Portugal is often in the shadow of Spain, since its much smaller in land size than its northern neighbor. And it fact, it has similar breathtaking views and just as delicious Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.
I confess, I anticipated Portugal would be a bit like a “mini-Spain”–until the first time I went there, when I discovered it is an unbelievably beautiful and unique destination, and in many ways unlike its neighbor to the east.
The country has many charms, from the miles of beach to the impressive mountains, from its fascinating and complex history to its gastronomy. Experience this stunning land with our culinary vacation Delectable Portugal, which was featured in 2013 in a national Portuguese TV show.
Évora itself is a town rich in history and sites to see, and Sofia’s teaching kitchen is the perfect place to explore Portuguese home cooking. The excursion in the region, which is called the Alentejo, are equally sublime, from the hilltop town of Monsaraz, to the mysterious cromeleques, to the monasteries and wineries.
Check out how much fun we had!
For a glimpse at the beauty of Portugal and why our clients come back loaded with fabulous recipes, here are some client comments and photos from my family’s fabulous trip!
“We are now home from what I really think was one of the most memorable trips. I could start and end by saying there was not a thing I would complain about, but that wouldn’t even begin to describe how amazing Sofia and everything was…Our teaching kitchen was the best. Rather than think of it as a chore to cook everyday, it was like our own personal relaxing time. Whenever we entered the charming country kitchen, we were greeted by candle light and a bottle of wine… There were plenty of tastings. The food was delicious and plentiful, and we learned a lot.” – Sheri Z.
“We were taken care of as if we were the only people to go there. There was lots of cooking which we wanted and the side trips were well put together. We were able to cook for the owner’s family, which was a big event; we even ate with them. Also the staff was the best. To make it even better we joined the staff for their Christmas party. In addition we took side trips in Lisboa. There is much to see and after all you are there. This is one of the few places we would go back.” – Robert and Linda H. of Indiana
By Peg Kern
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Originally published August 15, 2013.