Things to Know About Local Food in Portugal

A variety of spices are used in Portuguese cuisine with piri piri being one of the most popular. These small fiery chilli peppers make dishes in the country rich and flavoursome, as well as things like garlic, saffron and cinnamon.

Used as a seasoning or marinade, piri piri chicken is one of the more well-known dishes in Portugal, and is very popular among tourists as well as locals. Made from crushed chillies, it also includes herbs such as basil, oregano and tarragon, plus things like lemon juice and zest, onion, garlic, pepper, salt, bay leaves and paprika. The sauce originated in Portugal but is now widely used around the whole world.

One of the more popular holiday destinations in Portugal is Albufeira in the Algarve region. The food here is very tasty with seafood being the main dish as fishing boats bring in large quantities of cod, monkfish, tuna, sardines, clams, prawns, oysters and squid every day. Barbecued fish is a speciality here, particularly the grilled sardines. The area also boasts many golf courses, bars, restaurants, a marina and an abundance of hotels and apartments.

Pastry is a very common desert in Portugal and can be found in bakeries and coffee shops. Other deserts include caramel custard, custard tarts and rice pudding, which are traditionally served with a sprinkling of cinnamon. While each town has a specialty, many are rich egg-based custards but others are chocolaty, creamy or made with marzipan. Also available are selections of cheeses, mainly made with sheep or goat’s milk.

Including the Perola Do Algarve Aparthotel, there are also lots of places to stay in Albufeira. There are vast amounts of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops in the nearby area as the four star accommodation is located in the heart of the city. With traditional low fisherman’s cottages and churches on the cobbled streets, Albufeira also has a fishing village that is worth a visit.

Steve Alexander has been writing about food and hotels in Portugal. Find more information here or go to Hotels4u for the latest deals in Albufeira.

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