Food lovers will be delighted if visiting the Algarve; the region is known for its culinary delights, whether it is fresh sea food, traditional Portuguese cuisine or international fare. If you’re seeking the sunshine and some great food, you’ll be sure to find something tasty at any time of year.

For those looking to sample the best food the Algarve has to offer, then there is certainly a bounty of local restaurants, markets and food festivals to accommodate this. The area prides itself on its food and there are many gastronomical events throughout the year to tickle taste buds.

Local restaurants often take part in scrumptious events or even run their own food festivals, offering great deals, cookery classes, demonstrations and more. Visitors will have the chance to enjoy fine dining, whilst being entertained by poetry reading and live Portuguese music. It’s well worth finding out what’s on during your visit.

Below are a few that we’ve found in the Rocha Brava Resort locality that are ideal for food fans.

Gastronomic festivals

The town of São Bartolomeu de Messines has previously held a successful annual food festival and is home to many exquisite restaurants, each with a great authentic offering. In addition, Portimao holds a popular street food festival for those visiting a little earlier in the year; this takes place in July and August, and a similar event can also be found in Lagos.

Authentic cuisine

Olive oil is a staple in Portuguese cooking – look out for demos and taste-testing opportunities around the Algarve to try some of the best around, and get some tips to take home with you to enhance your own cooking.

The area is known for its exquisite seafood – in fact it is said that the locals have over a thousand recipes for cod dishes alone. August is the best time to visit for seafood festivals, such as the Portimão Sardine Festival and the Olhão Shellfish Festival.

Festival do Marisco

Shellfish Festival - Image from the website

What’s more, meat - pork in particular - is considered to be spectacular in this region. The beginning of November sees a celebration of delicious Alentejo black pork at Herdade dos Grous country estate. The estate also produces its own red and white wines.

Fine Wine

Of course, a stay in the Algarve wouldn’t be complete without wine, as the area is well-known for its distinguished vino. Porches Velho restaurant runs a wine and food festival at the end of October, usually. You can be sure of matching your drink to your food, as experts assist you to find the perfect gastronomic complement, with free wine to accompany an a la carte meal. There are numerous other wine tasting events around and you won’t have to look far to find one in the Algarve!

Once you’ve booked your stay at Rocha Brava resort then be sure to make a plan to visit some of the local restaurants in Carvoeiro, or venture further afield to see what larger towns such as Portimão and Faro have to offer.