Rota do Petisco begins this week with over 300 restaurants

Over 300 restaurants and eateries in the Algarve are taking part in ‘Rota do Petisco 2019’, which started on Wednesday and runs until Sunday, May 26.

Having established itself as one of the Algarve’s main gastronomic events over the last nine years, the Rota do Petisco is a “gastronomic route” that features restaurants and eateries all over the region offering a variety of tapas-sized dishes and desserts at lower prices (€2-€3), including a drink.

Spanning 12 municipalities from Aljezur to Tavira, the event promises mouthwatering ‘petiscos’ for all including traditional Algarve food, haute cuisine dishes, sweets and desserts.

Apart from the traditional ‘Rota’, there will also be a ‘Rota dos Pequeninos’ for children and a ‘Rota dos Chefs’ featuring dishes by some of the region’s renowned chefs.

A passport costing €1.50 (which goes to charity) is needed to participate in Rota do Petisco and serves as a guide to all the venues. Since Rota do Petisco was launched, it has already raised over €107,000 for over 50 local charities and associations.

Each restaurant provides a stamp in the passport, with 12 stamps giving clients an opportunity to win prizes at the end of the event.

The Rota is also being held earlier than usual, hoping to serve as an added attraction for people visiting the Algarve outside of the busy summer season.

Luís Brito from Teia D’Impulsos, the event’s organiser, says that this year there are “more restaurants from more towns, giving participants a richer and more comprehensive experience”.

“The event celebrates the flavours of the Algarve, which are reinvented for this event,” he added.

Rota do Petisco 2019 was officially launched on Tuesday, April 23 during a ceremony in Portimão attended by Algarve tourism boss João Fernandes.