Algarve Villa Holidays 2017 | Villa Plus

Algarve Villa Holidays
207 villas found

Introduction to Algarve
Imagine a land of huge sandy bays, coves and caves, hillsides carpeted with wild flowers, ancient, traditional, whitewashed villages baking in the hot sun, vast blue skies and lively seaside towns where [more] the party never stops. Imagine fine wines and sardines grilled fresh from the sea, local cured hams and olive oil packed with flavour, an orange you picked from the tree…imagine the Algarve.
Now imagine a beautiful villa with everything you need to be happy and comfortable, and a lovely, cool calm bedroom waiting for you after the heat of the day. Imagine swimming at dusk in your own private pool, planning the day ahead and marvelling at the day you have just spent in this magical place with the people you love best. You are imagining your Villa Plus holiday - it is all there waiting for you. [less]
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Best for...
  • 96 miles of gorgeous coastline
  • Impressive water parks
  • Home of Piri Piri Chicken
  • A vibrant nightlife
  • 300 days of sunshine a year
  • A golfer's paradise

Your Algarve Guide
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Algarve
The Algarve is an ancient land, where the Romans once built their villas and farms, but the Algarve as we know it today was created in the 60s when 3 golf-centres, upmarket and elegant resorts were created, near Almancil, just west of Faro. Known as the Golden Triangle, Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura are synonymous with luxury living. These stylish, contemporary man-made resorts are places devoted to pleasure – and golf. [more]

The fabulous climate, superb beaches, great food and wine, as well as friendly, hospitable people make this area of Portugal irresistible when we are looking for a relaxed villa holiday in beautiful surroundings. You can enjoy a being in a small traditional fishing village as well as the action-packed nightlife of ever popular Albufeira. You can spend your time lazing by your own pool, or exploring the golden sands, ochre cliffs, coves and rock pools or the dramatic 125 miles coastline.

Your children (or grandchildren) will have the chance to swim with dolphins at Zoomarine, try white-knuckle rides at the amazing water parks, or take a boat trip to explore spectacular rock formations, caves and secret beaches. With their own pool table at the villa, and WiFi to keep them in touch, they will never be bored! [less]
Algarve Villas
There are thousands of villas to choose from in the Algarve, but we think you would be happiest in one of ours – the clue is the Plus part of Villa Plus! It is all the free extras that make our villas extra special, and the special people we have working for us on the spot to ensure that your holiday is the best we can make it! Language is no problem when you have someone right there on your side, fluent in both English and Portuguese. Majority of our villas have air conditioning, so your nights will be cool and peaceful, and most of our pools are heated so you won’t get a shock when you take the plunge! Just tell us what you need, and we will find a villa and resort to suit you – perfectly.
Meet The Team
Patricia Nascimento
Patricia Nascimento

Patricia Nascimento is the manager of the team that provides services to Villa Plus clients, in the Algarve. The Algarve was one of the very first resorts for Villa Plus, over 20 years ago and Patricia and her team have been looking after Villa Plus clients for most of this time. The team all live locally and are a mixture of Portuguese and other nationalities, with a wealth of knowledge and experience of the local area and are fully immersed in the resort [more] traditions and cultures. As well as being experienced, the team are fluent in the local language, helping to resolve any issues through their dedication and expertise, providing a first class service. The overall service includes making guest pre-arrival checks at all villas, to ensure that everything is correct and that things are running smoothly. They are also on-call 24/7 in all destinations and resorts to answer any questions that our guests may have.
“ We are all very dedicated here in the Algarve and each Team member enjoys what they do in trying to make a Villa Plus holiday run as smoothly as possible.” [less]
Catherine Rosa
Catherine Rosa

Hi my name is Catherine and I work in the Algarve supervising the customer service team and resort operation. My job brings a variety of tasks my way from decoration of villas to staff training. I love the Algarve because of its beautiful climate and amazing beaches, which is what I love to enjoy in my free time. The Algarve has good food great wines and a wonderful friendly atmosphere to Welcome everyone.
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  • 10 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7 to 23
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  • Heated Pool
    33 x 20 ft
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Not Required
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Beach 1 ¼ miles
  • Pool fence
  • Wifi
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Price Per Person
From: £145 To: £215

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From: £2899 To: £4299
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Villa Altis Park, Praia D’Oura/Montechoro, Algarve, Portugal
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5 to 17
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  • Heated Pool
    37 x 17 ft
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Useful
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Gated pool
  • Wifi
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Customer rating (6) :5/5
Villa Misofia, Almancil, Algarve, Portugal
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5 to 17
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  • Heated Pool
    33 x 17 ft
  • Wifi
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Beach 500 yds
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Useful
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Price Per Person
From: £104 To: £298

