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Portugal Culinary Holiday

On this culinary adventure, you'll learn about the voyages and trade routes that stocked the city’s pantry with spices and sample the contemporary fare that inflects traditional dishes with Goan influences. Enjoy iconic egg-custard pastries baked in the shadow of historic convents and venture far past the city center to get an insider perspective on fresh-from-the-water seafood at the city’s bustling ports. At far-flung farms and vineyards, get your fill of the region’s famous salt-cured ham and local wines. This journey will be a feast for your eyes and your stomach!


  • Engage your senses and enjoy exclusive visits
  • Shop magnificent markets and sample the finest seafood
  • Experience one of the world’s intriguing cities through its food
  • Be with hungry group travelers excited to explore all that Oaxaca has to offer
  • All meals and drinks are included
  • 6 nights accommodation


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese
Group size: 6-12 participants
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You will enjoy six nights of accommodation in The Vintage Hotel during this holiday.


Day 1: Welcome to Lisbon!

As travelers arrive, gather at the hotel for a welcome drink and begin getting to know your guides. Afterward, take to the water: a chartered cruise will ferry you to a delicious al fresco dinner with a panoramic view of the city.

Day 2: A culinary crossroads explored

Sstart the day by awakening your senses at a classic pastry shop beside the 18th-century Estrela Basilica. As you munch, be transported back in time to the era when Lisbon was at the epicenter of the spice trade.

From there, journey off the beaten path and to the present day in the Campo de Ourique neighborhood, a “city within a city.” Here, learn about some of Lisbon’s hidden history such as plots to subvert the Salazar dictatorship that dominated the country in the 20th century.

On your way to one of Lisbon’s finest traditional markets, you'll also enjoy a belly-warming shot of ginjinha, a local liqueur made from alcohol-soaked sour cherries. Once you arrive, visit fishmongers, butchers, greengrocers, and bakers. Descend into a bookseller’s secret basement which stocked contraband literature during the dictatorship.

At lunchtime, nibble your way around the neighborhood. First, try a few traditional seasonal specialties and then move along to a hidden gem that has been upholding a family’s culinary traditions for generations. At a private association with a subversive past, dig into vindalho, a curry dish with ancestral roots in both Goa and Portugal.

Day 3: Song of the sea

Today, dive into Lisbon’s port district where varinas, "itinerant fishmongers", once peddled their catch from baskets hoisted on their heads, and learn about the deep affinity the city has for the sea. Begin with a bite at a neighborhood bakery, followed by a bica, a Portuguese-style espresso, at a wood-fired roastery still preparing coffee the old-fashioned way.

Next, wind through the neighborhood and its narrow alleys, catching the smell of fish roasting on charcoal grills. Down at the port, stop into port workers’ favorite grill joint, where, if you’re lucky, you’ll try in-season sardines. Visit a wonderful family-run winery and vineyard, then, keeping with the theme of the sea, enjoy an early dinner at a classic waterfront seafood restaurant with views over the Atlantic. You’ll have the evening free to discover Lisbon after dark.

Day 4: Sweet and sacred delights

After breakfast at the hotel, travel to the lavishly tiled Convento das Trinas do Mocambo, a former convent now home to the navy’s Hydrographic Institute. On a private tour, learn about the building’s intricate decoration and Portugal’s Moorish heritage. From there, journey to Lisbon’s last active convent.

Hiding behind the whitewashed walls in the city center, it withstood the devastating 1755 earthquake and remains awash in original details. After lunch in a neighborhood eatery, tour the convent’s art collection and try your hands at making pastel de nata, the locally beloved egg-yolk tart.

After sampling your custard delicacies, have a few free hours to explore the city before regrouping at the hotel to head to a multi-course Goan feast at Jesus é Goês. where the boisterous chef, Jesus, will describe the relationship between Portuguese and Goan cuisine.

Day 5: Setubal and ancient fish sauce

After breakfast, drive south along the coast to the small city of Setubal, situated on the Sado estuary, for a deep look at the city’s fish industry, rooted in ancient times. Start by visiting Portugal’s largest and best wholesale fish and seafood market for a better understanding of the country’s aquatic bounty.

Have a snack at a lunch counter favored by the favorite fishmongers before boarding the ferry across the river for an afternoon on the Troia Peninsula. Here, you will visit the Roman-era ruin of a factory town which produced garum, a fermented fish sauce considered a delicacy in Roman times. While in Troia, have a late afternoon meal, sampling some of the local specialties, before heading back to Lisbon for an evening free.

Day 6: Hidden neighborhood heritage

This morning, you’ll be free to zip or wander around the city on your own. After lunch, meet up at the hotel where a historic tram will be waiting to whisk you off. Ride through the city’s winding streets, stopping into a number of local cultural institutions to hear their stories. Over a quick drink, you’ll meet the people keeping these institutions vibrant.

Tuck into a delicious farewell meal at a contemporary Portuguese restaurant, celebrating your final night in Portugal over local wines and fresh takes on classic fare.

Day 7: Farewell

Today, catch flights home or to your next destination, or if you’d like, spend more time exploring Lisbon. Culinary Backstreets will be happy to provide additional recommendations.

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. Culinary Backstreets expects to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Activity level

Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking two to four miles each day and remain on their feet for long periods of time. Keep in mind that Lisbon can be hilly and is filled with cobblestones!

Included excursions

Engage your senses

On visits to producers and the city’s local restaurants, you’ll get an insider’s view of Lisbon’s distinctive food scene.

Shop magnificent markets

You’ll eat your way across Lisbon’s traditional market, meeting butchers, bakers, and greengrocers, and sampling the city’s delicacies, learning the backstories of their trades.

Sample the finest seafood

At a traditional waterfront taverna or at one of the hottest restaurants in town, sample the pride of Portugal, the daily catch.

Experience one of the world’s intriguing cities through its food

You’ll get a chance to eat and drink the very best Lisbon has to offer while sharing a table with chefs, farmers, and producers.

Enjoy exclusive visits

Partake in several exclusive visits to historic sites, culinary demonstrations, wine producers, and even musical concerts.


Lisbon is one of the world’s greatest food cities and on this multi-day culinary trip, you’ll experience the very best of it. Visit markets and farms, meet fishermen and bakers, learn to make Portuguese specialties, and eat and drink glorious delicacies, all while getting the chance to explore one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. But you’ll also dig deeper, exploring beyond the city’s tiled buildings and narrow streets to discover the long legacy and vibrant presence of culinary inventiveness in Lisbon.


Culinary Backstreets encourages an adventurous palate! They try their best to accommodate dietary restrictions, though in most cases, ingredients can’t be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. Please note that the food experiences on this trip are unfortunately not very amenable to vegan, vegetarian, and kosher diets. If you have a particular food allergy or intolerance, please send an inquiry to find out if this is the right trip for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All meals and drinks in CB activities, a belt-popping experience
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • Professional guides throughout the entire experience
  • 6 nights accommodation in a stylish, boutique hotel
  • Private coach for visits inside and outside the center city

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation and to and from Lisbon, including airport transfers
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Culinary Backstreets offerings
  • If applicable, applying for a Portuguese visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants


Arrival: Monday June 13, 2022
Departure: Sunday June 19, 2022

Tour information

This tour requires a minimum of six participants. For further information, please send your inquiry.

Solo travelers

This vacation can accommodate solo travelers.

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