Moorish Travels - Portugal Extension

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Highlights

  • Hosted by chef Christine Manfield
  • Ancient history & modern culture
  • Suckling pig, seafood & custard tarts
  • Europe's finest wines and ports
  • Luxurious boutique accommodation

Key Facts

  •   Portugal

  •   Great for foodies and culture vultures

  •   7 days

  •   Hosted by Christine Manfield

 

Prepared exclusively for chef Christine Manfield, this six night itinerary through Portugal is designed as a pre‐tour extension to ‘Moorish Travels: A food safari through Spain and Morocco’. It highlights the very best of Portugal’s culinary culture, taking you far from the tourist trail to discover the country’s lesser‐known gastronomic delights, before you continue on to Spain and Morocco for a rich dose of Arabic influence and Spanish flavour.

The itinerary will take in the cosmopolitan style of Lisbon, the UNESCO listed heritage sites of Coimbra and the emblematic neighbourhoods of Porto. Venturing out with local experts you’ll discover hidden backstreets on foot, meet small scale producers and taste the finest wines and port direct from source. You’ll learn to cook traditional Portuguese dishes with one of Porto's top young chefs, try the world famous pastel de nata (custard tart), eat fresh seafood straight from the Atlantic, linger over a long, succulent lunch of "leitao assado da barraida" (slow roasted suckling pig), and visit a picturesque high altitude vineyard.

During the journey you will stay in a combination of stylish design hotels, boutique boltholes and exquisitely converted historic buildings ensuring the perfect blend of location, authenticity and luxury. Your host, renowned chef Christine Manfield, will enhance your journey by providing valuable insight into the produce and processes at work whilst also facilitating unique access to experiences not usually available to tourists.

Combining seamlessly with time spent in Spain and Morocco, this exclusive journey through Portugal adds a new dimension to your journey of gastronomic discovery and gives you the chance to really experience the good life of southern Europe!

Itinerary Details

Day 1 | Lisbon | 2 nights

Welcome to Portugal. Check in, freshen up, then head out on a private tour of Lisbon. Dinner at a relaxed Portuguese restaurant.

Day 2 | Lisbon                                 

A gastronomic walking tour of Lisbon, tasting street eats and local delicacies along the way. Afternoon at leisure then dinner at a fabulous local restaurant.

Day 3 | Coimbra | 2 nights

Visit, see the UNESCO listed monuments and sample the dishes of Obidos, Nazare, Alfeizerao and Batalha en route to Coimbra with a traditional seafood lunch along the way. Dinner in Coimbra.

Day 4 | Coimbra 

Explore Coimbra on a privately guided walking tour including the old university and Harry Potter-esque architecture. Drive to the Dao wine region for a 'leitao assado da barrida' (slow roast suckling pig) lunch and winetasting at a small high altitude vineyard.

Day 5 | Porto | 2 nights 

Drive to Porto. Discover the historical centre's palaces, churches and emblematic neighourhoods  and have lunch in a typical local hangout. Visit a port winery and sample the famous tipple.      

Day 6 | Porto                      

Visit the local market, select produce then take part in a cooking class with one of Porto's top chefs. Celebratory dinner.

Day 7 | Madrid

Take a quick flight to Madrid where you will meet the rest of the group and begin your 'Moorish Travels' journey through Spain and Morocco. Enjoy!      

 

About Christine Manfield

Christine Manfield is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs. Curious in her endeavours and unparalleled in her culinary executions, she draws on impressive tastes and flavours from her travels around the globe. A renowned chef, Manfield is also a food and travel writer, food manufacturer, presenter, teacher and gastronomic traveller. As an award‐winning author, her books – A Personal Guide to India & Bhutan, Dessert Divas, Tasting India, Fire, Spice, Stir, Paramount Cooking and Paramount Desserts are testament to her ability to bring innovation and excitement into the lives of eager cooks everywhere.

Manfield was a restaurateur with three highly successful restaurants: Paramount in Sydney 1993 to 2000, East@West in London 2003 to 2005 and Universal 2007 to 2013. Her diverse work portfolio includes mentoring and collaborating with chefs and industry colleagues, hosting pop‐up events in Australia and overseas, working as a national judge for the Delicious Produce Awards and the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Young Restaurateur Awards and Brand Ambassador for Byron Bay Cookies. She is also Food Director at Pearl Catering in Sydney.

A constant adventurer, Christine continues to broaden her global interests with custom gastronomic tours to alluring destinations including India, Africa, Bhutan, France, South East Asia, Italy, South America and Tasmania. With the grace, humour and experience that Christine brings, this delicious safari promises nothing less than an exceptional gastronomical adventure in one of the most delicious parts of the world.

For more information, please head to www.christinemanfield.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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