Total
From: £1659 To: £4769
Customer rating (4) :5/5
Villa Gale, Sao Rafael, Castelo, Gale, Algarve, Portugal
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4 to 17
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  • Heated Pool
    46 x 27 ft
  • Wifi
  • Tennis Court
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
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Price Per Person
From: £112 To: £177

Total
From: £1789 To: £2829
Customer rating (2) :5/5
Villa Beirais, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5 to 19
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  • Pool 30 x 20 ft
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Useful
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Beach 1 ¾ miles
  • Pool fence
  • Wifi
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Price Per Person
From: £153 To: £234

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From: £2749 To: £4209
Customer rating (2) :5/5
Villa Amizade, Branqueira, Algarve, Portugal
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4 to 16
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  • Pool
  • Wifi
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Beach 400 yds
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Not Required
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Villa Laranja do Sul, Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4 to 16
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  • Heated Pool
    40 x 30 ft
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Pool fence
  • Wifi
  • Tennis Court
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From: £59 To: £414

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From: £879 To: £6209
Customer rating (7) :4.5/5
Villa Caminho, Almancil, Algarve, Portugal
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4 to 15
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  • Heated Pool
    23 x 14 ft
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Beach 1 ¾ miles
  • Pool fence
  • Wifi
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Price Per Person
From: £71 To: £505

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From: £989 To: £7069
Customer rating (8) :5/5
Villa Talefe, Vale do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4 to 17
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  • Heated Pool
    30 x 15 ft
  • Wifi
  • Tennis Court
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
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Price Per Person
From: £77 To: £316

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From: £1079 To: £4429
Customer rating (1) :5/5
Villa Canas, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4 to 15
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  • Heated Pool
    33 x 17 ft
  • Wifi
  • Tennis Court
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
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From: £91 To: £364

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From: £1269 To: £5089
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Villa Amora, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal
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Algarve Resorts

The Algarve is a land of contrasts, between ancient and modern, the simple grilled sardines and the Michelin starred fine dining, the lush rolling hills inland and the endless miles of golden sand and stunning cliffs of the coast. We have villas deep in the countryside and right on the coast, some perfect for big groups of friends, others ideal for a small family. If you just want to relax, you need never leave the poolside, but if you are keen to explore, there are fascinating Roman ruins, museums and historic churches. If you like an active holiday, there is every kind of water sport as well as top quality golf, tennis, riding and fishing.

The landscape and light are an artist’s dream and if photography is your thing, you will be kept very busy! There is plenty here to delight a real foodie, and if you love wine, there are vineyards to discover, including the one owned by Sir Cliff Richard. If you love bird-watching, flora and fauna, you will be very impressed with the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

Whatever your passion, we are sure you will love the Algarve!

Albufeira
7 Villas
A villa holiday in Albufeira, the most popular resort in the Algarve, has it all. The lovely beaches and ideal climate combine with a rich history and culture to give a great all-round holiday experience. There is also a fantastic choice of shops, excellent sports, nightlife and a family-friendly atmosphere.
Almancil
6 Villas
It is the fabulous climate and magnificent beaches that draw people in their thousands to this part of the Algarve all year round. Villa holidays in Almancil offer the perfect chance for guests to recharge their batteries and simply relax.
Armacao de Pera
9 Villas
Armacao de Pera is a busy town, but not so long ago it was a small fishing village, and the old town retains its original character with winding alleys, tiny whitewashed cottages and a 16th-century chapel.
Branqueira
11 Villas
Branqueira is situated in a residential area within a 5 minute drive from Albufeira, one of the Algarve’s most popular resorts, as well as a number of beaches including Olhos D’Agua, Falesia, Santa Eulalia, as well as Albufeira's Fisherman's beach being a short car ride away.
Carvoeiro
23 Villas
Carvoeiro is a traditional, family-oriented pretty seaside town once a thriving fishing village. Villa holidays in Carvoeiro revolve around lovely sandy beaches set beneath towering dramatic cliffs, whilst excellent shops provide a bit of retail therapy and numerous bars and restaurants offer evening entertainment.
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Things to do in Algarve

The Algarve is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal. The large selection of picturesque sandy beaches, fantastic choice of shops and restaurants - many selling local produce - beautiful scenery and a number of different leisure attractions and sports make the Algarve one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Boat trips
There are many kinds of boat trips on offer - for dolphin watching, deep sea fishing, sightseeing and Champagne breakfast trips, for example, and the only way to appreciate the fascinating limestone rock formations is by boat. The amazing grottos, arches and caves have intriguing names such as Love Grotto, Cathedral, Elephant and Ghost. One company offers a two hour trip heading out to sea in a small, fast boat in search of wild dolphins, and then [more] explores the dramatic caves and rock formations.

