The Jeronimos Monastery, where the first Nata was conceived, sits in the northern margin of the Tejo river, near the heart of Lisbon. But Nata Pura’s heart belongs to Porto, the industrious northern second city.
It’s Porto that is the origin of the name ‘Portugal’. The country was born as a small county on the edge of the Iberian peninsula. In the 12th century, it expanded as southward as it could, gaining territory at the same time as it defended its borders from its neighbours.
When no more land was left to conquer, the Portuguese took to the sea, and their exploits are well known. But as the political power shifted to Lisbon, Porto remained a steadfast, liberal city with work ethic and a focus on quality of life. A small city, quite unique, with hidden complexities, much like the nata