Ready for a summer picnic? You don’t have to work too hard. After all, you are on holidays, sleeping in the Cristiano Ronaldo’s Hotel. If the best soccer player in the world doesn’t have to cook when traveling, neither should you.
So here is what you can do to enjoy your picnic:
1 – Ask the hotel’s kitchen to prepare your lunch on the go. Salads and sandwiches are always a good idea, and Pestana CR7 hotels have a ton of delicious choices.
2 – Plan early. Check the weather conditions, make sure the place you want to go is available, and ask how to get there with your picnic basket. You know location is important!
3 – Buy easy, yet delicious finger food. Choose fresh bread from the bakery, thinly sliced prosciutto, smoked salmon or cheese, maybe some sushi or roasted chicken, and of course, fresh organic fruit. This way you won’t need knives or dishes.
4 – Fed up with sandwiches? Go to a gourmet shop and buy some pies or mini-quiches, croquettes, sardines, a mix of nuts, vegetable sticks, and a dip. Local snacks include Portuguese olives and tremoços (lupin beans). Add sweet potato chips and quality crackers et voilá!
5 – Drink water flavored with lemon, raspberries or cucumber, iced tea or infusions, fruit juices – they always taste better outside! You can also buy wonderful Portuguese wine or craft beer.
6 – Ask for some ice cubes and borrow a cooler box to keep it fresh and healthy. Bring a towel.
7 – Say no to single-use plastic. Prefer biodegradable utensils or steel glasses and dishes. Clean up after eating.
And where to go?
Lisbon is full of places where you can spread your picnic towel.
- Jardim da Estrela, Tapada das Necessidades, and Parque das Nações have beautiful lawns with mature trees, so you can have some shadow.
- If you prefer to have a bench to sit on and a proper table, you’ll find a picnic area at Jardim da Cerca da Graça (overviewing the castle) and in Parque do Alvito, Monsanto. This one even has a barbecue and outdoor wood oven so you can cook your own food!
- Must have a lake view? Try Campo Grande, where you can enjoy your food and row your boat; or Parque Eduardo VII and its beautiful Estufa Fria.
- You will also reach some wonderful beaches to have a picnic. Take a train to Carcavelos or the bus to Costa de Caparica. Ask our nice staff on how to get there.
Funchal has plenty of irresistible restaurants. But if you want to explore the island’s breathtaking nature, you better take some food with you.
- Walking in a Levada is a must-do in Madeira, and also the perfect opportunity to enjoy a picnic surrounded by ancient trees.
- The higher you go, the better the views? Take the bus and try the Cabo Girão viewpoint.
- On the other hand, the outdoor kitchen of Bica da Cana (Ponta do Sol) is a plus.
- In Ribeiro Frio, Santana there is a trout farm near the pic near the picnic area.
- And if you love a seaside meal, explore the reinvigorating Promenade do Lido.