Portugal is a very popular destination for so many people. Perhaps we are jaded by the talents of the chefs in France, Switzerland and Italy, but we did not find overall in our travels from the middle of the land south that there was much in the way of cuisine that appealed to us.
The one notable exception was the "Four Seasons" restaurant near Lisbon in the Estoril. There are other fine establishments in Portugal which we have yet to visit and which I am sure will render wonderful experiences, but overall, we found the food to be horribly overcooked, so salty as to pickle our innards and fizz our taste buds.
Fortunately this was made up for by the relaxed charm of the population in every spot of the country
except on their roads where they grew horns and tails and spouted fire from their nostrils.
The much touted Algarve may have superb weather, but the authentic villages with their earth colored stucco has been transformed into a quasi Costa del Sol with the same developers who have paineted everything white and brought in a version of moorish architecture that they feel with appeal to the Northerners wanting to bake of the beach, turn beet red, blister, tempt melanoma fates and return home with bleary tales of vacations filled with sun and cheap red wine.
There are some notable exceptions to this sad modern tale, one of which we have covered for you. So please click above to see our featured spots.