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The central Algarve is where you’ll find the greatest concentration of high-end restaurants.
Book in advance to be in with a chance of nabbing a table at Ocean (Rua Anneliese Pohl, Alporchinhos), which is part of the Hotel Vila Vita Parc and one of Portugal’s only establishments with two Michelin stars.
This isn’t the only classy restaurant in the region to be linked with a hotel – the Vista Restaurant at the Bela Vista Hotel (Avenida Tomás Cabreira, Praia da Rocha) and Gusto by Heinz Beck at the Conrad Algarve Hotel (Estrada da Quinta do Lago, Almancil) are both equally upmarket.
Fresh seafood is a consistent theme in Algarve cuisine.
Taste the region’s fruits de la mer cooked to perfection at Rei das Praias (Praia dos Caneiros, Ferragudo), or enjoy locally caught giant red prawns at Gigi’s (Praia da Quinta do Lago, Almancil).
Further west, beach-side Boia (Rua dos Pescadores, Salema) cooks up fresh fish as soon as it comes in on the boats, while Vivendo (Estrada Da Meia Praia, Lagos) serves up creative European cuisine in a cosy, bistro-style setting.
It can be pricey to eat out close to the major resorts – explore away from the tourist hubs and keep your eyes peeled for family run restaurants and set menus.
You’ll find restaurants catering for every palate in the Algarve, but it’s worth sampling a few of the delicious local dishes while you’re in the area.
Try carapaus alimados (skinned horse mackerel), clam xerém (maize meal stew) and feijoada (bean stew), all of which are scrumptious when well prepared.
Round off your evening meal with a quiet nightcap or a calorie-busting boogie. Not sure where? Then visit our Algarve nightlife page.