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Leisure & Sports > Food and Drink

 
Algarve gastronomy goes back to historical times the Roman and the Arabic presence. 
The ingredients used reflect the fresh flavours of the sea and pleasant and strong aromas of the country.
 
The famous "rice with razor clams" from Faro, beautiful sardines grilled in Portimao and Dom Rodrigo "sweets" from Lagos are all delicious to taste. The village of Monchique stands out in this chapter because it is known for pig farming. There are a variety of sausages made with pork and hams. The Algarve is also known for producing brandy and liqueurs. Examples being "Medronho" made from a red berry, Almond liqueur and Fig liqueur.
 

Below is a list of some typical dishes:
 
Scaled horse mackerel
 
Cataplana (clams, spiced sausage and tomatoes cooked in a sealed, clam shaped, copper pan)
 
Mutton leg casserole
 
Pork with clams
 
Cockles, Pork and maize mash
 
Peas with eggs, Algarve style
 
Stewed partridge
 
Fried rabbit
 
Stake with garlic
 
Grilled pork seasoned with olive oil, garlic, parsley and vinegar, Monchique style
 
Cold "gazpacho" soup made from peppers, cucumber and tomatoes
 
Steaming bowl of chick peas
 
Stuffed squid, Algarve style
 
Octopus in the oven with spare ribs
 
Tuna steak with tomatoes
 
Broad beans, Algarve style
 
Chicken soup with cockles
 
Cold garlic "gazpacho"
 

Sweets
 
Dom Rodrigo
 
Colchao de noiva
 
Layers of dried figs, ground almonds cinnamon and chocolate
 
Gargantas de Freira
 
Bolo Tacho
 
Meat pies
 
Portuguese fried sweets
 
Almond paste together with sugar is molded into various delightful designs of small fruits and animals
 
Folar
 
Egg white pie.

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