Obras passadiço Monte Gordo – Update on new walkway and bars

As obras no passadiço de Monte Gordo (acessos e bares) continuam a bom ritmo para ter tudo pronto para o verão de 2018. Veja os videos recentes em baixo.

The construction work on the new walkway and bares in Monte Gordo beach continue at a good pace and are expected to be done on time for the beginning of the 2018 summer season. Check the recent videos below.

 

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Novos Bares de Praia / New Beach Bars

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Conceição Cabrita, a nova presidente da Câmara Municipal de Vila Real de Santo António, anunciou que “A obra de requalificação da Praia de Monte Gordo avança a bom ritmo, prevendo-se a abertura dos primeiros apoios de praia no final do mês de março. Até ao verão, a nova frente de mar deverá contar com 18 novas estruturas, momento em que ficará concluída a segunda fase da obra, que conta com investimento público e privado próximo dos doze milhões de euros”.

Pode ler mais aqui:

https://www.algarveprimeiro.com/d/primeiros-apoios-de-praia-do-novo-passadico-de-monte-gordo-concluidos-no-final-de-marco/20319-4

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Conceição Cabrita, the new mayor of Vila Real de Santo António, announced that “The requalification of Monte Gordo beach is progressing at a good pace, with the first beach bars and restaurants expected to open at the end of March. By the summer, the new sea front will have 18 new structures, at which time the second phase of the work will be completed, with public and private investment close to 12 million euros.”

 

A comet called Noélia, great food experience nearby

Noelia Restaurante in Cabanas de Tavira
https://www.facebook.com/noeliaejeronimorestaurante/

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“One good thing about Winter is that it is easier to dine at Noélia” our Algarve friends told us. “In the Summer it is impossible to get in.” Curious, we made reservations a week in advance.

As soon as we sat down in this seaside restaurant in the village of Cabanas, we knew we were in for something special. There was a festive atmosphere and the aromas of the sea filled the air.

The restaurant is noisy but our waiter was a mind reader who guessed what we wanted without the need for much verbal communication. And so a perfectly chilled bottle of sparkling wine arrived, followed by a plate of steamed langoustines. “They were caught this morning” the waiter told us. “I know you’ll like them.” We were so impressed by the crustaceans’ exquisite taste that we vowed never to eat frozen seafood again.

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Salt-water tea, a new restaurant nearby

Novo restaurante na Manta Rota / A new restaurant in Manta Rota

https://www.chacomaguasalgada.com/

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Two architects working in Lisbon, Paulo Esteves and Sandra Gomes, went to the Algarve to visit their family. By happenstance, they heard about a competition for the concession of a restaurant at the entrance of the Manta Rota beach. They were tired of their busy lives in the capital and yearned to be closer to nature, so they decided to apply.

A long time passed until one day, when they had almost forgotten about the competition, they learned they had won!

They called their restaurant Chá com Agua Salgada (salt-water tea). It is a beautiful place with a terrace overlooking the ocean. The food is great and tastes even better because the appetizing aromas are mixed with the ocean breeze.

Our meal started with octopus samosas that were crispy and flavorful, seasoned with a curry mayonnaise. Then came carabineiros, large shrimps from Algarve, paired with spinach wilted in oil and garlic. Next, we…

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O melhor Polvo – Best Octopus

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St. Luzia (Polvo) Composit

The best octopus in Portugal comes from Santa Luzia, a small village near Tavira in the Algarve. The locals proudly call it octopus capital.

The shores of Santa Luzia are full of small shrimp that attract the octopi. Old-time fishermen lay clay pots called “alcatruz” in the water. The octopi cuddle in these pots to sleep and get caught when the pots are removed from the water.

Younger fishermen don’t like to wait for the mollusks to fall asleep, so they prefer to use a “covo,” a plastic trap with a sardine inside.

Old timers swear that the octopus caught with the alcatruz tastes much better than the one caught with the covo. But young and old agree that Casa do Polvo is a great place to eat octopus. There are many preparations to choose from, including carpaccio, stewed, fried, and roasted. Our favorite is “polvo panado,” octopus combined with egg and bread crumbs and then…

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Bolo Bolacha – Portuguese Biscuit cake

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Bolo de bolacha

Plato thought that the circle was a symbol of the divine. Alberti, an Italian architect, considered it the perfect shape. But no one was more obsessed with the circle than Guarino Guarini, a brilliant Baroque architect. His buildings are made of concave and convex spaces delineated by circles. One of his most important works, the church of Santa Maria da Divina Providência in Lisbon, was famous for its undulating facade. Sadly, the church was destroyed by the 1775 earthquake.

By happenstance, the circular shapes included in Guarini’s treatise, Architettura Civile, resurfaced in Portugal in the 20th century in the design of the popular bolo bolacha (biscuit cake). This cake is made with the circular Maria biscuits invented in 1874 by an English baker to celebrate the marriage of the Duke of Edinburgh with the Russian Duchess Maria Alexandrovna. To make the cake, the biscuits are dipped in strong coffee, layered with buttercream and then assembled according to designs…

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