8 days in Portugal-5-11 to 5/18/2022

Day 1-Lisbon
Arrival/Igreja Sao Cristovao
Praça da Figueira, Confeitaria
Praça de Comércio
Streets in Baixa and Alfama
Dinner at Farol De Santa Luzia

Day 2-Lisbon
Lisbon Cathedral
Church De Sao Vincente de Fora
Lisbon National Pantheon
Lunch at Time Out Market
Walking around
Dinner at Boi-Cavalo

Day 3-Lisbon
Belém Tower
Upper level
Jeronimos Monastery
Upper level/High Choir
Church of Santa Maria
Dinner at Basque

Day 4-Faro
Old town
Old town continuation
Church of San Pedro
Dinner at Villa Adentro

Day 5-Faro/Albufeira

Farmer Market
Sao Rafael Beach
Lunch at Rocha Palha
Old town, Albufeira
Stoll in Faro
Dinner at Pigs & Cows

Day 6-Faro

Ria Formosa

Desert Island

Desert island cont'


Faro Island

Dinner/Faro @ night

Day 7-Beja/Lisbon

Beja Castle

Beja Cathedral

Lunch-Adega 25


Bairro Alto, Lisbon


Day 8-Peniche/Lisbon

Surf beach

Old town

lunch @ Sardinha

Coast line

Dinner @ Ramiro

Lisbon at night

Day 5- Lunch at Rocha Palha, Armacão de Pêra-5/15/2022

Hoa's colleague recommended Rocha Palha, a local Portuguese restaurant located directly on the beach in Armacão de Pêna.  

Armacão de Pêna used to be a small fishing village but in the 60s tourists started to come and the area was developed into a beach holiday resort area.

Hoa's colleague told him that when he was a young boy, the owner of Rocha Palha used to had a stand in front of the beach and he would serve his customers whatever he caught for the day.  The restaurant has been around for over 30 years and now it is a really nice restaurant with great view of the Pacific Ocean.

We parked our car close by and we are now on the main promenade leading to the beach. 


The restaurant is a difficult to find as it is tucked away from the main street.  You have to go through a small alley to reach the restaurant.


Once you are on the square, you will need to go down a staircase to get to the beach.


Staircase leading to the beach.


Here is the restaurant right in front of the beach.  They also have lounging chairs on the beach.


We are now entering the restaurant.


The restaurant was pretty empty so we got a great table over looking the Pacific Ocean.


Nice view of the beach from the restaurant.





View of the front of the restaurant from our table.


View of the bar and kitchen from our table.


Our waiter told us to go and take a look at the fresh seafood they have today.


Freshly caught today.



The menu


Hoa selected grilled Sardines and I ordered the Seafood and Monkfish Cataplana


Cataplana was delicious and reasonably priced- 19.80 Euros.


They know what they are doing, the broth was tasty, seafood were fresh and simply delicious.


Grilled sardines, simple but full of flavors- 14 Euros.


You can definitely tell these are fresh Sardines and it was grilled to perfection.


The Sardines came with a bowl of fresh salad.


What a lovely lunch.  I can get used to eating like this every day.


Enjoying our meal.


The service here is really friendly and we had a good time talking to our server.  Coffee to end our meal.


After the meal, we went outside in this area just below the restaurant to relax and for Hoa to take a quick nap.


This is so great after a great lunch.  This is free of charge to sit here if you eat at the restaurant, If not people will need to buy drinks to sit here.


Very relaxing..


View of the restaurant from the beach.


Pacific Ocean.


View of a town in the distance.


NEXT.... Day 5-Old Town/Beach, Albufeira




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