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Thanksgiving in Portugal

Thanksgiving in PortugalDo they celebrate Thanksgiving in Portugal?

Here in Portugal, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. We celebrate the harvest in September and October. For example, Festa do Vinho Madeira (grape harvest in Madeira) was from 8 to 24 October in 2021. And Wine & Music Valley in Lamego (grape harvest in the Douro Valley) was from 10 to 11 September in 2021.

Saint Martin’s Day – 11 November

Dia de São Martinho is not the harvest celebration. During Saint Martin’s Day, go to the wine cellar and try the wine. That is the perfect day to check the wine quality. For this reason, this saint is considered to be the protector of sommeliers and barrel makers. On Saint Martin’s day, we eat chestnuts and drink wine or other typical drinks. Such as Port wine, ginjinha, and jeropiga (sweet wine made of grape must and firewater). This celebration is known as magusto, and this word comes from Latin it means great fire.

Martinho was a roman soldier who saw a poor man on a snowing day. The soldier gave his cape to help this poor man be warm. After that, the sun started to shine and stopped snowing.

To remember this legend, we always call the summer of Saint Martin. When the temperature increases in the middle of fall. It is like Indian Summer in the United States.

What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

Those who have already celebrated Thanksgiving know the meals are great. But nothing beats spending quality time with loved ones.

After almost two years of stay-at-home, the families want to spend time together. Experience something together and make a memory you’ll be talking about for years to come. Let us handle the vacation details in Portugal. Discover our simple way to book your following holidays in Portugal.

Read more: Weather in Portugal.

Weather in Portugal During Thanksgiving

You’ll have an average high of 18ºC in November. Who lives in a city that snows this time of year. Portugal is nice and warm! Compared to other countries in Europe. Portugal still experiences more sun than rain and warmer temperatures.

Read more: Best Time to Visit Portugal.

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Are you planning to visit Portugal during Thanksgiving?

Here you have our package for a week in Portugal.

Portugal Food Tours – 8 Days

Winter is the perfect time for a Portugal cooking vacation! Flights are cheap. The streets are less crowded. And you can escape your winter depression!

Located to the west of Spain, Portugal is a hidden gem. It is often overlooked for its much bigger neighbor, but plenty of reasons to visit. You’ll love Portugal if you look for adventure, great food, or anything in between. Portugal has something to offer every kind of visitor to its shores.

If you’re ready to get away, it’s time to start planning a 2022 trip. We can organize a private, safe, countryside getaway for you and your close family or friends!

Departure Dates

  • 5-October-2023 to 12-October-2023
  • Private Tour or other departure dates on request.

Our Portugal Cooking Tours include

  • Accommodations at beautiful hotels, and a country house,
  • Hands-on cooking classes featuring authentic Portuguese dishes,
  • Winery visits and tastings (Port Wine Cellar and Vinho Verde).
  • Foodie excursions to pastries,
  • Cultural visits from Lisbon to Porto,
  • Travel in a small group of up to 10 passengers,
  • Transfers and transportation,
  • And more!


What do you think about visiting Portugal and exploring its homemade food during Thanksgiving?

I’ve selected some of my favorite Portuguese recipes for you.

Portugal Vacation Package – 7 Days

a group of people sitting at a tablePastel de Natas, fascinating history, Port wine… What is there not to love about Portugal?

This seven-day tour showcases the very best Portugal offers, including the famous sights and hidden gems!

Even better? You can book Private Tours for your family! But act soon if this is the trip of your dreams. Seats are selling fast!

Discover the seven hills of Lisbon with the help of one Local guide. You’ll learn about Lisbon’s centuries-old seafaring heritage before seeing the Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus, and Belem Tower.

In Porto, learn about the production of Port from the experts and sample some of this delicious local beverage for yourself.

Departure Dates

  • 22-November-2023 to 28-November-2023
  • Private Tour or other departure dates on request.


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