The last time I was in Portugal was back in 1998; some 20 years ago but I can assure you that it will not be that long before I return. I had such an inspiring and relaxing holiday here in September. Food – tick. Wine – tick. Inspiration – tick. People – tick. Architecture – tick… all the requirements for my perfect holiday were covered.
Whenever I visit a new place, I am always interested in looking at how the culture, history and iconography is translated into retail, hospitality and product. I guess being a designer, we are always looking for new ideas and inspiration. The Portuguese love their tiles, colour and pattern…
The food was incredible though I must admit I was over the cod and sardines by the time I left lol. The wine was great; they have this sparkling green wine called Vinho Verde which is tooo drinkable. A visit to Portugal must include a Portuguese tart at least once a day! We tried the pastel de nata at the famous Pasteis de Belem which bake over 23,000 tarts a day. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait longer than 5mins. Our best meal in Portugal was at a restaurant called Prado Restaurante which celebrates the best seasonal produce of Portugal with organic, bio dynamic wine. Highly Recommended.
I think I took over 500 photos just on the tiles alone…
And the most beautiful shades of pink and green…
Our 12 day itinerary:
Eat: Arcadas Restaurant | Tapas Nas Costas
Visit: Universidade de Coimbra, Biblioteca Joanina, Capela de São Miguel, stroll around town.
Eat: Taberna Está-se Bem | Vinum
Visit: Vista Alegre Porcelain Museum and Factory
Visit: Alfama | Belem | Gulbenkian Museum | Museu Nacional do Azulejo | Day trip to Sintra