The Best Fish Taverns and Restaurants in Athens

We love fish and seafood. And Athens is a small paradise for seafood lovers. Here are the best fish taverns and restaurants in Athens, which locals love to visit. Try them amd you can thank us later.

And a tip: you can use http://e-table.gr to make a reservation to some of these fish restaurants.

1. Psarokokkalo fish tavern at Mellisi, http://psarokokkalo.restaurant

The most famous fish tavern in the northern suburbs of Athens. Psarokokkalo is in Melissia area, around 10kms north from the center of Athens. It is not in a touristic area and there is no easy way (eg metro or train) to reach it, so you will need a car or a taxi. It is a value for money fish tavern. Big portions, fresh fish and seafood and reasonable prices. It is usually full everyday so make sure you call for a reservation before going. What food we love here: the Perka fish kritharoto, the Gavros Marinatos, the Bakaliarakia. Psarokokkalo doesnt offer any particular view and it is not romantic. You come here for the food. Expect to pay around 22 to 25 euros per person.

2. Psariston Fish Tavern at Nea Ionia, http://www.psariston.gr/index.php?lang=en

Psariston fish tavern is at a parallel road to Leoforos Kymis, in Nea Ionia, around 7 kms north from the center of Athens. When you first stop with the taxi outside of this place you will think “i am not going inside…are we sure we want to eat here?”. The reason is that this restaurant is hosted in a very old wooden construction, offering view to a highroad which is also 10 meters higher than the restaurant. And the decoration is almost kitsch. The food will change everything. Fresh fish, calamari, prawns and many gourmet ways to try the most popular greek seafood. It is frequented by business travelers who are brought here by their greek colleagues and by locals. It is not as cheap as psarokokkalo but still not excessively expensive. Try the fish soup (bougiabessa) and ask the chef about recommendations. Expect to pay around thirty euros per person.

3. Argoura at Kallithea, Agisilaou 49, Kallithea

It is opened by a famous chef who is often on tv. This chef used to work for the most famous and expensive fish restaurant in Athens, Varoulko. He opened his own fosh tavern, which has excellent gourmet fish and seafood with better prices than Varoulko. Argoura offers no particular view, as it is just on a simple road in Kallithea area in Athens. You come here just for the food. Try the fish carpaccio plate in the beginning. Expect to pay around thirty euros per person.

4. Varoulko at Piraeus, http://varoulko.gr/

Varoulko is the most famous and expensive fish restaurant in Athens. It is owned by the local tv star chef Lazarou. Gourmet fish food, right next to the sea of Piraeus and expensive prices. Expect to pay at least sixty to seventy euros per person.

Koufonisi Island Boat Trip from Makrigialos

Makrigialos to Koufonisi island – Tips about the Boat Trip

Koufonisi island in crete is a small deserted island close to makrigialos. There is a daily excursion with a boat from makrigialos.

Here is what you need to know:

⁃ the boat leaves on 10:45 from the small port of Makrigialos. It returns on 17:15.

⁃ The boat is called “evdokia” and it looks like a pirate boat. It even has a cannon in front and the crew is dressed like pirates. There is an animateur who plays with the children during the trip and when you are on the island. If you have a family, this will give you some minutes of peace.

⁃ Cost per person is 22 euros. Children around two and three dont pay.

⁃ You can book it in an office that sells tickets to koufonisi, on the beach of makrigialos. It is open until 22:30 and you can even buy the morning before onboarding.

⁃ On the boat there is food, water, ice creams and drinks you can buy. You can also rent an umbrella for 4 euros.

⁃ The trip from makrigialos to koufonisi is 90 minutes. There is a stop at some caves before koufonisi, to swim in the blue waters by jumping from the boat, or descending the stairs from the boat to the sea.

Tips:

-if you are with a small child and you prefer shadow, go to the boat at 10:00 and sit in the tables right in the middle row.

⁃ Try to choose a day with low wind. Otherwise you may get dizzy from the travel.

⁃ The food is ok on the boat but a little bit pricey. Get your own food, it is allowed. You can also bring your own water and your own umbrella to save some money.

⁃ Get your own mask and equipment for snorkeling. Don’t expect anything spectacular underwater, but snorkeling in clear blue waters is always fun.

