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Wining and Dining in Portugal

Portuguese food is distinctive and varied, featuring many regional specialities that have evolved from local traditions and ingredients.
Much of Portuguese cooking is spice based, thanks largely to Vasco da Gama and the other navigators of his time. He and his seafaring countrymen traversed the globe collecting pepper, cloves, curry, nutmeg, cinnamon and a range of savoury foods which serve as the base of many dishes today.
A typical meal in Portugal starts with a selection of appetizers such as goat or sheep's cheese, pâté, olives, cornbread and a delicious smoked ham called presunto.
Soup (sopa) is a regular feature on the restaurant menus, normally made on the premises with fresh ingredients bought at the local market. Vegetable soup (sopa de legumes) is very common and always a good choice, or the traditional caldo verde - a soup made with potatoes, shredded cabbage and smoked sausage. Most seaside restaurants serve a delicious fish soup (sopa de peixe), made from fresh pieces of fish left over from the main dishes.
Fish is a mainstay of Portuguese cuisine, particularly sardines (sardinhas) and the ever-present dried codfish known as bacalhau. Other popular fish dishes include hake (pescada), sole (linguado), salmon (salmão), trout (truta) and monkfish (tamboril). Some of Europe's tastiest seafood (marisco) can be found in restaurants up and down Portugal. Lobster (lagosta) is widely available, while crab (sapateira), clams (ameijoas), mussels (mexilhões) and prawns (gambas) are normally good value.
Portuguese meat is both tasty and safe to eat, particularly pork (porco) which for centuries has been an important livestock in the country's rural economy. The annual slaughter (a matança do porco) between December and Easter is still a major event in the winter calendar of most farms and villages. In the Bairrada region north of Coimbra, many restaurants specialise in roast sucking pig (leitão assado). Some parts of the pig are used in feijoada, a bean stew made with black pudding (morcela) and pork knuckle.



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Established in 1985, Maisturismo is one of Portugal's leading travelpublishing companies.
We are best known for the annual Portugal Hotel Guide, number one in the market and available here on the Internet and CD-ROM in six languages and as a glossy full-colour A4 directory. It contains details of over 2,000 accommodation units located in Portugal, including the Atlantic islands of Madeira and the Azores.
Due to a distribution agreement signed with the Portuguese tourist board (Turismo de Portugal), Maisturismo's main publications are delivered free of charge to travel agents, tour operators and other travel trade executives all over the world. As part of this agreement, they are also freely distributed from the Portugal stand at all the main international travel trade fairs such as World Travel Market in London and ITB in Berlin.
Adopted by the Portuguese Hotel Industry Association (AHP) as its ocial source of information, the Portugal Hotel Guide is one of the most concise and accurate directories of its kind. Maisturismo also publishes the Portugal Meeting Guide, an annual publication dedicated to the meetings, incentives, congresses and events sector in Portugal. Unique in the market, it is also available on CD-ROM and on the Internet in six languages and provides clear and concise information about the country's wide-ranging conference and exhibition facilities, making it an essential working tool for the international meetings industry.
Additionally, the company's webzine, the Portugal Travel Guide, is another useful source of maps, photographs and the best tips on what to see and do while visiting Portugal.


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Maisturismo, Edições e Publicidade, S. A.

Rua General Ferreira Martins, 10 - 2º A
Edifício Fernando Pessoa
1495-137 Algés - Portugal
Tel.: (+351) 213 190 210
Fax: (+351) 213 525 144