Food & Drink
Burrow into Faro
Seafood with a view
Located on the roof of the Hotel Faro, this restaurant offers fabulous views over the city’s charming Old Town. Delicious, fresh seafood only enhances the experience.
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6km to the west of the city, buses 14 and 16 run regularly from the airport to the city center. The journey takes 20 minutes and costs around €2.30. A taxi into central Faro takes just over 15 minutes and costs from €10.
Luxury with a conscience
Martinhal, a modern new resort with an ecological flair, lies on the western tip of the Algarve coast near the town of Sagres. Guests can enjoy a host of sports and activities, including surfing and dolphin watching.
Thanks to its cozy feel, the Taska Algarvia restaurant has been a big hit with the local population. The traditional Portuguese food with an emphasis on seafood hasn’t hurt either. Try the classic pork with cockles, the carne de porco com ameijoas, or perhaps the eel.
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All in the Family
Le Marquis is a popular family-owned restaurant that can be a little tricky to find, but that is well worth the effort. Tasty food and first-class service in a cozy, rustic atmosphere mean you'll come away charmed and satisfied.
Sítio de Gorjões, Monte da Palhagueira, Santa Bárba de Nexe
The European Championship stadium experience – Estádio Algarve
The stadium, which has a capacity of around 30,000, was built to host games in the 2004 European Soccer Championships. During Euro 2004, two group games and the quarter final match between the Netherlands and Sweden were played there (the quarter final finishing in a 0-0 draw). The stadium is now sometimes used as the home ground for two clubs - Farense and Louletano.
You can reach the truly idyllic desert island, Deserta Island, by tour boat or water taxi – but the rays are powerful so don’t forget to bring along drinking water and sun block. You may also want to pack some extra provisions as there is only one (luxury) restaurant on the island.
If you’re not in the mood for meat or fish, a tasty range of vegetarian alternatives can be found at Gengibre e Canela. Otherwise, completely vegetarian food is not always easy to find on the menus in Faro.
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Golf and Country Club
Quinta do Lago is home to the value-for-money and attractive Four Seasons Country Club, which has a neighboring golf course and a convivial atmosphere, with a bar that is a meeting point for many of the more mature “ex-pats” living along the coast. The Club offers self-catering accommodation in the form of either apartments or villas, all of which are equipped with a washing machine and tumble dryer. Inexpensive golf packages are also available.
There is another Four Seasons close to Quinta do Lago, but this is called Four Seasons Fairways. Although more luxurious and expensive, it is also popular.
Quinta do Lago also boasts a relatively recently opened five-star Hilton hotel, the Conrad Algarve. Large poolThis impressive building is a five-star standard hotel and priced accordingly.
Possibly the most celebrated hotel for romantic couples who are interested in experiencing culinary highs is the Vila Joya, which is located outside Albufeira. The hotel clings to the side of a beachside cliff and is described as a hedonistic temple with its own restaurant that is listed in the Michelin Guide.
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Royals and Romans
The majestic Palácio de Estoi is found just to the north of Faro. A private palace built in the rococo style during the latter part of the 19th century, its much–loved garden is open to the general public. Milreu, located just outside Estoi, is home to what is considered to be the best collection of Roman ruins found on the Algarve.
A luxury stroll
The town of Vilamoura is a 30-minute car journey from Faro. Many people come here to walk amongst the marina’s luxury yachts. The popular harbor has plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants.
A golfer’s paradise
The Algarve is a golfer’s paradise and gets many return visitors. Along the 200 km coast, there are now a little over 30 courses. The most challenging of these is Monte Rei, which is in the southernmost part of the region.
Stay a while in a pro golfer’s villa
Best known as a golf resort with luxury houses and beautiful beaches Vale do Lobo is well worth a visit, even for those who don’t play golf. Renowned Swedish professional golfer Jarmo Sandelin has a villa here, which he rents out for a few weeks every year to interested companies and organizations. The house boasts seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, a gym and a private putting green.
If, however, that’s not big enough for you, the first five-star hotel on the Algarve, the Dona Filipa, is practically next door.
Text: Anders Ellqvist
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Published: April 10, 2015
Last edited: October 20, 2015