Algarvian cuisine, like that of the rest of Portugal, will without fail be one of the many highlights of your trip to Portugal! It has strong Mediterranean roots and can be characterised as a rich, and yet simple, cuisine that makes ample use of olive oils, garlic, fish, meat, seafood, bread, wine, vegetables and legumes. It is a cuisine that brings together the products of the land with the fruits of the sea to create rich and luscious delights. And as all the ingredients come straight from the surrounding land and sea, they deliver a freshness and a burst of flavours that will delight your palate and your sense of smell!
When you go, take the time to go out for proper meals and allow yourself to enjoy the gastronomical experience you are in for. There are so many mouth-watering options that it’s best to try to resist repeating the same dish too often, no matter how much you liked it! Don’t miss out on dishes like Ameijoas na Cataplana (clams), Bacalhao à Algarvia (cod), Lulas cheias à Monchique (squid), Cabrito à Bicho (goat),… and so much else!
But leave room for dessert, as well, as Algarvian cuisine has a lot to offer in the sweets department as well!