Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Sunshine lollipops and rosé


Pezinhos n´Areia at Praia Verde
Sunshine, Lollipops ... but no Rainbows ... no rain here mother. Still the East Algarve delivers on its promise of sunny holidays, inexpensive food and all year round value for money.
Here’s to the nights where the sand is your seat, the waves kiss your feet, your friends outnumber the stars, and even the chilliest of nights at Casa Rosada are still warmer than the cold glass of rosé  in your hand.Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to people. For those few months you're not required to be who everyone thinks you are.
Summer in the Algarve is kind of like the ultimate one-night stand: hot as hell, totally thrilling, and gone before you know it,making you yearn for it all to happen again.
There is something for everyone in the land of salt, sand, sunshine, sardines and sumptuous settings .... This is El Al Gharb.
When the thespian and I re-located, we came we saw we conquered, we shopped around and here is a round up of our findings; What is available and what we consider the best, a stones throw from Casa Rosada.The last stop on the East Algarve is an ultimate stop for the foodie traveller.Our favourite local Ristorante offers a spot of guide book idealism, fresh fish from the river or the sea, grilled to perfection and served with charm and intimacy.You can´t get much more local than the restaurant five minutes walk from our house. Try a glass or bottle with some excellent traditional Portuguese cuisine at A Tasca Medieval in Castro Marim, where Fatima and Antonio will welcome you and ensure you receive excellent service.One of our favourite restaurants, just six kilometres away is Pezinhos n´Areia at Praia Verde.This is one of the few local restaurants that upholds culinary heritage and serves some very traditional and unusual Algarvian dishes,and what a setting for a romantic dinner with moonlight seaview on a balmy summer night.For a light lunch before an afternoon on the beach, or dinner for that matter or even for a rest break from the hot midday sun we recomend Chá com Água Salgada.
Bordering on Andalucia,as we do, I have felt at liberty to suggest a tip toe through the Spanish tiles of Ayamonte and pop in for a glass of Pedro Ximenez and a spot of Tapas at Orta.Going up the country and following the Guadiana river along its banks a day out in Mertola will be a day to remember.Last, but by no means least, our beloved Tavira.A twenty minute car drive will take you to The "Venice of The Algarve." The town itself, probably the most beautiful in the Algarve, has a wealth of history to discover and many cosmopolitan restaurants Aquasul, Bistro Porto and Amore Vero to name but three, situated in the narrow cobbled streets behind the riverfront.Cést si bon, so many dens so little time.Spoilt for choice-you will be.








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