Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - SCENIC BEAUTY -

Freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, red wine or crisp vinho verde (sparkling wine), cat­a­plana (seafood stew), smoked meats – the Por­tuguese have per­fected the art of cook­ing sim­ple, de­li­cious meals.

Sit­ting down to ta­ble means ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the rich­ness of Por­tu­gal’s boun­ti­ful coast­line and fer­tile coun­try­side.

You don’t have to sit, you can take your pip­ing-hot pas­tel de nata (cus­tard tart) stand­ing up at an 1837 patis­serie in Belem, or wan­der through scenic vine­yards sip­ping the vel­vety ports of the Douro val­ley. You can shop the mar­kets, or book a ta­ble in one of the coun­try’s top din­ing rooms.

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