Algarve Journals

Off the tourist track

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A travel journal to Algarve by Praskipark

Praia Boco do Rio Photo, Algarve, Portugal More Photos
Quote: A collection of restaurants and one beach that is a little off the tourist track, Algarve

Restaurante Veneza

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Restaurant | "Algarvian restaurant south of Paderne"

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Restaurante Veneza is an old family favourite. You can find this informal, family run restaurant south of Paderne in the Algarve, Portugal where the two motorways meet at the junction. The building where meals are served looks very much like a dining hall in a college or university. It used to be an ordinary village house until the owners knocked a few rooms through making it into a popular restaurant and added a shop as well. Mem Moniz is inland so the menu is a little bit different and offers Algarvian dishes that you probably wouldn't come across on the coast. House specialities like charcuterie - home made sausages, hams, enchidos and Presunto are high on the menu and porco preto, a s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2012

Restaurante Veneza
Mem Moniz
Paderne, Portugal

Sitio do Forno

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Restaurant | "Always a queue"

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You will find restaurants around the village of Carrapateira and the beaches, Praia do Bordeira and Praia do Amado serve similar dishes. These restaurants are known for fresh fish and seafood; some have tremendous views. Sitio do Forno (site of the oven, in Portuguese) is one I recommend because of its location overlooking the ocean and beautiful beach of Praia do Amado. To reach the restaurant you have to walk on an unpaved road which eventually leads you to the other beach, Praia do Bordeira.This is a very popular restaurant especially at weekends. Diners like to come here because they can sit outside on the terrace on the top of the cliff and watch the small boats out at sea as well as...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2012

Sitio do Forno
Praia Do Amado
Carrapateira, Portugal
282 973 914

Burgau(general)

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Burgau is still popular with tourists probably because it still has some of its old world charm left. Extra building and development hasn’t spoilt it entirely, you can still find the original main cluster of cottages painted white and edged with powder blue. This row of cottages can be found near to the opening of the beach and hasn’t changed since I first started visiting over 20 years ago. The old covered bus stop with a bench inside is a meeting point for old men to sit in the shade and when you look down the main cobbled road you will think you are in a town in some old fashioned western. At midday there won’t be a soul on the road, they will be inside behind closed doors keeping out of the sun, d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2012

O Sitio do Rio

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Restaurant | "Great fish restaurant behind the beach"

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You can’t visit Praia do Bordiera without calling in at O Sitio do Rio restaurant; a restaurant we have visited many times. The location is behind the beach so you can visit before you take the walk up the hill to one of the Algarve’s finest golden beaches or pop in on your way back before you jump in your car. We usually visit before, around lunch time. The road leading to the restaurant is pretty wild with lots of stones, cacti and Aloe Vera plants. O Sitio do Rio is a very busy restaurant so it is advisable to book a table especially at weekends.There are two dining areas; one inside and the other in the courtyard at the back of the restaurant. Out of the two I prefer to sit in the cour...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2012

O Sitio do Rio
Praia Do Bordeira
Carrapateira, Portugal

Praia Boco do Rio

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Attraction | "Mouth of the River"

Praia Boco do Rio Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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Boco do Rio in Portuguese means mouth of the river. I like the name of this beach as it reminds me of cowboys and whenever I hear the name I imagine a lonesome cowboy riding his horse through a dry canyon looking for water in the scorching heat. I don’t think I have actually seen a lonesome cowboy in this part of the Algarve although I have seen a lonesome calf wandering close to the water’s edge. Where was the calf’s, Mama? I remember asking myself. I think she must have followed the rest of the herd further up the valley. Just like in the cowboy films the herds come down from the pastures in the hills to drink in the stream formed by the overflow of water from the mouth of the river. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2012

Praia Boco do Rio
Between Burgau and Salema
West Algarve, Portugal