Holiday Between The Locals

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Under: holiday tips

As a nice alternative to sunbathing, beach or sightseeing, I can certainly recommend a day around the locals. Spend a day - or longer - in one of the many traditional villages, which will give you the feeling of stepping back in time 50 years.

Visit the local pubs there and observe the peaceful lifestyle of the locals. Step into 
one of the local mini-mercados (small grocery stores) and buy some Tremoços (lupine beans), pickled olives, local cookies from the counter or try a fresh goat cheese with some of the delicious local honey.                       

Also, it is an experience to visit one of the local markets. After watching the stalls and perhaps buying something or other, you should definitely not miss to taste a grilled Frango piri-piri (grilled chicken) or a Entremeada (bacon steak) accompanied by a beer or a glass of wine. Especially the farmers' markets, where also sheep, goats and chickens are traded, are definitely worth visiting. For the Portugese the monthly market day is an opportunity to meet with friends, family and neighbours and they really enjoy this day out. 


You could also go for a nice and cheap lunch to one of the many local restaurants and taste the "prato do dia" (the daily special). In many places you can get a complete lunch, consisting of bread with olives, main course with wine / beer or soft drink, dessert and coffee, all for around € 8 - € 10 !

After the lunch, it might be fun to take a walk in the countryside and with a little luck you'll catch one of the mixed sheep / goat herds with the local shepherd. Look at all the wild herbs, flowers and trees, listen to the birds and the bees and breath the clean air.       


After such a relaxing day in the countryside you feel how the stress leaves your body, you slow down and feel the rhythm of the people here. A holiday in the countryside makes you relax and bring you back-to-basic. An enthusiastic tourist replied to the question - What exactly is there to do here? - With "Nothing! Nothing at all! And I love it!"


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Marianne Hoesen Born in the deep south of The Netherlands, I moved to the central Algarve in 2007, together with my partner and 2 dogs. In the meantime we added some goats and chickens and are living a peaceful life in the rolling hills of the rural south of Portugal. I invite you to read a bit in my blog and to leave a comment afterwards. Also check out the holiday accommodations mentioned elsewhere in this website.


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