Amsterdam Tourist Traps

The 10 Biggest Tourist Traps in Amsterdam

  • Madam Tussauds. I have been there once when I was 12, which is 13 years ago. It was alright, it is not that crazy. It is a waste of money, that is for sure! Just looking at some wax statues, wooptie freakin doo…
  • Any of the big well known musea. Sure, if art is your thing, then it can be nice. But the lines!!! If you miscalculate, you will lose precious hours to just standing in line. There are countless other musea in the city than the 3 most wellknown (Van Gogh, Rijks, Stedelijk). List of museums in Amsterdam – Wikipedia
  • Same goes for the Anne Frank Huis. Sure it is worth a visit. But go very early in the morning, if you want to avoid standing in line for hours on end.
  • Any restaurant in de city center. That also goes for fast food. Especially those with somebody standing outside to get you in an/or pictures outside of the food and in their menu. Fast food is usually overpriced, not good and most of those places are owned by criminals. If you really want a burger, go to a quality place like BurgerMeester, BurgerBar… If you really want pizza, look up an authentic italian woodoven, instead of a shabby snackbar. And so on. We have internet with neverending info on there, there is no need to get stuck in one of those shitty places.
  • Bike rentals. Apart from the fact that they are very expensive, they also make you a target. And everyone else on the road hates you. Especially if you are a big group.
  • Any bar or restaurant at the Red Light District.
  • Manneke Pis at the Damrak. Why they have a line for those soggy fries is beyond me.
  • Any stupid souvenir shop. Clogs and tulips, really? Still?
  • Any coffeeshop in the city center. Especially the Bulldog!!!! Never go to the Bulldog!!!! Or the Grasshopper!

It is very easy to determine whether something is a tourist trap or not. If something is easy to find and right in the city center, if employees really want reel you in, it is most likely a tourist trap. In the city center, a tourist is just and atm machine for most businesses. If you venture a bit out of the busy center, you will find that people are more human. They will be interested in where you are from, be happy with you being there, not treat you like cattle. Nowadays with the internet we have the possibility to look up almost anything! Make use of that. Use Tripadvisor, Yelp and Iens to scout for nice restaurants. Check for cool musea, festivals or exhibits. Maybe a nice concert? Maybe a comedy show? In this day and age, I find tourists acting quite helpless still, wich is not nescessary. I see it every day. You don’t have to be helpless, since there is an unthinkable amount of information on the internet.

what to eat in Stockholm

What to Eat in Stockholm: The 8 Best Dishes for Food Lovers

What to Eat in Stockholm: The 8 Best Dishes for Food Lovers

This is a handy guide for the food lovers, explaining how to make the most of your culinary experience in Sweden, with a list of the must-try dishes in Stockholm.

Swedish cuisine is typically salty and vinegary due to the country’s history of having to preserve food through the long winters, so it might take a little getting used to if you don’t usually eat a lot of salt. However, once you’ve got over the food seeming perhaps a little strange, you will find a lot of great Swedish food in Stockholm.  

 

Fika

One of the most important parts of Swedish culture is fika, which is essentially a coffee and cake break. No trip to Sweden would be complete without many fika breaks, meaning you should have plenty of opportunities to try all of these different types of fika:

 

Cinnamon buns (kanelbullar) are perhaps the most famous of all Swedish baked goods. These are a popular part of fika and can be found all year round and in pretty much any bakery or shop you go to. There is even a special day dedicated to cinnamon buns, celebrated on October 4th every year.

Cinamon buns (kanelbullar)

If you are not a fan of cinnamon, you can try their cardamom counterparts (kardemummabullar), which are arguably even more delicious.

In February, Swedes celebrate shrove Tuesday with cream buns (semlor). These are large buns flavoured with cardamom and filled with almond paste and whipped cream. They can even be enjoyed in a bowl of warm milk.

Cream bun (semla)

At Christmas it’s time for saffron buns (lussekatter or lussebullar). A little less sweet than a traditional cake, but still an excellent fika choice, these buns are flavoured with saffron and raisins and can be enjoyed with a nice glass of glögg (Swedish mulled wine).

 

Saffron buns (lussekatter)

In between fika, you’re probably going to want to eat some more savoury food, so here is a list of some tasty traditional Swedish dishes not to be missed:

 

Surströmming

When talking about Swedish food, most people will likely mention the infamous fermented herring that smells so bad you have to eat it outdoors. Contrary to popular belief amongst foreigners, this is not commonly eaten and most Stockholmers have probably not even tried it themselves, or maybe just once as a dare. If you can find some and you’re feeling brave, by all means give it a go, but make sure you wash it down with a shot of aquavit (a traditional Scandinavian spirit, distilled from grain or potatoes) as is tradition.

 

Meatballs

Köttbullar, as they are known in Swedish, are probably one of the most famous elements of Swedish cuisine, probably partly thanks to Ikea restaurants. To enjoy them properly they should be served with mashed potato, lingon berries and a creamy gravy.

 

Västerbotten pie

This pie, made with Västerbotten cheese from the north of Sweden, is a popular Swedish food and can be served with a variety of side dishes, or enjoyed on its own.

 

Gravad lax

Salmon cured in salt, sugar and dill (gravad lax) is a classic Nordic dish and is usually served as a starter, sliced very finely. If you’re unsure about all this fermented fish but want to get a taste of some real traditional Nordic food, then gravad lax is a great option.  

