Portuguese Traditions

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With more than 800 years of history, Portugal is one of the oldest countries in the world. Throughout the centuries, several traditions and cultural traits were established, defining today the Portuguese society and its country in most different areas.

From gastronomy to wine, arts and crafts to music, popular festivals and pilgrimages, there are several reasons for you to visit this wonderful country.

Because Portugal is not only landscape nor monuments, discover its culture and traditions – there is much more to see!

Here are the Portuguese traditions and culture:

Gastronomy

Portugal has been for a long time a country with a huge culinary tradition. One of the first foods that stood out in the Portuguese gastronomic panorama was the cod.

From the Age of Discovery, particularly in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Portuguese spent a lot of time in the sea and, as such, had no access to fresh food.

The codfish came as a solution to this problem since this fish last longer when preserved in salt. As part of the population didn’t have much money to buy fresh fish, cod began to make its way in the Portuguese gastronomy and it is, today, one of the favourite foods of the Portuguese.

To be honest, there are a thousand ways to cook cod: boiled cod, with cream, roast, with cornbread, Gomes de Sá, etc.

But it’s not just the cod that marks the culinary culture in Portugal. There are other delightful specialties that amaze the Portuguese and will win over the visitors from other countries.

Look at the case of sardines (mostly, during the festivals), the Francesinha or Frenchie (considered as one of the best sandwiches in the world) and the pastel de nata, a Portuguese egg tart pastry.

The pastel de nata is also very appreciated by the tourists visiting the country but what a lot of people don’t know is that when it started to be sold, in 1837, its goal was to save the Hieronymites Monastery.

till in the Portuguese gastronomy, I need to highlight the richness of wines, recognized worldwide and award-winning in several categories.

No doubt the most well-known Portuguese wine is the Port Wine. This wine is produced in farms in the Douro Wine Region (the first wine region to be recognized in the world) and stored in the cellars, in Vila Nova de Gaia.

From here, the wine is transported to all over the country and also exported to all over the world. What separates the Port wine from other wines is the fact that this wine is sweeter and, at the same time, has higher alcohol content.

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