Many visit the Algarve coast in Portugal every year for the gorgeous weather, breathtaking sights and brilliant beaches. It’s the downright delicious food, however, that brings everything together and makes a trip to the Algarve truly special. From freshly caught fish and slowly cooked meat stews, to delicately decorated desserts, gastronomy throughout the Algarve is centred around quality as opposed to convenience. The variety of dishes on offer provides a pure paradise for those who revel in tasting the local cuisine.
If you’re planning or considering a holiday to the Algarve sometime soon, be sure to sample each of the culinary delights below. These have been hand-picked and recommended by the team at Premier Villas. Each of these dishes can be sampled at restaurants in the region or cooked yourself in your very own villa in the Algarve. Either way, don’t miss these gastronomic delights of the Algarve!
First up on this list of gastronomic delights of the Algarve is Caldeirada, a rich and delicious dish of fresh white fish paired with a white wine marinade. This is the perfect meal for a summer’s evening, looking out to views of the coast, as the sea breeze fills the air. Often served with tomatoes and potatoes, it’s a favourite amongst locals and visitors to the area.
A favourite lunchtime delicacy for the locals and tourists alike! Sit down to a plate abundant with grilled sardines, usually accompanied by bread, potatoes and a salad of onion, tomatoes and peppers.
The locals enjoy their sardines by placing one on a slice of bread, eating the first side, then flipping it over and eating the second side. It’s very messy but afterwards, you can enjoy the rest of the bread which has soaked up the delicious flavours of the oil left by the sardines.
A traditional and extremely popular dish across the Algarve, Bacalhau is a dish consisting of dried, salted cod that is usually served with potatoes, pulses, vegetables and olive oil. Many visitors are often surprised by the concept and popularity of a dried fish dish, given the amount of fresh fish available locally. However, this traditional meal is seen as a huge aspect of local culture and one that will remain for the years to come.
If you’re looking for a plentiful dish that’s bursting with flavours, opt for a Cataplanas. A traditional meal that is cooked and served up in a brass or copper dish, you can enjoy a variety of meat, fish or shellfish when ordering a Cataplanas. This is the perfect dish if you’re looking to share a meal between two and can be found in many towns and villages along the Algarve coast.
The name of the local stews found throughout many restaurants in the Algarve. These sumptuous stews are typically made using beef, potatoes, vegetables and olives, cooked slowly to bring together the flavours of all the ingredients. Jardineira is commonly found as the dish of the day throughout the Algarve and is certainly not a dish to be missed!
Seafood fans will grin with gastronomic delight when a serving of Camarao arrives at the table. Order a plate of this and you’ll be treated to a pile of freshly cooked prawns, marinated in olive oil, coriander, garlic and bay leaves. The quality of this dish in the Algarve is impeccable, due to the seafood being locally sourced.
Last up on this list of Gastronomic delights of the Algarve is the ultimate Algarvian dish for those with a sweet tooth! Made using egg yolk, sugar and almonds, the dish comes wrapped in brightly coloured metallic paper and is a classic dish that shouldn’t be missed on a trip to the Algarve.
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