SUPER FOOD YOU CAN ENJOY WHILE IN PORTUGAL

SUPER FOOD YOU CAN ENJOY WHILE IN PORTUGAL

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 DISHES

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.

 

PORTUGUESE SEAFOOD DISHES:

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

ACORDA:

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.

 ALTENEJAN

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

CATAPLANA:

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 www.goholidaylets.com.  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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LET’S TALK PORTUGUESE CHEESE

LET’S TALK PORTUGUESE CHEESE

Yes, an article about Portuguese cheese !!!!

There is a huge amount written about cheese on the internet and some great slogans.  A few I like are “Kraft  Have a happy sandwich or good food to grow up on.

We as a website encourage visitors to book holiday apartments such as a villa in Lagos or apartment in Alvor or a holiday rental anywhere in Portugal.  As a consequence,  we tend to look at food from a holiday perspective be it entertaining friends at the villa poolside or dining in one of the many superb Lagos restaurants.

Please read our brief  guide of Portuguese  Cheese

Portugal is famous almost all year round sunshine,  delicious foods, great Portuguese wines, stunning manicured golf courses.  Magnificent Portugal holiday Apartments and luxurious Villas to rent in Algarve and other places.   Extraordinary Vilamoura marina, blue flag certified beaches.  What not always known Portugal has some excellent cheese.

While you enjoy some great Portuguese wines from Alentejo region try some delicious cheese from the Serra de Estrela or from Serpa cheese in southern Portugal.  Book a Lagos holiday villa today or other excellent locations on www.goholidaylets.com and enjoy an excellent holiday.  Sample all Portugal and places like the Algarve have to offer

 

In this article we review some of the cheese that you can enjoy while staying at a holiday rental in Portugal.

Terrincho Velho DOP –This is made with raw sheep milk, it is then rubbed with paprika, white wine and extra virgin olive oil.  Its production is considered traditional and only milk from a local bred goat is used.

Sabores d’Avózinha

Cheese from Sabores d’Avózinha
Sabores d’Avózinha

 

Casa de Mendevil Velho – This is milk cheese made with pasteurized milk and traditional rennet, it is aged for sometime and washed with sweet red pepper and extra virgin olive oil.  The flavor is strong and texture is firm.  It has a spicy finish, its buttery while dense and salty while bright. This cheese has more attention than the other cheese, a must try.

Amarelo da Beira Baixa DOP –This is an absolute classic of cheese, its salty with a smooth texture.  It can be strong but at times.  The goat milk gives a sort of uplifting effect to the earthy and slimy sheep milk.

There are other kinds of cheese of you can find and sample them either in a Lagos restaurant or Tavira bar enjoy  in your Albufeira Holiday apartment. Have a cheesy holiday. 🙂

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Here is how to find 3 of the best restaurants in Carvoeiro

Here is how to find 3 of the best restaurants in Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro in the Central Algarve is one of Portugal’s kept secrets.  One of my first impression was that it was a  place where the beach runs into the street.  A street where fantastic restaurants are on the sides.   Very famous for its remarkable golfs courses and the excellent Carvoeiro holiday rentals and the wonderful luxurious Algarve villas in the surrounding countryside.  Some of these villas to rent are fitted out in a sumptuous manner.  Well worth looking at for a large family holiday rental vacation.

As a consequent of all the visitor’s opportunities was found to provide restaurants bars and cafes and the locals were not found wanting.

Carvoeiro Restaurantes

The main ingredient of the local cuisine is fish and seafood.  Because it is sourced  fresh daily and readily available.  A mix of fish or sea food made in the traditional cataplana, with an addition of fresh herbs, garlic, some chourico , tomatoes, peppers and a sprinkle of wine served with freshly baked is a delicacy for everyone whether local or visitor.

Bars and Cafes

Carvoeiro has a large number of restaurants, bars, cafes and takeaway cafes. They offer great value from money with all types of cuisines offered.  From lunch time snack to a nice relaxing dinner perhaps after a day on the beach, you will not have to look far for a restaurant to suit your culinary delights.

 

Here for you free is an outline of some of Carvoeiro’s restaurants where you will find many types of foods and cooking traditions.

O BARADAS:

The surroundings of O Baradas restaurant are very inviting, and stylish.  The lamb dishes are a specialty, steaks and some well-cooked chops are amazing.  Try their sauté potatoes with a generous amount of onions its finger licking.

Enjoy the choices served that awaken your taste bud for a mouth watering dessert.

Luis the owner of the restaurant can help you in choosing a fine bottle of Portuguese wine.  He has a passionate love of the Douro collection. Be assured of the best.

