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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"

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
Egg white pie.

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