Eat what  the locals eat.

If you are planning a trip or already planned for a holiday in Portugal, booked online a villa Algarve or apartments in  Albufeira.  Next thing to do is go online and research activities and restaurants.  Push it a step further and check out Portuguese cuisine.  You can  plan ahead of time what to eat and where to eat it while there. Perhaps you will ask what is Portuguese food like? What are the traditional dishes? In this article we look at the superb  food you can have while in Portugal in some  great restaurants.  Most of supermarkets and restaurants will supply meals and foods as takeaway. So while lounging in the sun at the pool in one of the many luxurious Algarve Villas enjoy a meal el fresco.


Bacalhau which is salted and dried cod fish is something you will always find in the Menu in most Portuguese restaurants. There is no specific way to cook this dish, its believed the recipe changes everyday. Bacalhau is more like lasagna with layers of co fish, onions, diced potatoes and cream.

This is a must try dish while in Portugal.  Always reasonably priced and very available.



There is plenty of sea food in Portugal. The most popular being cuttlefish a dish with chocos.  This is the seafood you have to try, its unique and can only be found in Portugal – Percebes, the creatures are the size of a thumb, tube shaped and the shells are small, but once you bite them you want stop, you will eat and look for more.  Mostly found in restaurants close to the sea.  If you choose a villa to rent in Albufeira for instance you ll fine this dish locally.

Salad based on fish
Fish salad


Most countries eat soup and bread as an accompaniment.  The Portuguese enjoy making soup with bread.  There are two different version of bread soup or Acorda. In Lisbon the bread is mused and cooked with shrimp. It is a delicacy. Tried it once in an Lagos restaurant didn’t  particularly like it.  Maybe I ll give it another go.


Then there is Alentejana, where olive oil and garlic is spread over the slices of bread and topped with a poached egg. Very Portuguese.


The popular Cataplana fish stew is a must to have  while on a Portugal holiday rental holiday. A signature dish from way back. The ingredients differ from region to region and restaurants.  The ingredients of white fish, seafood, potatoes, peppers and some chili will always remain the same. Eat it straight from the pot with warm crusty bread. When you go to Rome do what the Romans do.  Most of our Portugal Apartment, Villa’s in Portugal are located close to  restaurants that serve these dish.  To be fair you can say this about all of Portugal.  The one thing the Portuguese have in common is they like their food and like to enjoy good company while doing so. To enjoy all these dishes book online a holiday rental on  We have a number of excellent location to choose from . Have a look at one of the excellent Lagos villas most with private pools.  Or apartments  in Albufeira depending on your requirements.  Book early as villas Portugal is a very popular search topic.

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How to make the true SPANISH PAELLA

How to make the true  SPANISH PAELLA

Spain is an excellent choice for that summer holiday. Costa Blanca holiday rentals have a proven holiday track record.  A Spanish villa in the Costa del Sol holiday rental locations can fulfil dreams.

Alhambra Andalusia Spain
Alhambra Granada

The Spanish Paella is one dish that shows Spain’s rich cultural history.

Sea view Alicante
Alicante by sea

From to time time we take a closer look at the various dishes of the countries we have listed as holiday rental locations.  This time we are looking at Spain and the world famous Spanish paella.    If your staying in a villa in Marbella its possible to enjoy a wonderful paella with friends.  Its that easy to prepare cook and serve.  If you have decided on a Vilamoura Marina apartment in Portugal its just as easy to order it from a menu because a lot of restaurants serve paella.

But to be fair Spain is the home of this dish the Portuguese are just as proud of their dish arroz à valenciana. We ll right about that another time.


Ok It now time to go a restaurant and check out what’s on the menu.   Ordering  Paella  should be easy it happens to be a favorite food of the Spanish people, your definitely  guaranteed a delicious meal.
Here is a simple recipe for Paella that will allow you enjoy whether you’re in that Alicante holiday rental apartment or relaxing at home on a winter’s evening.
NOTE: Paella is a traditional rice dish of Spain origin which comprises of seafood, chicken, rabbit or vegetables. The rice you use in your paella depends on your preference, it can either be, whole grain rice or wild rice or the short grain Spanish rice which is used for traditional Spanish rice dishes.

• 4 cups of rice.
• 8 cups of stock.
• 8 – 10 each of prawns and mussels.
• 200 gm of shrimps.
• 2 tomatoes chopped.
• 3 -4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped.
• Few strands of saffron.
• Olive oil.

• Sauté garlic in a pan with little olive oil.
• Add tomatoes, shrimps and saffron, then cook till soft.
• Add rice and stock and salt and cook for about 20 minutes.
• Add prawns and mussels and cook for a few minutes more with a lid.
Serve while hot and enjoy your Paella. Don t forget to have a Spanish wine.

