In my opinion, there is nothing better than good food when travelling. Good food is often accompanied by great service, ambience and drinks to create the perfect meal. Sometimes you travel to places that allow you to enjoy some al fresco dining that further heighten the dining experience, with the cherry on top being a beautiful ocean view. On a recent trip to the Algarve coast I discovered some gorgeous gems.

Restaurante 2Passos

Restaurante 2Passos is a beautifully located beach restaurant, that offers the most incredible fresh sea food. I am still having dreams of the amazing prawns I had there. The restaurant is set back from the beach and is located within the national park called Ria Formosa. Although covered by a rough, the restaurant opens all the way up and allows panoramic views of a stunning Mediterranean beach – which makes it as good as an outdoor dining experience. As many restaurants in Portugal, they have a great list of Portugese white wines that will perfectly accompany your meal.

Address: Praia do Ancão, 8135-905 Vale do Lobo, Portugal

Casa Velha

The atmosphere and ambience is truly stunning at Casa Velha. Definitely has to be one of the most romantic restaurants I’ve visited, which was great because 3 out of 4 people at my people were single. Bring your loved ones, wether friends or lovers and indulge in some scrumptious food and wine. Food recommendation: the chicken stuffed with foie gras, with shaved truffle. Absolutely delightful!

Address: Rua Formosa, Estr. Q.ta do Lago, 8135-024 Almancil, Portugal

Maria’s

Maria’s is another beach restaurant, where I witnessed such a divine sunset. Fantastic atmosphere, with waiters that most of the time are incredibly nice (had a slight off experience, but told majority of the time they are great). They serve beautifully fresh fish perfect for sharing, as well as dishes like sea food pasta and prawn curry. The quintessential Al Fresco beach dining restaurant.

Address: Praia do Garrão Poente, 8135-170 Almancil, Portugal

Photocredit: Restaurante 2Passos, @sabrab_sa, @emetoile, BoaCamaBoaMesa, Maria’s Beach Algarve