For a few months we made a road trip from north to south all across Portugal. Of course, we saw all sorts of beautiful places: knightly castles, wild beaches, nature parks rich in species, lively cities, dreamy villages, steep cliffs and much more. We’ll tell you which 30 towns we liked the most and which city we can’t stop raving about. Continue reading “30 Beautiful Places in Portugal”
Portugal currently has 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 14 of which belong to the cultural heritage and one to the natural heritage. The Atlantic island of Madeira is home to the only Portuguese natural heritage site. Two World Heritage Sites are located in the Azores, the remaining 12 on the Portuguese mainland. In 1983, the first four sites were added to the World Heritage List. The most recent World Heritage Site was registered in 2006.
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Vegan in Portugal? That’s pretty easy, as we already showed you in our Vegan Guides for Lisbon and the Algarve. But not only restaurants and cafes, also supermarkets offer many plant-based options. For example, there’s a wide selection of non-dairy milk in almost every Portuguese supermarket. Here, the cheapest liter of soy milk often costs only 60 to 80 cents. Vegan cheese, sausages, cookies, ice cream and protein powder are also available in some stores. Continue reading “Vegan Stuff in a Supermarket in Portugal”
Admittedly, we didn’t expect a large selection of vegan products at Spar right from the start. We were all the happier to find even in the smallest Spar five different plant milk varieties, animal-free chocolate crunchy cereal and even the vegan and gluten-free Cornetto ice cream. Also if you are looking for vegan cookies, you will definitely find something here. So yes, a full week’s shopping may be difficult here. But if you are only looking for something to eat or a sweet snack, a quick visit to the next Spar is definitely enough.
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Pingo Doce (English: “sweet drop”) is the second largest supermarket chain in Portugal after Minipreço. Here you’ll find not only meat alternatives, vegan cookies and cereals, but also vegan “milk” products such as plant milk, yogurt, cream and ice cream. Pingo Doce can’t compete with the plant-based selection of the big stores like Jumbo, Intermarché, E.Leclerc and Continente though. However, the chain seems motivated, to produce and sell very cheap vegan products such as vanilla ice cream or yoghurt drinks by the store brand.
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Minipreço has more stores than Pingo Doce and Lidl and is thus the largest discount chain in Portugal. It is part of the Spanish company Dia, formerly owned by the French supermarket company Carrefour. Unfortunately, Minipreço doesn’t yet have a very large selection of vegan foods, some items like non-dairy yogurt are still missing completely. There are many “accidentally vegan” products: Vegan cookies, cereals and muesli bars can be found abundantly.
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Lidl in Portugal has a wide range of non-dairy milk for a discount store. You can even find soy cream from the store brand and various quinoa and bulgur salads. There is no shortage of hummus variations and vegan cookies either. The most worthwhile shopping, however, is during a veggie promotion week: Then you can find something even more extraordinary, such as vegan milk ice cream or chocolate spread.
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Jumbo is considered the cheapest supermarket in Portugal. If you know the French department store chain Auchan, some products at Jumbo might be familiar to you, since this supermarket belongs to the Auchan group. Just like Auchan in France or Alcampo in Spain, Jumbo stores are huge and can be compared with a Walmart or Tesco. In other words, you can basically find almost everything here, including a larger selection of vegan cheese, cold cuts and sausage. Fruit and vegetables are also extremely cheap here. Continue reading “Vegan Products at Jumbo in Portugal”
With Intermarché there is another French supermarket chain in Portugal. Intermarché Hyper are the largest stores with an area between 3,200 and 6,000 square meters, Intermarché Super are shops of approximately 2,000 square meters, Intermarché Express are convenience stores in city centers and Intermarché Contact convenience stores in rural areas. With a range similar to E.Leclerc, you can find many vegan yogurts, puddings, cookied and convenience foods like frozen pizza and lasagna here. Even vegan cheese and sausages are available.
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There are 21 hypermarkets of E.Leclerc in Portugal, 12 of which are located in the North region. Here you will find lots of Valsoia products, e.g. frozen pizza and lasagne and a variety of ice creams. Also recommendable are the yoghurt and puddings from E.Leclerc’s own brand NAT&vie. In addition, the plant milk and especially the cream selection are amazingly large. Continue reading “Vegan Products at E.Leclerc in Portugal”