Quatro Aguas Pier Redevelopment

After 20 years, the pier at Quatro Águas has finally been remodelled. As a child, I remember the initial shape of Quatro Aguas pier was a square. Around 1994 it was completely rebuilt and the round shape was introduced. The new redevelopment efforts are not only aimed at aesthetics, but also a revitalisation and reorganisation of the pedestrian and parking space. The new Quatro Aguas Pier This requalification work will focus on the … [Read more...]

Aguardente and Medronho Liquors

The "Medronho" -- arbutus berries -- matures when winter knocks on the door. This a warm colored fruit, which grows easily everywhere, likes humidity and spreads throughout the Algarvian hills. It's harvested from October to November, being sunk in a bit of water for 40 days, then, it is smashed and covered. Afterwards, the fruits are placed inside an "alambique" -- batch system -- to be cooked, it is then covered and the mud is pasted around the … [Read more...]

Fires consume Tavira tourist spots

Since last Wednesday serious fires have been burning precious natural areas inside Tavira's municipality. At least 5.000 acres of land have been consumed by the flames in an area that has been recognized as one of the best areas of the country for corktrees. photo by Agêcia Lusa The fire was spotted initially around 13:00 in the parish of Cachopo, from where at least 50 people have been evacuated. Latest reports state that fires are now … [Read more...]

Cataplana of Clams

photo by cayetano Cataplana of Clams Ingredients (6 servings): 1.5Kg fresh small clams in the shell, rinsed. 3 medium onions thinly sliced 3 cloves of crushed garlic 2 green bell peppers cut into small strips Olive oil 1 bay leaf 500g tinned plum tomatoes 100g smoked ham, diced 50g dry-cured ham (prosciutto) diced 100g portuguese sausage (or any other chorizo style sausage) Small glass dry white wine Some fresh … [Read more...]

Holidays in Tavira: what, when and how

Holidays in Tavira are addictive. It's no wonder; the region resorts have held attractions for long enough which work their magic to ensure that many of the regular and new visitors return again and again, and almost everyone who takes their holidays in Tavira holds fond memories of the place for years to come, usually sharing with friends and family. Here you will be able to find most of the information that will help make your holiday … [Read more...]