Since 2013, the Mediterranean Diet has been inscribed on the UNECO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Proposed by seven communities led by Tavira in the south of Portugal, this unique way of eating covers the countries of Greece, Spain, Croatia, Morocco, Italy and Cyprus. Its health benefits are well known given the focus on fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil, fresh fish and the obligatory glass of wine. The UNESCO stamp is a recognition of the traditions, methods, skills and knowledge in how food is produced, preserved, cooked and shared. Values such as hospitality and intercultural dialogue are key to a culinary culture that respects seasonal rhythms, festivities, markets and local ingredients and traditions. Portugal is a great place to experience all of these. From the northeast region of Minho with its cured smoked meats to the southern Algarve with its fresh fish and seafood, each region has a lot to offer making Portugal a real playground for experience the milenar Mediterranean Diet.
Have a look at this video made by the Camara Municipal de Tavira on the occasion of the application to UNESCO inscription.