 

Smörgåstårta

Literally translated as “sandwich cake”, smörgåstårta is exactly that, a sandwich put together like a cake. It is commonly eaten at parties and similar events but can also be found at cafes and is a great lunch option. It is usually constructed from several layers of bread and has creamy fillings in between, typically involving mayonnaise. Although there are many different fillings which can be used, smörgåstårta usually includes things such as prawns, ham, tomatoes, cucumber, paté, smoked salmon and grapes.

 

Smörgåstorta (translates as “sandwich cake”)

 

Crayfish

In August, Swedes hold crayfish parties, where they get together, eat crayfish, drink snaps (shots of alcohol) and sing traditional drinking songs. The crayfish are boiled in salt water and seasoned with dill. They are usually served along with other traditional Swedish foods, such as Västerbotten pie, in a large buffet.

 

Crayfish served with lemon and dill

 

Julbord

At Christmas it is traditional to have a Christmas buffet (julbord), which includes many traditional Swedish foods such as meatballs, pickled herring, white fish, ham, sausages and rye bread, amongst much more. For anyone wanting to try as much Swedish food as possible, the julbord is perfect. In December, many restaurants in Stockholm serve julbords, so if you’re visiting at this time of year, don’t miss out on the opportunity. 

 

 

Stockholm Tips

Stockholm: 8 Frequently Asked Questions and Their Answers

Stockholm: 8 Frequently Asked Questions and Their Answers

What is the time zone in Stockholm?

Sweden uses Central European Time (CET), which is GMT+1. During daylight savings time, Central European Summer Time (CEST) is used, GMT+2.

What is the currency in Sweden?

The currency in Sweden is the Swedish krona.

Should I use cash or credit card?

Stockholm is an almost completely cashless society. Be aware that there are some places that will not accept cash; it is unlikely that you will need cash when traveling in Stockholm, even taxis and vending machines accept credit cards. Tips can also be given using credit card, although there is not a big tipping culture. It is typical to just round up the bill if you feel the service has been good. If you do wish to use cash, there are ATMs and foreign exchanges available throughout the city.

 

Is Stockholm a safe city?

Like many Nordic cities, Stockholm is generally very safe. Just use usual common sense, looking out for your personal belongings when in crowded places and stay aware of your surroundings.

 

Will I need an adapter plug for my electrical appliances?

As with most of Europe, Sweden uses the Type C electrical plug (Europlug).

 

What is the best time of year to visit Stockholm?

Stockholm is very different depending on what time of year it is. Most people will say the best time of year to visit Stockholm is June to August when it is warm and sunny, however, it is also very beautiful in winter. It is really dependent on what type of holiday you want and what in Stockholm you want to see and do. There is a seasonal guide to activities in Stockholm further on in this book.

 

What clothes should I bring with me?

People in Stockholm are typically quite stylish but favor muted colors. If you want to fit in with the crowd, keep it simple with black, white and grey. Due to its proximity to the water, Stockholm can be quite breezy, so even in summer, it’s best to have layers to keep warm. In winter it’s important to wrap up with a good winter jacket, hat, and gloves. The pavements can be quite slushy and icy so make sure you bring a pair of sturdy winter boots.

Can I use my SL travel card to travel to the airport?

If you are traveling to Bromma airport it is possible to use SL public transport and therefore your SL travel card. However, SL travel cards are not valid on airport coaches or the Arlanda Express. You can use the regular commuter rail service to reach Arlanda airport using your SL travel card, however, you must pay a supplement of SEK 120. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes.

How to Get Around Stockholm

How to Get Around Stockholm

How to get around Stockholm

The best way to get around Stockholm is by using the extensive public transport system, including buses, trains, metro, trams, and ferries. While this may sound complicated it is actually relatively easy to navigate your way around as most of the public transport is run by one company, SL. This makes it incredibly simple when buying tickets or using the journey planner (which is also available in English).

Unless you’re sure you really want to walk around the city for your entire trip you are best to buy an SL travel card. Tickets for individual journeys can be purchased, but they are relatively expensive (SEK 44, valid for 70 minutes) and it soon adds up to be cheaper with a travel card. A 72-hour travel card costs SEK 250 for an adult.

Travel cards can be bought at metro stations or in shops that display the SL logo such as 7-eleven and Pressbyrån (these shops can also be found at Arlanda airport). The SL travel card is valid on most transport in Stockholm with the exception of some boats operated by Waxholmsbolaget. You must pay for your ticket before attempting to use public transport.

 Artwork in the metro station (photo by Johannes Hurtig on Unsplash)

It is also possible to buy a Stockholm Pass, which includes the cost of the SL travel card as well as free entry to many of the city’s largest tourist attractions and a guide book. A three-day Stockholm Pass plus SL travel card costs SEK 1295 for one adult, although there are often discounts available on their website.

