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Last call to sign-up for Portimão’s delicious tapas route

The last stage of the popular ‘Rota do Petisco’ gastronomic event has entered its final stretch. Anyone interested in taking part has until Sunday (October 9) to do so.

Held for the first time in 2011, the ‘Rota’ has become one of the Algarve’s most popular foodie attractions. Originally held solely in Portimão, it has since been taken up by Lagos, Lagoa, Silves and Aljezur – all of which now hosted their own ‘Rotas’.

To take part, people need only buy a ‘passport’ which acts as the guide to all venues and their menus.

Savoury tapas are all sold for €3 with a drink, while sweet ones are just €2.

Organisers say “several thousand dishes” have already been sold. To check the ‘route’ see

Further east, Tavira is also hosting its own tapas festival.

The ‘Festival de Petiscos’ started on Saturday (October 1) and is running until Sunday, October 30 at 12 local restaurants.

Octopus, cuttlefish, shrimp, cockles, mussels, clams, sardines, mackerel, chicken, wild board and pigs’ ears are the stars of the “show”, with regional wines also on sale.

Restaurants taking part are Álvaro de Campos, Gilão, Cais da Ponte, Solar dos Petiscos, Bistro Almirante, Mira and Séqua in Tavira; Barca da Moura and Finalmente in Cabanas; O Constantino and O Monte Velho in Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo; and Maré Alta in Santa Luzia.