Sharing the western side of the Iberian Peninsula with Spain is Portugal. Although it is somewhat culturally and geographically isolated from Spain, Portugal features beautiful countryside, lively cities, and a rich, unique culture. The dictatorship-based government ended in 1974 and was followed by the advent of Democracy. Finally, Portugal joined the European Union in 1986. As a result, the country has evolved from one Western Europe’s poorest countries into one of ever-increasing prosperity.
The concept of the self-produced food street markets has grown continually in popularity and ranges smaller markets where little elderly ladies sell homegrown produce out of their personal gardens to larger seafood markets that restaurants frequent. Here are some of the best self-produced food markets in Portugal.
Estremoz market, Alentejo – This Saturday market, is filled with numerous elderly ladies selling whatever they have grown on their fruit trees and in their vegetable gardens. At the same time, their husbands are selling honey, olives, and olive oil. If you ask these individuals “Posso provar” (Can I try this?), and they will offer you a taste of what they are selling. The market is well known for its cured meats and cheeses.
Casinha do Petisco, Lagos – Based in the Algarve, this combination small restaurant and street market features tables positioned against the cooking area. The food is the typical Algarve cuisine and features locally grown fruits and vegetables. Try the cataplana (steamed clams) and the chouriço (pork, potatoes, sausage, and tomatoes).
Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon – Specializing in numerous foods, this Lisbon street market specializes in citrus fruits as well as fresh cut flowers. Compared to shopping at the other retail food venues in the city, visiting this location is a joy.
Mercado do Bolhão, Porto – Located near the city center, this two-story market sells cut flower arrangements and fresh, locally grown produce. It is all beautifully presented no matter when you shop here. The second floor is worth venturing up to as it will provide you with an ideal view of all the activity that is currently going on at street level. The market is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.
Mercado da Riberira, Lisbon – Since the end of the 1800’s, this has been one of Lisbon’s most popular fish and food markets. The ground level of this market is filled with a huge selection of fish, fruits, meats, seafood, and vegetables. It is open daily from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm except on Sundays.
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