Michelin stars have a strong attraction for tourists in the Algarve

The Algarve has eight Michelin-star restaurants that “have a strong attraction for tourists in the region”, says João Fernandes, President of the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA).

“The Algarve’s gastronomy is an outstanding heritage, with high quality products for the best chefs in the world, which they offer with all the mastery needed to achieve international recognition, such as the Michelin Guide. I congratulate all those who have returned to be awarded and praise our gastronomy”, says João Fernandes.

The product Gastronomy & Wines “is of strategic importance for RTA as an element of appreciation of the destination’s offer. The regional tourist board has developed various measures to promote the product in the region, such as the Algarve Cooking Vacations project, which aims to create culinary and oenological holiday programmes for more than one million people by 2020. Travelling with the motivation to live this kind of experience “, explains the tourism region in a statement.

The Algarve is still the Portuguese region with the most stars and restaurants in the Michelin guide. It has ten stars and eight restaurants in the world’s most prestigious gastronomic guide. The revelation was made at the gala to present the “Michelin Guide Spain and Portugal 2019”, which took place for the first time in Lisbon on Wednesday.

There are still two two-star restaurants in the region: the Ocean, Vila Vita Parc, Lagoa by Chef Hans Neuner and the Vila Joya restaurant in Albufeira by Chef Dieter Koschina, who has been in the Michelin Guide for 26 consecutive years, a record in Portugal.

Austrian chef Dieter Koschina recently showed that the secret of this longevity lies in the Algarve itself, a paradise of quality sun and sea products.

There are also six Michelin starred restaurants: Bon Bon (Carvoeiro), Willies (Vilamoura), Vista, Bela Vista Hotel (Praia da Rocha, Portimão) and Henrique Leis, São Gabriel and Gusto (the three in Almancil).

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