Or you could opt for a full or half day cruise in a lovely, large catamaran or yacht, boats with excellent comfort and stability. The full day tour covers 40 miles and the half day tour 23 miles of the Algarve's picturesque coastline taking in beautiful beaches, fishermen's villages, seaside towns, impressive rock formations, cliffs and some of Europe's largest caves. A kayak ride inside the caves is included as well as a barbecue lunch on a secluded beach. [less]
Golf
Whichever villa you choose in the Algarve, you are not far from a championship golf course. Autumn and spring are the key seasons for golf here. Although courses are fairly relaxed on the sartorial front, you will be expected to wear golf shoes and a shirt with a collar on. Golf is big business with 36 courses for golfers of all levels.

Vilamoura is world famous for golf, and frequently hosts international tournaments. There are five 18-hole [more] championship golf courses, mainly north of the town, including Oceanico Victoria, host of the Portugal Masters since 2007 (you will need to show your handicap certificates if you want to play). Despite the newer courses in Vilamoura, for many visitors the Old Course is still the best, presenting just the right level of difficulty for the enthusiastic amateur.

Almancil is a brilliant holiday location for golfers, with five championship courses on your doorstep. There are two world class courses at Vale do Lobo. The scenic Ocean course was designed by British golfer Henry Cotton over fifty years ago. The fairways run alongside the nature reserve before leading gently down to the sea shore. The Balaia Golf Village 9-hole course offers six outdoor pools, a gym and two restaurants, as well as a health club with a hot tub, Turkish bath, massage treatments, and aromatherapy and hydrotherapy sessions.

Then there is the challenging cliff-top Royal Golf Course, inaugurated in 1997. This world renowned course is especially famous for the nerve-wracking 16th hole – where golfers have to drive across ravines! Quinta do Lago also offers two very special courses. The North and South are two separate 18-hole courses that offer different challenges. Or to test your stamina, how about the 27-hole golf course at Vale do Garrao? Vale de Milho is very relaxed club with a nine-hole course that is great for beginners. Quinta do Gramacho is a well maintained course and incredibly popular.

Quinta do Lago is golf heaven with four championship courses. It has hosted the Portuguese Open Championship eight times in addition to hundreds of national and international prestigious tournaments. It began in 1974 with the inauguration of the A+B courses designed by William Mitchell and Joseph Lee.

The North Course designed by renowned American architect Beau Welling has recently been totally revamped and is now the holiday resort’s number one course. Quinta do Lago also boasts one of the finest practice facilities in Europe, with a state of the art driving range. There are putting greens, pro-shops and clubhouses with large and informal terraces, and a golf academy. [less]
Water Parks
How brave are you? Could you cope with the Kamikaze, the highest water slide in Portugal, plunging 36 metres in just four seconds? Aqualand in Alcantarilha is dare-devil heaven, but offers a gentler experience for tiny tots and those looking to relax. There is a mixture of water slides of all different shapes and sizes, from white-knuckle rides to the children’s water playground. The Anaconda is popular, with five tubes snaking different routes down [more] to the base pool. One of the newest additions is the Banzai Boggan on which visitors slide down what feels like a sheer drop from a height of 23 metres. If you are all tuckered out you can meander down the Congo River on a doughnut ring. For children, Rainbow Beach offers mini slides and mushroom showers. You can watch them splashing about in shallow waters from the comfort of a sunlounger on one of Aqualand’s many sun decks.

Slide and Splash is a very clean and well-designed water park open from 1st of April until the end of October. There are some pretty exciting rides including the Tornado - a vertiginous descent at high speed that ends in a huge splash – and the Black Hole. There is also a huge pool. There is more to Slide and Splash than water – for example there is a free Falconry Show involving eagles and hawks, a colourful aerobatic Get there early and if possible pre-book your tickets to beat the queues at peak times. A typical comment from our customers is, "An absolutely brilliant day out and highlight of our stay this year." [less]
Water Sports
The Algarve is a holiday paradise for water sports including swimming, sea fishing, snorkelling, waterskiing, parascending and jet-skiing. Consistent all year Atlantic swells make many beaches in the Algarve ideal for surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, bodyboarding and paddlesurfing. If diving is your thing, you don’t need a second mortgage to take a short course at one of the local dive centres. At Gale, towards Albufeira, there are [more] pedalos and banana boats for hire, and there is a well-equipped watersports centre at Armacao de Pera, the Algarve’s largest beach.

