The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal and it's one of Europe's favourite holiday destinations well known for glorious year round sunshine and excellent sandy beaches.
There is no better way to explore this region of Portugal. The seemingly endless coastline includes some of the world's most beutiful beaches!
The Algarve's most innovative dish is 'Ameijoas na Cataplana', baby clams with sausage, ham, onion, tomato, garlic, paprika and white wine, cooked and served in a sort of pressure cooker called a 'Cataplana'. A Cataplana is a copper utensil, Islamic in origin, and is particularly effective in preserving delicate flavours.
Chicken Piri-Piri is another world-famous Portuguese dish. The sauce is made from chilli peppers and ranges from mild and tangy, to very hot and spicy.
Most meals are accompanied by country bread, black olives, and small tins of sardine pate.
Now internationally famous, the cakes and desserts are the sweetest of delights! There is no resisting the divinely produced specialities featuring their lavish dash of sugar, eggs, almonds and locally grown fruits.
And don't forget, Portugal is also famous for it's Vinho Verde, Mateus Rose, and since 2001 Sir-Cliff Richards wines from Algarve. www.winesvidanova.com