The gastronomy of Guarda is famous for its strong flavours, the so-called "comfort food", so typical of the inland regions of Portugal. The inhabitants of Guarda are especially fond of codfish, Serra da Estrela Cheese, delicious soups and exquisite wines of Beira Interior wine region! Honest food at the heart of this authentic city!
Nobre, vinhos e tal
Beautifully placed in the historical center of Guarda with an unrivalled view over the iconic Cathedral of Guarda, the restaurant Nobre vinhos e tal is the place to taste the delicacies of regional gastronomy, as well as a thorough wine selection.
Based on the finest and freshest products, the cuisine is absolutely superb. The meat, the sausages and the cheeses are locally produced, fostering a circular economy. This restaurant pays a tribute to the gastronomic excellence of Guarda and its surrounding region.
There are more than 350 different wines from the several wine regions of Portugal. Handmade beer is also available.
One of the loveliest restaurants in Guarda, DonGarfo is an exquisite place that stands out for the excellence of its author cuisine and great wines selection.
DonGarfo has 3 inviting rooms, well-decorated and very cosy, where the outstanding dishes of creative cuisine are served. There are 2 types pf dishes: "flavours and tradition" that integrate the most traditional specialities and "flavours and art", a set of more innovative dishes that represent true works of art.
The ambiance os this must-see restaurant of Guarda is truly pleasant.
The restaurant Belo Horizonte is located at the heart of the historical center of Guarda, housed in a typical granite house. Opened for many decades, this restaurant is specialised in codfish. The main speciality is codfish with cream, absolutely flawless!
There are also many regional specialities available, namely: toasted blood sausages; assorted regional sausages; kid goat in the oven; game meat; wild boar and rabbit bean stew.
The wine selection is also very interesting. In terms of desserts, Belo Horizonte offers many handmade sweets, such as: sweet rice, curd cheese with pumpkin marmalade and Serra da Estrela Cheese with marmalade.
The scent of Christmas
The king of Portuguese cheeses - Queijo Serra da Estrela - is a must at the Christmas table in Portugal.
Its reputation dates back to the 14th century, for the cheese produced in Serra da Estrela was often sent as a gift for the Royal families, especially during Christmas time. This exquisite product is simply perfect for those endless family meals, as well as perfect match for noble Dão wines.
The vast size of Serra da Estrela’s pastures as well as its rich natural resources have made it an excellent place for pastoral farming where traditions and living experiences related to this activity have been established throughout the centuries. It was within this environment that mountain populations created the oldest and most recognized Portuguese cheese. With a buttery or dry dough, yellow colour and intense flavour, Serra da Estrela cheese is made exclusively with milk from Bordaleira breed sheep, and puts all the generosity of Serra da Estrela on the table. Ancient techniques and rituals used in the making of this cheese are still unaltered, providing it with a rich touch that will make you remember its taste.
The art of cheese
What stands out about this protected cheese is the way in which its curd is made: handmade with a cardoon flower by the wise hands of men and women between November and May. The long maturing process, during which time and care from the cheese makers turn the rich dough created from the milk curd into a certified cheese, proves that patience and knowledge are strong alleys of taste.
The History of Serra da Estrela cheese, which has been recorded since the 16th century, is closely connected with the History of mountain towns, shepherds and mountain life. Nowadays its official production area includes the municipalities of Celorico da Beira, Fornos de Algodres, Gouveia, Manteigas, Oliveira do Hospital, Seia and some towns belonging to the Covilhã, Guarda and Trancoso municipalities.
Don’t miss the chance to taste this excellent cheese which blends the rustic flavour of tradition with the refinement of sweet acidity and remains in your taste. Pair it with rye bread and good local wine. Be seduced by the flavours of the mountain.
Located in the historical city of Guarda, Solar do Vinho da Beira Interior is the headquarters of Beira Interior wine route, a welcome centre for wine tourism aficionados and a beautiful wine shop.
But now you can also buy Beira Interior wines online, since the wine route of Beira Interior wines has officially launched the online shop in the beginning of 2021! There you can find more than 140 different wines of this prestigious wine region.
The area of Beira Interior wines comprises over 16 thousand hectares of vineyards, as well as great variety of vine varieties, namely the white vine varieties: Síria, Arinto and Fonte Cal and the red vine varieties: Tinta Roriz, Rufete, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira and Jaen.
The shop of Solar do Vinho da Beira Interior is open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30 and on weekends from 15:00 to 18:00.