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If you’re taking a trip to Porto and Lisbon, then these articles will be useful to you. They’re both charming cities with hilly cobblestone streets and buildings covered in azulejos or painted ceramic tiles. Portuguese food is fantastic so be sure to check out our food guides as well to find some of the best restaurants in Lisbon and Porto.

Porto Food Guide: 15 Must-Try Restaurants in Porto, Portugal

Before arriving in Porto, we had little experience with Portuguese food except for what we’d seen in travel food shows. I knew the Portuguese ate a lot of seafood, especially bacalhau or salted cod, and were the inventors of those delicious eggy custard tarts known as pastel de nata.

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Drinking Ginja de Óbidos in Portugal

Ginja is a very sour, almost bitter, type of cherry. It grows particularly well in the valley region of Sobral da Lagoa in the council of Óbidos. It began to be used for liquor production in Lisbon in the 19th century, but it wasn’t until 1987 that Dário Pimpão created the recipe that is still famous in Óbidos today.

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