The Village of Alporchinos
An attractive algarvian village, Alporchinos has lots to offer. There are many restaurants, bars and shops, a varied selection can be found below:
O Grelhador – reasonably priced, typically Portuguese food.
A Roda – no frills, extremely reasonable prices. Where the locals eat!
Resaurante Vila de Italia- Great tasting Italian and Portuguese food. A bit more pricey with a good selection of meat, fish, seafood and vegetarian dishes. They also offer a take away service if asked.
Mirasy’s- more expensive, but very good food.
Blues Bar- British owned and run bar.
Lords Bar- situated on the cliff top at the beautiful Señora da Rocha. Take the five minute stroll down the gentle hill towards the beach, then watch the sun go down with a cocktail or three! You can see almost as far as Faro from here.
A restaurant right on the beach. A stunning location!
Almost all eateries cater for children with a menu exclusively for them, but a childs size portion can be made of any dish if you require.
Glorias shop – right next door to the apartment gardens. Stocks a selection of almost anything. Very handy and the nearest shop.
Inter Marche supermarket- huge selection with prices in line with the UK.
There are three beaches within walking distance…
The beach of Senora da Rocha is a beautiful beach, surrounded by cliffs which can be accessed by car or on foot and there are two different ways to get there, please see the map. It is a safe beach, with great facilities . If you dare, take a wander through the secret tunnel through the cliff which emerges on another beach! You can also access this beach down a very steep set of steps from the cliff top car park near Lords Bar.A tiny,White-painted chapel sits on top of the cliff, with the most beautiful interior. Well worth a visit. Redonda beach is incredibly beautiful and is used by locals and residents of the exclusive Vila Lara hotel complex. Be warned, however, that there are many steps leading to this very photogenic beach, but it’s well worth the exertion!
Some Portuguese specialities to try…
Fish or meat Cataplana (typically Algarvian stew-style dish, cooked in a traditional Cataplana copper pot.)
Steak or liver Portuguese style (sizzling hot meat in a gravy with fried potatoes cooked together and served up in a terracotta dish).
Bacalau (salt cod)
Piri-Piri ( hot, spicy sauce found mostly with chicken or prawns ) Litterally means ‘pepper pepper’.
If you enjoy walking why not take a wander down to the nearest town, Armacao Da Pera. Here you will find great shops, great bars and restaurants, and of course a fabulous beach! This is a very long beach, gently shelving and safe, with a variety of watersports offered and pedalos etc available to hire for a modest fee. Here in the town you will find the nearest Chemist and Clinic. Also in Armacao you can book excursions to many local places of interest, water parks, markets and lots of fun things to do. ‘The Big One’ is the nearest water park, suitable for all ages and abilities. You could easily spend the entire day here! Take a picnic or buy your refreshments from the various eateries on site.
A taxi rank is situated along the sea front and will take you back to the apartment for a reasonable price, if you don’t fancy the walk back.
The Portuguese are very friendly,the majority of whom speak perfect English. They love children and will always make them feel very special and welcome.
All bedding and towels are provided (including beach towels).