Portugal Real Food Adventure with Galicia

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    Savour spiced seafood, slow-cooked sausages and sweet wines aplenty.

    Uncover the flavours of Galicia and Portugal on this eight-day Real Food Adventure. Sample tender, paprika-infused octopus in Santiago de Compostela and learn how to whip up your own Galician seafood classics in seaside Vigo. Cross the border and discover how centuries of invasion and trade have given Portuguese cuisine a mixture of Mediterranean, African Middle Eastern influences. Sip port among the terrace vineyards of Douro Valley and enjoy hearty, farm-fresh cooking at an Alentejo agriturismo. Complement your meals with cultural treats like a visit to the Roman ruins and Gothic wonder of Evora, before kicking back with Lisbon locals and a glass of ginjinha (wild cherry liqueur). Felicidades (cheers)!


    Day 1: Santiago de Compostela
    Hola! Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting.  After your welcome meeting, get to know your fellow travellers over a traditional Galician meal. For seafood lovers, tasting pulpo a la gallega (Galician style octopus) is highly recommended! (D)

    Day 2: Vigo – Porto
    Hit the rails on a morning train to Vigo in the Rias Baixas region. Not surprisingly, the city has a proud fishing history, with a rich bounty of seafood at its fingertips. Take a ferry ride to a seafood market, then take part in a Galician cooking class culminating in a hearty lunch. In the late afternoon transfer over the border into Portugal. Arrive in the charming city of Porto by evening, where you are free to explore at your own pace. (B, L)

    Day 3: Porto
    Stretching along the banks of the River Douro, Porto is one of Portugal’s most romantic cities. Known for majestic bridges, medieval riverside district with its cobbled streets, merchants’ houses and cafes, Porto is also well known for one more thing – Porto is the birthplace of the fortified wine, port. Start your day a little lighter, with coffee and pastries on a guided food walk. Sample local specialties including bacalhau (dried, salted cod) and finish with a sip of the city’s namesake drop. (L)

    Day 4: Douro Valley – Porto
    Enjoy a full-day tour of the Douro Valley. See the beautiful landscapes of the Duoro River region on a relaxing drive around the villages of Sabrosa and Pinhao, home to the stepped terraces and vineyards where port and other varieties are made. Visit two wineries, learn about port production and enjoy a tasting or two of this iconic regional wine. Enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant before returning to Porto in the late afternoon. Enjoy another evening of free time in this lively city. (L)

    Day 5: Alentejo Farmstay
    Travel south to Lisbon by train, then take a private vehicle to an agriturismo located near Arraiolos in the Evora district. Surrounded by undulating wheat fields dotted with grazing cows, this is the perfect way to experience the Alentejo region. This area is renowned for its cork plantations, vineyards and celebrated products, including the coveted Azaruja sausage made from black Alentejo pigs (known locally as Iberico pigs). Perhaps take a pre-dinner walk around the property and enjoy the peace and quiet. In the evening, enjoy local hospitality with a farm-cooked dinner. (B, D)

    Day 6: Evora – Lisbon
    Wake early and enjoy a tour of the agriturismo’s on-site distillery and small cheese-making facility. Bid your hosts farewell and continue to the UNESCO-listed city of Evora, capital of the Alentejo region. While you’re here, visit the ruins of the ancient Roman Temple of Evora and the Cathedral of Evora, a massive Gothic structure begun in the 12th century. Continue to Lisbon, a city that manages to be at once glamorous and laid-back, arriving by early evening. Toast your arrival with a glass of the city’s favourite cherry liqueur, ginjinha. (B)

    Day 7: Lisbon
    Get acquainted with this beguiling city on an orientation walk. Along the way, stop in at one of the city’s iconic eateries for a tasting of (arguably) the country’s best Portuguese custard tarts. Celebrate your arrival in Portugal’s capital city tonight with dinner accompanied by fado, a genre of Portuguese soul music that originated from Africa and has evolved to suit the streets of Lisbon. The show will be accompanied by petiscos, Portugal’s answer to tapas! (B, D)

    Day 8: Lisbon
    Your Real Food Adventure ends this morning after breakfast. (B)

    Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport: Train, private vehicle, public bus, ferry
    Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights), farmstay (1 night)

    TIN-ZMZP 2020

    Images courtesy of Intrepid Travel Group