Final thought on Portugal

I’ve now been to Portugal three times, and spent about three weeks there in total. I’ve seen a fair bit of the country (the Algarve, Lisbon, Sintra, Obidos, Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, Coimbra, Figueira da Foz), and I’m a big fan. When I get back I definitely intend to explore more, especially the interior, and Porto.

But there’s one thing that’s been consistently bad: the food. Other than fresh fish (which I’m not a huge fan of), and the heavenly Pasteis de Belem, virtually every meal I’ve had has been pretty ropey (and don’t even get me started on the salt cod). Most people I’ve spoken to who’ve been to Portugal feel the same.

Spanish food rivals Mexican as my favourite in the world. I don’t understand how theirs is so good, when their Iberian neighbour’s is so awful. Or have I just been extremely unlucky so far?

A Pastel de Belem, Portugals main culinary redeeming feature

A Pastel de Belem, Portugal's main culinary redeeming feature

3 responses to “Final thought on Portugal

  1. I hear Lagos is supposed to be pretty wild. Any plans to go there?

  2. That’s where I stayed – you can read about it two posts down.

    I imagine it is pretty wild in summer – I had no idea it was such a popular backpacker destination (there were still a fair few aussies there even in October, although as it was the end of the season it was relatively quiet overall)

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