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Feasting on art at O Barradas restaurant near Silves

meinkechickensThe O Barradas restaurant is situated in a converted farmhouse between Silves and Lagoa and is run by Luís Pequeno and his German wife Andrea.

The garden dining area and the covered garden terrace both provide the perfect setting for a sultry evening but throughout the summer there is an added dimension.

Quinta dos Vales Wins "Concurso de Vinhos do Algarve" 2015

Quinta dos Vales Wins "Concurso de Vinhos do Algarve" 2015Quinta dos Vales retained the title of “The Best Wine of the Algarve” for the third consecutive year!

This past Monday, 25th May, Quinta dos Vales was once again honoured at the “VIII Concurso de Vinhos do Algarve” winning the Grand Gold Medal and the coveted distinction of “The Best Wine of the Algarve”.

Wine tasting at Monte de Salicos, Carvoeiro

Wine tasting at Monte de Salicos, CarvoeiroNothing like the wholesome scent of the country and the pleasure of gazing at the rows of neatly cared-for grape vines, sprouting courageously in their bright Spring green, high up on a ‘monte’ with 360º beautiful views all around … just a few minutes from the busy towns of Lagoa and Carvoeiro.
This is what a group of more than 30 property owners and residents found themselves doing on the afternoon of the 1st of May. The visit to Monte de Salicos vineyard was a pleasant surprise to the guests who were being invited to the Quinta’s first wine tasting experience.

Best wine south of the Tagus?

“Grace Vineyard” 2009 red Quinta dos Vales managed to achieve once again an important milestone for its “Marquês dos Vales” wines. Just weeks after the “Grace Vineyard” 2009 red was awarded a double gold medal and the title of “The Best Wine of the Algarve”, it has now also won the FIJEV 2014 Trophy for the best red wine of the competition held during VINIPAX 2014 in Beja.

Delicacies of the Algarve, the Rocha Brava guide

Delicacies of the Algarve, the Rocha Brava guideFor as much as a holiday is supposed to be about relaxation and switching off, a key aspect of the holiday experience is becoming immersed in a different culture. By doing so, you can truly escape from your everyday stresses and strains, and even learn something.

Of course, one of the easiest ways to sample an unfamiliar culture is to sink your teeth into its cuisine. As well as teaching you a surprising amount about the values and trends of the culture in question, you’re also liable to experience something new and delicious.

“The Best Wine of the Algarve” 2014

“The Best Wine of the Algarve” 2014The team at Quinta dos Vales has once again achieved all its targets in quality, winning for the third time “The Best Wine of the Algarve” , this year for the “Grace Vineyard” 2009 red. This means they won both Gold and Great Gold Medal in the “7th Algarvian Wine Competition” at the FATACIL in Lagoa, on the 16th of August 2014.

This serves as confirmation of the long-established quality of the "Marquês dos Vales" wines, after the "Grace Vineyard" 2008 red also won Gold in “Mundus Vini” in Germany last Autumn.

Eating Out in the Algarve

Dining outLearning a few basic words and phrases of Portuguese shouldn’t be beyond most people, and is only common courtesy. And unless you’re really off the beaten track, you’ll usually find the owner, or at least one of the waiting staff, will speak more than enough English (and often other languages such as German or French) to help you get by.

If not, muddle through with a few well-chosen mimes, a spot of guesswork, or just cast a glance at what looks good on the other tables.

Tavira's Salt Pans

Tavira's Salt PansOn April 21st, members of the Rotary Club Estoi Palace International paid a visit to the salt pans in Tavira run by Rui Simeão.

Located in the Ria Formosa Natural Park these saltpans have been in his family for over 150 years.