Since the coastline of Algarve is more than 200 km long, it is no surprise that seafood makes up the majority of the local cuisine. Make sure you try out various fish dishes – in Algarve fish is prepared in every possible way imaginable. One of the most famous dishes is Bacalhau à Brás, made of shredded cod, fried potatoes and onions, mixed with scrambled eggs.
If you’re more of a sweet tooth, Algarve has a few delicious options available. Carob is a secret ingredient of many desserts, such as Tarte Mista Algarvia (a flavourful pie with figs and almonds) or Tarte de Alfarroba (a carob cake with almonds that tastes like chocolate).
Algarve has everything that is necessary for a perfect day on the beach – sunny and warm climate, fine white sand and clear calm waters. Some of the most beloved beaches are Praia de Odeceixe, Praia do Martinhal and Praia do Alvor.
Along the coastline, there are numerous caves and rock formations that you can explore. Take one of the guided boat trips, during which locals will show you all of Algarve’s hidden gems. There are two caves that really stand out: Benagil and Zorreira. Make sure to visit them and you are guaranteed unforgettable experiences.
Serra de Monchique is an interesting alternative for those who prefer to spend their free time in a more active way. You can take a long walk, try mountain biking or practise birdwatching. No matter which option you choose you are guaranteed spectacular panoramic views of Algarve.
If what you need is relaxation you should make your way to Caldas de Monchique, a hidden spa close to the Monchique village. It is believed to have the best water in Algarve, water with healing effects, that can help rheumatism and some respiratory diseases. A perfect place to clear your mind before your next round of golf.