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We normally bring you information to enhance your holiday experience in Portugal s Algarve of Spain s Costa Blanca.  We trend our articles towards best places to eat as in restaurants we have researched or experienced.  Occasional if we are recommending a location for holiday rentals and we see swimming in an area should be done with care we will point that out. It does not take from the holiday rental locaton just hopefully lets use proceed with caution.

We occasional display recipes we particular like. Particularly if you can easily prepare in your Albufeira villa or eat on your balcony  in your Vilamoura marina apartment. Hope you enjoy the article and the apartment.

How can you best describe healthy eating?  It is not about strict diet limitations, starving yourself to get that perfect body, or denying yourself from those foods you love.  Rather, we can say healthy eating is about feeling great, feeling energized, staying in good shape and stabilizing your mood.

In this article we look at chicken salad being part of a healthy meal that you can eat no matter what time of the day it is. A meal that you can all enjoy as a family.



  • 1 or 2 boneless chicken breast cut into halves.
  • Teriyaki marinade sauce.
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped.
  • Half chopped onion.
  • 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro.
  • 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno pepper.
  • ¼ cup mustard of your choice.
  • ¼ of honey.
  • 1 ½ tablespoon white sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 ½ cider vinegar and lime juice
  • ¾ mixed salad greens



  • Place the chicken in a bowl, and cover with the teriyaki marinade sauce. Let it sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
  • In a small bowl mix the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro. Cover the mixture and refrigerate.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the mustard, honey, sugar, oil, vinegar, and lime juice. Cover dressing, and refrigerate.
  • Preheat the grill for high heat.
  • Lightly oil grill grate. Place chicken on the grill, and discard marinade. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear.
  • Arrange mixed salad greens on plates. Spoon some of the salsa over each salad, and sprinkle with 1/4 of the pineapple chunks. Break tortilla chips into large chunks, and sprinkle over salads. Lay some of the grilled chicken strips on each salad. Finally, sprinkle dressing over each salad, and serve.

There are a lot chicken salad recipes to choose from.  You prepare what best suits your health.  Enjoy with a nice Douro wine.

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We have continuously wrote about Portugal and what I call its divine simplicity. It is a place when you discover you can never get enough.  From the authentic restaurants, the manicured golf courses, the marina’s, the exceptional  beaches  Coupled with  the stunning selection of accommodation. Check out their 5 star hotels  holiday rental Villas and Apartments to rent in Portugal and the greatest of all the Portuguese wines.  Perhaps you are on a journey to discover that woww!! wine.  This could be the place for you.  Portuguese on a world stage are somewhat on discovered.  In this article we take you some of the best Portugal wines you can sample on your holiday and maybe encourage you investigate with your taste buds further.



Vinho Verde is a region a coastal zone in the northwest whose name goes hand in hand  with the freshness and vitality of the grape and ultimately the  wine. Vinho Verde is a popular and well known wine of Portugal. The Vinho Verde wines have low alcohol content light and refreshing, hence suitable for dining with  seafood. Most of these wines are meant to be drunk right away not waiting for the maturity of the wine.

There are several winemakers that make exquisite  Vinho Verde.  Which means it is readily available for consumption.  If you want to sample some of the region’s more fine wine, get a bottle from Anselmo Mendes or Aphros.  Like make other vineyards they are based in Northern Portugal.  For accommodation check out you find holiday rentals Portugal or holiday rentals Spain.


The vineyards along the Douro River have been producing world class wines for decades. In the last few years, the dry wines have continued to gain popularity.  Try a dry Douro red wines , white or rose with a wide range of grapes that are used.

The red wines are more strongest and spend a little time aging.  Most of the red grapes that you will see on the Douro are mostly used to produce the red wines.  Give the wines a try you won’t be disappointed and guaranteed of great taste.

White grapes make up only a small fraction of the wines. If you want to try  Douro white track down a bottle of Niepoort’s Redoma Branco. This is a wine that has a special taste, if you like white Burgundy you will be pleased with this choice.


Lisboa is a small region in the Colares sitting right along the Atlantic Ocean. The area is home to many excellent lavish Lisbon holiday rental villas. This regions makes some truly outstanding wines from the Ramisco grape. The vines meander along the sand dunes to protect themselves against the harsh ocean winds that come from the North Atlantic.

The grapes are able to survive the harsh climate and manage to retain the fresh acidity.  There are lots of good bottles of wine that you can find here labeled Vinho regional Lisboa.  The white wines are made out of the Arinto and Fernao Pires grapes, the grapes are crisp and aromatic.

Casa Santos Lima offers a wide range of wines that are of incredible value.  One thing you should note Lisboa used to be known as “Estremadura”, this name still appears in wine shops and some old bottles of wine.

