Portuguese cuisine is known for its excellent seafood, oil, stews, casseroles and starchy staples. For breakfast the Portuguese are very traditional and enjoy bread, butter, cheese, and ham, usually eaten with a hot drink.
Traditional dishes include Bacalhau, which you can get in almost every restaurant. It’s a salted cod dish that can be made in a variety of ways and the Portuguese will tell you themselves that there is 1000 different ways to prepare it. The most common is prepared with tomatoes, onion and olives.
A favourite treat is the pastel de nata (or Portuguese tart), a small custard tart often sprinkled with cinnamon.
Safe eating while travelling in Portugal
Food hygiene standards in Portugal are relatively high so travellers are at low risk of falling ill during their trip due to food poisoning. As with anywhere in the world, it is important to be wary of any meat or fish that has not been cooked thoroughly. If any food looks old, unclean or poorly prepared, it is best to avoid it altogether.