Eating out is a way of life on the Med, and with everything from Michelin-starred restaurants, beachside tavernas, designer bistros, cafes and bars, there's no shortage of choices. If you're on a budget, look out for self-service canteens or roadside kiosks serving local snacks (think takeaway pizza in Italy or souvlaki in Greece) and shop at local markets.
- Lunch is the main meal of the day in most Mediterranean countries.
- Meals are eaten later in southern Europe than in more northerly climes – dinner is typically served from about 8pm.
- Children are usually welcome in all but the very smartest establishments. Kids menus are uncommon but you can often ask for half portions.
- Vegetarianism is not widespread in the region and vegetarians might have a hard time in Portugal and some of the Eastern European countries.
- Eat better and save money by choosing seasonal dishes and local wines/beers/spirits.