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What are Christmas traditions in Portugal

Christmas in Portugal

Christmas in Lisbon PortugalAre you planning to visit Portugal for Christmas? Find out some of the best Portuguese Christmas traditions and celebrate like a local!

How to say Merry Christmas in Portuguese?

It is “Feliz Natal”. It is the usual way to wish a merry Christmas in Portuguese. You can also say “boas festas”, which refers to both Christmas and New Year.

Where should you go for Christmas in Portugal?

The best cities to celebrate Christmas in Portugal are:

  • Funchal.
  • Porto.
  • Obidos.
  • Lisbon.

Christmas in Portugal

Check before the Christmas musical programs, Christmas market, and entertainment in the historic centers of towns and villages in Portugal.

What is the weather in Portugal for Christmas?

Temperatures are usually mild, with an average maximum of 17°C and an average minimum of 10°C.

What do we eat for Christmas in Portugal?

The Portuguese families gather on the 24th of December at the dinner table and serve up cod, octopus, and conger fish dishes. For dessert, there are Bolo Rei (King’s Cake filled with candied fruits or nuts, in addition to delicious traditional fried desserts), “filhós” (traditional deep fried sweet pastry sprinkled with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon), “rabanadas” (a type of French toast), Aletria (“angel hair”, milk, sugar, yolks of eggs, cinnamon), Arroz doce (rice pudding), and Pão-de-ló (sponge cake).

Portuguese Recipes for Christmas

Pão-de-ló sponge cake Christmans cakeThe best Portuguese Cake is Pão-de-ló (sponge cake). Here you have the recipe:


18 egg yolks

3 3gg whites

315 gr sugar

90 gr cake flour


Preheat the oven to 200 C. In a bowl of a free stand mixer, add the egg yolks, egg whites, and sugar. Beat for 10 to 12 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Then, gently fold the flour into the batter until mixed in completely. Lightly grease on aluminum cake pan for sponge cake with butter, and sprinkle with flour (in the traditional bakery, they use paper to cover the clay cake pan). Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake until golden brown and knife inserted into the cake come out clean, about 40 minutes. Let the cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let the cake cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then carefully turn the cake out of the pan.

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