Vilamoura is awash with water sports - choose between jet skis, parasailing, a banana boat ride or a gentle pedaloe ride. You could opt for swimming, sea fishing, snorkelling, waterskiing or parascending. The only problem you will have with water sports here is choosing… [less]
Zoomarine Park
The main thing you need to know about this beautiful marine-inspired theme park is that you can swim in the pool with trained bottlenose dolphins and learn how to communicate with them, how about that for an unforgettable holiday experience! Zoomarine is in Guia, just a few kilometers from Albufeira, and is huge!

There are themed presentations with dolphins, seals and sealions and an amazing aquarium with sharks and examples over 20 aquatic [more] ecosystems! Birds play a starring role at Zoomarine, and you can see tropical birds such as macaws, parrots and cockatoos as well as birds of prey such as falcons, owls and eagles. Be sure to take a cossie and towel if you want to try the new Zoomarine Beach, an area with a WaveBeach, water slides and swimming pools. There is also a 4D cinema, outdoor pools and green area, a big wheel, pirate ship ride, flume ride and mini-roller coaster. [less]
Beaches in Algarve
The Algarve is renowned throughout Europe for its stunning beaches, from soft sand, ample facilities and a vibrant atmosphere to more secluded beaches with caves, rock pools and beautiful scenery, the Algarve has something for everybody.

Where possible we provide information to each beaches popularity, the water sports on offer, and the proximity of toilet facilities, car parking, ,shops and restaurants so that you can decide on its suitability for your group.

The majority of beaches are easily accessible by car from the main N125 road. In the summer, ,August in particular, almost nowhere is quiet, whilst in off-peak ,months the crowds ,fade away. Around the beginning and end of season, some of the restaurants and facilities in the area will also close.

Please also ,take note of the Portuguese flag system: a red flag means bathing is forbidden altogether, a yellow flag indicates that swimming is forbidden but sunbathing is safe, a green flag means that swimming and sunbathing ,are safe.
Eulalia beach
This is a sandy beach ideal for picnics, frisbee games and sunbathing. There are also shops, restaurants and a nightclub nearby plus plenty of room for parking.

Reach Praia da Oura by driving east of Albufeira for a mile and a half. With the bullring on your right, take a right at the roundabout on the road towards Olhos de Agua. At the end of ,the shopping, restaurants, etc at [more] another roundabout turn left. Shortly after, the beach is signposted on the right. The beach is a short distance from the car park. [less]
Fisherman's Beach, Albufeira
Accessed by either steps, a boardwalk or by escalators, Fisherman's Beach in Albufeira is ideal for all ages with shallow water and fine golden sand. Watersports facilities are available and the beach is lined with cafes and shops, with the old town of Albufeira also within easy reach on foot.
Forte Sao Joao beach
Forte Sao Joao is a small resort nestled between Albufeira and Praia D&rsquo,Oura. The beach is a short walk from the resort centre and has beautiful golden sandy and green headland, or if you prefer to drive, there is plenty of parking available with steps and a ramp to access the beach. The water becomes deep quickly but lifeguards man the beach in high season. There is ,a choice of restaurants and cafes along the beach and sunbeds and parasols [more] can also be hired - perfect for a lazy day soaking up the sun!

To locate the Forte Sao Joao beach, follow the coastal road from Albufeira to Praia D&rsquo,Oura. About a mile along the road is ,Concha restaurant on the left, turn right here. Follow the road downhill and the beach is on the right next to Forte Sao Joao Beach Club. [less]
Lourenco beach
Praia do Lourenco Beach is located between the resorts of Gale and Sao Rafael, ,part of a succession of great beaches along this stretch of coast. The beach is small but is a sheltered cove with shallow rock formations and rock pools for exploring. There is a good restaurant overlooking the beach and a small parking area with a wooden walkway down onto the sand.
Meia Praia
This is an excellent sandy beach for avid joggers, walkers and swimmers as it is one of the largest in the Algarve. ,Take a romantic stroll at dusk or run off unwanted calories at dawn without having to double back on yourself.

The beach has sailboard rental outlets and water-skiing lessons plus many laid back restaurants and beach [more] bars.

Leave the N125 at Odeaxere or at Lagos Bridge and follow the signs to an abundance of parking spaces. [less]
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Food & Drink in Algarve
As with the rest of Portugal, the Algarve is home to some exceptionally tasty dishes. Blending traditional Iberian influences with its own take on cuisine, the Algarve is renowned for its food and the restaurants that serve it all up to you.

