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Looking for events and activities around Lisbon? Check out our staff’s top picks. From interesting events to famous attractions, we’ll give you an insider’s look at all the best the area has to offer.

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    Sample Portugal's Seasonal Sweets

    Don't miss some of the holiday season's sweetest and most festive treats unique to Portugal. Almost anywhere you dine, you'll find these winter favorites decorating cafe menus. Read our list of the top three holiday treats to try so that you can prime your taste buds first. 

    “Bolo-Rei," or “king-cake” in English, is a traditional Lisbon dessert served only at Christmastime. Its name refers to the Three Wise Men who visited Jesus when he was born. Studded with candied fruits and dusted with sugar, it even looks like royalty.

    Rabanadas are another Christmas delicacy. A cousin to French toast, this Portuguese egg bread is practically pastry. Indulge in a variety of flavors from chocolate and cinnamon to lemon and orange.

    Finally, aletria, or sweet pasta is a dessert made from vermicelli. The tried and true recipe includes egg yolks, milk, sugar, lemon or orange peel, and cinnamon.

    Save room and try all three!

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    Walking in the Footsteps of Royalty

    If the sun fades during your Autumn sojourn to Torres Vedras, trade sand for castles to explore a history that predates Portugal itself. Forte de São Vicente hugs the highest hillside within Torres Vedras. A younger site by Portuguese standards, it was built to defend against Napolean’s army in the early 19th century. Castelo de Torres Vedras dates back to Roman rule and rises above the steep forestland north of the city center. Portugal’s first king lived here, succeeded by several others. By clearing the trees and terra-cotta rooftops, you’ll enjoy panoramic views back over the city. Both sites mark points of interest along the Grande Rota das Aldeias Históricas, a walking trail that covers 600km. Hop on the trail to join the backpackers or hire a guide to lead your journey. The trail is divided into 12 parts to make it accessible to all. Click here for more information.

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    Exploring Lisbon’s Wine Country

    After you’ve sipped and savored a few new favorites in our restaurants, get out to explore the wineries in and around Torres Vedras. Wines here capture the unique characteristics of the Lisbon Region which was once known as Estremadura. It runs alongside the wind-swept Atlantic Ocean and stretches inland to the DOC regions of Torres Vedras, Óbidos, and Alenquer, where some of the region's leading wineries are located.

    Famous for its traditional whites and easy drinking reds, this picturesque countryside west and north of Lisbon boasts a total of nine DOC regions growing indigenous and international grapes, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet. Many of the region's wineries are open to the public for tours and tastings, including Torres Vedras' stunningly architectural Adega Mãe and the award-winning Casa Santos Lima, which is said to be the largest producer of “Vinho Regional Lisboa” and “DOC Alenquer.”

    À sua saúde!