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Viva o Santo António!


It’s that time of the year again, when the smell of grilled sardines invades the old neighbourhoods of Lisbon. Alfama, Bairro Alto, Bica, Graça, Castelo, Avenida da Liberdade are crowded and busy as they can get. It’s Santo António night  and everyone wants to eat sardines, drink wine or sangria and dance or sing to old popular tunes.


Alfama is the central location for all these celebrations with huge crowds up and down the winding streets. Our recommendation: avoid Alfama tonight and go there any other day until the end of June.


The  crowds are overwhelming in Alfama and you’ll loose the will to eat sardines, or anything really, after being pushed around, ignored by busy waiters or pickpocketed (it’s the perfect storm for the cheeky pickpockets).


There are festivals happening in other parts of the city, including Terreiro do Paço, Jardim de S.Pedro de Alcântara or Praça da Alegria if you want to get your teeth into a grilled sardine and the atmosphere of Santo António night.

More about the festivals and restaurants here, by Célia for Culinary Backstreets:

Culinary Backstreets | Sardines for Santo António


The book, the tours and now… the blog!

Welcome to Eat Portugal!

eat_portugal_AFFirst it was a book.

Then it was a book and guided eating tours of Lisbon…

Now it is a book, guided eating tours AND a blog!

The second edition of the Eat Portugal (Lua de Papel, 2015) will be available shortly, check back here for details, or follow us on twitter or facebook

Find out about Célia’s Food Tours here. The tours are great fun and a really good introduction to Portuguese cookery and to the beautiful city of Lisbon.

As for the blog, well, there’s so much to be enjoyed about Portuguese food, so we’ll be writing/photographing/filming/cooking up a storm in here too, as often as we can.

So, stay tuned, visit regularly, book your flights, see what delicious things we have to share with you from the beautiful, wonderful, fantastic, crazy city of Lisbon.

Volte sempre!