The pass can be bought online and delivered to you (at a cost of up to SEK 80) before you leave for Stockholm, or alternatively, you can pick it up when you arrive, but this involves heading to one of the redemption desks situated in town. It is also possible to download the pass to your mobile phone, which is probably the most convenient method to use. If you want to wait until you’re in Stockholm, there are also several places where you can buy the Stockholm Pass directly.

If you intend to do all the activities in this guide, and only these activities, and to travel via public transport throughout the three days, then it is around SEK 10 more expensive to use the Stockholm Pass than to buy each ticket separately. The best way to decide whether or not to buy a Stockholm Pass is to plan what you want to see and work out the individual costs.

If you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing then it can offer really great value, however, if you are more interested in relaxing and enjoying the restaurants then it might not be worth it.


Useful contact and travel information – Stockholm

Stockholm’s airports: +46 10 109 10 00 Flygbussarna (airport coaches): www.flygbussarna.se/en

Arlanda Express: www.arlandaexpress.com/

Taxi Stockholm: +46 8 15 00 00, www.taxistockholm.se/en/

Taxi Kurir: +46 8 30 00 00, www.taxikurir.se/stockholm

Sverige Taxi: +46 8 85 04 00, www.sverigetaxi.se/

Stockholm visitors centre: +46 8 508 285 08, www.visitstockholm.com/

SL journey planner: https://sl.se/en/

 

 

 

Arlanda Express Airport Train

How to Get to Stockholm from Arlanda, Skavsta or Bromma Airport

How to get to Stockholm from its Three Airports (Arlanda, Skavsta or Bromma Airport)

Here is a guide on how to get to Stockholm by reaching the Arlanda Airport, the Skavsta Airport, or the Bromma Airport. So, there are three airports in the vicinity of Stockholm: Arlanda, Bromma and Skavsta. Which one you fly to will most likely depend on the airline you choose to fly with and from where you start your journey.


  1. Arlanda airport to Stockholm

Arlanda Airport (ARN) is Stockholm’s main airport and the largest of the three; be aware that there are four terminals at Arlanda airport.

Arlanda is roughly 40km (25 miles) away from Stockholm city center, but the transport links into town are excellent and there are screens up in the arrivals areas showing departure times for buses and trains.

If you are less than five people, the cheapest way to get into the city center is by airport coach (Flygbussarna). There are several routes available depending on where you are staying, but it takes around 45 minutes to reach the city center. If you buy online or via the app, an adult, single ticket costs SEK 99 (usually SEK 119).

The ticket is valid for three months from the time of purchase. Tickets can also be bought from ticket machines at the airport, at the shops 7-Eleven and Pressbyrån or onboard the bus itself, although be aware that bus drivers will not accept cash. Timetables and bus routes can be found on the airport coaches website in several languages.

Flygbussarna also operates a door-to-gate service, which is essentially a shared taxi with room for up to 9 people in each minibus. This can be a more convenient way to travel than getting the bus while being cheaper than a private taxi.

Pricing examples can be found on the website, however, for trips to the city center it costs SEK 289 for the first person and then SEK 65 for every additional person in your booking, meaning for a couple it would cost SEK 354.

The fastest way into central Stockholm is the Arlanda Express train, which takes around 20 minutes. An adult, single ticket costs SEK 280, although there are often discounts online for groups or those booking far in advance, so it is worth checking the website to see if you can get a better price. Children under 18 can travel for free when accompanied by an adult over 25.

A taxi from Arlanda into the city centre can take around 40 minutes. Taxi prices in Sweden are not regulated, so always confirm the price with the driver before you set off. You do not need to take the first taxi in the queue at the taxi rank if the price doesn’t suit you.

The major taxi companies such as Taxi Stockholm, Sverige Taxi and Taxi Kurir have fixed prices between Arlanda and the city centre of around SEK 450-500. Remember to always ask the driver about the cost and to check the taxi pricing, which can be found on a yellow label in the taxi window. Taxis will also accept credit cards although you can pay with cash if preferred.


  1. Skavsta airport to Stockholm

Skavsta airport (NYO) is the furthest airport of the three, however it is the airport most often flown to by budget airlines. It is roughly 100km (62 miles) southwest of Stockholm.

The easiest way to get to Stockholm from Skavsta airport is by airport coach.

An adult, single ticket costs SEK 139 and takes around 80 minutes. If you can’t face that long on a coach, then taxi takes around 70 minutes and should cost between SEK 1,500 and SEK 2,000.

 


  1. Bromma airport to Stockholm

Bromma airport (BMA) is the closest airport to Stockholm city. It mostly has domestic flights, but a small number of international flights also fly from here. It is around 7km (just over 4 miles) away from the city centre. As ever, the airport coach is the easiest way to get into the city, with an adult, single ticket costing SEK 75.

