Real Food Adventure – Galicia & Portugal

Portugal, Spain,

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12 people
8 days
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Overview of Real Food Adventure – Galicia & Portugal

Taste tapas in Santiago de Compostela, capital of Spain’s Galicia region and famous for marking the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail. Discover the proud fish-mongering heritage of the port city of Vigo. Then step across the border to uncover the flavours of Portugal, featuring African, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern influences thanks to centuries of invasion and trade. Sip your way around the Douro Valley, a stunning region responsible for introducing the world to port wine, and enjoy a home cooked dinner and a farm stay in the Alentejo region – fast gaining a reputation as a hotspot for Portuguese gastronomy. Finish up with glass of Ginjinha (wild cherry liqueur) in the charming city of Lisbon.

Trip Summary for Real Food Adventure – Galicia & Portugal

Start Location: Santiago de Compostela,   End Location: Lisbon

Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain,
Meals Included: Breakfast: 3   Lunches: 3   Dinners: 2

    • Cook up a Galician feast using Vigo’s finest seafood
    • Sip world-class wines in the spectacular Douro Valley wine region
    • Discover why Alentejo is Portugal’s best kept foodie secret on a farnstay
    • Stand around with the Lisbon locals and enjoy a tipple of cherry liqueur before midday


Day 1 - Santiago de Compostela
Hola! Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region. The city is famous for being the final destination on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please check with hotel reception or look on the reception noticeboard for where and when the meeting will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. Have your insurance and next of kin details on hand as we'll be collecting them at this meeting. After your welcome meeting, get to know your fellow travellers on a tasty tapas tour through the city.

Day 2 - Porto
Travel to Vigo on a morning train, leaving around 8:30am and arriving an hour later. The vibrant city of Vigo is found on the banks of the Ria de Vigo (Vigo Bay), one of the most important bays in the Rias Baixas region. Not surprisingly, the city has a proud fishing history, with a rich bounty of seafood at its fingertips. The city is one of Europe's most important producers of shellfish. Take a ferry ride to a seafood market, then take part in a Galician cooking class, culminating in a delicious lunch. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred over the border and into Portugal. Arrive in the charming city of Porto by evening (approximately 1.5 hours) and enjoy a free evening to explore.

Day 3 - Porto
Start your day with coffee and pastries on a guided food walk, taking in Mercado do Bolhao, one of Europe's most vibrant food markets. Sample local specialties including bacalhau and finish with a sip of the city's namesake drop. The afternoon is free to enjoy. Perhaps pull up a chair in one of Porto's atmospheric cafes or tavernas.

Day 4 - Douro Valley
Enjoy a full-day tour of the Douro Valley. See the beautiful landscapes of the Duoro River region on a relaxing drive around the villages of Sabrosa and Pinhão, home to the stepped terraces and vineyards where port is made. Visit two wineries, learn about port production and enjoy a tasting or two of this signature wine of the region. Lunch at a traditional restaurant before returning to Porto in the late afternoon.

Day 5 - Arraoilos
Travel south to Lisbon by train (approximately 3 hours), then take a private vehicle to an agriturismo located near Arraiolos in the Evora district (approximately 1 hour). Surrounded by undulating wheat fields dotted with grazing cows, this is the perfect way to experience the Alentejo. This area is renowned for its cork plantations, vineyards and celebrated local products, including the coveted Azaruja sausage, made from black Alentejo pigs (more commonly known as Iberico pigs in Spain). Perhaps take a pre-dinner walk around the property, then enjoy local hospitality with a home cooked dinner of Alentejo specialties.

Day 6 - Arraiolos
Wake early and enjoy a tour of the agriturismo's on-site distillery and small cheese-making facility. Then it's time to sit down and taste some of the region's signature flavours - from locally-produced cheeses, to honey, jams, sausages, olives, bread and wine sourced from nearby farms. In the afternoon, take a trip to the UNESCO-listed city of Evora, capital of the Alentejo region. Marvel at the ancient Roman Temple of Évora and the Cathedral of Évora, a massive Gothic structure begun in the 12th century. Return to the agriturismo in the evening.

Day 7 - Lisbon
Say goodbye to your hosts and travel back to Portugal's charming capital by private vehicle (approximately 1 hour).

Get acquainted with this beguiling city by the sea on an afternoon orientation walk. Perhaps stop past the Mercado da Ribeira for your pick of dishes from some of Lisbon's top chefs and producers in the impressive food court. Make sure you also enjoy a glass of ginjinha (wild cherry liqueur) alongside the locals at a hidden bar - which serves its patrons from morning to night! Perhaps celebrate this final night of your Food Adventure with dinner accompanied by fado, a genre of Portuguese soul music that originated from Africa and has evolved to suit the streets of Lisbon.

Day 8 - Lisbon
Your Real Food Adventure ends this morning. There are no activities today and you are free to leave at any time.

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