On a hot Sunday in Tavira we were happy to find Restaurant Quatro Aguas, a bit out of town, near the jetty where boats depart for the Ilha Tavira. We were lucky to find a parking lot for our car outside this restaurant, because on a hot Sunday the beach is extremely popular. For my last lunch this summer in Portugal I was happy to order Bacalhau a brasa (dried salt cod), which is not for a beginner, you have to know what you will get. My Bacalhau was grilled with garlic and it was served with salty potatoes, as the tradition says, and it was just what I needed on a hot summer day. Cold, fresh Alvarinho white wine was just a perfect match. The staff was friendly and the service attentive. We had plenty of time before leaving for the airport, so we had time to fully enjoy our lunch.
The night before we had tried to find Restaurant Vela 2 with only a rough Goodle map, because the Turismo was closed and our hotel didn't have a map to give us. Having failed to find it, we returned to the Gilao river bank and went to one of the many restaurants in the Mercado da Ribeira. We were too hungry to notice that there were no Portuguese in the restaurant. My monkfish and shrimp skewer and my husband's fish were completely burnt and absolutely tasteless. After this dreadful dinner we needed a GT each to get the bad taste washed away.
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