There is a wide range of wine to take back home with you after touring the vineyards here in Portugal. Still grab a bottle and enjoy in the comfort of your holiday Apartment in Portugal.  Or if you book a holiday rental with some where like a Villa in Vilamoura you could make a day trip to this area.

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St Paddys day in Lagos Portugal

St Paddys day in Lagos Portugal

You might be living there or visiting friends or spending a few days in the excellent apartment rental Lagos or villa rentals Lagos. Its really doesnt matter as St Patrick’s Day in the Algarve is a little bit like Ireland a bit of craic with friends and of course a few drinks and the odd bit of traditions music.   It’s quite interesting because all nationalities join in the celebrations.  As with all our blogs we want them to be useful and help you search for those ideal holiday villas.   We achieve from time to time by inserting  keywords that can be used to search for various items on the internet. This is a brief look at Paddys Day in Lagos.   But places like Alvor with beautiful Alvor apartments should be kept in mind. Algarve villas or apartments Algarve  is always a good search and then break down search to places Villas in Albufeira.   Ok onto to the pub crawl in Lagos.

Lets kick off the list of events with  at the Marina Bar, Marina de Lagos Lote 30, 8600-780 Lagos
Phone:282 789 701

The Marina Bar Lagos
The Marina Bar Lagos

Live music from 2pm to 6pm

Guinness  at €3 .00 a pint all day

Special of the Day will be Irish Stew.

Derry from Tralee and his beautiful wife Ana will be there to look after you.

Fancy a wee bit of Craic?

Next alone the Marina near the Marina Holiday apartments is The Quays restaurant on Paddies Night for €15 they are offering a 2 course meal plus live music.

Call  282761128

e-mail  Facebook: quaylagosmarina

Then its the turn of the Lighthouse Bar.   Pete the new owner tell us that on St Patrick’s Day
from 4pm they will have live music Ephy Clarke.  They are also serving Bacon and Cabbage and there is a suggestion of Colcannon being served

The Lighthouse Bar Lagos
The Lighthouse Bar Lagos

The Lighthouse,
Marina de Lagos
8600-780 Lagos Tel.: 282762115 / 968073449



On St Patrick’s  Day in Lagos McCabe’s Bar is worth a visit. Derek and Ursula will give you a warm welcome it is a lovely place with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

There will be music and singing and possibly some dancing as well as eating and drinking (of course!) Come and join in the fun.
Address: R. Dom Vasco da Gama 63, Lagos
Phone:915 280 215

Fools and Horses Lagos
Fools and Horses Lagos

Fools and Horse would also be worth a visit.  Its at  R. António Barbosa Viana, Lagos
Phone:282 762 970  All of these venues can be searched on Google Maps.   They are all near you apartment rentals in Lagos  or a taxi fare away from your villa rental Lagos.

Enjoy your time in Lagos

Remember very little can beat a holiday villas rental in the Algarve with private pool.

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Alentejo Wine Pure Portuguese Character

Alentejo Wine Pure Portuguese Character

Back again  with another article for our blog at Our subject on this occasion is Alentejo wines.  Most of us enjoy a fine wine, the purpose of this  article is to give you a brief introduction and information about the wines of this region.  The region of Alentejo is where Portugal’s climate escapes the Atlantic.  It is located north of the Algarve on the border with Spain. The area has hot summers and very cold winters are also experienced.  Which is suitable for the growth of grape vines.   Because the area has such warm summers the grape tends to be dry, which gives this wine its unique taste.

Alentejo red wine
Alentejo red wine

The area has a small number of people but with very large Agricultural landscapes with large estates, wheat is commonly found here. It a well known area and highly respected wine region.

There are other tourist attractions in this region, but the wine in Alentejo is what makes the area top, especially its red wines. There are two separate styles of Alentejo red, there is the traditional style which mostly consists of herbs, savoury flavours, aromas with the fruit, the traditional wines are complex and mature more with age.  The wines show lots of powerful fruits with a richness that is unique.  Alentejo is the key center of Portugal’s wine rebirth over a couple of years.

Sheep among the trees
Sheep among the trees

Most of the wine production in the area was supported by the government and other co-operatives, though the wine produced by the locals is very impressive too. Alentejo is leading in its production because of the  response received  from its fine wine. Your love for wine should bring you down to Alentejo having a memorable holiday in this amazing region. But better still if you have decide on a holiday in the Algarve by get a villa in Vilamoura, apartments Albufeira or villa Alvor you can enjoy Alentejo wines  in the comfort of your rented apartment with family and  friends.

Vines of Alentejo
Vines of Alentejo

I am Hilda and I researched Alentejo wines so you could search for same while staying at one of our wonderful apartments.   Supermarkets like Pingo Doce, Intermarche and Continente stock a full range of Alentejo wines.   If you wish to have a self-catering holiday in the Algarve use the following keywords villas to rent in albufeiravilamoura apartments, and lagos apartments,.

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