*Ana Polónio, Project Manager of Ovation Portugal DMC, wrote this article.
An Inside Tip for Foodies
Our country is extremely rich in terms of flavours and variety of food. Whenever I have the chance to travel to the Algarve the first stop is always at Restaurant “A Ver Tavira” (Largo Abu-Otmane, Tavira) for the best “Cataplana”! The word “Cataplana” refers not only to the shell-shaped utensil but also to the delicious dishes that are made in it. My favourite is fish and seafood cataplana because this is the best way to try local fresh fish and seafood.
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First, explore the mountainous region north of Portimão. Located around the rural town of Monchique it boasts some of the Algarve’s best inland scenery. In this hidden treasure, you can admire the beauty of the inland. However, you can also meet with some local producers of “medronho” and sweets that are still being produced in the “old fashion way”. Furthermore, explore the cork route and the Algarve hills in S. Brás de Alportel. Portugal is the world’s main exporter of cork so you will have the chance to get to know the production process and its impact on the natural and local heritage of the area.
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Afterward, enjoy superb cocktails and local appetisers while admiring one of the most beautiful sunsets at Maria’s Restaurant & Beach Lounge (Praia do Garrão Poente, Almancil). This seaside restaurant offers modern and flavourful cuisine with a welcoming atmosphere and unbeatable views. From a casual lunch to a more formal dinner or evening cocktails, Maria’s Restaurant & Beach Lounge can accommodate a variety of groups for any type of event or occasion.
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