Portugal Cooking Vacation: Visiting Lisbon
As one of the oldest cities in all of Europe - second only to Athens - Lisbon is a treasure trove of history, architecture, and World Heritage monuments. While it's a smaller city, it also has plenty of authentic charm and variety among its narrow cobblestone streets.
On the first night of our cooking vacation "Delectable Portugal," you can meander past art nouveau cafes and shops as well as through the the oldest district in town, Alfama, which is home to a number of Arab and Roman remains. Or check out Belém, a waterfront neighborhood, which includes a tower that continues to symbolize Lisbon's place in history as a starting point for many voyages. These are just a few neighborhoods, of many, that offer an old-world charm that you'll find nowhere else.
In addition to its vast history, Lisbon is also known for its Fado music traditions, a subtropical climate, and delicious gastronomical delights, such as olive oils, cured and smoked meats, and bakery treats. Port wine, too, is popular here, as is Lisbon's sweet cherry liquor.
While we don't offer any programs solely in Lisbon, it's a wonderful city on the Iberian Peninusla that is worth exploring on your own before or after either of our Portugal cooking vacations. In fact, both our trips, including "Seaside Cooking in Portugal," offer transfers to/from this famous city.
By Liz Hall