My husband and I will be travelling through the Algarve area end of Jan / early Feb '11. I have already seen some good suggestions for local Portuguese food here, namely Restaurant Gabriel, Vila Velha and Eira do Mel for the Sagres area.
We will have a car and are staying in Praia da Luz for part of the trip and Tavira for the other portion. We plan to visit faro, then going west to portimao, lagos, sagres, aljezur, marmalete, silves, caldas de monchique, monchique, foia. Then in the east explore the coastal road between olhao and tavira.
I'm looking for any good cafes where we can get nice coffee and perhaps a custard tart near the hotels.
Also, any portuguese local restaurants to try along the way? We're also interested in some piri piri chicken which I've read is good around the Monchique area.
If there are any good food markets, stalls or stands to check out along the way, we'd like that too. Especially if there's anything local like honey, sauces, etc, to bring back to London with us. :)
Lastly, we have a collection of cookware type items (e.g. mortar and pestle, tools from SE Asia, tagine etc) and are wondering if there's anything particular to Portugal we could bring back home?
Loads of thanks!!!!