May 27, 2012

El Rinconcillo Tapas in Seville

If you do make the short and easy bus crossing from the Algarve to Seville in south western Spain, you will discover a city of delights, including some culinary classics.

El Rinconcillo, Seville

If you are a fan of Spanish tapas head out to the El Rinconcillo, said to be the birth place of tapas. Located in the La Macarena district of the historic city, El Rinconcillo dates back to the 1670s and the atmospheric, woody interior is the setting for some great food and drink. Specialties include Huelva hams, vegetarian chickpeas and spinach, and the catch of the day from Cadiz.

Wash down your tapas with some fine wines, while your bill is totted up on the wooden counter of the large barrels that serve as tables.

El Rinconcillo


Remember it is standing room only in the bar area and there are no seats. If you wish to sit there is a separate restaurant area with tables and chairs.

El Rinconcillo is close to the Iglesia de Santa Catalina and the Iglesia de San Pedro, where the painter Velazquez was baptized. The cozy Hotel Baco is nearby and the whole area is within 20 minutes walk of Sevilla Cathedral and La Giralda.


El Rinconcillo
Calle Gerona 41-45
41003
Seville
Spain
Tel: 954 21 31 83

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May 22, 2012

Lisbon Car Hire Discounted by 25% in Celebration of Holiday Autos Birthday

To celebrate its 25th birthday, Holiday Autos is offering a great big 25% off car hire for 25 days across 25 different locations!

The offer applies for all pick-ups until the end of October 2012, with a different location available each day. This celebratory deal continues on the 22nd of May with car hire in the wonderful city of Lisbon!

Situated on the North banks of the River Tagus at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula, culturally rich Lisbon offers a beautiful blend of cathedrals castles and urban neighbourhoods.

Belem, Lisbon, Portugal

It is estimated that Lisbon is over four centuries older than Rome, making it the second city to be founded in Europe after Athens. The many different civilisations that have at one time ruled the city are woven into its architecture, giving the city a patchwork-like quality. A visit to Lisbon has to include a trip to see the Belem Tower; built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbour. The tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery, and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland.

To get up high and look out over the city, then the millennium old walls of the Castelo de Sao Jorge (St George's Castle) are the best place to head. And if you've got a head for heights, you might also like to perch atop the Águas Livres - the largest aqueduct in Europe!

Lisbon

For a taste of the life aquatic, Lisbon is home to one of the largest oceanariums in the world. Acclaimed for accurately recreating various world underwater ecosystems, make your way there to experience incredible diving.

Tagus River

If you'd rather check out the real deal, then Lisbon offers something for that too! The city is surrounded by a number of varied and interesting beaches, each with their own character.

Algarve

The BBC listed Praia da Adraga among the most beautiful beaches in Europe, and one of our personal favorites. Most days you will find it virtually deserted. A short distance away is a completely different beach experience - Costa da Caparica is a crowded beach with a festival atmosphere. The beach also offers some great places to eat and some lively night life. Lisbon is a large sprawling city offering plenty to see and do. With access to a car you will be able to travel back and forth through its history and beaches with ease!

For further details on the Holiday Autos sale, the complete list of locations included in the offer, and to look over the terms and conditions, visit http://www.holidayautos.co.uk

May 14, 2012

Litoral Ecovia Cycle Route Faro

The Litoral Ecovia is a cycle track running 214km along the coast of the Algarve from Cape St Vincent, near Sagres, and ends in S. Antonio on the Guadiana River, near the boat dock in Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

The Litoral Ecovia passes through Albufeira, Lagos, Portimao, Faro and Tavira to Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Around 12% of the route is completely unmotorized and the cycle path passes through some very scenic areas, close to a number of shaded picnic areas as well as cafes and restaurants.

  Litoral Ecovia Algarve

ecoviasalgarve.org (in Portuguese)
Tel: (+351) 289 880 800

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