Tell us about a hidden hotspot our guests should not miss.
Cesário: The Livraria Lello is considered to be one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Inaugurated in 1906, the unique building features wood carvings, sliding ladders, twisting staircases and a stained-glass ceiling. This bookstore is a gem of Porto and is truly worth a visit.
Iúri: If I had to surrender one of my secrets from Porto, it would be the small fishermen’s restaurants in Gaia City, close to the Marina of Afurada. Walking distance from the pier where we dock, this area is not promoted to tourists and it’s where the locals go for the freshest fish, prepared with love by fishermen families.
What traditional Portuguese dish do you recommend guests try on shore?
Iúri: In Lisbon, try the Chicken Piri-Piri, a Portuguese-style barbecued/grilled chicken that is consumed with Piri-Piri sauce which is very typical in Portugal. This sauce is made from one of the many spices that Portugal brought from trading with India during the age of discoveries throughout the 15th and 16th centuries.
Cesário: The main Portuguese specialty is Codfish. We have 365 different recipes - one for each day of the year!
Are there any Portuguese phrases or words you recommend our guests learn before they sail?
Cesário: You will find that Portuguese is very similar to Spanish. Some key expressions are:
- Obrigado/a (Thank you) For men, say "Obrigado”; for women, say “Obrigada”
- Por favor (Please)
- Adeus (Goodbye)
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