ART&TUR Magazine N.1 - Page 20

Heading Northwest, to Minho, my homeland, you’ll find the golden vineyards of the Vinho Verde region, a light and fresh wine who’s king is the Alvarinho variety. Beware of its lightness though, for this refreshing bubbling nectar will go straight to your head just like champagne! Of course you are invited to enjoy this happy mood in one of the many manor houses still receiving its visitors as noble guests in old monarchy times. And if you’re truly a wine lover you need to discover the Trás-os-Montes wine region. This extreme northeastern natural realm is known for its fruity and slightly astringent red wines and powerful meat stews to go with them. ... You’ll find a true sense of place! Lavishing landscapes, golden beaches and bucolic rivers, historic monuments, castles and palaces, original handicraft, top of the edge technology tourism information, romantic lodges and luxury comfort hotels, all this you can find in northern Portugal. As for Porto, the city’s landscape has been a World Heritage site for 20 years now. But know that the favorite activity of our visitors – and will probably be yours too – is to experience our unique gastronomy. What you cannot miss when visiting Porto is a peculiar dish. It dates back to the beginning of the Portuguese Maritime Expansion, 600 years ago, when the people of Porto gave away all the meat they had to the departing vessels, keeping only the tripes to themselves and thus creating Tripas à Moda do Porto, a tripe and white bean stew with sausage. Representing the spirit of giving, sacrifice and commitment of the people, this dish is the reason why they proudly call themselves “tripeiros”. As for myself, being from the capital of Minho region, Viana do Castelo, a coastal city where some of the most beautiful Portuguese traditions were created alongside with many remarkable and unforgettable main dishes and conventual pastry, I feel that Porto is a worthy representative of the northern province as a sole territory. A territory so great you can only sense it by experiencing it yourself! So why wait? António Tedim 20