Restaurants with a view in the Algarve
Where the food and the views vie for your attention
Everything tastes better when accompanied by a fabulous view. So where to find at a table with a view in the Algarve? Happily, you are spoilt for choice. The stunning coastline and beautiful scenery of the Algarve is the setting for many great restaurants. Check out our suggestions below. Not surprisingly, ocean views feature strongly. It is the Algarve, after all.
The views at Caniço are golden sands and azure waters, but it is the manner in which they appear to you that creates a frisson. Caniço is reached via an elevator that descends through the cliffs, opening to a dimly lit and narrow corridor from which you emerge blinking in the sunlight and bewitched by the views. Not a bad start to a meal. Caniço, next to Alvor in the western Algarve, is open all day during the summer season. The perfect venue for a special experience and an excellent spot for a wedding.
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The beautiful summer patio at Casa Velha overlooks Quinta do Lago lake and resort from its prime hilltop position. As day moves to dusk, the scene is perfectly set for a summer evening of elegant fine dining. The tranquil ambience complements the amazing food, as nature's light show plays out before your eyes.
The view, the whole experience in fact, at Ocean restaurant is immersive. Holder of two Michelin stars, everything at Ocean restaurant, at VILA VITA Parc, is done exceptionally well. Upon entering the restaurant, the vastness of the ocean view embraces each diner, signalling a voyage of discovery of flavours, where the eye and the palate are sated. Dining here is a superlative experience.
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If you like your views to include sleek and shiny yachts, then Akvavit will surely hit the spot. The above-water deck gives front-row views of the yachts coming and going at Vilamoura marina. Open all day and with an appropriate nautical theme, Akvavit serves a wonderful selection of Portuguese, Swedish, French and international cuisine. It is an excellent spot for people watching as well as one of the most popular restaurants on the marina, known for its great seafood and hospitality.
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Of course to enjoy dinner with a view you could just grab a blanket, your favourite snacks, a bottle of wine and explore...
Explore the clifftop wonder world that is Ponta de Piedade - a fantasy landscape of caves and grottoes caved from the cliffs by Mother Nature. From the cliffs, the views across Lagos and Alvor Bay are beautiful.
Sagres, at the western tip of the Algarve, exerts an elemental attraction on all who visit. The views from the Fortaleza (fort) are immense, the waves are ponderous and the air is pure.
Between Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra the coast is made up of cove beaches and secret caves, including the famous Benagil cave and the sea-arches at Praia da Marinha.
Travel the West Coast, the Costa Vicentina, stopping at will at any of the amazing beaches. Many of them are backed by cliffs which make for excellent viewing points. And of course, the sunsets here are incredible. Visit Monte Clerigo, Arrifana, beautiful Amoreira and Odeceixe.
To the East, the gentle beauty of Cacela Velha, near Tavira, is romantic and charming. A tiny hamlet, home to some lovely restaurants, there are wonderful views of the Ria Formosa from the hamlet.
Views are always better from an elevated point. Fóia is the highest point in the Algarve at 902m above sea level. Set in the Monchique hills, the views from this area are stunning. The coastline is laid out before you – as far east as Albufeira and Vilamoura, to the west to Sagres and along the Western coast. To the north, you can see the rolling plains of the neighbouring province, Alentejo. There are some excellent restaurants in the Monchique area serving traditional Portuguese flavours, the food is hearty, fresh and hits the spot. Check out some of the off-road trips to the area which include lunch or the sunset views from the hills.
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