TASTE LOCAL DELICACIES
Generally eating out is not only a pleasurable experience but also inexpensive. Portuguese food is fresh and wholesome. There are many regional specialities that are derived from local traditions and ingredients.
For example some of the dishes to try out:
Caldo Verde: potato soup with sausage and shredded cabbage
Sardinha Assada: sardines grilled over charcoal
Caldeirada de Peixe: fish, shellfish, potatoes, tomatoes and onions stewed together
Bacalhau: salted cod steak with onions, potatoes and parsley
Frango no Churrasco Piri-Piri: grilled chicken in a hot spicy sauce
And some wine or porto to go along...
Perhaps the most famous Portuguese drink is Port. The Portuguese have developed a taste for it themselves although they prefer white port rather than sweet red as an aperitif.
By far the most popular drink in Portugal is wine; not satisfied with the three normal shades, the Portuguese added a fourth - green *verde*, which describes its immaturity not its color.
The Algarve has a reputation for producing excellent grapes along with good local wines, particularly those from Lagoa and Lagos.
Vinho Branco - White Wine
Vinho da casa - House wine
Vinho clarete - Light red wine
Vinho doce - it is not wine but only grapes juice during 2 days; after 2 or 3 days it gets alchool, looses the sugar and becomes wine (Thanks to Paulo Pinto for this extra information)
Vinho espumante - Sparkling wine
Vinho do Porto - Port wine
Vinho da região - Local wine
Vinho seco - Dry wine
Vinho verde *Green wine* (semi-sparkling acidic wine).
CHECK LOCAL MARKETS
Everywhere in the Algarve you will find good value restaurants. I really don't remember any names but the following dishes I tasted and found excellent!
Algarve is particularly famous for its fresh fish and seafood - check out local markets.