Whether you stop into a Casa de Chá (a teahouse that serves up herbal and black teas along with a usually impressive selection of cakes) or a Fumerio (a smokehouse that serve up cured pork and cheese with oil and cornbread), the Algarve will have a tradition that undoubtedly suits your mood.

Local Markets - Algarve
Markets
As a coastal destination, the Algarve is a definite favourite with fish lovers, fresh catch-of-the-day dishes are readily available in the towns. It's not just a destination for fish lovers though, with tender meat and delectable vegetarian delights on the menu too.

Sit-down restaurants and cafés aren't the only way of life in the Algarve though, as the Portuguese destination is home to lots of markets, selling all manner of foodstuffs. The markets and their locations are listed in more detail in the Villa Plus guide to the Algarve. , but rest assured that markets occur in the Albufeira, Faro, Lagos, Loule, Monchique, Portimao and Silves. These markets sell everything from freshly-caught fish to fruit, vegetables, and meat, and often feature vendors selling prepared goods too that make an excellent lunch.

Speciality Dishes - Algarve Speciality Dishes - Algarve
Speciality Dishes
Portugal is home to many speciality dishes. From spicy chicken to offal stews, the Algarve serves up all its culinary delights with panache. Though the pace of life (and usually the table service) can be a little slower than you may be used to, the Portuguese relax when it comes to their food and enjoy eating – to fully enjoy the cuisine on offer in the Algarve it's worth bearing this in mind.

Take your meal slow, and enjoy every taste as it arrives – no one else is rushing either. Here are a few of the dishes that are on offer in the Algarve:

Chicken Piri Piri – worlds away from what we eat under the same title in the UK, the Portuguese piri piri is cooked on open flames, and comes with a bit of a kick. It's usually served with salad and rice or potatoes.

Cataplana – a one-pot dish that consists of an array of seafood, namely mussels, clams, prawns and fresh fish, rice and potatoes. Very filling and very tasty!

Feijoada – don't let the ingredients put you off of this dish. Yes, the feijoada contains offal, but it's cooked with pork, beans and tomatoes, stewed into a lovely thick sauce. It's usually served with bread or rice, and is definitely an experience to try once you're here.

Local Recipes
Why not liven up your home-cooking and try some Portuguese cuisine before you explore the country for yourself? It's not all spicy food, and even if it is, the native dishes are easy to recreate for yourself at home. For a main meal, you could try piri piri prawns and couscous, with a delicious broa castelar (sweet potato cookie) for a tasty treat after.
Piri Piri Prawns
Piri Piri Prawns - Algarve
For the piri piri prawns, you'll need:
  • Twelve large cleaned African prawns with the shells removed and tails on
  • Two chopped and seedless red chillies
  • One roughly chopped dried chilli
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Three peeled garlic cloves
  • One tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • Four tablespoons of olive oil
  • One tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
It may be an intimidating list of ingredients if you've not worked with spices much before, but the method of preparing the dish couldn't be easier. By blending all of the ingredients except the prawns together, you create a nice piri piri sauce.

Next, rub this over the cleaned and de-shelled prawns before leaving them in the fridge for an hour or so to marinate. After the hour, cook the prawns on a really hot griddle or frying pan. Allow around 5 minutes for each side of the prawns, though cooking time will greatly depend on the size of the prawns. Serve up with couscous and a dash of leftover lemon juice – incredibly tasty and quick to make, too.

Broa Castelar
Broa Castelar - Algarve
For the sweet potato cookies you'll need:
  • 700g of sweet potatoes
  • Two tablespoons of breadcrumbs
  • 250g of corn flour
  • 250g of plain flour
  • 150g of grated coconut
  • Three eggs
  • One orange rind
  • 300g sugar
  • Two egg yolks for brushing
Firstly, be sure to cook your peeled sweet potatoes – you can do this by boiling them on a medium heat with a pinch of salt until they're soft. Once the potatoes are cooked, add the sugar to the pan (including the water) that they are sitting in. Stir whilst this mixture simmers until it reaches a puree like consistency, then take the pan off of the heat and allow to cool for an hour.

Then, add all the other ingredients, minus the flour and two additional egg yolks. Place it on the heat again and mix well until the mixture boils. At this point, you can add the flour – on mixing it should be a smooth, even and thicker in consistency. Pour the mix onto a floured sheet, and allow to cool once more. Now you can mould the dough into the traditional cone shape, before brushing with the beaten yolks you've saved.

These cookies cook at 180 degrees Celsius for around 15 to 20 minutes, and should look golden brown when cooked.
 
 
 

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