Must eat restaurants

Ponto do Encontro  This friendly Portuguese restaurant is only 300 yards up the road from the house. Paulo has been running restaurants in Carvoeiro for more than 20 years. They do an excellent 12€ lunch with a different menu every day.

A Gale (very basic, very friendly and very good)
Taste (more upmarket, international cuisine based on good local ingredients, superb food)
Oasis Very friendly, large portions especially ribs and mixed grill
Marisqueira – a small but very good restaurant – it is on the block on the RHS as you walk into town following the road – just up from the hotel
Vimar – on RHS at top of road into town – good value set  lunch and dinner
Restaurant O Stop  (by the beach at Centianes) – good for lunch and lovely to sit overlooking beach.

There are some very good restaurants in Alvor to the west of Carvoeiro – do not take the signs for town centre but take the signs for the beach (praia) and this leads you to a big car park which is just a few minutes walk from the harbour where all the good restaurants are.

Restaurant at Praia do Caneiros (to west of Carvoeiro) – very good beach and lovely food in the expensive restaurant overlooking the beach.
Restaurant at Praia do Salgados – wonderful long open beach with very good restaurant. To west of restaurant is a bird sanctuary with a hide – superb bird spotting.

Good  bars

Hemmingway’s on LHS on one way road out of town. Good for watching footie in or outside.
Smilers Bar – in middle of town and very good Guinness
Bar Havana – just up from A Gale – they do very good cocktails
Mexhilao practically next door to A Gale – basic and if you let the guys in A Gale know you are there they will call you when table is ready!

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