You can’t go past seafood when in the Algarve and Tavira is no different. Try something prepared in a cataplana, a special copper pan with a lid that can offer a range of dishes from juicy seafood in a tomato broth to steamed clams. Carrots marinated in vinegar and seasoned with garlic are a popular side dish. Figs and almonds feature heavily on dessert menus, so expect a range of cakes and pastries made from these ingredients.


Portugal has a great selection of local wines, both red and white. Port, of course, is another Portuguese specialty to sip on. If you want to try some of the heavier stuff, ask for Aguardente. Translating to ‘firewater’ it’s an aperitif not for the faint-hearted – you’ll feel the burn all the way down to your stomach.