Caldas De Monchique, Algarve, Portugal! Tel: 01983 852555 Mobile: 07817 270 343



CASA CINZAS is right opposite the driveway. The food is excellent and you can enjoy its good quality and low prices on any day but Tuesday when they take a break. There outside tables at the front and the side. Inside there is a fairly standard bar in the front part while at the back there is a pleasant, traditionally furnished dining room. Many past visitors have happy memories of visits to Casa Cinzas and its friendly owners, Joseph and Fern. Sadly, Joseph passed away in 2015, but the restaurant is still open and run by Fern, who has retained the same friendly atmosphere. As the cook, she ensures the quality and quantity of the food is as good as ever. Wanda, the waitress speaks very good English & will take care of your needs.


Chicken Piri-Piri at Casa Cinzas

O'RECANTO is just a few yards down the hill and also worth visiting. Their friendly waitress, Anabella will tell you in English about any traditional local dishes they have on the days menu. She will probably offer you "red butter" a deliciously rich appetiser made from pork meat and dripping! Both these eateries do excellent food and their chicken piri-piri (spicey, barbecued chicken) is certainly worth a try and the accompanying chips will make you forget your diet! You will also find their litre jugs of house wine are a good bargain. Unless you have an enormous appetite only order a half Chicken per person or it will be too much. Other specialities include Portuguese style steak in a creamy sauce, numerous fish dishes and some very rich spare ribs. Hanging from the ceilings you will see smoked and dry cured hams which the region is famous for and they taste so much nicer then they look, especially when served with melon as a starter!

200 yards up the road is the bigger, O’ Maximino restaurant and about 1 km further on is “Foz de Bahno” another nice place to eat which also has a good gift shop adjoining it. At Caldas de Monchique you will find Restaurante 1692 with fine dining indoors or in the shade of the big elm trees outside. Just past the turning down to Caldas there is one on the right is the “Rouxinol” where the dining room is dominated by the biggest fireplace in Portugal (so they say).

A little further towards Monchique you will come to a viewpoint on the left where you can see right down to the coast and up the hill on the right is the restaurant “O’ Castello” a beautiful spot is their terrace with vast long distance views.

Between Monchique and the top of the mountain there are literally dozens of restaurants so it is hard to comment on them all. If you find a good one (or unfortunately a bad one!), leave one of their business cards in the villa with your comments on it.

In Portimao, by the old bridge look for Dona Barca which is an excellent seafood restaurant where you can have anything from giant sardines to swordfish. There are a row of new seafood restaurants on the waterfront. They are in a lovely location a but they don't have quite the same atmosphere as Dona Barca.

PICNICS: The Portuguese take their picnics seriously and you can join them. Take the road from Silves to Lagoa, look for the turning to the right marked to Silves station, then at the roundabout don’t take the station turn off but go halfway round. About 3 miles you will come to a turning on the right to a country park (sign marked fontes, google earth co-ordinates: 37.162, -8.486). This is a wonderful place with free parking and admission where you can take a picnic or use the public barbecues and tables by the ponds and lakes of an old water mill and a newly built amphitheatre.

Portuguese style steak with egg is worth trying


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