Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in São Brás De Alportel

Museu do Traje

This beautifully maintained museum, 300m east of the town square, is a labour of love for the curator and Friends of the Museum. It’s housed in a former cork magnate’s mansion (stunning in itself – note the original…
Top Choice Fado in Tavira

Fado Com História

If you've not had the pleasure of experiencing fado (traditional song) before, this comprehensive introduction is very worthwhile. It's popular and there's limited space, so try to buy your ticket a couple of hours …
Top Choice International in The Algarve

Pastelaria Chicca

You could visit Luz for no other reason than to dine here. Among the superb offerings are savoury bread-and-butter pudding, vegetable stacks (and other veggie options), amazing salads, fish and meats, and top-notch …
Top Choice Portuguese in Sagres

A Eira do Mel

It’s worth driving 10km north of Sagres to Vila do Bispo to enjoy José Pinheiro's creations at this much-lauded slow-food restaurant. The meat leans towards the Algarvian; the seafood has a more contemporary touch. …
Top Choice Portuguese in Faro

A Venda

Sit down to a plate of honest, homestyle Portuguese food like avó (granny) used to make at this trendily retro backstreet place everyone's talking about. 'The Shop' has an ancient tiled floor, mismatched furniture a…
Top Choice Modern European in Albufeira

Vila Joya Restaurant

Run by Austrian expat chef Dieter Koschina, this is one of Portugal's best fine-dining restaurants, located in the Vila Joya resort. Koschina draws on a variety of culinary influences and sources the best Portuguese…
Top Choice Portuguese in Silves

Restaurante O Barradas

The star choice for foodies is this delightful converted farmhouse run by Luís and his German wife, Andrea. They take pride in careful sourcing, and use organic fish, meat and fruit in season. Luís is a winemaker, s…
Top Choice Portuguese in Lagos

A Forja

Like an Italian trattoria, this buzzing adega tipica pulls in the crowds – locals, tourists and expats – for its hearty, top-quality traditional food served in a bustling environment at great prices. Plates of the d…
Top Choice Portuguese in Faro

Faz Gostos

Elegantly housed in the old town, this restaurant offers high-class French-influenced Portuguese cuisine in a spacious, comfortably handsome dining area. There's plenty of game, fish and meat on offer with rich and …
Top Choice Cathedral in Faro

The centrepiece of the Cidade Velha, the sé was completed in 1251 but heavily damaged in the 1755 earthquake. What you see now is a variety of Renaissance, Gothic and baroque features. Climb the tower for lovely vie…