Algarve is often called ‘the fishermen’s land’ that fully describes the main distinctive feature of the local cuisine. Tourists visiting one of the local fish markets will feel an indescribable joy, as they won’t find such an abundance of fresh seafood at the most competitive prices in any other region of Portugal. Every morning, hundreds of colorful vessels come to the sea; they return by noon with a rich yield. There are many eminent athletes among fishermen; for many of them fishing is the main work.
Plaice, sea bram, conger, sea bass, mackerel and dorado represent just a few of those fish delicacies that can be purchased at every market of the region. Natives believe grilled sardines to be their national dish; lobsters are common too.
Fish dishes are generously flavored with spices; many of former may seem rather unusual to foreign visitors. Fish is often seasoned with ground almonds; meals can be served with sweet fruits, such as figs. In addition to exquisite treats, restaurants of Algarve would offer local wine. The largest winemaking center is Lagoa. Those fond of stronger drinks would like fruit vodka aguardente de medronu; it is made of fruits of the strawberry tree.
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