Algarve for foodies

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Algarve - more than just a holiday destination for beachgoers

Algarve – more than just a holiday destination for beachgoers

The Algarve is always a popular destination with us and many people living in Northern Europe who just drive through France and Spain to reach the long sandy beaches, innumerable golf courses and lazy warm summer days.

But do you think of it as a food destination, a chance to sample Portuguese regional cuisines and enjoy the wines and abundant seafood?

The local tourist board wants to change that and make foodies think of visiting the area over the late Spring and Summer.

In the Algarve the weather is fabulous all year round, the scenery is magical and there is always plenty to do – no matter what the time of year. Visitors to the region will also never go hungry! This year the Algarve has a whole host of events to tickle those taste buds and expand the palate to new levels.

Starting with wine, the Grande Mostra de Vinhos Portugal (The Great Portugal Wine Show) celebrates its seventh anniversary in Albufeira this year on 16 May.  Vineyards from throughout Portugal are represented not just those within spitting distance (sorry, bad pun) of the area. The show gets together the best wine tasters, wineries and wine experts in Portugal, in order to select the best wines of the year.

Amongst the sea food festivals, there are two arranged. The first has already started and runs until the 24th of May in Tavira. Fresh and local is key here with local restaurants participating with guest chef events and special menus for the event. In August, the Sea Food festival in Olhão (10th – 15th August) is celebrated as one of the biggest gastronomy festivals in the Algarve. Fresh seafood demonstrations, entertainment and live music every night make it an experience not to be missed!

The most famous sardine festival in the Algarve can be found in Portimão in August, when the sardines are at their best! Cooking demonstrations and the best of Portuguese wine are all on offer.  Live entertainment, traditional craft stalls and a daily parade throughout the festival make it a must see during summer in the Algarve.


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