Cooking Portugal

Cooking Portugal


Porto is a mix of gastronomy, wines, culture, history, nightlife, and sights you will remember after vacations or your city break. Whatever brings you to the amazing city in the North of Portugal, you will find generous local people and easy-going. The Portuguese love to receive and share their culture.

Porto Airport is near and will take you around 20 to 30 minutes to the city center. The city offers excellent accommodation for all preferences. From the budget hostel to perfect five-star hotels, you will find very different offers.

Porto is heritage in every corner and Douro River, bridges and monuments with wonderful tiles. The historic center of the city, Douro River, and Gaia side with the wine cellars are classified of UNESCO World Heritage. The city has the traditional concepts and modern concepts of restaurants. It has offer to every preference and you will love it for sure.

Porto, Gastronomy and Wines

During your visit, you should taste some of the local gastronomic. Port Wine is important, however, you should taste the delicious local gastronomy. Consider tasting the famous Francesinha, Tripas à Moda do Porto, Codfish Gomes Sá Style, Kale Soup and Papos de Anjo.

Setlement : 275 BCE
Municipality area : 41,42 km2 | 15,99 sq miles
Metro : 3015.24 km2 | 111,164.19 sq miles
Elevation : 104 metres | 341 ft

Capital city : 287591 people
Metro area : 1,721 millions

Shopping malls are open at the moment with stores of essential goods or services only!

Mondays to Fridays : 8 am to 9 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 8 am to 7 pm

Soccer is the major sport in Portugal. Visiting Porto, you will be able to visit sports museums from the major clubs in the city. The two major clubs are:

  • Futebol Clube do Porto
  • Boavista Futebol Clube

Porto is beautiful and the perfect spot for a city break if you live in Europe. However, if you have time, we strongly advise you to visit other cities and villages in the metropolitan area.

  • Aveiro (75 km distance:
    Known as the Portuguese Venice and it is the second-most populous city in the central region. For a long period, the city was an important link in the production of salt and commercial shipping. Nowadays, salt is still important, but industry and services took place, besides commercial shipping. Aveiro’s gastronomic traditions are largely due to the sweet tastes of those who, over time, have been cooking the recipes that now delight residents and visitors. The nuns of the Convento de Jesus left a legacy. “Ovos Moles” is a symbol of Aveiro par excellence, they are served in wooden barrels decorated with colorful regional-themed paintings or in wafer coating imitating marine shapes.
  • Braga (72 km distance):
    The city is considered the major hub in Northern Portugal and it was the European Youth Capital in 2012. Famous since Roman Era, has the oldest Portuguese archdiocese. The region has a Warm-summer Mediterranean climate, similar to many other cities in Portugal. Usually has very hot summer temperatures, since it’s distant from the Atlantic Ocean. The culinary in Braga is famous, for the variety of menus and all the care and freshness in its preparation. Due to the influence of the city’s religiosity and assuming a continuous practice of Lent, periods of abstinence were religiously fulfilled, leading to the creation of multifaceted ways of cooking cod.
  • Gaia (2 km distance):
    Also known as Vila Nova de Gaia, is located on the south margin of Douro River. It is the location of the Port Wine Cellars that travelers love to learn, taste, and enjoy. The brands present with amazing facilities to visit are Adriano Ramos Pinto, Burmester, Calém, Cockburn’s Port Lodge, Churchill’s Graham, Ferreira, Niepoort Vinhos, Poças, Real Companhia Velha, Rozès, Sandeman, Taylor Fladgate &Yeatman, Vasconcellos, Graham’s Port Lodge, C. N. Kopke. It is the point to take the Douro River Cruises or many other experiences possible to make. Gastronomy is rich and open areas to taste the local gastronomy such as Sardines and Cod. The dishes may be enriched with the well-known in Portugal “Broa de Avintes”. Has an oval shape, brown color, and sprinkled with flour by the agile hands of bakers. You will find meat dishes as well, which deserve a mention accompanied by fresh vegetables.
  • Guimarães: (72 km distance)
    Historic town to the north-east of Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage since 2001. Commonly referred to as the birthplace of Portugal. Visiting Guimarães, we advise you to visit at least the most famous Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, Santa Clara Convent, and Guimarães castle. They both are classified as National Monuments. One of the most typical gastronomy from Guimarães is Tortas de Guimarães ( Guimarães Roll ). Similar to some of the conventual pastries that are still made all over the country today.
  • Matosinhos: (8 km distance from city center)
    Located the west of Porto, this territory extends to thousands of years in the past, with Paleolithic artifacts. On the area was founded dolmens and funeral monuments especially located in Leça do Balio, Perafita, among other locations. Several key points of the Roman empire in the area constructed production structures of salt. In Matosinhos, you will find an amazing market of fresh vegetables, amazing fresh fish from the Port nearby, and several restaurants that you will be able to taste delicious food. You will be able to visit the Monastery of Leça do Balio and the Public Church of Matosinhos, besides the beautiful waterfront that ends in the sculpture of Janet Echelman called She Changes (a homage to the fisherman of Porto and Matosinhos). Matosinhos has also a recent Terminal of Cruise Ships, receiving more than 100 cruise ships per year
  • Fado na Baixa
    Has a privileged location, on a street overlooking the Douro River and the historic area of Ribeira. Occupies the first floor of a charming 18th-century building and welcomes you in a sober, cozy, and intimate atmosphere.
  • Hotfive jazzblues Club
    Filled with energy and music! Before was known as the charismatic Nun’Alvares Cinema – a city landmark since the 50’s. Live music limited to 82 pax room.
  • Fundação Casa da Música
    Born from a partnership between the Portuguese State, the Municipality of Porto, and a large group of Private Entities. Has education services, inhouse ensembles, and guided tours, besides live music. 
  • Hard Club
    Located at «Mercado Ferreira Borges», has several events every month, from live music, exhibitions, corporate events and a wonderful restaurant for 300 people maximum. 

One of the highlights of a visit the Saint George Castle is the opportunity to walk along the ramparts and enjoy the breathtaking views over Lisbon.