The journey itself takes only 20 minutes. If you want to save some money, it is possible to travel to and from the airport using the regular public transport. This is more or less convenient depending on where in the city you are staying. The best way to find a route is using the SL journey planner.

 

 

Albufeira in 3 Days travel guide

3 Days in Albufeira: Travel Guide and Detailed Itinerary

Albufeira in 3 Days: Travel Guide and Detailed Itinerary with Google Maps

Albufeira offers a wide variety of fun things to do, and we compiled a list of the most exciting activities to try in Albufeira that are not in the 3-day guide. You can, with any trouble or hassle, switch any of the activities proposed on the guide for one of these, provided you account for the different distances, time spent, scheduling/planning and booking matters.

 

In Albufeira

 

1st Day in Albufeira

07:00am – Arrival at the Faro International Airport.

Image 5 – Faro Airport

07:30am – Go get your bags and head to rental car service.

The airport is relatively small, so this probably won’t take long. However, during peak months, there will be a lot of traffic in the airport so there may be more lines and people, thus increasing the waiting time.

08:00am – Go to one of the stands of car rentals and rent a car for three days. Check out this link for more information: https://en.aeroportodefaro.com/car-hire

08:30am – If you need, exchange your currency to Euros(€) at Unicâmbio.

09:00am – Get your car and get going. Head to Balaia Mar Hotel.

09:45am – Arrive at the Balaia Mar Hotel. Check in at the reception. Unpack your bags.

10:30am – Drive to Castle of Paderne.

11:00am – Arrive at Castle of Paderne.

Image 6 – A gate in the Castle of Paderne

The Castle of Paderne is an ancient fortification located in Albufeira. It was constructed later in the 12th century. It is believed to be one of the original castles that occupy the shield of the Portuguese national flag. You can also walk around the Roman bridge nearby.

Image 7 – Roman Bridge

The Bridge of Paderne, also known as the “Roman Bridge,” is situated over the bank of Quarteira, in the immediacies of the Castle of Paderne, and was probably built to serve it. 

12:30pm – Drive to the Restaurant Veneza. It has many parking spots over there.

 Image 8 – One of the dining places of the Restaurant Veneza

This restaurant has one of the best wine cellars in Portugal. Accompanied by traditional Portuguese dishes, this place is a definitely a must! The meal is around 20€, no drinks included. The wine menu is varied and extended, so the price list has a wide range, but you can find very high-quality wines at a perfectly accessible price.

Here is the link if you want to check out more information: Veneza Restaurant

15:00pm – Drive to the Marine. It has a parking lot nearby.

15:30pm – Head up to X-Ride stand (or any other cruise service you end up choosing). Get ready to embark on a truly memorable ride.

16:00pm – Get up on the boat and start your cruise.

This ride will take through the beautiful Algarve’s coastline, passing by and stopping at beaches with peculiar rock formations, and luckily, be able to watch some dolphins.

Click on this link for more information on booking and services provided on the boat: Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise – X-ride  

Price: from 30/person for a 2hour ride

18:30pm – Drive to the proximity of the Bullring and park there.

19:00pm – Walk around the Bullring and get to know that area. You are now in the New Town, with plenty of restaurants, shops, and fun things to do, see and buy.

Image 9 – Albufeira’s Bullring

 

20:00pm – Walk up the street to the Restaurant Manel dos Frangos.

Image 10 – The famous “Frango da Guia.”

Try this traditional barbecue chicken, for which Albufeira is known for! The chicken is delicious and succulent, you’ll definitely like it! The meal will be around 20€, drinks included.

 

22:00pm – Walk down the street and into the famous Strip

Image 11 – The Strip

This is the famous Strip. A road in the New Town, full of bars, people, and drinks, with frenetic neon signs all over. Here is where people from everywhere around the world go to a party, so watch out – sometimes, there is a lot of chaos and beer being thrown around! Drinks range at around 5-8€.

22:30pm – Have a drink at Lounge Bar Liberto’s.

Image 12 – Liberto’s Lounge Bar

A classy and elegant lounge bar in the middle of the intense Strip. It is a place where you can sit down to have your drink, talk while listening to chill music. Somedays they host live shows. It also has a dancefloor, in case you want to bust a move! The drinks are a bit more expensive. You can drink a Gin&Tonic for 10€.

 

12:00am – Head to the Kiss club.

Image 13 – Kiss Club

A nightclub nearby. Don’t find it strange if when you get there at around midnight is still empty – in Portugal people usually tend to stay in the bars until they close – at 4am – and then head up to the clubs, and party until 7 or 8am.

03:00am – Go back to the Bullring where you parked the car, and drive back to the hotel.


 

1st Day in Albufeira – Day Map

Below you can get the map of all the suggested activities for your first day in Albufeira. This map is accessible as a Google Maps format so that you can quickly zoom in and view it on any device, tablet, laptop or smartphone you might have. Just click on the photo or on the link below to access it.

