Rota do Petisco makes its Lagoa-Carvoeiro debut

The second stage of the Algarve’s popular ‘Rota do Petisco’ (Tapas Route) begins today (May 27) in Lagoa, Silves and Monchique.

There will be 72 restaurants and bars to choose from, all of which will be serving special menus until June 29.

Most of them are located in Ferragudo (18), followed by Silves and Monchique (14 each), Messines (nine), Lagoa/Porches (eight) and Carvoeiro and Estômbar/Parchal (four each).

Though Ferragudo has been included in previous events, it is the first time the borough of Lagoa as a whole is taking part.

This is also the first time that the ‘Rota’ has started before the high season. But though the format is different, the concept remains the same.

People buy a ‘passport’, which is a guide to all venues and their menus.

Then for €3 they can sample a variety of typical dishes, accompanied by a drink. Local sweets and desserts can also be tasted for €2, while €1 of the passport’s cost will go to local charities and institutions.

The event has become one of the most popular gastronomic fixtures of the Algarve, generating €700,000 for businesses last year alone.

For a full list of outlets involved see