If not, you're missing one of the true delights of Europe.
It has been dedicate as a World Heritage Site.
Imagine entering a fairy tale, with castles, palaces and forts literally around every corner.
Beautiful tree line windy roads and mossy paths through majestic forests. This is the magnificent Sintra. It's hard to believe it still exists.
See it before it succumbs to modern change (hopefully it won't).
Alentejo is the largest region of the country and is located in south-central Portugal. It comprises the Évora District, Beja, Portalegre, part of Setúbal and pat of Santarém.
Well known for its hearty appetizing cuisine and especially for the production of some of the best wines in the country (many of them recognized and awarded internationally). Also known for their black pork, angus beef, olives and production of cork.
Many would say that wine was the nectar of the gods. But in the Algarve there is stiff competition from the remarkable orange.
Oranges with their juicy sweetness often grow to the size of grape fruits here.There are fresh oranges almost 9 months a year. It takes only 3 to 5 oranges to make a brimming glassful.
Sweet as Heaven, full of Vitamin C and Fibre.
At the side of every main road you will find local farmers selling their bags full of oranges usualy about 1 per kilo. Somtimes getting even cheaper further down the road.
There are literally dozens and dozens of Algarvian Sweets, here is just a small taste of some of the most popular:If you see the words " fabrico proprio" on the awning or on the window, you know that the pastries have been made on the premises, and they will be fresh daily.
Algarve could have been the Garden of Eden. Before the advent of the European Common Market, one could walk from farm to farmbuying every fresh fruit and vegetable imaginable. There was no such thing as you have to show a receipt for every thing in your basket. As a matter of fact, from the 1920's to 1960's many people on the small farm holdings still lived completely on a barter system. One would trade hisvegetablesfor a chicken, another would trade his piglets for some wheat to make bread and so it went. Every country house had a bread oven attached at the side. And the wood of the 'cistas' bushes that covered the hillsides was the perfect fuel. Probably quite similar to Ireland in those years Since there was so little communication, the country people were content with their lot.
Below are some of the special Portuguese drinks, 100% made in Portugal and available to try in every bar by the glass. Later pick yourfavoritesto buy to take home. Remember all liquids must be packed in your suitcase notin your carry on! Think of the coldwinternights you can sit by thefiresideand enjoy a Portuguese brandy.
The Portuguese diet is the true Mediterranean diet, very healthy and delicious. It is high in fish, with an abundance of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables (often served in soups), olive oil, beans, whole grains and nuts. Portuguese would have at least one fish dish a day, if nor more!
Below are some of the typical dishes you'll find on the menu in a Portuguese restaurant.
Without a doubt there could be many heroes of the Algarve, the Nurses & Doctors, who save people lives every day, the horticulturists who save the 2000 year old olive trees, -- but the outstanding heroes recognized by the people are the fishermen and the 'bombeiros' (firemen) who feed the population, and save lives in times of greatest peril.