Get this Map Online in Google Maps Format: Day 1 Map


2nd Day in Albufeira

08:00am – Rise and shine

09:00am – Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

10:00am – Drive to Evaristo beach.

Image 14 – Evaristo Beach

10:30am – Park near Evaristo beach, in the parking lot.

10:45am – Start your trip through the cliffs[1] and the beautiful Portuguese coastline. Just head forward, instead of left to the beach and restaurant. Head to the cliffs and keep going.

Image 15 – A beach with only that group in the peak of August

It will be a 2h/2h30 walk through the cliffs. But it will definitely be worth it. You’ll find things like that almost desert beach in the peak months of summer. Because they’re only accessible through the cliffs, most people, and all tourists, don’t know they even exist, or how to get there.

Image 16 – The sunset from the cliffs

Image 17 – The change in scenery

You’ll be able to watch views just like these ones. If you prefer, you can plan your day to watch the sunset from one of the breathtaking locations you will pass by.

You’re are going to see the change in the scenery, sometimes seeing white, thin sand, other times facing a red and orange cliff, with sand that looks like dirt or mud.

Image 18 – The length of the coastline

albufeira beach

Image 19 – A beach of difficult access

But the best of all might be the very private beaches you will encounter. There are several small beaches along the coastline, which will enable you to be at a beach completely alone.

12:30pm – Have a drink at the Vila Joya Bar right on the cliff. The prices will be a bit high, considering the view! Then, make the same way back and have lunch at the trendy and fantastic beach restaurant, O Evaristo.

This restaurant with a privileged location offers a wide range of fresh fish, seafood, and traditional Portuguese meals. They boast they don’t have a menu. Waiters make suggestions, and the client follows! It is a very popular restaurant in Portugal. The meal is around 40€, drinks not included.

For more information, click on this link: O Evaristo

15:30pm – Drive back to the center and park the car at the big parking lot at Parque Lúdico. From there, walk to the center and see all it has to offer.

The Old Town is absolutely beautiful. No need to make a perfect itinerary – the downtown is not that big, just lose yourself in it, go through the streets, to the highest points, enter the shops, and talk to the locals.

  

20:30pm – Have dinner at the beautiful restaurant A Ruína, meaning, in English, The Ruin.

Image 20 – The entrance of A Ruína

This famous restaurant is known for its fresh and delicious fish, but even more because of the terrific views it offers and the overall environment it brings to the table in a meal. It is built in a partially destroyed (by the earthquake of 1755) part of the Castle of Albufeira. The meal is around 30€, drinks included. For more info, click on this link: A  Ruína

22:00pm – Nightlife in Albufeira is a truly remarkable experience.

Image 21 – Old Town, during the Winter

Roam around through the full streets of the Old Town. It has a little bit of everything. Bars for the older people and for the younger people. Places to sit down and talk, others just a dancefloor and loud music. You can find a British, Irish, Dutch, American, Portuguese, Italian restaurants on every corner.

Image 22 – The Tunnel

23:00pm – Go and visit the Shisha bar A Casa do Cerro. It is right by the parking lot where you left the car.

Image 23 – Comfortable seats at A Casa do Cerro

A more quiet and chill place, in A Casa do Cerro, you can have a drink, cocktail or tea, smoke a wide variety of flavored shisha and have a pleasant conversation, inside, sitting on very comfortable beds and chairs, or outside, feeling the cool breeze.

03:00am – Head back to the parking lot and return to the hotel.

 


2nd Day in Albufeira – Day Map

Below you can find the map with all the suggested places for your second day in Albufeira. You can click on the link to see it in the online format of Google maps so that you can easily navigate when you are in Albufeira.

Get this Map Online in Google Maps Format: Day 2


3rd Day in Albufeira

08:00am – Wake up and pack your bags.

09:00am – Enjoy your last breakfast at your hotel.

09:30am – Check out of the hotel.

10:00am – Drive to Falésia Beach. There is a parking lot there. There will be signs indicating the pathway to the beach.

Image 24 – Praia da Falésia

Falésia, in English Cliff, is a very particular beach. The view of the red cliffs is breathtaking and contrasts with the green of the pine groves above its dunes. The sand is soft and smooth, and in tones of red and white, due to the erosion of the rocks of the cliff. The beach extends for almost 7km, which is approximately 5miles. It connects Albufeira to Vilamoura, a city to the east of Albufeira. It is a vast beach with space for the large crowds, making it a perfect choice for the peak months of summer. This beach has won several awards at European and World competitions for its incomparable beauty.

Image 25 – Yakuza Restaurant Entrance

13:00pm – Lunch at the Yakuza Restaurant at the Sheraton Pine Cliffs Resort.

