Portugal Holidays: 11th Sea Gastronomy Festival at Tavira

11th Sea Gastronomy Festival at Tavira, Algarve, Portugal

11th Sea Gastronomy Festival at Tavira, Algarve, Portugal

Portugal Holidays: 11th Sea Gastronomy Festival at Tavira, Algarve, Portugal (2nd-25th of May 2014) – Enjoy the last days!

This festival will be hosted by the town of Tavira, along with the villages of Cabanas and Santa Luzia, from the 2nd to the 25th of May 2014. With many restaurants and cafes taking part, offering local and seasonal produce from the sea, this festival is certainly worth a visit while holidaying in the Algarve to experience this seafood culinary extravaganza. This festival celebrates the culinary skills and tastes of the Mediterranean Diet, something that is recognised by Unesco as of Intangible Cultural Heritage. For Portugal, with nearly 500 miles of coastline, their vibrant fishing industry has been instrumental in the development of the Portuguese economy.

One popular Portuguese dish is Seafood rice (Arroz de marisco). This is a rice stew with a variety of shellfish. Along with tomatoes, onions, coriander and chili pepper. Also, there is the humble sardine. Popular in the Algarve with both locals and holidaymakers, they are commonly grilled, served up with a sprinkling of salt and a wedge of lemon on the side. Quite delicious and refreshing.

For those wishing to stay near Tavira there is a fantastic selection of accommodation: Pousada de Tavira – Convento da GraçaVila Galé Albacora, Vila Galé Tavira, Hotel Porta NovaPedras da Rainha, Pedras d’el Rei.

Tavira town, with an active fishing port, is a very popular holiday destination, while still holding onto its old world charm. Exploring the narrow cobbled streets, offers the opportunity to admire the Portuguese and Moorish architecture. Along with over 20 churches, described as some of the finest in the Algarve.

For those wishing to fit some golf in during their holiday in Portugal, there is a fine selection nearby: BenamorQuinta de CimaQuinta da Ria, and lot more in the Algarve. All offering exciting games in fantastic locations. 

by Richard FM Conlon