Portugal Cooking Vacation: Delectable Portugal in Photos

February 8, 2019  |  By Liz SanFilippo Hall
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Portugal Cooking Vacation: Delectable Portugal in Photos

Portugal is often in the shadow of Spain, since its much smaller in land size than its northern neighbor, but it has similar breathtaking views and just as delicious Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. The country has its own charms too, from the miles of beach to the impressive mountains. Experience this stunning land with our culinary vacation "Delectable Portugal," which was recently featured in a national Portuguese TV show. For a glimpse at the beauty of Portel (just outside Évora) and why our clients come back loaded with fabulous recipes, here are some client comments and photos.

Refugio da Vila Portel castle
Lisbon Portuguese restaurant

"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. The hotel is really a gem, hidden behind the stately facade. The hotel rooms and public spaces are charming, and the grounds were gorgeous! It was too early for the pool to be open but it would have been wonderful to sit by it. 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. The chef and Sofia worked with us and showed us exactly how to do everything. There were plenty of tastings. The food was delicious and plentiful, and we learned a lot." – Sheri Z.

Portel cooking class Cookery course
Meat dish Lunch

"Chef Pedro was patient and helped us through the cooking steps while still making it a fun experience. Andrea made sure our desserts and baked goods came out of the oven at an appropriate time. Duarte’s cocktail contributions were always a hit. The waitstaff of Flavia and Francisco were also very friendly and kept the meals moving smoothly." – David and Elizabeth V. of New Mexico

Portuguese meal Room at Refugio da Vila

"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

The "Deletable Portugal" cooking vacation includes one-night accommodation in Lisbon and six nights in Portel, as well as all meals and excursions, such as winery visits and a tour of Évora.

By Liz Hall

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Other culinary vacations in pictures:
Provencal Adventure (France)
A Culinary Adventure at Le Calabash – Chateau (Loire Valley, France)
A Culinary Adventure in Umbria (Italy)
Tuscany by Air & Land (Italy)
Cooking in Andalusian Olive Country (Spain)
Greek Cooking Odyssey (Poros Island)
A Culinary Adventure at Le Calabash (Loire Valley, France)
Women Only Week (Amalfi Coast, Italy)
Cooking Passport to Provence (France)
Blue Sky and Sea of Amalfi (Italy)
Mediterranean Cooking Experience (Amalfi Coast, Italy)

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