Try this fusion cuisine restaurant presented by acclaimed cook Olivier. The concept is to mix the Japanese culture with the Mediterranean one. The result is absolutely fantastic. Plus, the view from the restaurant to the beach is stunning. It is also a great experience to go there just to watch the sunset and have a drink. The meal is around 35€/person, drinks included. Check out the website for the menu details and booking information.

Website: https://restaurantesolivier.com/en/yakuza/

 

15:30pm – Drive to Zoomarine. Certainly, you will not find any problem parking, since there is a huge parking lot right by the entrance gates.

Image 26 – The Dolphin’s Show at Zoomarine

Zoomarine is water theme park, ranked the 7th best in Europe in its category. Perfect for families, it features several aquatic related shows with dolphins, sea-lions, and seals, as well as many other attractions. There are many activities for you to enjoy in this theme park. You should definitely wear sports or casual clothes, sun hat, comfortable shoes and sunblock.

The prices depend on the activities chosen, number of people, age, and some other factors. For full information on ticket prices, availability of group visits, discounts, activities and more, check out the website.

Website: https://www.zoomarine.pt/en/

20:15pm – Have dinner at the restaurant Ramires. It was in this traditional restaurant that the original recipe was created, by the hands of the man Ramires himself. It is said to be the best Franguinho da Guia in the world. Now, you are able to compare it with the Guia Barbecue Chicken you had in the restaurant you were on the first day. Which one do you think is better?

In July and August, this restaurant does not accept reservations, so be there early, since it is a trendy place among locals and it might have a long waiting list, despite being a large restaurant. During the other months of the year, you can book a table online or call the number displayed on the website. The meal is around 25€/person, drinks included.

21:30pm – Drive to the Faro Airport.

22:10pm – Leave the car at the respective rental stand.

12:00am – Departure from Faro Airport.


3rd Day in Albufeira – Day Map

Below you can find the map with all the suggested places for your second day in Albufeira. You can click on the link to see it in the online format of Google maps so that you can easily navigate when you are in Albufeira.

Get this Map Online in Google Maps Format: Day 3


The Best Tours to Book in Albufeira

Here is the information on the best tours to book while you are in Albufeira. The best site to book your tours and get some decent discounts is Get Your Guide.

 

Click on the following link to find out the best tours in Albufeira: Best Tours in Albufeira

 

 

[1]Tip: Don’t forget to take a bottle of water, a hat, fresh and loose clothes, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and, of course, a camera, if you do this in the summer.

What to Eat in Albufeira

What to Eat in Albufeira, Portugal – Discover the best local delicacies

What to Eat in Albufeira

The gastronomy in Portugal is incomparable. It is rich and varied, and above all tasty! There a few things you most definitely have to try while you are here! Obviously, you won’t have the time (or the stomach) to try all of this diverse food; in any case, we’ll leave you these suggestions for the next trip to Albufeira or Portugal, or even for you to try to find at your hometown supermarket.

 

  • Açorda

This is a typical dish from the south of Portugal. A “soup” made of garlic, bread, salt, olive oil, boiling water and some herbs. Delicious!

  •  Xarém

Xarém is made up of potatoes of corn-flour, and it is used to accompany meats.

 

  • Cataplana

Cataplana is a cooking utensil, that is now mistaken by the actual dish. So, if you see if a restaurant has Cataplana, it’s talking about the recipe. It is seafood and fish altogether. With lots of flavors, served in a Cataplana, to your table. The fragrance will convince you to try it.

  • Sardinhas

The specialty of all of the coastal areas in Portugal, but specially Algarve – grilled sardines!

 

  • Dom Rodrigo

Dom Rodrigo is the most famous sweet of Algarve. Made of eggs and sugar, and even though it is super sweet, you can never stop at one.

 

  •  Folar Algarvio

Folar is a traditional sweet bread, eaten for dessert, made with sugar, cinnamon, and anise. It has different recipes throughout the country, some of them being sweet, like the Algarvian one, or salty.

 

Doces de Maçapão

This is another traditional sweet from Algarve. Usually, in animal or vegetable shapes, Doces de Maçapão are made of sugar, egg whites, and marzipan.

 

 Algarve’s Oranges

The oranges from Algarve are famous because they are super sweet and juicy! Either eating or making juice with them, you’ll be in for a treat!

Where to stay in Albufeira

Where to Stay in Albufeira in 2018 – The 15 Best Budget and Luxury Hotels

Where to Stay in Albufeira in 2018 – The 15 Best Budget and Luxury Hotels

To help you find out where to stay in Albufeira, we have compiled a list of our top recommendations for budget (3-stars), medium-spent (4-stars) or luxury (5-stars) hotels in Albufeira.

