Algarve Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by alyf1961
  • Azulejos at the train station
    Azulejos at the train station
  • Azulejos almost everywhere ...
    Azulejos almost everywhere ...

Algarve Local Customs

  • Chicken Piri Piri Recipe

    Ingredients2 tablespoons grated fresh lemon rind 3 tablespoons lemon juice 10 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons hot pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 (1 kg) lbs chicken pieces Directions1 In large glass bowl, combine all ingredients except chicken; mix well. 2 Add chicken, turning to coat. 3 Cover and refrigerate for 4...

  • Pastéis de Nata( Egg Custard Tarts)...

    Ingredients:Pastry:2 cups flour, plus more for rolling1 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons granulated sugar10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks/5 oz./141g) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes5 to 7 tablespoons ice waterCustard:1 tablespoon cornstarch1 1/2 cup heavy cream1 cup granulated sugar6 egg yolksInstructions:Make The Pastry:In the bowl of a...

  • Azulejos

    Everywhere we went in Portugal, we saw examples of the beautiful painted ceramic tiles called 'azulejos'. They are a carry-over of the Moorish conquest period of about 1000 years ago and are used to decorate the interior and exterior of buildings as well as for outside displays. In this case, we were on top of Mt. Foia, the highest mountain in the...

  • The Cock of Barcelos

    At a Banquet given by a rich Landowner in Barcelos the silver was stolen and one of the guests was accused of the theft. He was tried by the court and found guilty.In spite of overwhelming evidence against him he still protested his innocence. The magistrate granted the man a final chance to prove his case. Seeing a Cock in a basket nearby he said...

  • Medronha

    It is an evergreen shrub or small tree of 1-5 metres with dark red fruit of 25 mmm diameter and which weigh between 4-8 grams. It is distributed mainly in the Eastern Mediterranean area, but also occurs as a survivor of the Ice Age in Southern Ireland. The mature fruit contains over 15% sugar and 0.66% malic acid, and because of its high sugar...

  • Portuguese Steak

    3 cloves of garlic2 bay leavesA large knob of butter with some olive oilA cup of white wine6 ozs of sirloin or rump steak2 slices of Parma ham or smoken bacon3 medium potatoesPut the crushed garlic into a flameproof terracotta dish together with butter, bay leaf, white wine and a splash of Port, boil.Slice potatoes and fry separately.Fry the steak...

  • Couvert

    When you go to eat at a restaurant most will bring you bread, butter, sardine pate, olives, small cheese etc. at the beginning of the meal without you ordering it. You will be charged separately per person for these, the price for these is at the beginning of the menu. If you don't want them just say no thank you or make a little no sign and they...

  • Azulejos: Portuguese Ceramic Tiles

    Portuguese tiles, known as azulejos, adorn the inside and outside of almost every home in Portugal. Although introduced to Iberia by Moors, the fashion continued after they left. The Moors restricted themselves arabesque geometric patterns of triangles, squares, and diamonds, probably because many of them belonged to the Sunni brach of Islam which...

  • Cataplana Recipe (Clams and Pork)

    Ingredients650g loin of pork, cubed50g Portuguese chourico or salpicao sausage (You can use chorizo), chopped1kg fresh clams (cleaned)3 cloves of Garlic (finely chopped)1 Piri Piri (Chilli)1 onion, thinly sliced1 celery stick, diced1 green pepper cut into strips400g canned chopped tomatoes (Good quality)200ml dry white wine200ml Olive oil1 bunch of...

  • Chicken Piri Piri

    You will find plenty of fancy restaurants in the Algarve offering Lobster or fillet steaks, but if you ask me what the finest meal on offer is, I'll immediately answer Frango (chicken) Piri Piri!The origin of this dish is more likely from Angola or Mozambique but is now adopted as being typical Portuguese. The secret behind this delicious meal lies...

  • Cataplana's

    A cataplana is like two woks placed together and is traditionally made of copper. It is of Moorish design and was introduced to Southern Portugal during their occupation from the 8th Century AD. Food is placed in the bottom half of the dish then the hinged lid is closed enabling the ingredients to simmer together and the flavours develop. It can be...

  • Donkey

    On our drive back inland from our afternoon on the southern beaches of the Algarve, we climbed in height as we approached the little town of Monchique located in the mountains of Serra de Monchique. The highways between there and Silva are quite picturesque with forests growing beside the twisting road. At the little hamlet of Nave, we stopped to...

  • Countryside

    Try to forget the main resorts and get lost through the inland countryside. Even if Road sign can get you mad, it deserves!I love the countryside maybe as part of my family had been farmers and always loved to go in summer to help them (of course that was while I was a child, after I preferred to go to the parties instead of helping them hehehe,...

  • Street tiles

    Tiles must be something very typical from the Mediterranean areas, but looking at this ones, I could feel I was in Andalucia (ok instead of Calle you can see Rua, but in Galicia is similar lol)

  • Tiled facades

    In Andalucia is also typical the tiled walls, but we only do it the base not the whole facade as our neighbours the Portuguese.You can find this all over Algarve.

  • Chimneys

    Chimneys are famous in Algarve it has been said that as much big and complicate the chimney as much richer were the owners as it was taking longer for its construction.

  • fishing Industry

    All over the Algarve you will find fishing boats, in areas as Carvoeira it will be for showing you around the caves, but in the area of Tavira is like in the old times still a proper fishing industry, even if tourism is taking a good part of the incomes in these days. You can still see the fisherman at their boats on the side of the river cleaning...

  • Traditional houses

    In Algarve you can find many traditional nice houses with very good conservation, and in some cases you can rent one in the summer months

  • Cliff Fishing

    As we left Cabo de Sao Vicente, we noticed some fishermen standing on the edge of the 60-m (200-ft.) cliffs with their lines cast way down into the ocean. The wind was very gusty and I was careful not to get too close to the edge - I have since seen reports that a few of these guys are lost each year!! In fact, there was a plaque at the lighthouse...

  • Tipping a service is generally...

    Tippinga service is generally included in the restaurants bill.Tipping is not compulsory ,however if you are particularly pleased you can use about 10% as a guideline to tipping.Ihave nearly always tipped when here but,however with the increasing prices here on my last visit Ihave stopped the majority of this as i would very quickly find that i...

  • To drink or not to drink that...

    To drink or not to drink that is the waterGenerally water is safe to drink,but Iwould personally recommend that you do still buy some bottled water ,but for cooking,brushing the teeth and tea&coffee tap water is can also find running spas around the monchique area this water is of the purest kind


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