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Mountain and Ocean Flavours

Mountain and Ocean Flavours

A culinary symphony

Trying out the Algarve’s regional cooking is a must for any visitor to the region. Rich in flavour yet simply prepared, its cuisine, like everything in this region, has its origins in distant times and customs and has absorbed various influences.

Fish and shellfish naturally play a starring role in the cookery of a fishing area faced by the Atlantic. For this, the finest recipes come from fishermen who, across the centuries, have perfected the art of preserving the sea’s natural flavours – grilling seafood slowly over charcoal. But there is more. There are many recipes in which seafood is deliciously combined with aromatic herbs, spices and other ingredients. The most famous of these is the dish, Amêijoas na Cataplana – clams prepared in a deep copper pan of Arabic origin with a hinged and sealable lid, particularly good at preserving the dish’s flavours and aromas. However, the sea is not the only strong influence. All the inland areas have provided the Algarve’s cuisine with marvellous recipes using market-garden produce, wild plants and meat from the mountain pastures as their stock ingredients. Internationally renowned, its sweets are to die for! No-one can resist the taste or appearance of these heavenly confections of almonds, figs, oranges and carob, all cultivated in the Algarve, blended together with eggs and sugar.

Its famous Medronho brandy – distilled from the arbutus berry – belongs to the same magnificent tradition, as do its fruit liqueurs and regional wines.

It is an immensely rich legacy, increasingly available for your enjoyment in restaurants and traditional bars throughout the region.


Mountain cuisine Influenced by the economic activities of the region, the art of cooking in the Algarve is a shining jewel...

On the coast, fishing directly influences the local diet...

The flavours of Barrocal

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Delightful on the eye and sweet on the tongue...

Wines and spirits

As a designated winegrowing region, Algarve’s wines and liqueurs lend themselves well to its traditional gastronomy.

Updated on: 22-03-2018

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