Let’s get straight to the chase. Our favorite hotel recommendation for Albufeira is the Balaia Mar Hotel

For us, it is the hotel that offers the best value for your money. However, other options were given precisely to fit and cater to whatever your needs may be. So, feel free to choose from those suggestions. Know that you can also follow the same three days’ itinerary plan if you decide to stay at any other hotel in Albufeira. Guidora does not have any affiliation with any of these hotels.

Image 3 – Balaia Mar Hotel – Swimming Pool

Address:  Praia Maria Luísa, 8200-925 Albufeira, Tel.: +351 289 590 800, E-mail: reservas@balaia.com, Price per night: Available from 100€


Other Hotel Options in Albufeira

We suggested the Balaia Mar Hotel for the reasons above mentioned. But, as we all know, tastes are subjective so you might want to try, or at least discover some information, about other options on where to stay in Albufeira. Below you will find several different suggestions that will hopefully fulfill your needs.


Best Aparthotels in Albufeira

Alfagar Aparthotel

You are just an 8-minute walk away from the Santa Eulália beach. Highly reviewed by many customers, this aparthotel has a fully equipped kitchenette. For booking online, click on this link: Alfagar Aparthotel Booking. For more information about the aparthotel, click here: Alfagar Aparthotel Info

Address:  Santa Eulália-Balaia, 8200-912 Albufeira, Tel.: +351 289 540 220, E-mail: reservas@alfagar.com 

Price per night: Available from 62€


 Golden Beach by 3HB

With a fully equipped kitchenette, this aparthotel is just 2 minutes away, by foot, from the Oura beach. Several restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are within 280 m. For booking online, click on this link: Golden Beach by 3HB Booking. For more info, click on this link: Golden Beach by 3HB info

Address:  Rua Ramalho Ortigão – Praia Da Oura, 8200-604 Albufeira, Portugal, Tel.: +351 289 586 160, E-mail: info@3hb.com

Price per night: Available from 95€


 

The Best 3 Star Hotels in Albufeira

  • Hotel da Aldeia

This hotel is right on The Strip. Perfect for whoever wants to just party and have the hotel really near to rest when the party is over. For booking online, click on this link: Hotel da Aldeia Booking. For more info, click on this link: Hotel da Aldeia Info

Address: Areias de São João 280, 8200-270 Albufeira, Tel.: +351 289 588 861, E-mail: hotelaldeia@hoteis-belver.pt

Price per night: Available from 54€


  • Inatel

This hotel is on top of the Inatel Beach. Very near to the center of the city, within a 6 minutes distance by foot, Inatel Hotel is a trendy choice. For booking and more info online, click on this link: Hotel do Inatel Booking and Info

Address:  Av. Infante D. Henrique, 8200-862 Albufeira, Tel.: +351 289 599 300, E-mail: inatel.albufeira@inatel.pt

Price per night: Available from 48€


 

The Best 4 Star Hotels in Albufeira

  • Boavista

The view from some rooms and balconies is absolutely stunning. The restaurant in the hotel was once a favorite spot to eat some of the region’s most traditional and tastiest dishes. It is near to the center of the city. For booking online, click on this link: Hotel Boavista Booking. For more info, click on this link: Hotel Boavista Info

Address:  Rua Samora Barros 20. 8200-178 Albufeira, Tel.: +351 289 589 175, E-mail: hotelboavista@hoteis-belver.pt

Price per night: Available from 95€


  • Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa

By the football stadium, this hotel offers a lot of quality services, providing a lot of comforts and the possibility of a relaxing holiday without spending too much money. For booking and info online, click on this link:  Hotel Real Bellavista Booking and Info

Address:  Rua do Estádio, 8200-127 Albufeira, Tel.: +351 289 540 060, E-mail:  reservas.alg@hoteisreal.com or  info@realbellavista.com

Price per night: Available from 63€


 

The Best 5 Star Hotels in Albufeira

  • Vila Joya

Right by the Galé Beach, with white and soft sand, this amazingly beautiful Vila is home to one of the best restaurants in the world, of the same name – Vila Joya. It currently holds 2 Michelin stars. Here is the link for booking purposes: Vila Joya – Restaurant Booking

Image 4 – One of the signatures dishes of the Vila Joya Restaurant

For room booking online and more info on the hotel, click on this link: Vila Joya. Address:  Estrada da Galé, 8201-917 Albufeira, Tel.: +351 289 591 795, E-mail: info@vilajoya.com

Price per night: Available from 545€


  • Salgados Dunas Suites

This is a truly majestic hotel. Within walking distance of the never-ending Salgados beach, this resort presents rooms with a stunning view to the ocean and to the natural dunes on the beach. For booking and more information online, click on this link:  Salgados Dunas Suites

Address:  Herdade dos Salgados Resort, Rua Boca da Alagoa, 8200-424 Albufeira, Tel.: +351 289 244 780, E-mail: salgadosdunas@nauhotels.com

Price per night: Available from 115€