Travel is fun, but tasting the food culture of your travel destination discover find we are the best. A region that is doing very well suitable for that purpose, the Portuguese Alentejo, by Lonely Planet described as “the culinary soul of Portugal’. A tasty guided tours.
Never heard of the Alentejo? That is not surprising, because the region – despite its beautiful beaches – is also still not so well known as a tourist destination. Yet houses them a wealth of delicious and authentic culinary experiences for the pioneers. The region recently released the guide From Farm to Table, where the most beautiful culinary routes are bundled together.
The five hoofdritten and seventeen reistrajecten guides you to the producers who, often for generations. Extra fun: in addition to tasting, you can often just take the hands out of the sleeves stitches. For example, go olive picking and inhale the delicious aromas that release in the presses to make olive oil, or follow a beekeeper during his working day! Do you want to know how rice is grown? Or maybe you want a champignonkweker-for-a-day?
Stimulated? We took some tips from the guide.
Fancy some physical work in between all of the enjoy by? You can get to the Herdade de Vale de Arca, where you can participate in the olijfplukken and later different types of olive oil you can taste.
In the beautiful area of Agriturismo Quinta das Cabeças do Reguengo limits a lot of vineyards in which you can help with the harvesting and pressing of grapes or relaxing to wander around. In addition, you might also be guided by the winemaker and accompanying different wines. Less drink, more food? Then you can go out with an expert to mushrooms, regional cheeses and charcuterie tasting, and much more.
Another route leads you back to the fishing ports where you have an animated auction can attend. Or take a walk in the meadows filled with oak trees, where black pigs, known for the iberian charcuterie, delicious graze alongside the goats and the sheep. This colorful meadows are also the kweekgrond for aromatic flowers, wild asparagus and golden thistles, which you can pick. You will notice that: the Alentejo has more than enough to offer for a curious omnivore.
On the website of the guide you will find a handy map with additional info about the producers and the products. So choose your self what you are doing and where you stop, to your own taste. The information is also divided according to the season, because in every period of the year in the Alentejo offer a specific.