My seafood prowess continued as we drove to Amado beach on the Vicentina coast to meet up with a local fisherman, Nicolau. Since the powerful tide was rising, we made a mad dash to the rocks to pick our lunch for the day. This activity required what can be a nightmare to many women—a wetsuit. Having to squeeze into a wetsuit is one of the most grounding experiences a human being can go through. Trust. Once in said wetsuit, we made a mad dash to the rocks where Nicolau showed me how to scrape barnacles and lapas off the rocks.
With bags full of freshly caught barnacles and lapas, I went to meet the head chef of Sítio da Pedralva, Bernardo Nabais. Together, we cooked up all the shellfish and had a beautiful lunch al fresco. Pedralva is truly a remarkable place— as soon as you drive in, you are met with a comforting silence and fresh air that smells of pine. If you’re looking for a relaxing escape with good people, I highly recommend a pit stop here.
In pictures, here’s how Day 2 in the Algarve unfolded: