Because traditions in the north are not all about grapes and harvest, today we will introduce you to another alternative that will make you plunge deeply in our local gastronomy: the Quintadona soup festival.
its 13ª edition, this festival was created to promote the Quintadona Caldo
(soup), a traditional soup made in iron pans and cooked in the wood fire with
whatever ingredients nature would provide. This combination of iron pans and
wood fire gives the soup a unique taste.
If you have
the chance to visit, you will be introduced not only to the soup but also to
the village itself. Quintandona is one the most well-preserved schist villages
of Portugal and during the festival dates, it opens itself to visitors. All the
village is engaged in the festivities.
This year edition is between the 13th and 15th of September and besides the unavoidable soup, you may also taste some of the other regional delicacies and wines, enjoy traditional games, street theatre and music. See all the program here
The festival charges
an entrance fee for adults but children until 12 years old are free.
The entrance fee is
2,50 €/day (2,00 € if you choose the first day of the festival) and the 3-day
pass is 6,00 €.
There are local places
to park the car – the access to the village itself is made on foot. If you
prefer, you may take the train. There is a special train fee created for the
event from any train station to the village station “Recarei-Sobreira” at 3,7
km from the village. The festival organization assures the transfers to the
Just 35 km from Porto, the visit may be done if you are sleeping in Porto but there is the possibility of free camping on designated sites (available with the 3-day pass). If camping is not your thing, there are two local accommodation houses. We recommend our Biosphere partner – Casa Valxisto Country House!
GPS coordinates: Lat: 41° 7′ 59.970″ Long: 8° 22′ 45.344″