What Is It? The Alentejo as a region is big on flavor and comfort food-esque dishes. Visit any traditional restaurant here, and, among other things, you’ll almost definitely find meat, fish, stews, and soup. If you’re a fan of tapas, you’ll love the Alentejo platters, traditionally bringing together different cured meats, cheese, olives, and nuts.
Why Do It? Food is a huge part of Portuguese culture, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll probably want to recreate some of these dishes yourself. Expect plenty of cod (or, as it’s known here, bacalhau) alongside beef cheeks, comfortingly thick tomato soups, heapings of potato, and plenty of fresh bread.
Good to Know: The Portuguese say they have 1000 ways to serve cod, and you’ll want to try at least a handful of them.