Eventhough we have written about this before, our guests have suggested to stress the fact that Colina Flora www.colinaflora.com, a “green” country guesthouse in the beautiful Sintra Natural Park of Portugal is a haven for vegans and vegetarians. We serve a good breakfast and upon request vegetarian and/or vegan dinners and we have a list of restaurants which cater to vegetarians.
Many of the guidebooks are still stating that it is difficult to travel as a vegetarian/vegan in Portugal. We beg to differ. More and more vegetarian Restaurants, Cafes, B&B´s and guesthouses are offering vegetarian/vegan choices. There are also several vegan and vegetarian restaurants and cafes in Almocageme and Sintra and quite a selection in Lisbon. Larger Cities such as Porto, Evora, Tavira, Lagos and Faro have a fine selection of choices for vegetarians/vegans.
www.happycow.com is a good website to consult before/while traveling. The site offers reviews of restaurants and places to stay which cater to vegetarians/vegans.
Yoga is becoming very popular in Portugal, and many retreat centers, especially in Lisbon and the Algarve, have recently been opened. And it seems that Yoga encourages people to consider being, at least partially, vegetarian/vegan. Check out yoga retreat possibilities at www.responsibletravel.com or www.theretreatcenter.com