Things You Might Not Know About the Algarve

The Algarve is one of the most beautiful and picturesque holiday destinations in Europe. This is a great place to escape from the wearies of everyday life and to relax and unwind. Not only that, but the Algarve is teeming with culture and quirks and places to be explored.

Whether you’ve never been to the Algarve before, or if you’re a regular visitor, there are many unknown facts and mysteries to be uncovered. Here are four interesting things you may know about the Algarve…

Albufeira is home to a famous street cat

Albuferia is a stunning coastal city on the Algarve that is a popular destination for families. This is home to sandy blue flag beaches and a busy nightlife strip too. Here you can join in on activities such as diving and dolphin watching. 

One thing that you may not know about Albufeira is that it’s home to a street cat who has over 22,000 likes on Facebook! Mr No Ears is a one-eyed cat with one ear that is beloved by locals and holidaymakers everywhere. 


The Algarve is the home of fire water!

The Algarve is home to a strong spirit that’s harvested from Medronho trees, which grow wild on poor soils. Fire water is a traditional fruity brandy and is infamously strong, making up 48% of alcohol. This is a Portuguese tradition, so when you’re in the Algarve be sure to have a shot!


The Algarve has 5 out of 14 of Portugals Michelin-star chefs

If you’re a foodie, then you will be in your element on the Algarve. The golden triangle is famous for blue flag white sandy beaches and crystal blue water, so it’s no surprise that the seafood is incredible. 

The Algarve is actually home to 5 excellent Michellin-star chefs, specialising in traditional Portuguese cuisine, seafood and fine dining. These include Hendirque Leis, Sao Gabriel in Almancil. Vila Joya if you’re staying in Albufeira, Willie’s in Vilamoura and Ocean Restaurant. All are great and definitely worth trying out!