Best drinks for low prices in the Algarve region

Aguardente de Medronho, ©zone41/Flickr

Aguardente de Medronho, ©zone41/Flickr

Alcoholic drinks in the Algarve region are not very pricy. Considered to other countries wine, beer and other spirits have more accessible prices. In the supermarkets you can buy a bottle of wine for not more than 1 euro. The bars and restaurants also offer several drinks for reasonable prices. Buy a glass of wine for €1.20-2 or beer for €1-1.50. However, in the more popular locales the prices might be higher, up to €6.  The best prices are in the cafes where you can get freshly squeezed orange juice as well costing about €2-4 but it is worth the price, for you will be drinking the best orange juice you ever had in your life.

Best wines

The Algarve region is quite famous for its wine production but you can find many brands and kinds from other parts of Portugal as well, such as Bairrada, Estremadura or Alentejo. The best wines of the Algarve come from Tavira, Portimão and Lagoa. If you sit in a local restaurant you will most probably find a list of wines produced only in Portugal.

Porto Bay Wine Week Algarve, ©Porto Bay Events- Porto Bay Hotels/Flickr

Porto Bay Wine Week Algarve, ©Porto Bay Events- Porto Bay Hotels/Flickr

Choose from the several kinds of house wines produced locally. Are you a white wine or a red wine person? No matter what, you can have a glass of whichever at a good price. You can also try the green whine, a light, refreshing and slightly sparkling variety which goes well with a fine dish of chicken or fish. There is also rosé for those who like a middle path.

National beer brands

Some people prefer to consume a nice, cold pint of beer on a hot summer day and for those we recommend the three national brands of Portugal: the Sagres, which got its name after the Sagres of Algarve; the other two brands are called Cristal and Super Bock.

Algarve beer, ©tortuga767/Flickr

Algarve beer, ©tortuga767/Flickr

Unlike wine beer and lager is imported from many other places outside the country which makes it a bit more expensive. For a regular glass ask for um imperial or if you feel very thirsty ask for uma caneca, which is half a liter.

Other spirits

The most popular and well known drink of Portugal is port which is a blend of wines. Port is available in tawny, ruby and white variety. Ruby is a sweet port, tawny is light and best served cold, while the white variety is dry and best served before meal with ice. There are two other famous strong spirits in the Algarve region called Medronho and Aguardente.

Aguardente de Medronho, ©zone41/Flickr

Aguardente de Medronho, ©zone41/Flickr

Medronho, in other name fire water is made of strawberry and is a very strong alcoholic drink which knocks down even the men. Aguardente is a very rough type of Portuguese brandy which will definitely warm you up on a chilly evening. It burns your throat and warms up your stomach. Consume wisely!

Leave a Reply