The restaurant is commendable for an evening dinner.

 

ELA & ELA:

Ela Ela Restaurant Carvoeiro
Ela ela Carvoeiro

One of the best places to eat in Carvoeiro you will find  this cozy restaurant, which is right in the middle of town.

The menu, which offers different cuisines from time to time to incorporate the world flavours is worth a trial.

Portuguese dishes like fish, meats and vegetarian meals are served here in case you are not a fan of meat dishes.  The desserts are a pure bliss, don’t leave without having a taste.

The setting is simple and but with a touch of class.  The atmosphere is very professional in the sense that food and wine are taken seriously here.

A GALE:

This might be a small looking restaurant but it’s always packed to the brim. Booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

The menu constitutes grilled fish, lamb and pork chops.  Oh!!! and their chips are exceptional. Another restaurant with amazing food.

During your stay you will discover a wide range of other restaurants.

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LAGOS MARINA ONE OF THE BEST MARINA’S IN EUROPE

Lagos Marina is located on the Bay of Lagos amidst the best beaches in the Algarve. The entrance to the Marina de Lagos is via a constructed channel that leads to the pontoons. A pedestrian draw bridge protect s the entrance and exit from the Marina. Lagos has the privilege of being in the heart of the ever welcoming Portugal.

Why should you visit the Lagos Marina?

There are many to reasons to bring you to Lagos Marina.  It has some of the best Marina facilities in Europe.  You will find the staff here helpful and friendly which help to make your time here stress free.

The offshore accommodation  is plentiful with luxurious Lagos  Marina apartments two minutes from the quay side. The Lagos holiday rental Apartments or Lagos Marina Villas are always sought after.   Better to  book prior to your trip or with the help of www.goholidaylets.com.

Berthing charges are similar to Vilamoura Marina  and both are justifiably higher than other Portuguese marinas.

There is a Pingo Doce has a large supermarket adjacent to the Lagos Marina, which you go shopping for households especially if you are in in port. Or staying holiday rental Apartment nearby.  This apartments are a great way to have a magnificent  panoramic view of the Marina.

It is worth leaving your berth for at least a day and anchor on the network of coves with their carves and tunnels which extend from the Lagos to the Ponta de Piedade.

The Lagos Marina is home to some shops , a number of Lagos Marina restaurants. Fresh foods is served from morning to evening.  Lagos Marina Bars a good way to unwind after a day at sea. Check out Lazy Jacks and the Lighthouse among others.

We would recommend access the town by foot as you get to see an exclusive view of the Marina, which is an attraction.

There is  a large number berths at the marina.  There is a sailing school, dive centre a boat trips and may other attraction from which to choose.

Behind the marina you can see the old Lagos train station, still a charming old building with well preserved green ceramic tile front.    Next door to it is the modern Railway Station, that forms the final terminus for train journeys in the southwest of Europe.

Come down here enjoy the very best of Lagos Marina and take glorious memories back with you at home. Whether your in accommodation Lagos apartment or further way in a Algarve villa type accommodation the Marina is a place where people meet and relax.  Many famous faces can be seen on Marina from time to time one being the gentleman ex England goalkeeper David Seaman.   Mr Seaman has a holiday home in the nearby resort of Burgau.

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HOW TO DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF ALBUFEIRA MARINA

HOW TO DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF ALBUFEIRA MARINA

Albufeira Marina what to expect

For sometime, the Albufeira Marina has been considered has one of the safest, well managed marinas in Algarve.

If you are planning  a holiday and you decided on Portugal as your destination  booking an Albufeira Marina Apartment will be ideal kind of place to access the Marina with ease.

Anchor in Albufeira
Albufeira Anchor

 

You will also come across restaurants locally  like O Manjar Restaurant for a good steak, OS Arcos Restaurant if you are curious about traditional Portuguese food and local wines. The Invictus restaurant is another great spot for desserts.

The choice is plentiful, you just need to bring your curiosity and a little bit an appetite. This will allow to sample and try  Albufeira Marina has to offer.

The Albufeira Marina is a part of a premium tourist location that consists of albufeira villas, albufeira marina hotels and shops, swimming pools, albufeira marina leisure centre amongst other social amenities.

Sail from Albufeira
Sailing off Albufeira Marina

 

Marina Hotels

The Albufeira Marina features two resorts with albufeira luxury hotels with over 500 rooms. You can also find  holiday  apartments to rent in Albufeira and an excellent village resort with several pedestrian paths and bicycle routes.  This is a wonderful place to take a stroll and view the amazing non ending naval vessels of every kind over the water. Villa holidays are also very popular in the Albufeira area.

