The Golden Triangle refers to the popular area that runs from Quinta do Lago, Quarteira to Almancil (the three points). Many of the areas have been developed into luxury resorts complete with championship golf courses. Some of the top resorts in Europe (Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Dunas Douradas Beach Club) are in the Golden Triangle. To cater for the discerning tourists there is an abundance of restaurants. Below are our favourites.
Located near the entrance to Quinta do Lago at 'Vale Verde', Florian Restaurante has built up quite a reputation. The restaurant is cosy with a 'olde worlde' feel. In the summer there is a large outdoor terrace for alfresco dining. The menu is International with a large selection of fresh fish and meat dishes. The lobster bisque and fillet steak are recommended.
Casa do Campo
Casa do Campo is located in a beautiful Algarvean farmhouse just outside Almancil. In the summer dine by candle light under the 100 year old fig tree. The menu is extensive with a large selection of Algarvean and International Cuisine. The rack of lamb or the daily fish special is a must.
Located just outside Almancil on the way to Vale do Lobo, Fuzio's offers a mixture of Italian and International Cuisine. The service is excellent and there are two outdoor terraces for summer dining. The pasta and seafood dishes are a specialty and you cannot leave without trying the homemade desserts.
Beautiful cuisine by the renowned chef Vincent Nas (formally of Ermitage) on Estrada de Fonte Santa, Almancil. This fine dining restaurant is located in an old farmhouse and with plenty of outdoor seating. Fois-gras and seafood are a specialty. Finish your meal with a selection of cheeses from the mouthwatering cheeseboard.
The Thai Garden is located within the lush grounds of the Michelin star restaurant, Sao Gabriel. The chefs are Thai and the food is authentic. This restaurant is very busy during the summer months so we would strongly recommend booking in advance.
Memories of China
Located in the popular Vale do Lobo resort (beside the Tennis Academy) is this authentic Chinese restaurant by the world famous chef Ken Lo. As well as writing over 30 cookbooks, Ken Lo has a flagship restaurant in London. The terrace overlooking the tennis courts is open during the summer.
Fabulous traditional restaurant with stunning sea views. Izzy's is located in Vale do Lobo on Ancao beach, also known to locals as Julia's beach. Chicken piri piri is a specialty. Sunday is the most popular day to dine in Izzy's where you can enjoy live chill-out music whilst watching the sun go down.
Located in the new 5 star resort of Dunas Douradas Beach Club, this restaurant offers fine dining at affordable prices. Known for it's sea food it also offers a good selection of vegetarian and meat options. The kid's menu is extensive and reasonably priced.
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