Topazio Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Rua Vasco da Gama, Areias de Sao Joao, Albufeira, Algarve, 8200-908, Portugal
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Value Score Great Value!

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Drinking Beer in...

by HMAPA

Drinking Beer in Portugal

Portugal is not internationally famous for its beer, yet it is very popular all over the country, and beerlovers won't be disappointed (did you know that the annual academic festival in Coimbra has held the world record of beer consumption for several times? Yes, more than in the 'Oktoberfest').

Few kinds of beer are made in Portugal. They're mainly 'lager' or 'brown beer' and more recently some lighter versions of lager like 'Cool, Ice, etc...'. This tip is more intended to provide some vocabulary regarding types of glasses and ways of asking.

First of all, beer is 'Cerveja' (something like 'Serrvayjah'), and is always served chilled.

So, if you want more or less half a pint of draught beer (0.25 l served in a thin glass) ask for: 'Imperial' - in Lisbon and southwards - or 'Fino' - from Coimbra northwards.

If you want more or less a pint of draught beer (0.5 l served in a Mug) ask for a 'Caneca'.

At least in Lisbon there is also a greater glass, the 'Girafa'.

Botlled beer usualty comes in 0.25/0.33 l bottles.
The two main brands are 'Sagres' and 'Super-Bock', both created around the 1930's.
Here's a summary of portuguese brands or foreign brands popular in Portugal (all of them have websites but you'll have to look for them, this is not advertising):

- 'Super Bock' - Lager, 5.8% Alcohol

- 'Sagres' - Lager, 5.1% Alcohol

- 'Sagres Preta' - the most popular Dark/Brown Beer

- 'Cristal' - Lager/Pilsener, 5.2% Alcohol, from the same brewery of 'Super Bock' but made since 1890

- 'Imperial' - Lager/Pilsener, 5.1% Alcohol, from the same brewery of 'Sagres'. Mind that this is the brand, not the draught 'imperial' (half pint) wich can be of any brand;

- 'Tagus' - Lager, a new brand (2002)

- 'Cintra' - Lager, a new brand (2002)

- 'Topazio' - Lager/Pilsener, regional from Coimbra from the same brewery of 'Sagres'

- 'Onix' - Lager/Pilsener, regional from Coimbra from the same brewery of 'Sagres'

- 'Coral' - Lager/Pilsener, regional from Madeira

- 'Carlsberg' - Lager/Pilsener, 5.2% Alcohol, from the same brewery of 'Super Bock' under license of the Danish brand

- 'Tuborg' - Lager/Strong, 7.2% Alcohol (the strongest!), from the same brewery of 'Super Bock' under license of the Danish brand

- 'Jansen' - Alcohol free (max. 0.5%), from the same brewery of 'Sagres'

- 'Cheers' - Alcohol free (max. 0.5%), from the same brewery of 'Super Bock'

You can drink beer in any restaurant but also in most 'cafés'. Most of them are really snack-bars (although they really serve 'expressos' more than anything else).

There is a particular kind of restaurant specially devoted to beer and normally serving beef steaks with tradicional sauces (supposed to be secret) or seafood. They're called 'Cervejarias'. In Lisbon, the most ancient are 'Trindade' and 'Portugália'. Nowadays these restaurants are expanding in chains throughout the city and the whole country. Apart form the two mentioned above there are also 'Republica da Cerveja' and 'Cervejeira Lusitana'. In Silves, Algarve, there's 'Fábrica do Inglês'.

All these 'Cervejarias' have their own breweries producing exclusive brands.

There are also many other 'Cervejarias' scattered all over the country that are really plain seafood restaurants (also known as 'Marisqueiras') where normal brands are served.

Remember, drink but don't get drunk, and never drink-drive!

'Saúde!' (Cheers!)

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Catholic church in olhos d'agua or albufeira

by Ellie1990

Can anyone tell me if there is a catholic church in olhos d'agua (where we sill be staying in April), or ifnot if there is one in albufeira and the Sunday mass times if possible. Also if we have to go to albufeira will there be a bus service or will we need a taxi (if it is not too much trouble any idea how much taxi would cost from olhos d'agua to albufeira). ThAnks any answers appreciated

Re: Catholic church in olhos d'agua or albufeira

by mccalpin

In looking at www.masstimes.org, I am pointed to the Diocese of Algarve (Faro) website (only in Portuguese).

It seems that there is not a church in Olhos d'Água, or if there is, the only masses are in the evening on Sunday (5 p.m. in the summer, and 5 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the winter).

It looks like the regular services are held in Albufeira, as you suspected:

Sábado: 18:00, 22:00 (Verão), Domingo: 09:30, 11:00, 19:00 (Verão) / 09:30, 11:00 (Inverno)
(Saturday: 6 p.m., 10 p.m. (Summer),
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 7 p.m. (Summer)/ 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. (Winter))

The Diocesan website gives the churches info as:
Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception)
Travessa da Igreja Matriz 4 (this is a street in the city center of Albufeira)
Albufeira
tel: 289 585 526
paroquialbufeira@sapo.pt
(from http://www.diocese-algarve.pt/site/index.php?module=Paroquias&func=view&ot=paroquia&id=1 )

Armed with this info, you should be able to
(1) email the parish to confirm mass times (I hope they'll read English, but maybe not...note that all Portuguese can read and usually understand Spanish, even though for political and cultural reasons, it's not their first choice), or
(2) give this info to your hotel staff (or whomever) and have them investigate times and transportation for you...I don't know how well the buses will be running Sunday morning, almost certainly a reduced schedule.

Bill

Re: Catholic church in olhos d'agua or albufeira

by cubsur

There are no direct buses from Olhos D'Agua into the old town area of Albufeira. The Igreja Matriz (Parish Church) sits in the middle of the narrow and steep streets of the old town centre. The nearest you will get by bus is almost half a mile away and there's a steep hill to walk up. A taxi would cost you 7 or 8 Euros.

On a Sunday morning the only buses towards Albufeira from Olhos D'Agua are at these times : 0737, 0845, 0922, 1000 and 1052. The journey to the nearest stop (Modelo) takes about 10 minutes.

As I said these don't go down into the old town, so you would have to get off at the Modelo shopping centre and from there it's about a 12 - 15 minutes walk down the hill into the old town, across the square and part way back up the other side to the church.

Travel Tips for Albufeira

delicious seafood and shellfish

by call_me_rhia about Os Azeiteros

it's a tiny restaurant near the beach, with outside and inside tables, squeezed in between other restaurants… This one serves great food - especially seafood… what you shoud try is the caldeirada… a typical local dish based on rice, served in a clay pot. We chose the one with seafood: delicious and huge (but we managed to finish it all). And pinapples... I don't know why - but they taste amazing in Portugal.

Albufeira, awesome place for fun!

by ronnymanu

"First you have to eat well!"

Before you can go out and party all night! You need to know where to go and ' (pig out!) Line the gut! Rei dos Frangos in Guia is that place where the best chicken in all of Europe is served up. Down a few pints of Sagres with this and your on your way to having a great afternoon!

"Libertos Bar! Just to get a taste of partying!"

Excellent bar to start up and hang out in, the amosphere is great and the views are stunning!!! Known the owner for years and there is always an awesome party atmosphere happening here. After a few quiet ones in here and meeting new people - Great to move on to Blackjacks, Kiss or if your up for it Kadoc!

"Kiss!"

Love the place since I was 18! Cool, classic, good crowd, great music.
Dance the night away and if your lucky!!!

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