Portugal’s sunny Algarve region is a vibrant tourist destination all year round, from its sun-soaked beaches to its traditional villages. With such a huge gathering of visitors, it can be difficult to avoid tourist deception and find quality local food – so we’ve listed five of the very best Algarve restaurants that you can enjoy this summer.
Sao Gabriel,Quinta do Lago
Algarve’s most romantic restaurant, this Michelin-starred restaurant is great for impressing a loved one or a special occasion. Located near Vale do Lobo, this rustic-chic farmhouse has plenty of private space from the tables in the flower-scented garden to the cool alcoves of the dining room or even the stylish terrace. Scallop, foie gras and pigeon appear on the tasting menu, and a sommelier will be on hand to help you pick the perfect wine to pair with each mouth-watering course.
Ocean Restaurant, Alporchinhos
This fabulous restaurant has not just one but two Michelin stars and would make an unforgettable finale to your holiday in the Algarve. The Ocean Restaurant, which has spectacular views over the glinting Atlantic, is part of the luxurious five-star Vila Vita Resort, southwest of Faro. Here, head chef Hans Neuner takes full advantage of the Algarve’s bountiful ingredients to create simple, deconstructed dishes that pack a punch with zinging flavours. Highlights include seabass with cèpes from Monchique and a kaffir leaf dessert with pine needles.
Restaurante Rei das Praias, Ferragudo
This is the ultimate in beachside dining. This gorgeous restaurant and beach bar wouldn’t look stylish with natural vibe without bleached wood, white drapes blowing in the sea breeze and cushions piled high. Located on one of the Algarve’s most stunning beaches, this is a great spot for cocktails at sunset, amazing barbecued fish and an informal yet super-cool dining experience that will leave you feeling relaxed and revitalized. You can even get a massage here.
Southwest of Faro and in the vicinity of one of the best golf course of the Algarve is the sensational beach of Vale Do Lobo. This two-kilometre-long sweep of golden sand and crystal clear water backed by cliffs, is home to a rather special restaurant. At Sandbanks, you can sit out on the smart terrace, listen to live music and even choose your own lobster and crab for for fresher-than-fresh seafood.
Pizzeria Fratelli, Olhos de Água
Pizzeria Fratelli sits near the beautiful Olhos de Água beach, which is renowned for its sculptural rock formations and sparkling azure waters. If you’re craving good pizza, great coffee and to-die-for deserts then Fratelli’s will satisfy you on all fronts and even supply a picture-perfect sea view on top. Specialities at this buzzing beachside eatery include antipasti, linguine alla gamborini and of course, tasty wood-fired pizzas.
Stay with MGM Muthu Hotels in Albufeira, we have 5 properties for you to choose from, a free open deck bus that will take you from our hotels to the city centre everyday for free. Visit www.muthuhotels.com and book your getaway break in the Algarve with us! See you soon!