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.

 LAPAS

LAPAS

 STEAMED BARNACLES

STEAMED BARNACLES

 SLICES OF ORANGE AND ALMOND CHOCOLATE CAKES

SLICES OF ORANGE AND ALMOND CHOCOLATE CAKES

 FAMILY LUNCH WITH MTV & SITIO DA PEDRALVA

FAMILY LUNCH WITH MTV & SITIO DA PEDRALVA

In pictures, here’s how Day 2 in the Algarve unfolded:

 LUIS, OWNER OF ALDEIA DA PEDRALVA, DRIVING US AROUND SAGRES IN A VINTAGE VW

LUIS, OWNER OF ALDEIA DA PEDRALVA, DRIVING US AROUND SAGRES IN A VINTAGE VW

 OUTSIDE OF MY ROOM

OUTSIDE OF MY ROOM

 MY ROOM/HOME AT  ALDEIA DA PEDRALVA

MY ROOM/HOME AT ALDEIA DA PEDRALVA

 VIEW FROM MY ROOM

VIEW FROM MY ROOM

 SPECIAL THANKS AND LOVE TO HELGA CRUZ FROM TOURISM ALGARVE FOR THE BEAUTIFUL SET-UP!

SPECIAL THANKS AND LOVE TO HELGA CRUZ FROM TOURISM ALGARVE FOR THE BEAUTIFUL SET-UP!

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