Portugal is one of the really peaceful tourist destinations in the whole of Europe. If you are looking to take a break from modernity and city life, Portugal is exactly the place you should be visiting. And when it comes to the food in Portugal, the Portuguese cuisine is as distinctive as its landscape. With the food features totally affected by the sea, most of the food you’re going to enjoy here would include grilled fish, seafood, etc. So if you are relishing splendid seafood running along the coast, this a good enough proof that you are in Portugal. To make sure you don’t miss the best of food choices here, we compiled the best 5 places to cherish Portuguese dishes.

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So our suggestion for the top 5 restaurants (the first four in the Algarve and the last one in Lisbon) where you can enjoy the authentic traditional Portuguese food are:

1. Ocean
As its name suggests, the name of this beautiful restaurant comes from what surrounds the whole area, Ocean. It is located in Vila Vita Parc Hotel’ in Porches, Algarve. The service as well as the quality of food served is excellent, giving you a feel as if you are having an exquisite stratospheric meal after a long journey. All attributed to the sequence of flavors and taste, this is truly the best place where you can relish the native Portuguese food. 

2. Vila Joya
Vila Joya in Albufeira, Algarve is a typically French based restaurant which has the food combined local products and the Atlantic seafood in an absolutely amazing way. This two Michelin-star restaurant flaunts its professionalism and quality product with elegance. So if you are planning to enjoy the French based Portuguese cuisine, Vila Joya is the typical restaurant you should visit.

3. Taverna do Guedes – Green Door
This rustic, traditional restaurant is the best place to be if you are looking for a real taste of the Algarve. It is situated in the Rua dos Pescadores, 25 in Alvorand never fails with its sparkling fresh fish. They have an extremely relaxed friendly staff and great affordable prices. The service is excellent, truly beyond description of simple words.

4.São Gabriel
It is located just within the Quinta do Lago which is an exclusive resort in the Algarve. Excellent service of a one Michelin-star with a whole exquisite range of seafood blended with native flavors and Swiss touch, this restaurant is going to just cast its magic on your taste buds forever. Truly, São Gabriel is a place to visit and relax with its amazing cuisine for any foodie.

5. Tavares
The restaurant Tavares was founded in 1784 and it soon incorporated into Lisbon’s cultural life over the following years. With the absolute classic touch and relishing menu options, you just can’t find a better food place as the Restaurante Tavares with such an ambiance and a reasonable cost for this gourmet experience.

Treat for the Buds
Well, to visit here, and enjoy the amazing cuisine this country has to offer with its stunningly beautiful landscapes, you might need to get a Portuguese Visa which unlike the Australia ETA visa has to be applied for separately. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and give this exquisite treat to your taste buds in these Portuguese food places.

Hannah, a student from United Kingdom who loves to travel and write on Health and travel niche. Hannah has traveled to India, Australia, Switzerland and Europe. She engages in all types of outdoor adventure, explores the local way of life. Presently working on Australia ETA visa.

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Tourist Guide to Almendres Cromlech

by alrou on August 19, 2014

Almendres Cromlech is the biggest megalithic site in the Iberian Peninsula Almendres Cromlech is the biggest megalithic site in the Iberian Peninsula

A visit to Portugal would easily get you to the Evora complex, in the Alentejo region, which would serve your eyes with pre-historic pleasure but just five kilometres away, there is more, the Almendres Cromlech also known as Cromeleque dos Almendres. This site was built almost 6000 years ago during the Stone Age period but that alone is not the reason to fancy the place as it is also the biggest megalithic site in the Iberian Peninsula. The significance of astronomy was demonstrated this way by the builders of the megaliths. The site which is considered perhaps man’s first ever public monument is consistent of two circles of stones which is believed to be that way due to modifications from time to time. There are 92 oval stones which could measure 30 by 60 meters. Today, you would still find a couple of stones with visible markings and inscriptions.

What was the Almendres Cromlech used for?

Even though there is no exact evidence of the activities that took place in this site during the Neolithic period, most people are inclined to believe that the area was some sacred place used for worship. Besides its purpose for religion practices, the site could have been used as the most primitive observatory for astronomical happenings. This was reached after archaeological inferences found out that most of the markings made on the monoliths were images of the moon and the sun. Some of them even revealed that there were makings that resembled solstices and equinoxes.

Visiting the Almendres Cromlech

Menir dos Almendres in the Almendres Cromlech by BestInPortugal.comThe megaliths are situated in the Herdade dos Almendres, near a village called Guadalupe along the Monte dos Almendres slopes. The magnificent evidence of historic evolution stands firmly on red earth within cork trees and olive trees. The first thing ever noticed at this site is a single menhir 4.5 meters tall that stands facing towards the sunrise. This gives but another proof that the site would have been used as an astronomical observatory for the people back then. During your visit to Portugal, you may not want to miss out on visiting the Almendres Cromlech because not only will you feel like you have travelled back in time but you will also access it free of charge. While here, you may stay the night at the nearby car park. To date, the site is still treated as a religious one as most people who visit are seen perform a ritual or two when they are there. To get there, you would need to hire a car as that is the only easy way and in as much as the drive may be a crazy one on the dusty road, the site is worth the trouble.

Almendres Cromlech_2 by BestInPortugal.com Despite the shallow astronomical evidences portrayed by the past activities that took place in the Cromeleque dos Almendres, there is a lunar significance demonstrated there. Also, the circles have been found out to be oriented towards both the equinox’s sunrise and the sunset. Nothing would be much more exciting to come face to face with in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Like Almendres Cromlech, there are so many ancient places in Portugal. In your life time, you must visit this country at least for once.

Author Bio:

I am Jessica, freelancer and part time blogger. I love reading and writing blogs. Apart from this I like traveling around the world and share my traveling experience by means of my article. Currently I am doing a research work on Esta which will assist you in visa services.

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