Pastéis de Nata
The creation and production of pastries and confectionery in Portugal really took off in the 15th century. During the age of Discoveries, access to spices and new ingredients made it easier than ever.
With the new maritime routes for trade and the development of techniques for producing sugar (first on Madeira Island and later on in Brazil), Portugal's convents and monasteries were production centres for traditional confectionery and are still home to the country's confectionery today.
The Pastel de Nata is one of the icons of Portuguese culture and confectionery. Made to an original recipe from the Santa Maria de Belém Monastery (what is now Jerónimos Monastery), in Lisbon and on sale since 1837 under the name Pastel de Belém. At the time, Lisbon and Belém were two separate cities connected by steam boat. The Monastery and Belém Tower attract many tourists that find the beauty and flavour of these pastries delicious.
At PortoBay Hotels & Resorts we maintain traditions !! That's why everyone that visits us in Portugal will find the famous ‘pastéis de nata’ fresh from the oven at our breakfast buffets... and the flavour just reached Brazil. Recently, the smell of the famous Portuguese pastries mixes with that of the famous Brazilian ‘pão de queijo’ in hotels in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
A real treat to start the day !!