We made a trip to the Algarve last week primarily to visit my cousin Dermot Staveacre who lives in the village of Pera. We spent a few days in the fishing village of Armacao de Pera which is on the beach where the men from Pera land their fish.

Local fishermen relaxing in the sun after cleaning the fish caught earlier

We stayed in a little hotel by the beach and were able to walk to some of the most wonderful little family run restaurants we have ever visited.

Giving the beach a little makeover early in the morning

The last time we visited Dermot he brought us to a little tiny restaurant on the beach very near where the fishing boats come in. We visited it again on the first night of our holiday and we were not disappointed. It is a family owned restaurant with a few tables on the beach and some more inside. The weather was very mild that evening and so we were able to sit outside by the beach and watch the sun go down.

We went with everything local. Homemade vegetable soup for me followed by Dourada (sea Bream) for two, followed by the most delicious home-made chocolate mousse ever tasted (two spoons!). We washed it all down with plenty of the local and most tasty house red. The bill came in at a very reasonable €42. We agreed it was the best quality and least expensive meal we had had in many a day!

Walking home across the beach after our meal

What really stuck us was the wonderful warm welcome we received wherever we went. Portugal has gone through difficult economic times but seems to be doing very well now. I think too that the people are really making an effort to be welcoming and kind. Definitely a good place to visit and to be able to swim in the Atlantic Ocean at this time of the year was a big plus.

Ted Dwyer Family Business

June 2017