Beautiful church in Albufeira
Beautiful church in Albufeira

After a day in your Albufeira apartment or a nearby Albufeira villa, you can go check out the local fishermen carrying out their daily activities.  Maybe try a spot of fishing by rod and line.   Search locally for information about the availability of boats for hire. A days  fishing like this can be fun even for children.  On a sunny beautiful day, water activities are the order of the day.  Indulge in Jet Ski, Para Sailing, Dolphin Safaris, Yacht Charters.  There are plenty of water sports for everyone.

Just 30 minutes away from the Faro airport, the Albufeira Marina is a fast-growing destination of choice for many holiday makers in search of a more luxurious apartment to rent in Albufeira lifestyle.

Book a villa in Albufeira

Book one of the villas in Albufeira today  with www.goholidaylets.com. Coming here guarantees  a fun filled holiday. One that will make you plan for another holiday for all the family.

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Praia da Bata self catering beach location at its best

Praia da Bata self catering beach location at its best

A wonderful local beach in the great holiday town of Lagos

A self catering holiday to the Lagos is not complete without a visit to this landmark Lagos beach on the western end of the Avenida dos Descobrimentos (the main road running along the canal), look for the fortress. Beside the fortress you enter to the beach. It can be entered through the small slipway marina or continue up the road and there is a flight of steps down to the beach. It is incredible and beautiful place to sit and relax the day away. The white sandy beach and clear blue water are nestled within this wonderful Algaravian town is not isolated as its 10 minutes walk from most areas of the town but its surrounding huge buttress walls and adjacent cliffs make it seem like an intimate retreat. Continue along the beach to its western edge you ll come to Praia dos Estudantes (students beach). On our website www.goholidaylets.com wonderful self-catering accommodation can be found on to far from the beach.

The sheltered cove attracts thousands of visitors every year. There are little or no wave’s ideal places for the kids to swim. It is a great location for tourists to sunbath and swim in the crystal blue water. However, the beach and small nearby slipway is also very popular among kayaker and windsurfers as base to launch into the nearby ocean.

The beach Praia da Bata (Potatoe Beach) originally got its Portuguese name from a ship that ran aground in the cove. Need I say it was carrying a cargo of potatoes which in itself creates an alluring mystery that is associated with the beach and adds an extra thrill to this idyllic location.

Lagos is an ancient maritime town with more than 2000 years of history. Historically this beach which is located at the mouth of the river meeting the Atlantic Ocean has seen centuries of invading and conquering forces. Nowadays the only invaders to be seen are sea gulls tracking the small fishing craft loaded with fish for the local markets. Also the local accommodation has changed with nice hotels and hostels and excellent self-catering holiday accommodation. If you have time visit the Fortress Ponta da Bandeira, where you ll get an insight into Lagos treasured history. This beach is the setting for one of the most genuine expressions of the traditional neighborhood, the “Banho 29”, popular festival which takes place on the evening of August 29.

There are toilets on the beach as well as a small cafe which is opened during the tourist season where soft drinks beer and water is served. Also during the holiday season life guards are present on the beach it is important to obey the posted daily flags. If you’re enjoying a self-catering rental holiday we want you to be safe.

Rent Apartment in Lagos Portugal

Rent Apartment in Lagos Portugal

One of the most visited cities in the Algarve.

The town of Lagos is located on the western end of the Algarve it has a population of approximately 22,000 residents. These numbers increase tenfold during the summer months, with the arrival of tourists from all over the world and seasonal residents.

If you have occasion to rent an apartment in Lagos take time out in one of the many wonderful coffee shops and just listening to the accents.  Lagos holiday rentals and sought after throughout the summer and nowadays long term rentals for winter months are also popular.

You would think and expect European but I am always delighted to hear the young voices US Canadian, Australian and New Zealand people making Lagos a stop over.

While the majority of the population live along the coast and work in tourism and services, the inland region is sparsely inhabited, with the majority of the people working in agriculture and forestry.

Lagos is one of the most visited cities in the Algarve and Portugal, due to its variety of tourist-friendly beaches, bars, Lagos restaurants, and hotels. It is renowned for its vibrant summer nightlife and parties. Lagos is also a historic centre of the Portuguese Age of Discovery, frequent home of Henry the Navigator, historical shipyard and, at one time, centre of the European slave trade. In 2012, travel website TripAdvisor, classified Lagos as the number 1 travel destination, on a list of “15 destinations on the rise” worldwide.  The Lagos Marina is an exciting vibrant area to visit.   Enjoy a superb English breakfast and it might be worth look at the option of renting a Lagos Marina apartment.

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