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Welcome to Quarteira

Quarteira

Quarteira has seen a lot of development in recent years, leaving it characteristically high-rise in and around the town. Quarteira has still, however, managed to retain its Portuguese character and is particularly popular with Portuguese holidaymakers. The best part is the lovely palm-lined promenade, Avenida Infante de Sagres, known as the "Marginal", where you can spend time relaxing with lovely walks along the seafront and on the outdoor terraces of cafés and bars all around.

Quarteira Beach is beautiful and rock-free and there are plenty of eating places with the Avenida Infante de Sagres running along behind it, which you can call on for refreshments. Quarteira still boasts a local fishing community and the fishermen can be seen at work at the western end of the beach. The catches are sold at the nearby fish market early in the morning and will end up on your plate for lunch or dinner the same day.

Quarteira offers a huge range of culinary delights, with the emphasis, of course, on the beautifully fresh fish and shellfish dishes such as grilled sardines, "cataplanas", "caldeirada" (a kind of fish stew) and prawns, to name but a few.

Information & Facts

Activities

  • Atlantic Park (Parque Atlantico): Quatro Estradas, Quarteira - has slides, water rides, pools, gardens and daily variety show. Tel: 289 397 282
  • Aquashow water park on EN396. Tel: 289 389 390
  • Aqualand (The Big One): Water park near Alcantarilha. Open from 26th May to 12th September (2008) 10.00h to 18.00h.
  • Almancil Karting: A leisure and competition karting complex. The circuit is a replica of the Jacarepagua Formula 1 circuit in Brazil.
    Tel: 289 399 899
  • Boat trips and fishing: There are plenty of boat trips and fishing excursions to choose from at Vilamoura Marina, at the kiosks at the western end of the marina (the side nearest to Praia da Falésia). Algarve Seafaris is at the Marina and you can book fantastic full or half day cruises or fishing trips with a professional skipper! The trips are great value and really are the best way to see the natural beauty of the Algarve!
  • Casino Vilamoura: A daily show, dinner and dancing and maybe try your luck! Tel: 289 310 000
  • Golf: 'Vila Sol', 'Pinhal', 'Old Course', 'Laguna' and 'Millenium' are the nearest courses
  • Tennis: Vilamoura Tennis Centre with 12 courts and coaching available.
  • Roma mini golf park in the centre of Vilamoura with 18 hole mini golf courses and also a miniature golf course and play area for the children.

Zoomarine at Guia (10km from Albufeira): It's open all year round and is a great day out for the family with dolphin and sealion shows, birds of prey demonstrations and tropical birds show. It's both educational and fun. There are places to eat and drink, and also some fun rides like the pirate ship and water flume and pools to cool off in!
Opening hours are 10.00h to 17.00h in the winter (closed Mondays in January and February); 10.00h to 18.00h mid March to end of June and 10.00h to 19.30h during the summer.

Language

To drink:

  • "O que você quer beber?"  -  What would you like to drink?
  • "Você quer beber alguma coisa?"  -  Would you like to drink something?
  • "E para beber?"  -  And to drink?
  • "Vocês têm um menú de vinhos?"  -  Do you have wine list? 
  • "Para beber quero..."  -  I would like to drink...
  • "(Eu) queria uma bica / um cafezinho / um espresso"  -  I'd like an espresso. 
  • "Uma cerveja por favor. / Duas cervejas por favor"  -  A beer please / Two beers please
  • "Um café, se faz favor"  -  A coffee, please 
  • "Uma água sem gás"  -  Still water
  • "Uma água com gás"  -  Sparkling water 
  • "Uma cerveja"  -  A beer
  • "Vinho tinto"  -  Red wine
  • "Vinho branco"  -  White wine

To eat:

  • "O que deseja comer?"  -  What would you like to eat? 
  • "O que os senhores(as) querem comer?"  -  What would you like to eat? 
  • "O que você quer comer?"  -  What would you like to eat? 
  • "O que (você) recomenda?"  -  What do you recommend?
  • "Faça o favor!"  -  Waiter! 
  • "Prato do dia"  - Dish of the day
  • "Para mim..."  -  For me... 
  • "(Eu) vou comer..."  -  I'll have the...
  • "Qual é a entrada / prato principal / sobremesa?"  -  What starters / main course / dessert do you have?
  • "(Eu) gostaria ver a ementa por favor"  -  I would like to see the menu please
  • O menú de sobremesas por favor  -  The desserts menu please
  • "Para começar quero..."  -  To start I would like... 
  • "Como prato principal quero..."  -  For the main course I would like...
  • "Para sobremesa quero..."  -  For dessert I'll have...
  • "Não como carne"  -  I don't eat meat
  • "(Eu) sou vegetariana"  -  I'm vegetarian (f.) 
  • "(Eu) sou vegetariano"  -  I'm vegetarian (m.) 
  • "Uma mesa para duas pessoas"  -  A table for two
  • "Tenho uma reserva em nome de  ..."  -   I have a table reserved in the name of ...  
  • "(Eu) queria uma mesa perto da janela"  -  I would like a table near to the window.
  • "Isso não é o que eu encomendei"  -  That's not what I ordered
  • "A conta por favor"  -  The bill (check) please
  • "O serviço está incluído?"  -  Is service included?
  • "Acho que há um erro na conta"  -  I think there is a mistake in the bill.

Money

Euros

Shopping

The gastronomy in Quarteira centres around the fresh fish and sea food that is caught locally. Prawn (camarão),   clams of various shapes and sizes (lingueirão, ameijoa, conquilha) and lobster (lagosta) are all readily available and used in many traditional recipes including cataplanas, rice dishes and fish stews (caldeirada). Expect to see octopus (polvo), cuttlefish (choco) and squid (lula) as well as the more usual fish like bream (dourada),  sea bass (robalo) and tuna (atum).

Desserts - If you haven't noticed by now, the Portuguese love their cakes and desserts! Arroz doce (sweet rice pudding); Bolinhos de massa de amêndoa (little cakes of marzipan) in various shapes like fruits, vegetables, fish  and flowers; Pudim de amêndoa  (almond pudding); Bolachas de mel (little honey cakes) and figs stuffed with chocolate or almonds are all typical.

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