Petiscos is a bit like its Spanish cousin 'Tapas', but with a delightful twist often based on the herbs, spices and other ingredients used - my favourite being figs, oh and honey, and cheese, and sardines. To be honest, it's all great.
It's not exactly easy to put your finger on the differences between Petiscos and Tapas so the best way to make up your mind is by trying both. And in The Algarve there are plenty of restaurants in which to deduce which you prefer, remembering that at the villa you are just one hour from Spain.
We found a great example of a petiscos restaurant in Lagoa. It's called Tapas No Bucho. I'm not certain what 'No Bucho' translates as, but the closest to it that I get is 'Inside me' or 'you'll feel it in your belly'. And you will!! It's the best Petiscos we've tried here. The restaurant itself is very popular so if you want to eat outside you'll need to book. You'll find it in the lower pedestrian-only part of Lagoa ( R. Teófilo de Braga 31, 8400-343 Lagoa). Tip: Try the Folhados and the Camembert. Both are fantastic.
"Carvoeiro is a great place on the Algarve to stay, with many places of interest within easy reach. Had trips out to Vilamoura, Ferragudo, Portimao, Silves and Luz"
"We had many nice meals down in Carvoeiro, and particularly like 'Ela and Elas', 'Casa do Bife' and 'O Tascos'"
"Some of our favourite places to eat were L'Orange, Bon Bon (Sesmarias), Primavera (Carvoeiro) and Jophil's (Sesmarias)"