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Posted by portugalpress on May 30, 2017

The Algarve’s popular Rota do Petisco (Tapas Route) is opening in Faro and Olhão on Friday (June 2).

The towns will be hosting the event for the first time with 34 eateries taking part.

Rota do Petisco has become one of the Algarve’s biggest gastronomic events, taking in new towns and venues every year.

Organised by Portimão association Teia D’Impulsos, it now involves scores of restaurants offering a variety of typically Algarvean dishes and delights at reduced prices.

People buy a 'passport' – which is a guide to all the venues and their menus – and can enjoy ‘petiscos’ (tapas) accompanied by a drink for €3. Local sweets and desserts can also be tasted for €2.

One euro of the passport’s price goes to help local charities and institutions.

This year’s Rota started on May 5 in the ‘Terras do Infante’ (Lagos, Aljezur and Vila do Bispo), where it will remain until June 11.

The Faro and Olhão initiative continues until July 9.

Last year a total of 250 eateries in six boroughs took part, selling an impressive €700,000-worth of menus.

The success of the event has been so strong that Teia d’Impulsos claims it has helped revive the Portuguese tradition of ‘petiscos’ – impromptu snacks with family and friends.

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