Ever wanted to go on a picnic? How about one in Portugal? If you’re heading to the Iberian Peninsula on your next getaway, you’ll find yourself in the perfect spot for an outdoor lunch – so pack your gingham blanket and paper plates and get feasting.
Portuguese Picnic Picks
When you’re thinking about what to bring along for your lunch in the sunshine, head to some of the local markets for inspiration. You’ll find all the freshest produce from succulent fruits to warm fresh breads. Here are a few authentic must haves that you’ll be putting straight in your basket!
Due to the country’s location next to the Atlantic Ocean, it comes as no surprise that the locals gorge on fish dishes at every opportunity. Prawn, sardine, tuna or salmon pâtés are all common additions to a Portuguese picnic, as are canned fish such as mackerel.
To achieve the ultimate al fresco lunch, you should also bring local smoked sausages such as alentejano paio, thin hams (presunto) or, of course, some classic chorizo (chouriço). These meats are often enjoyed alongside a variety of delicious fresh breads.
A Fruity Finish
For dessert, most of Portugal’s picnic-goers take advantage of the seasonal fruits on offer, from sweet peaches to bright cherries. There’s always plenty of choice around the markets, so take your pick of the bunch and enjoy the fresh flavours.
Setting up Camp
With so many beautiful spots from which to choose, it can be a challenge to know where to set up camp for your Portuguese lunch. Luckily, I have some recommendations…
Jardim da Tapada das Necessidades
The Park of Necessidades in Lisbon is the ideal location for those who love nature. Sit amongst the rich garden of native trees and admire some stunning antique houses located nearby – it’s a real paradise.
Jardim da Estrela
If you’re travelling with kids, don’t miss a tip to this beautiful garden. Complete with waterfalls, greenhouses and playgrounds for the children, there’s something for everyone to enjoy before, during and after a lunch at Estrela.
Well, there you have it – the recipe for a perfect picnic. Head to Portugal, find your favourite park or garden and sample the country’s finest lunchtime offerings. It’ll be a midday meal you’ll remember for years to come.