The most important meal of the day in Portugal is lunch. Portuguese love food and wine, in fact, Portuguese are the major consumers of wine in the world. The diversity of grape varieties and food available in this small country in the Southern part of Europe is amazing.
A regular day for the Portuguese, they wake up in the morning to go work, take the breakfast around 6.45 to 8 am, depending on the starting hours. After, everything ready to leave kids in the school (if necessary) and go to work, starting at 8 to 9 am. Around 10 am-10.30 am probably will snack something, like a piece of fruit, yogurt, or a coffee with a Portuguese egg tart ( Pastel de Nata).
Working in a company, depending on the sector activity people have from 45 minutes do 2 hours to make the lunch. More common is 45 min / 60 minutes, that you will be able to take your main meal, a coffee and return to work. Working in street shops, sometimes schedules will be of 2 hours for lunch hour, due to absence of people from 1 pm to 3 pm. Differences may apply if the shop is on the street or in a shopping center or geography.
During the afternoon people will leave jobs at 4 pm (those who started at 8 am) or 5 pm (who started at 9 am) or 6 pm ( when they have major lunch hour). Again, depends on the business and working hours agree. There are slight differences between sector activities and schedules.
Portuguese will have dinner at around 8 to 9 pm. By default, if locals go out for dinner in a restaurant will have dinner starting at 9 pm ( earlier than the Spanish hour, usually 10 pm or even later). You have now an idea of Portuguese schedules and perhaps, for this reason, it may be difficult to have dinner at 6 or 7 pm, most of the restaurants will not be prepared. There are of course some exceptions, such as fast food concepts, that are always ready to serve customers. Perhaps for other cultures which visit Portugal, the most important meal will be dinner, really depends.
In conclusion, the most important meal of the day in Portugal is lunch. Usually, people eat something light on the dinner, due to a variety of soups, perhaps with a little bit of bread and some cheese, chorizo or any other ingredients. Meanwhile, fell free to share on the social media networks. We will be glad to read it in other
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