Life in Portugal is blessed with simplicity. Outstanding natural beauty, friendly people, surprising cultural diversity from north to south and a long and rich history which had a major influence on the world we live in today. There are, however, some everyday dilemmas which occupy the minds of common folk and intellectuals elites alike. Inconsequential as they might seem, these daily decision can place folks into one camp or another. A little like whether you support Porto or Benfica! This series of posts explores some of these dilemmas so that you can put yourself in the decision-making position when you next visit Portugal.
Sparkling water is drunk on all kinds of occasions and at different times of the day; with your espresso, after a meal, as a refreshing afternoon drink etc… Portugal is blessed with a number of natural springs and there is no shortage of high quality bottled mineral water. The rivalry, however, is between two of the most popular: Pedras and Vimeiro - both lightly sparkling with a naturally refreshing taste.
Bottled since 1871, Pedras comes from across the Douro river in the north. Its region, known as Alto Tâmega, sits at 580 meters altitude and enjoys a unique microclimate. Coming from mountain rain and snow, the water’s mineralisation is a natural phenomenon occurring 500 to 100 meters underground.
Vimeiro comes from the centre/west of the country and circulates 2000 meters underground just east of the coast to produce a natural mineralisation. Vimeiro water has been bottled since 1893.