This is a bespoke trip, available all year round. We organize the program for two people or more. It is possible to start our tour every day of the week; a Thursday to Sunday trip is a firm favourite. To check availability for specific dates, please get in touch.
The price for a 4 days (3 nights) program: Euro 795,- per person sharing a double room.
- Three nights’ accommodation 4 star boutique hotel
- Three breakfasts.
- Three extensive dinners at the best local restaurants – including selected wines, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
- A wine tour & tasting at a central Lisbon winery, accompanied with finger food
- A private tour of Lisbon / Alfama, Mouraria, Graca & Baixa areas.
- Air fare
- Car rental
- Travel insurance
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, enchants its visitors with its laid-back but seductive culture. It is on the one hand a metropolis with a large array of imposing squares and grand buildings. On the other hand, the majority of the individual neighbourhoods have each maintained 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. Walking along the cobbled streets which open up onto grand squares with imperial remnants, one can stop at one of the many local bars to enjoy a café, a carioca (weaker coffee) or meia de leite (coffee with milk). Many of these cafes also offer the delicious pastries, including the famous pastel de nata (custard tart).
Lisbon was once the centre of the world’s first colonial power and it is therefore not surprising that the city has many monuments which are worth seeing. If you stray off the tourist track, the city becomes a trove of unexpected treasures. One should also not forget the city’s beautiful location, being situated on and around seven hills, at the mouth of the river Tagus. It’s up and down landscape 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 the city’s many terraces a delightful way to spend an afternoon.
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 often trained at the best restaurants of London, Paris, Madrid, San Sebastian and São Paulo, and then it is clear to see why Lisbon is an internationally emerging culinary hot spot.
The Portuguese capital has always been one of the best places in Europe for fresh fish and seafood, however, it was not until fairly recently that one could enjoy these and other delicious dishes in chic modern surroundings. Culinary critics around the world are now finally giving the new breed of Portuguese food, which fuses fresh local ingredients with the kind of creativity that set gastronomic capitals like Madrid alight, the recognition that it is due. Nowadays restaurants range from the old-fashioned to the trendy and stylish – in the latter category a younger generation of chefs has become celebrated for inventive Portuguese cuisine, with influences of former colonies including Brazil, Macau, Mozambique and Goa.
Classic dishes such as Ameijoas à Bulhão Pato (venus clams with olive oil, lemon and herbs), Arroz de Marisco (Prawn and shellfish rice, cooked in a stock made from shells) and Arroz de Pato (duck cooked in the oven with ham, chouriço & Carolina rice) have been successfully reinterpreted. But rest assured, the more traditional establishments offering a comforting old fashioned menu can still be found. These restaurants excel at doing straightforward dishes very well; here one can enjoy delicious traditional foods, such as Caldo Verde, a soup made from kale, potatoes and chouriço sausage.
Many excellent Portuguese wines are served in restaurants, bars and enotecas. These include crisp and refreshing white wines with peachy aromas, made of local grape varieties such as Antão Vaz, Alvarinho and Arinto with the occasional addition of non-native varieties. Or deep velvety red wines made of Castelão, Touriga Nacional and Baga, delicious when accompanied by dishes made of black pork. As in Spain one can often still dine at midnight. After dinner many bars in the neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto, Cais de Sodre, or Docas or along the river beckon locals and visitors alike to drink caipirinhas or mojitos.
- Arrival at the hotel.
- 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. An enjoyable three-course menu will be accompanied by matching local wines.
After breakfast a tour with an enthusiastic local guide through Baixa, Graca and Alfama/Mouraria. 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, increasingly restored, and modernized. 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.
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 be paired with beautiful Portuguese wines.
- After breakfast the morning and afternoon are free for you to explore the city on your own.
In the afternoon there will be a private tour and tasting at an
intriguing city winery. Here 2 accomplished wine makers, have built their own garage winery in the heart of an urban neighbourhood in the city. The grapes come from small vineyards nearby.
They really make very good wines – red, white, rosé and sparkling, all made from Portuguese varietals. And their story is fascinating.
- Dinner takes place in a top modern Portuguese restaurant. The 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 includes 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.
Breakfast sees the conclusion of the program.
Accommodation for the three nights is a charming 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.
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 flights, 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.
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