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‘Rota do Petisco’ off to great start

It’s only just got started, but organisers are already very happy with this year’s ‘Rota do Petisco’ (Tapas Route).

The event’s weekly news bulletin says “many people have already bought the Rota’s passport” (it is too early for exact numbers) and tasted several of the tapas on offer at 125 outlets in Portimão, Praia da Rocha and Alvor.

The event was created in 2011 in a bid to showcase the region’s cuisine with all kinds of restaurants and bars serving small plates of delicious food at accessible prices. Five years on, the Rota is one of the Algarve’s top gastronomic events.

Anyone can take part by buying the event’s passport for €1. The passport serves as a ‘guide’ to all the establishments taking part.

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

A few novelties were introduced this year, like ‘Rota do Mundo’ – a smaller version of the usual route offering Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Dutch and even specialties from Cape Verde.

Portimão market also joined the scheme, selling fresh produce for €3, while there is now also a ‘Rota do Comércio’ offered by various shopkeepers, giving 40% discounts at a their stores.

Bars are also on board with the ‘Rota Noite Adentro’, which runs from 11pm to 1am and allows drinkers two drinks for the price of one.

The event continues until Sunday, October 9 – so there’s still plenty of time to join the Rota fun!