Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Wine Resources in the Lagos Area of the Algarve region of Portugal.

There are vineyards in the Lagos area of the Algarve region of Portugal. some of which can be visited.
See the following links for more information:
Monte de Casteleja  
Quinta da Mata Porcos & Herdade dos Seromenhos
This Algarve wine guide is also a useful resource:

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Porto Fransciso Sa Carneiro Airport (OPO) to Porto Garagem Atlantico Bus Station.

Depending what time one is arriving at Porto Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO), Transdev now also operating a bus shuttle from the airport to Garagem Atlantico in Rua Alexandre Herculano which is the main Porto bus station for Rede-Expressos.pt and CiteExpress.eu.
The service operates almost hourly between 08:00 (to airport)/ 08:25 (from airport) until 19:00 (to Airport)/ (19:25) from airport. 
Outside these hours, one can use the Metro to Bolhão and then walk the 600m to the Bus Station. Be aware that the Airport Service operates only 2/3 times an hour.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Rail Travel From Seville to Alicante

The only rail routing from Sevilla to Alicante is via Madrid-Atocha or Cuenca.
One has to change trains at least once.
Travel time between 5hrs and 6hrs45mins.
Prices between 63€ and 98€.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Bus from downtown Lisbon to Lisbon Airport to connect to a 07:00 Flight

The Metro in Lisbon only starts operating around 06:00 in the morning.

For those staying downtown in the areas of Cais de Sodre, Rossio & Restauradores and wishing to get to the Airport to catch a flight, there is the Carris night bus route 208 that leaves from Cais de Sodre and passes through Praça Figueira, a short walk from Restauradores.

See: http://carris.transporteslisboa.pt/fotos/produtos/208_asc.pdf

As it goes all round the houses, one should probably be better to getting an early departure.

Timetable here: http://carris.transporteslisboa.pt/pt/autocarro/208/ascendente/

Bear in mind that this takes one to Terminal 1. If leaving from Terminal 2, one then needs to get the bus shuttle from T1 to T2.

Friday, 1 May 2015

I'm not scared to show my ignorance - What is a bifana?

This erudite and highly intellectual question was recently posed on the Portugal Forums on a leading Travel Website.

The answer...

A Bifana is a highly addictive, high fat, portuguese pork sandwich which when consumed with a bit of mustard, and when washed down with a Sagres Black Beer, is the sort of food that the Vikings in the Monty Python Spam Sketch would have sailed all the way to Portugal for!

See (in Portuguese but with pix): http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bifana

And to start the day of right for everyone....

Happy MayDay, Comrades!!!! ;))

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Best Burgers in Lagos, Portugal

There is really only one place in Lagos if you want real burgers ...

"Nah-Nah Bar"

11 Travessa do Forno
Near Praca Da Armas,
Lagos 8600,

Speak to Selmo and tell that you were referred by Barlaventoexpert!!





Sunday, 26 April 2015


By definition, a "Cataplana" is a seafood dish!

Eira do Mel Cataplana 01 (3177019170)
Consequently, it is highly likely that ANY cataplana, even those described as meat based, will include some form of sea-food, be it fish, cephalapod or mollusc.
I had this yesterday in Alvor, when a member of the party wanted a cataplana without molluscs. She chose one which said "mixed fish", but when it appeared it was full of "items of wobbly nature" as well!
There is such a thing as chicken cataplana but usually it calls for clams as well!
However, if you want to do it yourself, here's a couple of recipes (in Portuguese) I found for it on the Portuguese web!!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Ferry Services between Madeira and Continental Portugal to return??

Following the election of the new regional government for Madeira, complete with a new First Minister, rumours are flying around the web that there is a possibility that a ferry service between Madeira and Continental Portugal may be reinstated.

One may remember that Spanish Line, Navera Armas, operated a weekly service from the Canarias via Funchal to Portimão until 2013. The line closed because the then First Minister of the Madeira Regional Government insisted that high Port handling charges remained in force, ostensibly making the route unsustainable.

However, even if the ferry link is resuscitated, I believe passenger fares will still be steep.

Remember ARMAS is a privately held Spanish Company and they are going to have to be sure of their numbers and vessel availability before committing.

The line is currently operating a weekly Huelva to the Canarias, so there will have to be some pretty persuasive commercial argument to reinstate the route from the Canarias to Madeira and then onto Portimão.

Personally, I feel that, commercially, a new ferry route from Funchal to Setubal would be much more attractive to shippers, who would be the main raison d'etre for the line, as it would reduce the amount of tolls to pay to get trucks to the ferry from Portugal's main commercial centres. Setubal, also, already has the capacity to handle "Ro-Ro's" as it is the main port for shipping vehicles from the AuroEuropa VW factory near Coina.

Some web articles on the issue here in Portuguese:

Monday, 20 April 2015

Lisbon, Portugal - Walking from Hotel IBIS Barata Salgueiro to Cais de Sodré by an alternative route.

A different route from the IBIS Barata Salgueiro to Cais de Sodré, involves turning left out of the IBIS, continue up the hill, then bear left into Rua Nova de São Mamede, then left into Rua Escola Politecnica, continuing on down passing Praça do Príncipe Real, then on as the street becomes successively Rua Dom Pedro V, then Rua São Pedro de Alcantara, then Rua da Misericórdia, and then after Largo do Carmo, Rua Alecrim which carries straight on down to Cais de Sodré.
It's a different routing, but one can see places such as the Jardim do Príncipe Real, the Jardim do São Pedro de Alcantara with views over towards the Castle , and if one looks left while passing Largo do Carmo, one may just see through the crowds, the bronze of Fernando Pessoa sitting at his table in front of Cafe Brasileira.