1) Piri Piri Chicken
Piri piri sauce is made from chillies, citrus, onions, garlic and spices. It was introduced to various parts of the world by the Portuguese, including Africa and Goa in India. Although the dish is known all over the world, its origins lie firmly in Portugal, and it is considered a national dish. Recipes will vary and people will fiercely argue that their version is the best!
The incredible golden sandy beaches of The Algarve are some of the best in Europe and with over 200km of coastline you should never have a problem finding a nice quiet spot to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
3) Interesting towns & villages
There a lots of interesting places to explore when you visit The Algarve, including the quaint villages of Sagres, Monchique, the colourful market town of Loulé and the bigger town of Lagos – which despite its size and popularity is still full of authentic Portuguese character.
There are plenty of options for those seeking some retail therapy during their holiday. Throughout the Algarve there are plenty of shopping centres, quaint boutiques, souvenir shops and colourful markets. The Rooster of Barcelos (Galo de Barcelos) is one of the most common emblems of Portugal and a common keepsake for visitors to bring home.
The landscape of The Algarve is rugged and beautiful. Colourful plants and flowers flourish in the pretty villages and the golden rocks that are unique to the area create picturesque hills and cliffs. Cape St. Vincent (the southwesternmost point in Portugal) is breathtaking; the sights are similar to the Cliffs of Moher but with better weather of course!