Thanks to Nandos, the culinary association that many have with Portugal is Peri Peri chicken. Whilst this is no bad thing and I certainly wouldn’t say no to a butterfly chicken and creamy mash, in the Algarve the focus is on fish and seafood. Located on stilts above a beautiful cove Rei das Praias is unassuming to the eye, with simple white interiors, and a beach shack vibe, but when it comes to having fresh, delicious fish and seafood Rei das Praias is unparalleled.To start, I always opt for the garlic prawns, or if you’re feeling really hungry, try one of the mammoth madagascan tiger prawns. For main course choose their amazing freshly caught fish (my favourite is the seabass), or go all out and order the lobster rice, which supposedly serves two but could easily feed four.
Praia dos Caneiros, Ferragudo, 8400 Ferragudo, Portugal
Located in Carvoeiro, Hexagone offers modern takes on traditional Mediterranean food. In the warm months, eat outside and soak in the last of the rays, complete with a glass of wine from their extensive Portuguese selection. The menu is packed full of excellent options so anything you order is sure to impress. When I visited I enjoyed a foie gras tasting starter and a perfectly cooked, generously sized fillet of beef main and was thoroughly pleased with both. But, if you’re in the mood for dessert, there is one true standout dish: the strawberry soup. Flambéd at the table with lashings of alcohol, it is as delicious as it is unique!
Urbanização Presa de Moura, Sesmarias, 8400-008 Lagoa, Portugal
A short drive away from Carvoeiro is Portimao, which is home to the fabulous pool and beach bar No Solo Agua. If you’re after somewhere to while away an afternoon, this is the place to do it.Pitch up in the sun next to the pool, order huge sushi platters and frozen cocktails and allow the mellow music to put you firmly in holiday mode.Estr. Marina 1, 8500 Portimão, Portugal
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Quinta dos Vales, Sítio dos Vales, 8400-031 Estômbar, Portugal
The Algarve is home to some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. If you’re in the mood to relax head to Caneiros beach and pitch up on a bed. From here you can have food, cocktails and Champagne brought to you as you laze in the sun.If you’re seeking a more active weekend, then why not try out surfing? Future Surfing School is a great company located in Portimao, who provide excellent and in depth tuition to even the least competent of surfers.
Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like a barbecue. If you’re staying in a villa or apartment in Carvoeiro with access to a barbecue, getting hold of some fresh fish is a must. Whilst the supermarket selection is often very good, head down to the Carvoeiro fish market in the town centre early to pick up some of the most delicious finds. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-1pm.
Love, Sophia x