herbs, olive oil and marmalades – is top quality and is sourced only from farmers nearby Lisbon.
    After tasting some of the produce it may be very enjoyable then to have a coffee on the square.
  • (Alternative: Market visit with a chef, followed by a cooking class and then lunch)
  • 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 centrally located up the hill, close to Avenida Liberdade. Nightlife area Bairro Alto is within easy walking distance.
  • The well-known chef adds a modern, seasonal approach to create a refined menu based on traditional flavours of Portugal. Dishes are also imaginatively presented – the result is a wonderful authentic as well as creative gastronomic experience.
  • His menu includes a variety of shellfish, as well as poultry, salt cod, veal from the Minho region and Iberian cured hams. The delicious tasting menu will be complemented by beautiful Portuguese wines.
Day 4 Sunday

Breakfast sees the conclusion of the program.

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