Heart of Portugal in 12 Days: The Alcobaça Market

Every year, I sign up for a Rick Steves tour under a pseudonym. (It’s fun — I get letters from myself.) And then, I surprise the group at our welcome meeting on the first day. This year, I signed up for a Heart of Portugal in 12 Days Tour — and I’m so glad that I did. We’re about halfway through the tour now, and for six days our guide, Fatima, has been filling us with Portuguese experiences, lessons, and memories — from the highest culture to the grittiest market scenes.

Here in Alcobaça, the market is entirely local. With our “Whisper System,” we have Fatima’s voice in our ears. And with her intimate narration of each little market kiss, ritual, and tradition, our visit is filled with meaning and insights. I love how a good guide can turn an impromptu stroll through a market into a fascinating peek into the local culture and an unforgettable travel memory. Thanks, Fatima!

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